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CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE

Join in the fun with live music & free dance lessons in Grant Park!

Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), SummerDance brings people of all ages and skill levels together in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.) on a 4,900-square-foot, open-air dance floor made of 100% recycled material. Come out to Grant Park from June 23 to September 14, 2017 for dancing and FREE instructional lessons, or simply sit back and enjoy the music.

The 21st Annual Chicago SummerDance is a summertime favorite. The Spirit of Music Garden blossoms into an open-air dance space, with people of all ages learning everything from Swing and Cha-Cha to Steppin' and West African Dance.

Check out the schedule below and bring your dancing shoes! Chicago SummerDance takes place every Friday to Sunday evening each week in Grant Park, as well as on select dates in neighborhood parks citywide for SummerDance In The Parks.

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SummerDance Schedule

Chicago SummerDance

June 2017

Location: Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)
Fridays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30pm
Saturdays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30pm
Sundays: Dance Lessons 4:00–5:00pm | Live Music & Dancing 5:00–7:00pm

Chicago SummerDance kicks off with a month of free music and dance in June that includes Swing, Salsa, Tango and Milonga.

Chicago SummerDance

July 2017

Location: Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)
Fridays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30pm
Saturdays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30pm
Sundays: Dance Lessons 4:00–5:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing: 5:00–7:00pm


Chicago SummerDance continues into July with a full month of outdoor dancing. Highlights include House, Steppin', Country, Salsa, West African Dance, Zydeco, Bollywood and Swing.

Chicago SummerDance

August 2017

Location: Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)
Fridays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30pm
Saturdays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30pm
Sundays: Dance Lessons 4:00–5:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 5:00–7:00pm


The month of August brings even more variety to Chicago SummerDance. Don't miss A Purple Party: Tribute to Prince on August 20. And add to the mix Ballroom and Big Band, Tamburitza Music and Dance, Mexicon Son and more.

Chicago SummerDance

September 2017

Location: Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.)
Fridays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30pm
Saturdays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:30–9:30pm
Sundays: Dance Lessons 4:00–5:00pm | Live Music & Dancing 5:00–7:00pm


The month of September brings the close of Chicago SummerDance but not without a series of great music and dance lineups that include House, Swing, Contra and Square Dance, Salsa and Bhangra.

SummerDance in the Parks

Chicago SummerDance

Thursdays & Saturdays, July 9 - September 8

Location: Varies each week
Thursdays: Dance Lessons 6:00–7:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 7:00–9:00pm
Saturdays: Dance Lessons 3:00–4:00 pm | Live Music & Dancing 4:00–6:00pm


The fun travels from downtown Grant Park and sets up in Chicago's neighborhoods every Thursday and select Saturdays this summer. From Chicago style Steppin' to Salsa, Bachata and Mambo — get dancing with SummerDance In The Parks!

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CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Chicago SummerDance is programmed by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) at the City of Chicago. DCASE is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality through free and affordable events and programs.