Make Music Chicago 2013

Make Music Chicago 2013

The city is about to be overrun with music -- free, live celebrations of music! How fun! Take advantage of the  3rd annual Make Music Chicagoon Friday, June 21st.

This all-day, citywide festival celebrates everyone’s ability to make music, from beginners to top-tier professionals in all music styles.  Make Music Chicago features varied performances and programming, such as three participatory events in Daley Plaza,live DJs playing house music on the Midway Plaisance, an afternoon Organ Crawl,family concerts, an evening Street Party with food trucks and a Harmonica Jam(free harmonicas for all!) and much, much more.

Chicago joins more than 500 cities across the world celebrating music with free performances, all on the longest day of the year. Make Music Chicago celebrates the ability of everyone to participate in music-making.  Throughout the day, people of all ages and backgrounds – beginners, amateurs, professionals and marquee artists – gather in Chicago’s public spaces to perform live music of all genres.  This year, over 25 sites host music events, including Daley Plaza, the Driehaus Museum, The Poetry Foundation, Midway Plaisance, Lincoln Park Zoo, Old Town School of Folk Music, Roosevelt University and more.  The Grand Finale takes place in the historic St. James Cathedral (65 E. Huron Street at Wabash) in River North, followed by an outdoor street party at the St. James Commons.  A complete list of performance sites can be found at

Family-friendly highlights include:

Family Concerts

Make Music Chicago includes multiple Family Concerts throughout the day.  In Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark Street), woodwind ensemble Quintet Attacca, along with special guest narrator Mark George, President of the Music Institute of Chicago, perform their interactive "Peter and the Wolf" show.  Also, the young musicians of the Suzuki Music School of Lincoln Park perform favorites in “SuZOOki.”

Lincoln Park Zoo

  • Quintet Attacca with Mark George, Peter and the Wolf”: 10:30 am – 11:15 am
  • “SuZOOki”kids play-along:  11:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Chinese Fine Arts Society Young Artists:  12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

During the Grand Finale, Quintet Attacca also performs its interactive “Quintet Idol!” on the Scott V. Bruner Family Stage in the St. James Commons, a show intended to introduce school-age children to woodwind instruments where they decide their favorite.


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