All Aboard for Chicago's 40th Anniversary Soul Train Celebration.

All Aboard for Chicago's 40th Anniversary Soul Train Celebration.
Curtis Mayfield.

Chicago, Thursday, September 1, 2011. The Windy City's first-ever Soul Train Photo Exhibition just keeps chugging along at Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph Street).  View rare photographs from the never-before-seen collection of more than 55 of the biggest names in music taken on the Soul Train stage.

Stop by Expo 72, just across from the Chicago Cultural Center, to view the incredible images of the iconic musicians who performed on the show such as Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Chuck Berry and more. Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (through October 2, 2011). The exhibition will also be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to 4p.m.

This weekend, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, will be offering a series of events honoring the 40th anniversary of the Chicago-based Soul Train, the longest-running, nationally syndicated program in television history.

Related Events.

Be a Part of an All-Ages Television Show at Friday Night Groove.

Dance to the beat and relive the days of the Soul Train when Chic-a-Go-Go tapes their all-ages television show at Expo 72’s Soul Train Photo Exhibition under disco balls and a retrospective of photographs.  Drawing from legendary dance programs like Soul Train and American Bandstand, as well as Chicago’s own 1960s shows Kiddie-A-Go-Go and Red Hot and Blue, Chic-a-Go-Go combines classic TV entertainment with an original, whimsical style. The evening features DJ Bob Abrahamian of 88.5 WHPK’s Sitting in the Park on the turntable and Chic-a-Go-Go hosts Miss Mia Park and Ratso.

Friday, September 2, 6 - 8 p.m.
Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph Street, free event.

A Film Screening of “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America” with Don Cornelius.

View the film, Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America, followed by a moderated question and answer session with Soul Train founder, Don Cornelius, the film’s director Kevin Swain and current CEO of Soul Train Holdings and Chicago native, Kenard Gibbs at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Sunday, September 4, 2 p.m.
, Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State Street
$11/general admission; $7/students (with current I.D.); $6/Film Center members.

Millennium Park’s Pre-Concert Dance Party with Herb Kent.

Start your Soul Train Labor Day festivities with an afternoon Pre-Concert Dance Party hosted by Chicago radio pioneer, V103 Radio’s Herb Kent.  Kent, known as the King of the Dusties and the Cool Gent, will spin hit records from the 60s, 70s and 80s prior to the concert.


Monday, September 5, 4 p.m. to 5:30p.m., 
Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade at Cloud Gate
, Free.

A Free Concert at Chicago’s Millennium Park.

The concert will pay tribute to Soul Train and its legendary founder and host, Southside native Don Cornelius.  Artists scheduled to perform include Jerry Butler, the original lead singer of the vocal group, the Impressions and known as The Iceman in his solo career which includes hits like “Only the Strong Survive,” “Make it Easy On Yourself” and “Moon River;” The Impressions, known for their 1960s string of hits influenced by Gospel music that served as inspirational anthems for the Civil Rights movement; The Chi-Lites, the Chicago-based smooth soul vocal quartet from the 1970s with top songs including “Have You Seen Her?” and “Oh Girl;” The Emotions, Chicago’s all-female, R&B trio, best known for the song “Best of My Love” and Gene Chandler, the “Duke of Earl.”  They will be backed by a full orchestra of veteran musicians who have played and/or recorded with the artists listed above and will be led by conductor/arranger Tom Tom Washington.


Monday, September 5, 6:30 p.m. 
Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 
Free.


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