Chicago's Make Music Festival Celebrates the First Day of Summer with a Citywide Musical Holiday.


Let’s Hear You Chicago.

Chicago is getting on the bandwagon joining 111 countries and 460 cities around the world with an eclectic musical fest celebrating summer on June 21–the summer solstice. This first-ever Make Music Chicago will take place in major venues all across Chicago. Highlight events include a Sousapalooza and Opera & Show Tunes Sing-Along at Daley Plaza at lunchtime, an afternoon Family Concert at St. James Cathedral, and events at Lincoln Park Zoo, John Hancock Center and both Apple Stores.  Musicians involved specialize in a wide variety of musical styles, from Classical, Rock/Pop and Jazz to Swing, Gospel, Folk and Electronica, with everything in between.

The Make Music Chicago Festival is for people of all ages and levels – amateurs, professionals and marquee artists – to engage in music-making.  The inaugural Chicago event involves over 100 different musicians, bands and ensembles from a diverse array of styles and genres.  

The Day.

Make Music Chicago begins mid-morning with music-makers gathering in Chicago’s public spaces to engage in performances. The musical celebration continues throughout the day, with two special lunchtime highlight events, Sousapalooza, dubbed “Bring Your Instrument to Work Day,” and an Opera & Show Tunes Sing-Along taking place in Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington) from noon to 1:15 PM. Opera and chorus fans will then gather at 12:45 PM to sing some of the most beloved operatic tunes and American musical favorites.

The Make Music Chicago Family Concert will run from 3:30 – 4:45 PM at St. James Cathedral. Quintet Attacca woodwind quintet will perform their interactive “Where in the World is Quintet Attacca?” show, which be joined with performances by the Music Institute of Chicago Suzuki Ensemble and Musikgarten at Concordia University. Parents should be prepared to sing, dance, stomp, and fly with their kids during the closing Musikgarten segment.

The day’s events close with a Grand Finale at St. James Cathedral Commons (65 East Huron Street) from 6:30-9 PM, broadcast live on 98.7WFMT.  The concert will include a massive public performance of Robert Johnson’s popular blues standard, “Sweet Home Chicago,” and music-makers of all skill levels are invited to join in.

Make Music Chicago is inspired by France’s “Fête de la Musique,” a national musical holiday marking its 30th anniversary this year. Since 1982, “Fête de la Musique” has become an international phenomenon, taking place around the globe taking place in a wide variety of locals including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal, and Japan.

Participating Venues.
    * Apple Store North Michigan Avenue (679 North Michigan Avenue)
    * Apple Store Lincoln Park (801 West North Avenue)
    * PianoForte Chicago (408 South Michigan Avenue)
    * 900 N. Michigan Avenue
    * Lincoln Park Conservatory (2391 North Stockton Drive)
    * Northwestern Memorial Hospital (251 East Huron Street)
    * Alliance Française de Chicago (810 North Dearborn Street)
    * Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (303 East Chicago Avenue)
    * Lincoln Park Zoo (2200 North Cannon Drive)
    * The Breakers at Edgewater Beach (5333 North Sheridan Road)
    * St. Chrysostom’s Church (1424 North Dearborn Street)
    * Lake Shore Place (680 North Lake Shore Drive)
    * International House at University of Chicago (1414 East 59th Street)
    * Music Institute of Chicago (1991 Sheridan Road)
    * Chicago Cultural Center (78 East Washington Street)
    * John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue)
    * Prudential Plaza
    * 311 S. Wacker
    * Belmont Harbor
    * Various Chicago Park District locations

More Information.
For a complete schedule of events or to volunteer, visit

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