CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced more details for the new “Chicago in Tune” music festival starting Thursday — including 36 more City-supported “Chicago Presents” neighborhood events and new Blues Community Concerts in the Bronzeville and Austin neighborhoods, on historic Record Row and in music clubs across the city.
Chicago In Tune (August 19 – September 19) is a new citywide festival celebrating Chicago’s diverse and legendary music scene and the 2021 Year of Chicago Music. This month of music will bring together iconic neighborhood venues, presenting organizations and musicians from across the city to celebrate all music genres and forms — with 575+ free and ticketed shows at more than 55 venues. The festival is part of “Open Culture” — one component of the Mayor’s “Open Chicago” initiative to safely and fully reopen the city.
Chicago SummerDance in the Parks (ChicagoSummerDance.org) returns in-person this summer, presented with the Chicago Park District. Dancers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in family and creative activities from 4:30–5:30pm and introductory dance lessons by professional instructors followed by live music and dancing from 5:30–7:30pm except where noted. Events during Chicago in Tune feature Steppin’ at Ogden Park (August 25), Line Dancing at Palmer Park (September 1), Cumbia at Davis Square Park (September 8), House at Rainbow Beach Park (September 12; Note the time: 1–6pm) and Salsa at Portage Park (September 15).
Millennium Park Summer Music Series (Mondays, August 2 – September 13 at 6–8:30pm, and Thursdays, September 2–16 at 6–8:30pm, MillenniumPark.org). This year’s series is putting Chicago on stage — aligned with the City’s artist relief efforts and featuring a nearly all-Chicago lineup filled with debuts, new works, commissions and special collaborations. The series is also co-curated with a diverse group of Chicago venues, organizations and artists. Programs during Chicago in Tune are Preservation of Fire (August 23); Chicago Sinfonietta Presents: Afrodjia Social Club + Proximity (August 30); Zulema featuring Sones de México Ensemble (September 2); Contemporary Indigenous Voices featuring Leonard Sumner, Lyla June and Tall Paul (September 6); CIVL Summer Concert featuring Neal Francis and band with special guest headliner TBA (September 9); Angel Meléndez & the 911 Mambo Orchestra — Homenaje a la Salsa Boricua de Chicago (September 13); and GRAMMY® Legacies and Looking Ahead starring Eighth Blackbird with special guests TBA (September 16). Millennium Park Summer Music Series is presented by the Millennium Park Foundation with support from co-presenting partners BMO Harris Bank, Chicago Free for All Fund, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Northern Trust and In Honor of the Massey Scholars of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. DCASE programming is supported by the Chicago Transit Authority.
The 2021 season of Grant Park Music Festival features 21 classical music concerts at the iconic Jay Pritzker Pavilion — including (during Chicago In Tune) Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 (Friday, August 20 & Saturday, August 21 at 6:30–8pm, gpmf.org).
Special music events at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion during Chicago In Tune include “Sunday in the Park with Lyric’s Rising Stars” (August 29 at 6–8pm, lyricopera.org) and “Baroque in the Park” presented by Music of the Baroque (September 10 at 6:30–8pm, baroque.org).