Chicago SummerDance Complete Schedule

Chicago SummerDance
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 4:04pm

Get out your dancing shoes! The Chicago SummerDance Festival, the largest annual outdoor live music and dancing series in the United States, returns for its 24th year to Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden (601 South Michigan Avenue).

On most dates from June 26 through August 24, 2019, you can learn how to dance with lessons and live music on Wednesday through Sunday evenings. They cover styles from all over the world, and even the floor is earth-friendly since it's made of 100% recycled materials.

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SummerDance in the Parks returns. Seven neighborhood parks are hosting the popular series on Wednesdays from June 26 through August 21.

Dance Downs in the Park is also back in 2019. Dance downs are historic black Chicago talent showcase and today are inspired by modern dance styles like bopping, Chicago footwork, online dance challenges and TV shows like Bring It and America’s Got Talent

SummerDance will feature three dance downs at Hamilton Park Cultural Center on Saturday, July 27, Austin Town Hall Park on Saturday, August 17, and culminating at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park on Saturday, September 21, at YAS! Fest, a celebration of Chicago’s creative youth.

As always, SummerDance is free to attend. Just show up and get your groove on!

Dance lessons begin at 6pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 4pm on Sundays. Lessons are followed by live music and dancing from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 5pm to 7pm on Sundays. SummerDance in the Parks on Thursdays begin with lessons at 6pm followed by dancing to live music from 7pm to 9pm.

Updates and announcements (including weather-related announcements) will be shared onFacebook and on Twitter @SummerDanceChi, #ChicagoSummerDance. For moreinformation, visit chicagosummerdance.org or call the Department of Cultural Affairs andSpecial Events at 312.744.3316.

Chicago SummerDance

2019 CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE SCHEDULE

 

Includes Chicago SummerDance, SummerDance in the Parks, Dance–Downs,

Taste of Chicago and SummerDance Celebration

Admission to All Programs is FREE

Schedule is Subject to Change

 

SUMMERDANCE AT SPIRIT OF MUSIC GARDEN

 

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Thursdays–Saturdays

Dance Lesson: 6–7 p.m.

Music & Dancing: 7:30–9:30 p.m.

 

Sundays

Dance Lesson: 4–5 p.m.

Music & Dancing: 5–7 p.m.

 

 

SUMMERDANCE IN THE PARKS

Citywide Chicago Park District locations

Wednesdays

Dance Lesson: 6–7 p.m.

Music & Dancing: 7–9 p.m.

 

SUMMERDANCE AT TASTE OF CHICAGO

 

Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

July 10–July 14

Dance Lesson: 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Music & Dancing: 6:30–8:30 p.m.

 

 

DANCE DOWNS IN THE PARK

 

Saturday, July 27, 2–5 p.m.

Hamilton Park Cultural Center

513 W. 72nd St.

Saturday, August 17, 2–5 p.m.

Austin Town Hall Park

5610 W. Lake St.

 

 

 

SUMMERDANCE CELEBRATION

Saturday, August 24, 1–8 p.m.

Millennium Park

201 E. Randolph St.

 

 

FULL SCHEDULE

(BAND/DJ is listed first with the DANCE STUDIO/INSTRUCTOR(S) listed underneath)

 

JUNE

Wednesday, June 26, 6–9 p.m.

SummerDance in the Parks

Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lakeshore Dr.

CONTRA & SQUARE DANCE

SummerDance celebrates the Year of Chicago Theatre with Theater on the Lake

  • Golden Horse Ranch Band (Contra & Square Dance)
  • Annie Coleman (Square & Contra Dancing, Line Dancing, Polka, Waltz)

 

Thursday, June 27, 6–9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

SWING

  • The Flat Cats (Jump Blues, Swing)
  • May I Have This Dance (Swing, Jitterbug)   

 

Friday, June 28, 6–9 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

HOUSE

  • EXCURSIONS: DJs Cordell Johnson & James “JV” Vincent (House DJ set)

 

Saturday, June 29, 6–9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

SALSA

  • Charangueo  (Salsa)
  • Andres Meneses from Latin Street (Salsa)

 

Sunday, June 30, 4–7 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

FOLK DANCES & MUSIC FROM INDIA

  • Ishti presents Pulse of India: An Evening of Folk Dance and Music
  • Ishti Dance (Bhangra, Raas-Garba, Kalbelia, Ghoomar, Sambalpuri)

 

JULY

Wednesday, July 3, 6–9 p.m.

SummerDance in the Parks

Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave.

SALSA, CHA-CHA & MERENGUE

  • Yambeque (Salsa, Cha-cha, Latin Jazz)
  • Latin Rhythms (Salsa, Cha-cha)

 

Thursday, July 4, 6–9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

ZYDECO

  • Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience (Zydeco)
  • Buddy Bates and Susan Kaufman (Zydeco Two-step)

 

Friday, July 5, 6–9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

SALSA

  • Afinca'o (Salsa, Mambo)
  • Mixed Motion Art Dance Academy (Salsa)

 

Saturday, July 6, 6–9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

CUMBIA

  • Son Monarcas (Cumbia, Son)
  • Latin Rhythms (Cumbia)

 

Sunday, July 7, 4–7 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

EASTERN EUROPEAN FOLK DANCING

  • Dardania (Albanian Folk Music)
  • Altin Naska (Balkan & Eastern European Folk Dances)

 

Wednesday, July 10, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago

Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

STEPPIN'

  • DJ Calvin (Chicago Steppin')
  • Majestic Gents (Chicago Steppin')

 

Thursday, July 11, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago

Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

MOTOWN & R&B

  • Lynne Jordan & The Shivers (Motown & R&B)
  • Dawud and Lura Shareef  (Chicago Bop)

 

Friday, July 12, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago

Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

SALSA

  • Willito Otero y su Orquesta (Salsa)
  • Dance Academy of Salsa (Salsa)    

 

Saturday, July 13, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago

Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

HOUSE

  • DJ Chip E. (House DJ set)    

 

Sunday, July 14, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

SummerDance at Taste of Chicago

Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Dr.

COUNTRY

  • The Lawrence Peters Outfit (Honky-tonk Country)
  • Jeffrey Cannon (Country Two-step, Waltz)

 

Wednesday, July 17, 6–9 p.m.

SummerDance in the Parks

Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N. Sacramento Ave.

BOMBA

  • Leró Martínez and Bomba con Buya (Bomba)
  • La Escuelita Bombera de Corazón at SRBCC (Bomba)

 

Thursday, July 18, 6–9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

SWING

  • Outcast Jazz Band (Big Band Swing)
  • Big City Swing (East Coast Swing)

 

Friday, July 19, 6–9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

SALSA

  • Angel d’Cuba (Salsa)
  • Denita Inez & Desueño Dance (Salsa)

 

Saturday, July 20, 6–9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

BRAZILIAN SAMBA

  • Casuarina (Samba)
  • Edilson Lima (Samba)

 

Sunday, July 21, 4–7 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

BALLROOM

  • Teddy Lee Orchestra (Ballroom)
  • Arthur Murray Dance Center (Foxtrot, Rhumba)

 

Wednesday, July 24, 6–9 p.m.

SummerDance in the Parks

Jackson Park Grove 6B, 1700 Columbia Dr.

STEPPIN'

  • DJ Eric "ET" Taylor (Chicago Steppin')
  • Black Diamond Elite Steppers (Chicago Steppin')

 

Thursday, July 25, 6–9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

CUMBIA

  • (((Sonorama))) DJ Collective (Cumbia)
  • Latin Rhythms (Cumbia)      

 

Friday, July 26, 6–9 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

HOUSE (6–9pm)

  • DJ Duane Powell (House DJ set)

 

Saturday, July 27, 2–5 p.m.

SummerDance Downs in the Park

Hamilton Park Cultural Center, 513 W. 72nd St.

 

Saturday, July 27, 6–9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

ARGENTINE TANGO

  • Tango 21 presents: An Evening of Tango Dance and Theatre
  • Tango 21 (Tango)

 

Sunday, July 28, 4–7 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

BACHATA

  • Reverie DJs Papi & Just Jacob (Bachata DJ set)
  • Jonathan Rivera from Latin Street (Bachata)

 

Wednesday, July 31, 6–9 p.m.

SummerDance in the Parks

Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Ave.

SALSA

  • DJ El Caobo Internacional (Salsa DJ set)
  • Denita Inez & Desueño Dance (Salsa)

 

AUGUST

Wednesday, August 7, 6–9 p.m.

SummerDance in the Parks

Willye B. White Park, 1610 Howard St.

KIZOMBA& Brazilian ZOUK

  • Kizomba Chicago (DJ set)
  • Kizomba Chicago (Kizomba) and Urbanity Dance Chicago (Brazilian Zouk)

 

Friday, August 9, 6–9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

BALLROOM

  • May I Have This Dance presents Ballroom and More! (DJ set)
  • May I Have This Dance (Waltz, Tango)

 

Saturday, August 10, 6–9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

BLUES

  • The Cash Box Kings (Chicago Blues)
  • May I Have This Dance (West Coast Swing, Hustle)

 

Sunday, August 11, 4–7 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

SALSA

  • Carpacho y su Super Combo (Salsa)
  • Dance Academy of Salsa (Salsa, Cha-cha)

 

Wednesday, August 14, 6–9 p.m.

SummerDance in the Parks

Jackson Park Grove 6B, 1700 Columbia Dr.

SWING

  • Petra van Nuis Quintet (‘20s, ‘30s & ‘40s Classic Swing )
  • Louie Stallone (East Coast Swing)

 

Friday, August 16, 6–9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

BLUES

  • Morry Sochat and The Special 20s (Chicago Blues with Swing & Rock-n-Roll)
  • Big City Blues (Blues Dance)

 

Saturday, August 17, 2–5 p.m.

SummerDance Downs in the Park

Austin Town Hall Park, 5610 W. Lake St.

 

Saturday, August 17, 6–9:30 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

STEPPIN'

  • National Steppers Society (Chicago Steppin')
  • Ken Watkins (Chicago Steppin')

 

Sunday, August 18, 4–7 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

FLAMENCO

  • Clinard Dance's Flamenco Quartet Project (Flamenco)
  • Wendy Clinard (Flamenco)

 

Wednesday, August 21, 6–9 p.m.

SummerDance in the Parks

Ping Tom Memorial Park, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

SALSA

  • Agúzate DJ Crew (Vintage Salsa DJ set)
  • Chicago Dance (Salsa)         

 

Friday, August 23, 6–9 p.m.

SummerDance at the Spirit of Music Garden

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

HOUSE

  • Dee Jay Alicia (House DJ set)

 

Saturday, August 24, 1–8 p.m.

SummerDance Celebration–THE GRAND FINALE!

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

A full day of participatory and professional dancing throughout Millennium Park on the Great Lawn,Cloud Gate, Wrigley Square and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The full schedule will be announced in June.

 

Driving to Chicago SummerDance? Find discounted parking near Grant Park. Check the map below for discounted parking through Spothero:

 

 

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