Make plans to experiment Chicago in tune, a new city-wide festival held from August 19 to September 19 that celebrates music in the Chicago Tone during the 2021 Chicago Music Year. This exciting month of music will bring together iconic neighborhood venues and musicians from across the city to present all genres and forms of music, with free and paid events at clubs, concert halls, and more.
Chicago In Tune also includes several major musical events. The Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash at Douglass Park, held August 20-22, features trendy hip-hop headliners including A $ AP Rocky and Lil Baby. Ruido party at Union Park, August 20-22, is billed as Chicago’s only Latin alternative music festival. RCAF Music Festival at Union Park, taking place September 4-5, is an immersive electronic music experience. The acclaimed Chicago Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park, running September 10-12, hosts independent favorites that include Phoebe Bridgers and St. Vincent. Riot party at Douglass Park, September 17-19, features rockers Nine Inch Nails and The Smashing Pumpkins. Also included in the Chicago In Tune festivities, Music Lives Here, a new public art initiative featuring historical markers and community concerts.
Millennium Park concerts
As part of Chicago In Tune, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will present new and reinvented programming in place of this year’s Gospel, Jazz, House and Blues music festivals at Millennium Park. Four special evenings at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will honor music born and innovated in Chicago, presented by the Millennium Park Foundation.September 3, Gospel evening – hosted by Jonathan McReynolds and Sonya Blakely and DeAndre Patterson from Inspiration 1390 – will feature LaShon Brown; a celebratory musical tribute to Reverend Dr Clay Evans, Pastor Maceo Woods and Archbishop Lucius Hall, featuring Sisters Carson, Nicole Harris and Illiana Torres; and the Tommies Reunion Choir.
The September 4 Jazz event, presented in conjunction with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, will feature Ari Brown, Marquis Hill and Lizz Wright.
The September 11 House Music Showcase will feature Sanitize Your Soul, a debut Gospel House Choir collaboration between Mark Hubbard and DJ Terry Hunter.
The Blues event on September 18th will be a rousing celebration of Alligator Records ’50th anniversary, featuring Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Nick Moss Band with Dennis Gruenling and the Cash Box Kings, with special guests Shemekia Copeland, Billy Branch, and Wayne Baker Brooks.
Learn more on these Millennium Park musical events. And find the latest information on all Chicago in tune events to help you plan your visit!