Make Music Chicago Celebrates Free Music Concerts

Make Music Chicago Celebrates Free Music Concerts

Make Music Chicago is a one-day, city-wide free music festival taking place on the first ‘official’ day of summer, June 21.

Chicago joins more than 700 cities across the world celebrating free music as part of the international music holiday, Fête de la Musique, annually held on the Summer Solstice. This year, Make Music Chicago is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks.

On this day, amateur and professional musicians alike gather in Chicago’s public spaces to play and sing live music of all genres.

Under the helm of Artistic Director and lauded pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, with the support from Executive Director Kitty Rothschild, Make Music Chicago will feature 200 performances and participatory events across 100 locations in over 40 Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs from sunrise to sunset, according to event organizers.

Performances will take place at venues such as Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square, Maggie Daley Park and Pritzker Pavilion plus the Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago Symphony Center, Daley Plaza, Lyric Opera House, Lincoln Park Zoo, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Old Town School of Folk Music and over 30 Chicago Park District sites and many others.

Make Music Chicago highlights include free performances from Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Grant Park Orchestra and Lyric Opera’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center; a joint performance from Gaudete Brass and Axiom Brass; a special Rush-Hour Concert with Grammy-award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich; two-time Grammy Award-nominated Mexican folk musicians Sones de Mexico Ensemble; more than 10 play-along events including the Rise and Shine Orchestra with members of Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and numerous family events including the Suzuki Play-along for kids and the return of Pianos in the Parks.

For a complete and up-to-the-minute list of events, including all play- and sing-alongs, visit or download the Make Music Day app for iOS or Android. Programming is subject to change.

By Jim Vail