CITY OF CHICAGO DCASE CELEBRATES HOUSE MUSIC WITH NEW “HOUSE CITY” SERIES — FREE SUMMER EVENTS STARTING THIS WEEKEND
Events are popping up at Maxwell Street Market and in the neighborhoods that helped create the House music genre over 35 years ago
DJ Jes, El Caveman, DJ Slick Rick da Master, DJ Traxman x HouseofWurkz, DJ Deeon and a Dance Down featuring Silent Threat, Bringing Out Talent, Aggression, Final Alert, Geek Skquad, Dance Force and DJ Corey — just to name a few; presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)
“House City” (kicking off July 4) is a new, 10-part series of free events popping up throughout the summer in the neighborhoods that helped create the House music genre over 35 years ago.
WHEN + WHERE:
UPDATED SCHEDULE (AS OF JULY 2, 2021):
For more details to be added soon, please visit ChicagoHouseMusicFestival.us.
Sunday, July 4 at Maxwell Street Market (800 S. Desplaines St.)
Thursday, July 8 in Austin (Austin Town Hall Park, 5610 W. Lake St.) — presented as part of Taste of Chicago To-Go
Friday, July 16 in North Lawndale (location TBA)
Friday, July 23 in South Shore (6760 S. Stony Island Ave.) — presented in partnership with Stony Island Arts Bank
Saturday, July 31 on the Southeast Side (location TBA)
Saturday, August 14 in Humboldt Park (location TBA) — presented in partnership with Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
Saturday, August 28 in Englewood (Kennedy-King College, 6301 S. Halsted St.) — presented as part of the Protect Chicago Music Series
Sunday, August 29 in Lakeview (location TBA) — presented in partnership with SmartBar & Gramaphone Records
Sunday, September 12 in South Shore (Rainbow Beach Park, 3111 E. 77th St.) — presented as part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Sunday, September 19 in Bronzeville (location TBA) — presented in partnership with Renaissance
SAVE THE DATES:
As part of the new citywide “Chicago In Tune” festival, DCASE will present new and reimagined programs in place of this year’s Gospel music, Jazz, House and Blues festivals in Millennium Park. Four special evenings at Jay Pritzker Pavilion will honor music born and innovated in Chicago, presented by the Millennium Park Foundation: Gospel music (September 3), Jazz (September 4), House (September 11) and Blues (September 18) — all at 5:30–8:30pm. The September 11 House music celebration will feature “Sanitize Your Soul,” a debut Gospel House Choir collaboration between Mark Hubbard and DJ Terry Hunter. Plan your visit at MillenniumPark.org.
Jay Pritzker Pavilion events will not be limited capacity (beyond normal venue capacity) and will not require advance registration for the seating bowl or lawn. All summer events will adhere to the latest public health and safety guidelines, with mobile vaccinations at many City-sponsored events.
To apply for media credentials for Chicago In Tune concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, please visit the DCASE Press Room online or contact [email protected].
Chicago In Tune (August 19 – September 19) is a new citywide festival celebrating music in the key of Chicago — during the 2021 Year of Chicago Music. This month of music will bring iconic neighborhood venues, presenting organizations, and musicians from across the city together to celebrate all music genres and forms — with both large and small, free and ticketed events at clubs, concert halls, and beyond. Highlights include The Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash in Douglass Park (August 20–22), Ruido Fest in Union Park (August 20–22), ARC Music Festival in Union Park (September 4 & 5), Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago in Union Park (September 10–12), Riot Fest in Douglass Park (September 17–19) — and “Music Lives Here,” a new public art initiative. More highlights and details will be announced in the coming months. Venues, organizations, and artists may submit Chicago In Tune events by visiting Do312.com/ChicagoInTune.
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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit chicago.gov/dcase.