Make Music Chicago Returns for a Third Year

MMC logo for web After two successful years, Make Music Chicago, a free musical celebration across Chicago, returns for its third annual event taking place on the first day of summer, Friday, June 21.  Chicago joins more than 500 cities across the world celebrating the art of making music with free performances throughout the city, all on the longest day of the year.

Make Music Chicago celebrates the ability of everyone to participate in music-making. Beginners to professional, the main purpose is bringing people together to enjoy all kinds of music – folk, jazz, classical and more.

This year, over 25 sites host music events, including Daley Plaza, the Driehaus Museum, The Poetry Foundation, Midway Plaisance, Lincoln Park Zoo, Old Town School of Folk Music, Roosevelt University and more.  The Grand Finale takes place in the historic St. James Cathedral (65 E. Huron Street at Wabash) in River North, followed by an outdoor street party at the St. James Commons.

A complete list of performance sites can be found at

Highlights that caught our attention

Daley Plaza
Newberry Consort 10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Ellen Hargis, soprano and director
Leighann Daihl, baroque flute
Craig Trompeter, baroque cello
David Schrader, harpsichord
Program: Selections from “My Heart’s in the Highlands,” music of Robert Burns and the Scottish Enlightenment

PianoForte Foundation
Marcia Bosits, piano 1:20 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
Bolcom Nine New Bagatelles
I. Grazioso (…”and then what happened?”)
V. Andante (…a little story)
VII. With a swing (…valse oubliable)
Tansman Mazurka No.2
Berceuse polonaise
Temp di blues
Piazzolla Veuvlo al sur
Milonga Picaresque
Ouverture (El sueno de una noche de verano)

Humboldt Park Boathouse (1440 N. Humboldt Dr., Chicago)
Crossing Borders Music Collective 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Poetry Foundation (61 W. Superior St., Chicago)
Grant Park Music Festival Apprentice Chorale and Project Inclusion String Quartet 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Resurrection Project Plaza (1818 S. Paulina St., Chicago)
Mariachi Mexico Vivo 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Tarima Son 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Roosevelt University (430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago)
The Chicago College of Performing Arts Brazilian Combo 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston Campus
Massive Multi-generational Community Terry Riley “In C” 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Led by Northwestern University Graduate Student Tom Curry, members of Alternative Current and MIC Faculty
(Register in lobby between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. or online now; practice between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.)

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