Make Music Chicago 2019 – Chicago Joins 1000 Cities

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The International Music Foundation is pleased to present Make Music Chicago 2019. On Friday, June 21, 2019, Chicago will join over 1,000 cities around the world in the largest single-day celebration of music. 

Inspired by France’s Fête de La Musique, Make Music Chicago is a free, citywide, do-it-yourself music festival. Chicagoans of all ages and musical abilities, from seasoned professionals to those with no music experience, are invited to make music at any of the Make Music Chicago events, which include free sing-alongs, play-alongs, lessons, and performances.

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Led by Artistic Director Kuang-Hao Huang, Make Music Chicago will feature over 150 participatory events and performances, across 75 locations throughout Chicago. For a full schedule of events please visit

Make Music Chicago 2019 Highlights:

Chicago Riverwalk – between Michigan Avenue and Lake Street*

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Make Music Chicago is thrilled to be offering a full evening of play-alongs, sing-alongs, and free music lessons along the Chicago Riverwalk. Instruments will be provided, just bring yourself! See below list of key locations: 

The Confluence – between Franklin Street and Lake Street 

5:30-8:00PM | Samba Drumming | Escola de Samba/Lane Tech HS 

The Jetty – between Wells Street and Franklin Street

5:00-7:30PM | Guitar Lessons | Columbia College

The Water Plaza – between Wells Street and LaSalle Street

5:00-6:00PM | pBuzz Workshop | People’s Music School

6:00-7:00PM | Kazoo Workshop | Old Town School of Folk Music 

7:00-7:30PM | Harmonica Workshop | Old Town School of Folk Music 

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The River Theater – between Clark Street and LaSalle Street

5:00PM | Harmonica Workshop | David Kachalon

6:00PM | Ukulele Lessons & Jam Session | Aloha Center Chicago

7:00PM | Sing-Along | Oak Park Chorale

7:15PM | Heart Chant | Forte Chicago

Gallagher Way – 3635 N. Clark Street* 

Make Music Chicago is bringing our much-loved concert band play-along, Sousapalooza, to Gallagher Way! Bring your instrument and play some marches alongside the Navy Band Great Lakes. If you play flute, stick around for a play-along with the Chicago Flute Club later in the evening. Event schedule as follows:

6:30-7:30PM | Sousapalooza Concert Band Play-along | Navy Band Great Lakes

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8:00PM | Flute Choir Play-along | Chicago Flute Club

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Breakey Theatre, Chicago State University – 9501 S. King Drive 

Try your hand at steel pans, harmonica and an array of percussion instruments at Breakey Theatre before jumping into a jam session with the South Side Jazz Coalition! Instruments will be provided, just bring yourself! Event schedule as follows:

2:00-2:45PM | Percussion Workshop | Art “Turk” Burton

2:45-3:30PM | Steel Pan Drum Workshop | Mark Smith

3:30-4:30PM | Harmonica Workshop | Fernando Jones

5:00-6:00PM | Jam Session | South Side Jazz Coalition

*In case of inclement weather the above outdoor events will move to Broadway Armory – 5917 N. Broadway. 

Pianos In The Parks 

Athletic Field Park | Bessemer Park | Buttercup Playlot Park | Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens | Jackson Park | Lincoln Park Conservatory | McKinley Park | Meyering Park | Ridge Park | Washington Square Park

Pianos in the Parks offers everyone the opportunity to play a piano outdoors this summer. Each instrument is launched on June 21st as part of Make Music Chicago and will remain in the park for anyone to play until August 1st. 

If you’ve never played before but want to try it out you can stop by for a free introductory lesson during one of the scheduled times. Or if you have some experience already, feel free to sit down and tickle the ivories any time during each park’s open hours.

For more details and a complete schedule please visit

Make Music Chicago is generously supported by the Zell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, 353 North Clark, the Newberry and Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series with support from the Mayor’s office.

About Make Music Chicago 

Inspired by Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday in France, Make Music Chicago takes place every June 21, coinciding with the summer solstice. First presented in 2011, Make Music Chicago celebrates the ability of everyone to make music and is completely free for musicians and audiences alike. Make Music Chicago is a member of the Make Music Alliance, which includes New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, and Philadelphia. To date, more than 1,000 cities in over 120 countries celebrate Make Music, making it one of the largest music events in the world. Make Music Chicago is presented by the International Music Foundation. For more information about Make Music Chicago, visit or contact Make Music Chicago Artistic Director Kuang-Hao Huang at 312-670-6888 | [email protected].

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About The International Music Foundation 

The International Music Foundation (IMF), founded in 1976, is dedicated to presenting free high-caliber classical music performances and music education experiences in the Chicago metropolitan area for people of all ages and degrees of musical awareness. IMF offers the following programs and educational experiences: Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Rush Hour Concerts, Do-It-Yourself Messiah, Make Music Chicago, Live Music Now!, and professional ensemble educational residencies. More information about the International Music Foundation, or contact IMF Executive Director, Mark Riggleman at (312) 670-6888 | [email protected]

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