The International Music Foundation Presents Make Music Chicago 2018

A free citywide celebration of music with over 200 events throughout the day
June 21, 2018

June 04, 2018 (Chicago, IL) – The International Music Foundation (IMF) is proud to present Make Music Chicago, an event celebrating Chicagoans and their ability to make music, regardless of age, ability, or preferred musical style. Make Music Chicago is inspired by and coincides with France’s Fête de la Musique. Chicago joins over 800 cities in 120 countries across the globe in celebration, making Fête de la Musique the world’s largest single-day music celebration.

Make Music Chicago is a free, citywide, DIY celebration of the musician in us all. Led by Artistic Director Kuang-Hao Huang, Make Music Chicago is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician, young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical genre, pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. Make Music Chicago will feature over 200 performances and participatory events, across 64 locations in neighborhoods throughout Chicago.

“It is not about whether you are good at making music but about experiencing the fun and the sense of community you can create when you come together to make music with other people.” -Kuang-Hao Huang.

Make Music Chicago features events in the following categories:

Play-Alongs & Sing-Alongs – Whether you are just beginning or have been playing for a lifetime, we encourage you to find an event where you can join in on the fun.

Learn a Tune – If you have always wanted to learn an instrument but have been afraid to take the plunge, our instructional events are a great place to start.

Kids Events – From musical story time to hands-on play, curious kids can explore and engage with music alongside their parents or caregivers in neighborhoods across the city.

Pianos In The Parks – For the fourth consecutive summer, MMC is once again partnering with Night Out in the Parks and the Chicago Public Library to place pianos in five city parks for everyone to play and enjoy. Beginning June 21 and continuing through August 1, pianos can be found at Buttercup Park, Jackson Park, McKinley Park, Mozart Park and Washington Square Park.

Performances – If creating music is not your thing, we welcome you to take in a performance. From classical or country in a breezy park to jazz or pop in a cozy café, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Make Music Chicago Highlights

• Mamma Mia! Sing-Along Trucks – Fans can dance, jive and have the time of their lives while singing their favorite ABBA songs, accompanied by live musicians. In celebration of the new original movie musical “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” the sing-along trucks will make stops at several locations throughout the day. Visit for exact times and locations.

• Grab an instrument and spend the day at Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square for an afternoon of music and community. 2:00PM – 3:45PM, Young Stracke All-Stars will teach free introductory lessons for guitar and harmonica alongside all-ages, family-friendly music jam. All skill levels, especially beginners, are welcome. 4:00PM – 5:00PM, the Chicago Flute Club invites flutists of all ages and skill levels to join them for a flute choir reading session. 5:30PM – 6:30PM, If you relish the joyful noise of 100+ winds, brass and percussion, join Sousapalooza Band Play-along led by the Navy Band Great Lakes. 6:30PM -7:00PM, sing your heart out with the Lift Every Voice Sing-along, a celebration of the rich diversity of our community.

• Hyde Park native Zion Rodman, whose music has been described as “buttery bass-driven bumpers topped by a smoothly crooning voice,” will be performing songs from debut album at Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark Street. 5:30PM – 6:30PM.

• Chicago is the birthplace of House music and what better way to celebrate Make Music Chicago than with back-to-back DJ sets? Head over to Fred Anderson Park or Midway Plaisance: Fieldhouse Rooftop for sets from over 20 DJs. Sets begin at 10:00AM at both locations. Check for exact set times and locations.

• Take a stroll along Chicago’s beautiful Riverwalk where you can enjoy a variety of performances in three locations: O’Briens Riverwalk Café, River Theater and Room Six. Visit for the full lineup.

Make Music Chicago events are open to all ages and free to attend or participate. Some participatory events require advance registration and spaces are limited. For a complete schedule of events and to register to participate, please visit

Make Music Chicago is made possible with support from the following partners and sponsors: 353 North Clark Street, Alfred, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Chicago Park District, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Public Library, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Hohner, Make Music Alliance, Music Performance Trust Fund, NAMM Foundation, NBC Universal, Night Out in the Parks, National Endowment for The Arts, The Newberry, WDCB and the Zell Family Foundation.

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 800 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.

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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 performance 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. For more information, visit

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