Tag Archives: Millennium Park

Caroling at Cloud Gate and Free Caribou Coffee

Celebrate the holidays in Millennium Park, when Caroling at Cloud Gate returns on Friday evenings each week throughout the holiday season. Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to Cloud Gate to hear the beautiful voices of different Chicago choral groups, including the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Wicker Park Choral Singers, and participate in a holiday sing-along.

Friday, December 10
Old Town School of Folk Music
Throughout its 50 year history, the Old Town School of Folk Music has taught and celebrated music through cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. Tonight’s event features Chicago Tribune commentators Eric Zorn and Mary Schmich, and Old Town School faculty and students in a special “Caroling at Cloud Gate” edition of Songs of Good Cheer, an annual holiday caroling party now in its 12th year at the Old Town School.

Friday, December 17
Wicker Park Choral Singers
Wicker Park Choral Singers has quickly grown from a grassroots effort in the spring of 2008 to an established performing arts ensemble in the Chicagoland area. Its approximately forty members are passionate about making world-class choral music accessible to the community, and are committed to producing concerts that are free and open to the public. With repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to contemporary works of today’s foremost composers, WPCS aims to provide something to excite and engage each and every audience member.

Admission is free. Caroling at Cloud Gate is supported by the Comer Foundation, with complimentary warm beverages courtesy of Caribou Coffee.

* Date 11.26.2010 – 12.17.2010
* Time(s) Fri, 6:00pm – 6:50pm
* Location Chase Promenade Central
* Note Performance may be shorter due to extreme cold conditions

Date Night Delight in the Joy of the Chicago Children’s Choir

Celebrate the holidays in Millennium Park, when Caroling at Cloud Gate returns on Friday evenings each week throughout the holiday season. Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to Cloud Gate to hear the beautiful voices of different Chicago choral groups, including the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Wicker Park Choral Singers, and participate in a holiday sing-along.

Friday, December 3
Chicago Children’s Choir
The Chicago Children’s Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization dedicated to shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence. Today, The Chicago Children’s Choir serves more than 3,000 young singers and is America’s largest, most comprehensive organization devoted to the musical education of children. By developing musical skills and performing in public, the children acquire poise, increased self-esteem, and an understanding that discipline and hard work bring rewards. Tonight’s performance is conducted by Judy Hanson, Director of Choral Programs.

Friday, December 10
Old Town School of Folk Music
Throughout its 50 year history, the Old Town School of Folk Music has taught and celebrated music through cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. Tonight’s event features Chicago Tribune commentators Eric Zorn and Mary Schmich, and Old Town School faculty and students in a special “Caroling at Cloud Gate” edition of Songs of Good Cheer, an annual holiday caroling party now in its 12th year at the Old Town School.

Friday, December 17
Wicker Park Choral Singers
Wicker Park Choral Singers has quickly grown from a grassroots effort in the spring of 2008 to an established performing arts ensemble in the Chicagoland area. Its approximately forty members are passionate about making world-class choral music accessible to the community, and are committed to producing concerts that are free and open to the public. With repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to contemporary works of today’s foremost composers, WPCS aims to provide something to excite and engage each and every audience member.

Admission is free. Caroling at Cloud Gate is supported by the Comer Foundation, with complimentary warm beverages courtesy of Caribou Coffee.

* Date 11.26.2010 – 12.17.2010
* Time(s) Fri, 6:00pm – 6:50pm
* Location Chase Promenade Central
* Note Performance may be shorter due to extreme cold conditions

Bundle Up, Sing Along and Sip Free Coffee

Celebrate the holidays in Millennium Park, when Caroling at Cloud Gate returns on Friday evenings each week throughout the holiday season. Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to Cloud Gate to hear the beautiful voices of different Chicago choral groups, including the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Wicker Park Choral Singers, and participate in a holiday sing-along.

Friday, November 26
Apollo Chorus of Chicago
When the Apollo Chorus of Chicago sings, great choral works come alive! Founded in 1872 after the Great Chicago Fire, this powerful 150-voice chorus is one of the city’s most exciting and talked-about musical organizations. Each season Apollo thrills audiences with beautiful music old and new, winning praise for its performances – especially for Handel’s Messiah. The Apollo Chorus performs a wide range of masterworks for chorus and orchestra and is under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop.

Friday, December 3
Chicago Children’s Choir
The Chicago Children’s Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization dedicated to shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence. Today, The Chicago Children’s Choir serves more than 3,000 young singers and is America’s largest, most comprehensive organization devoted to the musical education of children. By developing musical skills and performing in public, the children acquire poise, increased self-esteem, and an understanding that discipline and hard work bring rewards. Tonight’s performance is conducted by Judy Hanson, Director of Choral Programs.

Friday, December 10
Old Town School of Folk Music
Throughout its 50 year history, the Old Town School of Folk Music has taught and celebrated music through cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. Tonight’s event features Chicago Tribune commentators Eric Zorn and Mary Schmich, and Old Town School faculty and students in a special “Caroling at Cloud Gate” edition of Songs of Good Cheer, an annual holiday caroling party now in its 12th year at the Old Town School.

Friday, December 17
Wicker Park Choral Singers
Wicker Park Choral Singers has quickly grown from a grassroots effort in the spring of 2008 to an established performing arts ensemble in the Chicagoland area. Its approximately forty members are passionate about making world-class choral music accessible to the community, and are committed to producing concerts that are free and open to the public. With repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to contemporary works of today’s foremost composers, WPCS aims to provide something to excite and engage each and every audience member.

Admission is free. Caroling at Cloud Gate is supported by the Comer Foundation, with complimentary warm beverages courtesy of Caribou Coffee.

* Date 11.26.2010 – 12.17.2010
* Time(s) Fri, 6:00pm – 6:50pm
* Location Chase Promenade Central
* Note Performance may be shorter due to extreme cold conditions

Ice Skating at Millenium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

Kicking off Chicago’s winter season, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park will open on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 and will remain open through Sunday, March 13, 2011, weather permitting.  The rink, now in its tenth season and drawing more than 100,000 skaters annually, is free and open to the public.  Skate rental is available for $10. The ice rink is located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets. 

McCormick Tribune Ice RinkMillenium Park Ice Skating

Regular hours for the season are as follows:
Mondays—Thursdays, 12PM-8PM
Fridays, 12PM-10PM
Saturdays (through Dec.18), 10AM-10PM
Saturdays (beginning Jan. 8), 10AM-9PM
Sundays, 10AM-9PM

Holiday Hours
Thursday, November 25 (Thanksgiving), 10AM-4PM
Friday, December 24, 10AM-6PM
Saturday, December 25, 10AM-4PM
Friday, December 31, 10AM-8PM
Saturday, January 1, 12PM-10PM

2010 Chicago Country Music Festival in Millenium Park

Those boots were made for two-stepping, so grab a pair and head to Millennium Park (new location) for the Chicago Country Music Festival, Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9! Happening during Marathon weekend, runners and spectators alike can limber up and relax with two days jam packed with the best country music this side of Nashville. The festival is FREE and hours are from Noon to 9 pm both days.

Chicago Country Music Festival Flyer

Schedule of Musical Performances

Friday, October 8th: Gretchen Wilson, Clint Black, Shelley Miller, Gin Palace Jesters, Midway Ramblers Cajun Band, The Henhouse Prowlers, Truth & Salvage Co., Charissa & Auburn Sky, Brushfire, Whitey Morgan & The 78s, Slim Pickins Band, Country Sky Band

Saturday, October 9th: Love & Theft, Jake Owen, Jewel, Scarlet Oaks, Doug & Telisha Williams, CMA Songwriters’ Series featuring: Kix Brooks, Bob DiPiero, David Lee Murphy & The Band Perry, Sawbuck, The Giving Tree Band, Slamabama, Brittany Clark & Raz’n Kane, Midnight Flyer, Northern Comfort, Levi Riggs

Both days there will be Line Dance Instruction between acts at the Best Buy tent. It’s not a Date until you’re dancing!

History of the Chicago Country Music Festival

Mayor Daley is a country music fan and recognized a need for a Chicago Country Music Festival in the city. Chicago, after all, has a rich heritage in country music and has a vast number of country singers/songwriters and bands here.

In 1991, the inaugural Chicago Country Music Festival became a reality. It was a two-day event, held on city streets, near Sheffield and Weed Street, to be exact. 42,000 country music fans turned out in 99 degree heat to watch a diverse talent line-up, featuring everything from clog dancers and square dancers to the singing group The Texas Tornadoes, Rodney Crowell and Pam Tillis. Music critics gave it a thumbs up for the variety of country music offered. Because of the big crowds, it was decided to move the event the following year to Grant Park to accommodate the crowds.

For 16 years, the Chicago Country Music Festival took place on the first weekend of Taste of Chicago, the city’s premier culinary event. It was considered a festival within a festival. Country music was featured on two music stages and performers over the years have included Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Wynonna, Yonder Mountain String Band, Randy Travis, Loretta Lynn and the father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe.

2008 marked a big change for the event. The Chicago Country Music Festival moved out from the Taste of Chicago to a new location and a new date. The festival moved to Soldier Field Parkland. Large crowds turned out for Gretchen Wilson, Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift, among others. The Best Buy Honky Tonk Stage and the Americana Stage rounded out the talent lineup. We also added a Kids Corral and Dance Tent.

More details can be found at www.chicagocountrymusicfestival.us

2010 Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago Jazz Festival

Don’t forget, this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival, presented by CareFusion, has grown. Music begins on Thursday, September 2 at Millennium Park with afternoon performances from noon to 4pm.

Take a walk down Michigan Avenue to Roosevelt University to catch the festival’s first performance from Artist-in-Residence Nicole Mitchell who plays with pianist Anthony Davis at 5pm in Ganz Hall.

Then on Friday afternoon, the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph) features jazz music in three locations: The Claudia Cassidy Theatre; Preston Bradley Hall and the Randolph Café.

That evening, return to Millennium Park for a full night’s slate that begins at 4pm and concludes with Ramsey Lewis and his 75th birthday celebration.

The Chicago Jazz Festival, presented by CareFusion moves to its traditional home of Grant Park on Saturday and Sunday where four stages offer music from mid-day to 9:30pm. Festival hours are 11am-9:30pm and it is all free admission.

More information at chicagojazzfestival.us

Chicago Jazz Festival Perfect Date Night