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Check out the schedule for the 25th year of Chicago SummerDance

More than 20 free performance and dance lesson events will be held across the city as part of the Year of Chicago Dance.

Written by
Lindsay Eanet
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Summer's here, and the time is right for dancing in the street. OK, it's still May, and we've seen the sun twice in the last 42 days or so, but summer's almost here—and with it, the return of Chicago SummerDance.

For 25 years, SummerDance has brought Chicagoans together to enjoy live music and dancing in a variety of styles and genres. Now, after two summers of limited or canceled outdoor programming, SummerDance is back in full force as part of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' "Year of Chicago Dance" initiative. This year's program, which runs June 18 through September 17, will feature 23 events spanning ballroom, Chicago steppin', cumbia, Indian classical Bhaharanatyam, country line dancing, Hawaiian Haki Kino and more. At the events, attendees will receive a complimentary in-person dance lesson led by professional instructors, followed by live music and dancing—and don't worry, the lessons are designed for dancers of all skill levels.  

In addition to SummerDance sessions at the event's long-running location in Grant Park's Spirit of Music garden, this year's lineup features pop-ups in neighborhoods across the city, including Pullman, Rogers Park, Humboldt Park, Austin, Roseland, Lincoln Square, Portage Park, North Lawndale, Englewood and Hyde Park, as well as programming at Taste of Chicago and the Maxwell Street Market. For the neighborhood sessions, the city is collaborating on programming with local arts organizations like The Firehouse Community Arts Center, Free Street Theater, Move Me Soul and new partners The Happiness Club, a collective of young Chicago artists encouraging positivity and social change by creating original hip-hop and pop music.

Ready to get dancing? Check out the full 2022 Chicago SummerDance schedule below.

Saturday, June 18 | noon4pm 
Chicago SummerDance at Taste of Chicago Pullman
Pullman Park, 11101 S Cottage Grove

12pm Salsa / Urbanity Dance Chicago

1pm Line Dancing / Fre2Dance

2pm Steppin’ / TBA

3pm Footwork / The Urban Ark

Music by The Urban Ark


Wednesday, July 6 | 4:30–7:30pm
Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Welles Park2333 W Sunnyside Ave 

Haki Kino / Hawaiian fitness and dance exercises

4:30pm Creative activities

5:30pm Aloha Center Chicago with Lanialoha Lee, Kuma Hula (Master Hula Teacher) of Ke Kula Kupa`a O Ka Pakipika

Music by Pacific Soundz & Friends of Aloha (Music of Hawaii and South Pacific)


Friday, July 8 | noon–4pm
Chicago SummerDance at Taste of Chicago - Kicking off a bite-sized Taste with four dance styles born in Chicago!  
Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park

12pm Line Dancing, featuring the Cha-Cha Slide / Janelle E. McGhee

1pm Steppin’ / Shaun Ballentine

2pm Polka Hop / TBA

3pm Footwork / Christopher “Mad Dog” Thomas

Music by DJ Mwelwa

Guest emcee Jennifer Billock


Saturday, July 9 | 11:30am–4pm 
Chicago SummerDance at Taste of Chicago
Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park

11:30am – 1pm A Walkie Talkie Dancey Party! Presented by Chicago Children’s Theatre & The Q Brothers

Followed by 30-minute dance lessons every hour and more music

1pm Ballroom Basics (for kids and families) / Dancing With Class 

2pm East Coast Swing / May I Have This Dance 

3pm Merengue / May I Have This Dance  


Sunday, July 10 | noon–4pm
Chicago SummerDance at Taste of Chicago
Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park

12pm Salsa / La Mecca Dance Chicago

1pm Kizomba / Shafeeha Monae

2pm Bachata / Chicago Dance

3pm Afrobeat / Stacy “Jukeboxx” Letrice

Music by DJ Kimani Rashad 


Wednesday, July 13 | 4:30–7:30pm
Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Douglass Park1401 S Sacramento Dr 

Latin + Hip Hop

4:30pm Creative activities

5:30pm Dance Instructors TBA

6pm Music Artist TBA


Wednesday, July 20 | 4:30–7:30pm
Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Willye B White Park, 1610 W Howard St 

Peace, Love and Unity Dance Party

4:30pm Creative activities

5:30pm Andrea Vinson from NAJWA Dance Corps (Boogaloo)

6pm Chicago Soul Spectacular (60s/70s Soul, Rock, R&B)


Sunday, July 24 | 11am3pm
Chicago SummerDance at Maxwell Street Market
Maxwell Street Market800 S Desplaines St

11am Bachata / Latin Street

12pm Salsa / Latin Street

1pm Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) / Latin Street

2-3pm Open Dance

Music by Vintage Wed DJ Papi


Wednesday, July 27 | 4:30–7:30pm
Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Palmer Park, 201 E 111th St  

Neighborhood youth curated programming

Tanji Harper, Artistic Director of The Happiness Club, will lead community engagement with Kids Off The Block, The Urban Ark and Dance and Cheer of Excellence Academy to co-create the content of the overall program.


Wednesday, August 3 | 4:30–7:30pm
Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Levin Park, 5458 W. Kinzie Pkwy 

Afrobeat + House

4:30pm Creative activities

5:30pm Move Me Soul (Afrobeat, House)

6pm Music Artist TBA


Wednesday, August 10 | 4:30–7:30pm
Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N Humboldt Dr  

Salsa

4:30pm Creative activities

5:30pm Mayambo Dance Company (Salsa)

6pm Music Artist TBA


Thursday, August 11 | 6–9pm
Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park

Cumbia 

6pm Latin Street (Cumbia) 

7pm Quinto Imperio (Cumbia)


Friday, August 12 | 6–9pm
Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park

Swing 

6pm May I Have This Dance (Foxtrot, East Coast Swing) 

7pm Alan Gresik Swing Orchestra (1936 Pop Music) 


Saturday, August 13 | 6–9pm
Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park

Steppin’ 

6pm Dawud and Lura Shareef (Steppin’) 

7pm DJ Eric “ET” Taylor (Steppin’) 


Wednesday, August 17 | 4:30–7:30pm
Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Ogden Park, 6500 S Racine Ave 

Steppin’ 

4:30pm Creative activities

5:30pm Majestic Gents (Steppin’)

6pm DJ Myron (Steppin’)


Thursday, August 18 | 6–9pm
Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park

Country & Western 

6pm Jeffrey Cannon & Meg Kindelin (Country Two-Step, Waltz, Polka) 

7pm Wild Earp & The Free For Alls (Country & Western) 


Friday, August 19 | 6–9pm
Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park

Salsa 

6pm Latin Rhythms (Salsa)

7pm Afinca’o (Salsa) 


Saturday, August 20 | 6–9pm
Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park

A Dance Party for Every Body!

6pm Desueño Dance and MOMENTA Dance Company (No Limits Latin/Fusion Adaptive Dance)

7pm

Calculated Discomfort (Disability-Led Fusion Grooves)

** Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) live captioning and ASL offered.


Wednesday, August 24 | 4:30–7:30pm
Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Davis Square Park, 4430 S. Marshfield Ave 

Cumbia + House

4:30pm Creative activities

5:30pm Dance Instructors TBA

6pm Music Artist TBA


Thursday, August 25 | 6–9pm
Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park

Global Music and Dance Traditions

6 – 9pm Dance lessons and music by Surabhi Ensemble (Global Fusion)

Dance styles to be taught throughout the night: Kinnari Vora (Indian Classical Bharatanatyam); Leticia Aravena (Flamenco); Phaedra Darwish (Dabke); Lorena Iniguez (Mexican Folk)


Friday, August 26 | 6–9pm
Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park

House

6pm  DJ Wayne Williams (House) 


Wednesday, August 31 | 4:30–7:30pm
Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Ada Park, 11250 S Ada St 

House

4:30pm Creative activities

5:30pm DJ Sundance (House)


Wednesday, September 7 | 4:30–7:30pm
Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave 

Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) 

4:30pm Creative activities

5:30pm Edson de Cuba (Rueda) 

6pm Orquesta Charangueo (Salsa, Guaracha, Son Montuno) 


Wednesday, September 14 | 4:30–7:30pm
Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Jackson Park, Grove 6B, 1700 Columbia Dr (south of Museum of Science and Industry) 

Swing

4:30pm Creative activities

5:30pm Louie Stallone & Susan Fox (East Coast Swing)

6pm Sam Fazio Quintet (Jazz)


Saturday, September 17

National Dance Day – SummerDance Celebration

Millennium Park

Daylong celebration of free performances and activities. Details TBA.

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