This CTA train station now hosts local DJs three days a week

AESOP brings live music performances to the 95th/Dan Ryan Red Line Station.

Jeffy Mai
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Jeffy Mai
Editor, Time Out Chicago
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Still bummed about the rave aboard a CTA train that didn’t happen last month? The CTA has announced that AESOP (An Extended Song of Our People) will return for another season, bringing live DJ sets to the 95th/Dan Ryan Red Line station.

AESOP is an interactive public art installation—featuring a DJ booth—created by Chicago artist Theaster Gates. The project is the first known broadcast studio and DJ booth designed by an artist in a transit facility. 

The music will be curated by creative program director DJ Ayana Contreras and highlight genres that are South Side staples, such as blues, R&B, soul and gospel.

“AESOP provides South Side commuters with a public cultural amenity that celebrates shared history, showcases local talent, and centers the sonic histories and contributions of Black and Brown people,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter Jr. in an official statement.

In addition to Contreras, other guest artists slated to perform this year include DJ Junius Paul and Mr. Jaytoo.

Ready to move and groove? The live sets will take place Mondays (except Labor Day) from 7am-10am, Wednesdays from 3pm-6pm and Fridays from 3pm-6pm. The season will run through November 1. 

While it’s not quite the same as a rave on a moving train, some beats to liven up the morning or afternoon commute are always appreciated. It’s also not the only place to catch free live music this summer—the city offers weekly shows as part of the Millennium Park Summer Music Series and Grant Park Music Festival, and you can dance to house music at Daley Plaza once a month.

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