The Chicago House Party Celebrates the Dance Music Born in Chicago with DJs, Live Performances and Dancing in Millennium Park on Saturday, May 27

May 4, 2017

A House Music Conference and Open Rehearsal will also be hosted at the Chicago Culture Center on May 25 and 26


The Chicago House Party will off free music and dancing in Millennium Park on Saturday, May 27 from 2-9pm. Throughout the day, DJs and live performances will showcase the various sounds and styles of house music, a musical form originally born in Chicago that has since revolutionized dance music on an international scale. This year the House Party will expand to the North Chase Promenade Tent as well as the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Admission to the event is free. For complete details visit

In addition to the House Party at Millennium Park, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will host a House Music Conference on Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26 at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) for musicians, DJs and industry participants. Admission to the conference is free, and registration is not required. For complete conference details visit the

These events celebrate Chicago house music – a truly original genre created in the city during the 1980s. The form takes its name from an old Chicago night club called The Warehouse, where resident DJ Frankie Knuckles mixed old disco classics, Euro-pop and electronic beats into a high-energy amalgamation.


Chicago House Party Schedule of DJs

Millennium Park, Saturday, May 27


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 2–3:30pm                             Julius The Mad Thinker
  • 3:30–4:30pm                        Anthony Nicholson
  • 4:30–5:30pm                        Terry Hunter
  • 5:30–6:30pm                        DJ Pierre Live PA Hybrid Set
  • 6:30–6:45pm                        House Music Award presented to Vince Lawrence
  • 6:45–8pm                             House Legacy Project featuring special guests
  • 8–9pm                                  Maurice Joshua


North Chase Promenade Tent        

  • 2–2:45pm                            House Dance Workshop with Boogie McClarin                     
  • 3–4pm                                 Chicago Skyway
  • 4–6pm                                  First Lady & The Queens of House
  • 6–7pm                                  DJ Jes
  • 7–8pm                                  DJ RP Boo


House Music Conference at the Chicago Cultural Center

Schedule of Panels and Workshops


Thursday, May 25th

House Legacy Project Open Rehearsal

11am–3pm, Claudia Cassidy Theater (2nd Floor North)

The public is invited to observe the rehearsal of this band commissioned for a special performance at Saturday’s Chicago House Party Festival.


Gender/Sexuality/Generation: Evolving Attitudes and Making Safes Space in House Culture

6–7:30pm, Washington Room (5th Floor South)

This panel will discuss the future possibilities for house music and the communities that continue to find this social music and dance form relevant.


House Preservation: Cultivating the Next Generation of Practitioners

6–7:30pm, Claudia Cassidy Theater (2nd Floor North)

This panel, moderated by Lauren Lowery, will focus on the future of house music. It is presented in collaboration with Old Town School of Folk Music’s Soundtrack of the City.


Sound of the City: Ableton for House Music

8–9pm Washington Room (5th Floor South)

This workshop will explore the tools of house music, including Ableton Live which is quickly becoming the defacto software for professional and emerging house producers and mixers.


Music Publishing and Digital Distribution

8–9pm, Claudia Cassidy Theater (2nd Floor North)

This workshop moderated by Jerry C. King will talk about how to protect your work and maximize your revenue in the digital age.

Friday, May 26th

From Drum Machines to Laptops: The Evolution of House Music

6–7:30pm, Millennium Park Room (5th Floor South)

This panel will map the parallel relationships between music technology and house music from early disco edits to house to “EDM.”  


The Business of House Music: Labels, DJs and Merchandise in the New Economy

6–7:30pm, Washington Room (5th Floor South)

This panel will discuss how house music-related businesses can take advantage of the global phenomenon and thrive in the new economic landscape.


Millenium Park

Millennium Park is Chicago’s town square, the #1 attraction in the Midwest and among the Top 10 most-visited sites in the U.S. Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. The Park is open 6am–11pm daily. For the latest news and events, download the Millennium Park app, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @Millennium_Park.


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.


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