Juicebox Offers Free Family Performance Series at the Chicago Cultural Center and Garfield Park Conservatory

December 7, 2018

The free music series starts Friday, January 4, 2019, and continues through May

Christine Carrino    christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0573


The popular free Juicebox will entertain and educate young children and their families with a schedule of music, dance and performances at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.).

With its engaging performances in a kid-friendly setting, the free-admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the “stroller set” and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and otherwise interact with performers.

The winter and spring program begins on Friday, January 4, and will continue on the first and third Friday of each month at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and following Saturday of each month at the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) through May. All performances take place from 11–11:45am unless otherwise noted.


Juicebox Winter and Spring 2019 Schedule

All performances take place from 11–11:45am

Schedule Subject to Change


January 4: Chicago Cultural Center

January 5: Garfield Park Conservatory

Laura Doherty

A Chicago favorite, Laura Doherty acoustically rocks kids’ world with breezy, folk-pop tunes from her multi-award winning recordings. Her performances also feature her adorable puppet friends Jazzasaurus, Muddy Puddles and Domingo the Flamingo. This upbeat, interactive concert will have kids dancing and clapping along to Doherty's original catchy tunes.


January 18: Chicago Cultural Center

January 19: Garfield Park Conservatory

Duke Otherwise

With his guitar, tap shoes, and distinct baritone, Duke Otherwise performs a hilarious, charming and interactive musical program for all ages.  From Madison, Wisconsin, Duke's original songs are bursting with clever wordplay and fun ideas relatable to both kids and adults.  Be ready to dance, laugh, volunteer and have your spontaneous suggestion be added to the show!    


February 1: Chicago Cultural Center

February 2: Garfield Park Conservatory

Jabberwocky Marionettes

Jabberwocky Marionettes is a mother daughter puppet company featuring Lolly Extract and Amber Marsh. Together they have created original productions and events with the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Libraries, the Arts In The Dark Parade, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum to name a few.


February 15: Chicago Cultural Center

February 16: Garfield Park Conservatory

Tunes with Tim

Chicago kiddie rocker Tunes with Tim uses his wide repertoire of classic songs–from nursery rhymes to Beatles tunes–to inspire dancing and singing while teaching the basics of music including rhythm and tempo, melody and harmony.


March 1: Chicago Cultural Center

March 2: Garfield Park Conservatory

Little Miss Ann

Get ready to clap and sing along as Little Miss Ann and her band play upbeat and interactive originals. Chicago's Ann Torralba, best known as Little Miss Ann, is an award-winning kids musician, former Chicago Public School teacher and instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music, who has performed across the country from Lollapalooza to SXSW, and been featured on WXRT Local Anesthetic, Sirius XM Kids Place Live and more. 


March 15: Chicago Cultural Center

March 16: Garfield Park Conservatory

Jodi Koplin & the Jigglejam Band

Get ready to wiggle, jiggle and giggle as you sing and dance along with Jodi Koplin & the Jigglejam Band. Their engaging style and catchy tunes spark imagination, promoting self-esteem while silliness abounds. Via a wide range of musical styles from folk to rock, country to calypso, boogie to blues, the Jigglejam Band will keep the whole audience jammin' along! 


April 5: Chicago Cultural Center

April 6: Garfield Park Conservatory

Stacy Buehler

Stacy Buehler loves to make music with young children, and her live shows include upbeat traditional tunes, peppered with lively originals. Part of the children’s music world for the past 20 years including two albums under the name Stacymusic, you can catch her performances at places like the Chicago Children’s Museum and Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival.


April 19: Chicago Cultural Center

April 20: Garfield Park Conservatory

Halau i Ka Pono

Learn more about Hula – the Hawaian dace expressing all that we see, hear, taste and feel. With Halau i Ka Pono, the Hula School of Chicago. Started in 2009 to share indigenous Hawaiian culture and stories through the joy of dance, the school teaches hula, Hawaiian mythology, cultural values and history at beginner level classes for children and adults.


May 3: Chicago Cultural Center

May 4: Garfield Park Conservatory

Mr. Dave Music

Mr. Dave Music brings the joy of music into the lives of children, families and adults with a warm educational experience. The Wicker Park location offers a schedule of music and yoga classes, private lessons, birthday parties and “baby raves.”


May 17: Chicago Cultural Center

May 18: Garfield Park Conservatory

To be announced on the website this spring.


About Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events:

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) 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. For more information, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE.


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