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

August 1, 2019

The free music series starts Friday, September 6, 2019, and continues through December


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 and the Garfield Park Conservatory.

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 fall program begins on Friday, September 6, 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 December. The program resumes in January and will continue through May. All performances take place from 11–11:45am unless otherwise noted.


Juicebox Fall and Winter 2019 Schedule

All performances take place from 11–11:45am

Schedule Subject to Change


Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players

September 6: Chicago Cultural Center

September 7: Garfield Park Conservatory

Three-time Grammy Award nominee and “all-star” of the indie family music scene, Justin Roberts has been creating the soundtrack to families’ lives for over 20 years.  His devoted fan base enjoy classics like the fist-pumping “Pop Fly” and parent favorite “Stay-At-Home Dad” with its very own 80s pop anthem song break.


No Juicebox on September 20/21


Mr. Singer and Kerry Appleberry

October 4: Chicago Cultural Center

October 5: Garfield Park Conservatory

Mr. Singer leads Chicago’s most energetic band rocking all pre-Ks and early Graders who like to dance, laugh and rock-out!  Along with his wife, the sparkling singer Kerry Appleberry, the dynamo drummer Marius Mustard and occasional special guests, the bigger-than-life performer brings clever original songs along with some fun punky favorites.


Bollywood Groove

October 18: Chicago Cultural Center

October 19: Garfield Park Conservatory

Bollywood Groove is a Bollywood dance, fitness and entertainment company offering 35 classes throughout the Chicagoland area. Their kids’ program teaches children about the different regions of India, including the language, culture, and of course…dance.


Ralph’s World

November 1: Chicago Cultural Center

November 2: Garfield Park Conservatory

Indie rocker, songwriter, playwright, children’s book author and Grammy Award-nominated artist Ralph Covert brings the high energy and music from his touring pop-rock band to Ralph’s World – the mega fun musical planet where kids rock rock rock and dance dance dance. Come see why the New York Times called him kids music’s “Elvis Presley, or at the very least its Elvis Costello.”


Animal Farm

November 15: Chicago Cultural Center

November 16: Garfield Park Conservatory

Through the eyes of our furry, featured, scaly and shell-dwelling friends, Animal Farm blends original songs, educational comedy and interactive storytelling to explore social and emotional learning, community and self-expression. The group’s 2018 album We Are One won a National Parenting Product Award, a Mom’s Choice Award and a Parents Choice Recommended Award.


Wendy & DB

December 6: Chicago Cultural Center

December 7: Garfield Park Conservatory

Wendy & DB are a dynamic duo from Chicago who encourage the curiosity and imagination that flourish naturally in children. With positive lyrics honor inclusion and compassion, the award-winning duo’s melodic, interactive and contagious songs delight all, from newborn to one hundred and two! 


Future Hits

December 20: Chicago Cultural Center

December 21: Garfield Park Conservatory

Future Hits is an “educational rock powerhouse" whose songs build important language skills while cultivating children's love for learning. Each song is tailored to develop literacy, increase English language fluency and highlight social emotional learning concepts in a fun, engaging way.


For more information, visit chicago.gov/DCASE, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE.


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.


# # #