Chicago House Music Festival will Feature Louie Vega and Elements of Life, Joe Smooth, Chez Damier, Ron Trent, Paul Johnson, DJ Deeon, Donna Edwards, Adam Gibbons and Sabine Blaizin (Oyasound) in Millennium Park on Saturday, May 26

April 5, 2018

Chicago House Music Conference will offer free industry workshops and panel talks at the Chicago Culture Center on May 24 and 25

Christine Carrino, 312.744.0573


The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce the lineup for the Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park on Saturday, May 26, from 1 to 9pm. The expanded festival now features three stages of national and local DJs and live performers, including headliners Louie Vega and Elements of Life band, Joe Smooth, Chez Damier, Ron Trent and Sabine Blaizin (Oyasound) among others. Admission to the event is free. For complete details, visit

Chicago is the birthplace of house music, gospel music, urban blues and more. In 2018 over three consecutive weekends, DCASE will celebrate the city’s music legacy at the Chicago House Music Festival (May 26), the Chicago Gospel Music Festival (June 12) and the Chicago Blues Festival (June 810) on stage in Millennium Park, at the Chicago Cultural Center as well as in music venues and clubs throughout the city. Chicago is an arts powerhouse and a global destination for music lovers.

“This Memorial Day weekend, the Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park celebrates a truly original genre created in the city during the 1980s by DJ Frankie Knuckles and others,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “House music is part of the city’s rich music legacy with influences from disco, blues, gospel music, soul, R&B, funk and jazz. Whether you’re a house music fan or just love to dance, I hope to see everyone coming together and enjoying this great art form.”

In addition to the festival in Millennium Park, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will host the Chicago House Music Conference on Thursday, May 24, 6–9pm and Friday, May 25, 3–10pm at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) for musicians, DJs and industry professionals. A special House Dance Summit will take place as part of the conference on Friday from 4pm to 10pm. Attendees will be able to take part in introductory and master classes led by local and national professional House Dancers in the Dance Studio. The evening continues on Friday with a House Dance demonstration at 7:30pm in the Keith Haring Exhibition in the Yates Gallery, followed by a Chicago House Music Festival preview and networking event with DJ Ron Trent until 11pm. Admission is free, and registration is not required. The full schedule will be posted soon at

The festival on May 26 in Millennium Park will also feature a new Vinyl Records Fair on Chase Promenade Central (near Cloud Gate) from 1 to 8pm.

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion will feature performances from 2–9pm. This year’s lineup includes GRAMMY® award winner Louie Vega and Elements of Life band from New York City at 7:30pm. Considered one of House Music’s foremost artists, this project will feature Josh Milan and Luisito Quintero in its’ Chicago debut. Other artists include Donna Edwards, also from New York City.

The new Deep House Stage located in the Chase Promenade North tent between 1 and 8pm will feature the deeper soulful side of house music which incorporates the use of percussion, muted basslines, softer key pads, ambient mixes and sometimes even soulful vocals. Featured DJs and artists include Chicago’s own Ron Trent, Adam Gibbons from Boston, and Sabine Blaizin (Oyasound) from New York City.

The new Chicago House Stage will be on Chase Promenade South from 1 to 8pm and will include the classic and contemporary sound of House in Chicago which incorporates more disco, funk, jazz and gospel elements that were closely attributed to the early influences on the Chicago sound as well as its offshoots like Acid House. Featured Chicago DJs and artists include Paul Johnson and DJ Deeon along with Zernell from Los Angeles.


Chicago House Music Festival Schedule

Millennium Park

Saturday, May 26


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

7:30–9pm                 Louie Vega and Elements of Life

7:15–7:30pm            House Music Awards

6–7:15pm                 Gifted Souls featuring Joe Smooth & Craig Loftis

5–6pm                      Chez Damier

4–5pm                      Mike Dunn

3–4pm                      Donna Edwards

2–3pm                      Jose Marquez

1:45–2pm                 House Dance Performance


Deep House Stage (Chase Promenade North)

7–8pm                      Ron Trent

6–7pm                      Adam Gibbons

5–6pm                      Sabine Blaizin (Oyasound)

3–5pm                      Excursions with Cordell Johnson & James Vincent

2–3pm                      DJ Duane Powell

1–2pm                      John Simmons


Chicago Stage (Chase Promenade South)

7–8pm                      Paul Johnson

6–7pm                      DJ Deeon

4–6pm                      Ron Carroll

3–4pm                      Zernell

2–3pm                      Celeste Alexander

1–2pm                      Boogie McClarin Dance Workshop


The Chicago House Music Festival is produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority. For more information, please visit and follow us on Facebook (Millennium Park) Twitter, Instagram (@ChicagoDCASE #ChicagoHouseMusicFestival) and Snapchat (ChicagoDCASE). To plan your trip to Chicago for the Chicago House Music Festival, visit


NOTE TO GUESTS: This summer in Millennium Park, some important changes are coming to improve security and the visitor experience at the park. The City of Chicago will implement a security perimeter and bag check for all concerts and events that take place in the park. Outside alcohol will be prohibited in the park during the House Music Festival. Visitors will have additional food and beverage options at various price points available for purchase inside the venue. Subject to bag search at the security perimeter, guests will continue to be allowed to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to all events at Millennium Park.


NOTE TO MEDIA: Media credential requests for the Chicago House Music Festival must be submitted by email to, by Friday, May 18, and acceptance notifications will be sent accordingly. Submission of a request does not guarantee admission. Credentials only provide working media access to limited media seating and photo pit; they do not include back stage access. Each media outlet is limited to one press and one photography credential as space is very limited. Visit the pressroom on the website at this link for details – Chicago House Music Festival Press Room.


Millennium 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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