Millennium Park Residency Program

  • Experimental Sound Studio (July 13, 1-4pm; Aug. 15, 5-8pm)

  • Collaboraction and Teatro Vista (Aug. 23, 6pm & 6:45pm)

  • Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project (August 24, 5:45pm) RSVP

  • Vocalo's Summer Finale (September 20, 6-9pm)

  • Old Town School of Folk Music (September 22, 5-9pm)

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion • Free Admission

Enter at Michigan Ave. & Washington St., Michigan Ave. & Madison St., Randolph St. or Monroe St.

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Returning for its second year, the Millennium Park Residency Program has announced five Chicago cultural organizations selected to present free dynamic programming as part of Millennium Park’s 20th Anniversary Summer Season: Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project, Chicago Public Media, Collaboraction Theatre with Teatro Vista, Experimental Sound Studio, and Old Town School of Folk Music.


Experimental Sound Studio

the urban nature, Sonic Pavilionthe urban+nature sonic pavilion

Saturday, July 13 • 1-4pm

Thursday, August 15 • 5-8pm

Millennium Park's Great Lawn

The urban+nature sonic pavilion is an auditory exhibition that explores how the sounds of nature are hidden and embedded in the soundtrack of the city. Bringing together 10 multichannel compositions from an international roster of sound artists, this program invites visitors to actively listen to the nature rooted in the urban, and to reconsider the obsolete notion that the human and non-human cannot be beautifully reciprocal and entwined.

Free and open to the public, this immersive experience will take place on Millennium Park’s Great Lawn beneath the world-renowned latticed speaker system of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Interactive curatorial discussions will offer additional insights into the creative concepts of the artists.

This exhibition is curated by Giovanni Aloi and Chris Hunter of the Antennae Project, a leading international peer-reviewed publication on the subject of nature in contemporary art, in collaboration with Experimental Sound Studio (ESS).

Collaboraction and Teatro Vista

Sandra Delgadopresent the return of Sandra Delgado’s La Havana Madrid

Starring Sandra Delgado

Directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce

Friday, August 23

DJ Julio Bishop at 6pm, La Havana Madrid at 6:45pm

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Collaboraction and Teatro Vista present the return of Sandra Delgado’s La Havana Madrid, bringing back to life the eponymous 1960's Lakeview nightclub, where Latine immigrants new to Chicago found refuge to gather, sing, dance, find love and discover their destinies, hailed as “heartfelt and fascinating…bursting with music and warmth” (Chicago Tribune). This staged concert version of the smash hit play, directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce, recreates a special time and place in Chicago history by immersing audiences in live music, dancing and stories inspired by real stories of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Colombian newcomers.

Throughout, La Havana Madrid reveals how and why these new Chicagoans originally migrated to the shores of Lake Michigan, only to be pushed further west – away from the lake – by the forces of gentrification and racism. And alongside the stories, a live band led by Roberto “Carpacho” Marin, chronicles the history of Caribbean Latine music, from boleros, to mambo, to the birth of salsa. By the end of the show, audience members need little encouragement to get on their feet and dance right along. This special performance will kick off with a DJ Julio Bishop spinning salsa classics to get the party started.

Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project

Divination: The Dancing Souls of Black Folk

Divination: The Dancing Souls of Black Folk

Saturday, August 24 • 5:45pm

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

RSVP requested

Returning to Millennium Park following a wildly successful 2022 engagement, the Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project presents ten dynamic companies in a concert exploring the divine, mystical and spiritual ways our ancestors communicate and celebrate with us.

The companies performing include: The Chicago Multicultural Dance Company and Hiplet Ballerinas, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, The Era Footwork Collective, Forward Momentum Chicago, Joel Hall Dancers & Center, M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Move Me Soul, Muntu Dance Theatre, NAJWA Dance Corps, and Praize Productions Inc.

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Nearby parking garages are located at Grant Park North Garage (25 N. Michigan Ave.), Grant Park South Garage (325 S. Michigan Ave.) and Millennium Park Garage & Millennium Lakeside Garage (5 S. Columbus Dr.).

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Take CTA to Millennium Park

From the elevated lines: exit at Washington/Wabash and walk east.

From the subway: exit at Lake (Red Line) or Washington (Blue Line) and walk east.

Served by buses 3, 4, 6, J14, 20, 56, 60, 124, 146, 147, 151, 157

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Vocalo's Summer Finale

Pivot GangFeaturing Pivot Gang, Marquis Hill, KAINA, and More!

Friday, September 20
Jay Pritzker Pavilion • 6-9pm

Vocalo is Chicago’s only urban alternative station, the first of its kind in the country, founded to reflect Chicago’s distinct cultural and creative fabric through music discovery — both on and off the airwaves. On Friday, September 20, Vocalo presents the Summer Finale, a special one-night-only free concert to wrap up the summer, featuring an incredible lineup of Chicago talent: Pivot Gang, a hip-hop collective of independent artists (Saba, Joseph Chilliams, Frsh Waters, MFnMelo and DaeDae) based out of Chicago’s West Side; internationally acclaimed trumpeter and South Side native Marquis Hill; beloved multi-genre singer-songwriter KAINA, and more.

Old Town School of Folk Music

Global CarnivalGlobal Carnival

Sunday, September 22 • 5-9pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion and throughout the Park

A dynamic, immersive performance experience that will feature Afro-Brazilian carnival block Ilê Aiyê and New Orleans Black Masking Indian artists Flagboy Giz & the Wild Tchoupitoulas. With additional performances by local ensembles such as the Windy City Ramblers, Muntu Dance Theatre, Azania Drum, Team Jukeboxx Mas Band, and the Epic Steel Orchestra! Using various areas of Millennium Park as well as a main stage performance, Old Town School’s Global Carnival will weave together performances found in celebrations across the Black Atlantic. Carnival season is a well-known tradition throughout the Caribbean Basin and Latin America, with famous celebrations in Brazil, New Orleans, and Trinidad. While Chicago boasts sizable populations from the regions that participate in the Carnival tradition, large-scale outdoor celebrations are often difficult in the traditional lenten season in winter. The celebratory feeling found in Carnival celebrations engage the healing possibilities of releasing pain, stress, frustration and creating opportunities to embrace freedom, liberatory joy and revelatory experiences with your shared neighbors and community. Global Carnival will bring an evening of these experiences to Millennium Park, following Old Town School’s commitment to the folk tradition: sharing stories and performances from one culture to another.

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