YAS! Fest — Youth Arts Showcase

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Saturday, September 21, 11am–6pm

Millennium Park • FREE Admission

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Explore youth arts programs from across the city and enjoy a showcase of hundreds of outstanding young Chicago artists. YAS! Fest — the Youth Arts Showcase — is Chicago’s largest celebration of young artists and youth arts organizations, featuring the creative work of musicians, actors and dancers, artists and more throughout Millennium Park.

Chicago hip hop artist Tink headlines the event, with opener OSTON. Chicago rapper Lizzie G emcees, and Jamal Smallz spins music throughout the day.

Produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, YAS! Fest is presented by Allstate Insurance Company with support from the Chicago Transit Authority.


YAS! Fest Schedule

(schedule subject to change)


Chase Promenade South Live Music, Dance and DJs

Featuring Lizzie G as emcee and Jamal Smallz spinning throughout the afternoon

  • 11:30am – DJ Bman
  • 12:20pm – Cornbread
  • 12:30pm – Alvin Ailey
  • 12:40pm – Walt the King
  • 12:45pm – Park Dancers
  • 1pm – The Ambiunce
  • 1:10pm – Fruit Salad
  • 1:20pm – Luna Monet
  • 1:35pm – K.E.N.
  • 1:45pm – DJ Bman
  • 2:30pm – Blues Kids Foundation
  • 3pm – BandWith Chicago
  • 3:30pm – Guitars Over Guns Organization
  • 4pm – Little Kids Rock
  • 4:30pm – Finale Opening Program
  • 5pm – OSTON
  • 5:30pm – Tink

Plus featured activities by the Chicago Park District including beaches & pools lifeguard boat and Go Grind skateboarding, BMX & graffiti wall.

Chicago Park District community partners include Art of Culture, Broadway Youth Center, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Chicago Freedom School, Economic Awareness Council, Ignite, Music Box Foundation, Music Forward Foundation, My Block My Hood My City, Shedd Aquarium, Vocalo, WE and West Town Academy


Chase Promenade North — YAS! Lounge

  • 11am – WeJam DJ Academy
  • 11:30am – Chicago Youth Shakespeare
  • Noon – Chicago Poetry Center
  • 12:30pm – WeJam DJ Academy
  • 1pm – After School Matters
  • 1:30pm – The Second City Teen Ensemble
  • 2pm – WeJam DJ Academy
  • 2:30pm – Young Chicago Authors
  • 3pm – Chicago Public Library YOUmedia Mixtape
  • 3:30pm – WeJam DJ Academy

Plus featured activities by Barrel of Monkeys, Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Schools Department of Arts Education, Contexture Media Network, Free Spirit Media, Free Write Sound & Vision, True Star Media, Storytown Improv, Street Level, Teen Arts Pass, WeJam DJ Academy and YAS! Corner by Allstate.


Cloud Gate Plaza — Dance Performances and Activations

  • 11:30am – Dancing with Class
  • Noon – M.A.D.D. Rhythms
  • 12:30pm – Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Youth Company
  • 1pm – Curie Metropolitan High School Dance
  • 1:30pm – Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center
  • 2:30pm – The Happiness Club
  • 3pm – Dance Down featuring The Era Footwork Crew and Open the Circle

Plus featured activites by Changing Worlds, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Marwen, Merit School of Music, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance and Yollocalli Arts Reach.

Millennium Park Summer Theatre Residency at Cloud Gate: Full Moon Jam

  • 6pm – Full Moon Jam Community Workshop
  • 7–9pm – Full Moon Jam Performance


The Great Lawn — Public Art Garden

  • 11am–4pm – Public Art Garden featuring inflatable versions of Alexander Calder’s Flamingo and Jean Dubuffet’s Monument with Standing Beast
  • 2pm – Performance by CircEsteem


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 11am–Noon – WFMT Introductions live broadcast with Mariachi Herencia de México and Merit School of Music

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Admission is FREE
Open Daily 6am–11pm
Welcome Center 9am–5pm
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Find us:

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

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

If parking, Millennium Garages are located at Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave. and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave. Pre-purchase parking online and save up to 50% off drive-up rates.




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