Events & Programs

Events & Programs

YOUR CHI: Fun and More!

The 2019 summer entertainment season has officially begun, featuring dozens of free concerts, events, family activities, nature programs, workouts, public art festivals, and more. The summer series includes many iconic musical events in Millennium Park, which are free to the public and family friendly, including: Year of Chicago Theatre, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Summer Music Series, Summer Film Series and Summer Dance Celebration. Additionally, the Park District also hosts over 200 Movies in the Park throughout the neighborhoods. This free programming runs from May through September.

Across the city, community partners, organizations and faith centers are hosting free events for youth to join in the fun!








Chicago Park District, others

Queer Family BBQ

Ping Tom Memorial Park

1700 S. Wentworth Ave

 (773) 542-9030


Salvation Army

Health Fair

Harbor Light

825 N. Christiana

(312) 667-2350


After School Matters

The Latinx Summer Fest 



(312) 742-4182;


Phalanx Family Services


Universal Entertainment Center

11901 S. Loomis

(773) 291-1086 Laura Bailey


One Summer Chicago, others

14th Annual We R Hip Hop Festival

Dvorak Park

1119 W. Cullerton

(312) 663-0305


After School Matters

Spotlight on Peace

Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave

(312) 742-4182;


After School Matters

Lutz Center Summer Showcase

The Michael and Karyn Lutz Center

3435 N Cicero Ave.

(312) 742-4182;


One Summer Chicago

Youth Apple Summer Showcase

Apple Store-Riverwalk

400 N. Michigan


After School Matters

Summer Dance Summit



(312) 742-4182;


Salvation Army

Overnight Basketball Tournament

Harbor Light

825 N. Christiana

(312) 667-2350;


Chicago Park District, others

Queer Pool Party

Washington Park Refectory

5531 S. Russell Drive


Throughout the summer, community-based organizations are hosting summer programs, day camps and classes for youth to be creative, learn a new skill, and have fun!



There’s nothing better than summer in Chicago, and the Chicago Park District has a wide variety of offerings allowing residents and families to enjoy, explore and get active in every community.  For more information on how to spend your summer in Chicago’s parks, or additional details on programming below, visit or call 312.742.PLAY. Keep track of more than 2,000 Night Out In the Parks events in all 77 community areas all summer long with the My Chi Parks app.

Beaches and Pools

Through Early September

Times and Locations Vary

Cool off this summer at Chicago Park District’s beaches and pools!  Chicago Park District’s 28 indoor and 50 outdoor pools offer open swims, lap swim sessions and various classes.   The Chicago Park District beach season will run through early September. Swimming is permitted when lifeguards are on duty from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm each day. 


Teens in the Park

Through September

Times and Locations Vary

Teens in the Park provides showcasing opportunities for teen artists (singers, dancers, poets and musicians). The events are open to the public and help our artists grow as live performers. Our alumni have gone on to perform at events like Taste of Chicago and more!


Arts & Culture Programming

Times and Locations Vary

Express yourself, be creative and try new activities this summer at any of the Chicago Park District’s Arts & Cultural programs.   From dance and music to performing arts or visual art, your local park has something for everyone.


Movies in the Parks

Through September 9

Citywide, 8:30 p.m.

Hollywood stars return to Chicago skies this summer, as Movies in the Parks brings big-screen entertainment to local parks for the nineteenth season. Join us in the parks for anything from classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood and retro childhood favorites, to the best family-friendly box office favorites from recent years. 


Culture Remix

June 21, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Kosciuszko Park

2732 N. Avers Ave. 
Culture Remix is an all-ages, community-oriented event that celebrates transnational cultures through world music, dance, art, technology, and culture. Curated by Future Rootz, the series celebrates the diversity of Chicago and will highlight emerging talent from across the city.


Chicago Heightz Stop the Violence at Garfield

June 22, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Garfield Park

100 N. Central Park Ave. 

Divine Purpose Youth Performing Arts Center this event is for all ages which will consist of some of Chicago's indie artists and vendor resources for violence prevention, housing and more, we will also have music, games, food and more.


Breakthrough at Ogden

June 22, 5:00-9:00 PM

Ogden (William) Park

6500 S. Racine Ave. 
The BREAKTHROUGH SUMMER TOUR consists of a variety of positive talent. Through spoken word, hip hop, dance and art, we will provide an experience that will never be forgotten. 


Park Facilities and Programs Across the City

Times and Locations Vary

There are 600 parks offering thousands of sports, physical and recreational activities for youth and adults in athletics, gymnastics; rowing sailing; and special recreational programs. With more than 230 fieldhouses, 704 baseball/softball fields, 513 tennis courts, 328 basketball courts, and 251 football/soccer fields all with instruction, organized and open play time, Chicago's Parks has something for everyone. This year’s programming features Inner City Youth Baseball, Youth Baseball, Windy City Hoops, Summer Teen League, Junior Bear Football, Inner City Flag Football, Boxing, Neighborhood Soccer Festivals, Tennis Camp, Lacrosse Camps, along with community runs, community skate park events, and much, much more.

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