Protect Chicago Music Series
PROTECT CHICAGO MUSIC SERIES 2021
Launched in May 2021, the Protect Chicago Music Series included a series of music events for fully vaccinated Chicagoans as a reward and celebration for everyone who stepped up to protect Chicago. The initiative was a partnership between the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
HYDE PARK KICKOFF EVENT - May 22, 2021
The kickoff event of the Protect Chicago Music Series took place on May 22 in Hyde Park and featured DJs Duane Powell and Ron Trent. This kickoff event – which sold out in 24 hours – focused on providing a holistic health experience for Chicagoans, recognizing the value of vaccination to overall wellness. Various selections of healthy food options were available for purchase. There was also a mental health awareness booth distributing information and resources on a range of mental health topics.
LOLLA DAY - June 26, 2021
The City of Chicago then partnered with Lollapalooza Chicago to host special Lolla Day events. Four City of Chicago vaccination sites were transformed into a Lollapalooza experience for those receiving their COVID-19 vaccines to enjoy. Each site featured DJs and live music, entertainment, custom Lollapalooza-branded giveaways, and meet-and-greets with radio personalities Zach Boog and Keke Hampton from WGCI-FM as well as Rufio and Brady from KISS-FM. More than 200 Chicagoans were vaccinated and received single-day passes to the music festival. Additionally, the City gave away 500 four-day Lollapalooza passes to vaccinated Chicagoans!
HOUSE OF BLUES CONCERT - July 10, 2021
Anyone who got vaccinated at a Lolla Day event also received a free ticket to a Protect Chicago Music Series special concert at the House of Blues on July 10. Hosted in partnership with Lollapalooza Chicago and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the concert featured Lollapalooza performer Drama and local band, Dos Santos.
CHOSEN FEW DJs AT KENNEDY KING COLLEGE - August 28, 2021
On August 28, fully vaccinated Chicagoans took part in the third Protect Chicago Music Series eventthe legendary Chosen Few DJs at Kennedy King College. The house-music collective the Chosen Few DJs was founded in 1977 by Wayne Williams and is a music collective that was among the first wave of Chicago DJs and producers who created what became known as House Music.
Hundreds of Chicagoans attended the event and enjoyed live music, food from local restaurants, and art from local artists, who created original works promoting COVID-19 vaccination as part of theVAX-CHI-NATION campaign.
¡SUBELO! AT HARRISON PARK - September 4, 2021
The Protect Chicago Music series concluded with ¡Subelo!, which featured more than 10 Latinx performers, including world-renowned music artists Kinky and MOLOTOV. The Chicago Department of Public Health partnered with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Chicago Park District, and Pilsen Fest to host the final concert of the Protect Chicago Music Series.
More than three thousand Chicagoans attended the event at Harrison Park and enjoyed live music, food from over 10 local restaurants, handmade goods from over 35 artisan vendors, and art from local artists who created original works promoting COVID-19 vaccination as part of the City’s Vax-Chi-Nation campaign.