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If you want to experience live music, look no further than Navy Pier. For decades, music has remained an essential part of the Pier’s lifeblood.

A stroll around the Pier is like a trip through a giant streaming service that stretches out onto Lake Michigan. From classic rock to reggae, heavy metal to hip-hop, big band to blues—not to mention Motown, folk, country and jazz—you can enjoy almost any music genre on any given day at Navy Pier. Some of Chicago’s top musicians and most popular bands perform here because we have some of the best live music venues in Chicago.

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Live Music at Navy Pier

Stroller Grooves: Little Miss Ann

Free Public Program

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series in the Crystal Gardens on Tuesdays in February and March.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm on Tuesdays in February and March, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

About Little Miss Ann

Join Little Miss Ann, fiddler Anna Jacobson, and drummer Pete Mumford (of the Bolweevils) for a fun, energetic, interactive kids music concert. Little Miss Ann, is an award-winning Chicago Kids Musician who has made 5 kids albums, a former Chicago Public School teacher, an instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music, a mom, and a first generation Filipina American.

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About this Series

Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Global Connections: International Carnivale Celebration

Free Public Program

Sunday, February 23, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free public programming, presented by ComEd! Join us for an International Carnivale Celebration, featuring live dance, music, and other performances, plus traditional food, crafts and more.

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Free public programming, presented by ComEd! The tradition of Carnival is celebrated throughout the world in a wide variety of ways. Join us in the Aon Grand Ballroom for an afternoon celebration featuring art, music and dance from across the globe.

Scheduled Entertainment

Performances by

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More to See and Do

Make a day of your visit to Global Connections: International Carnivale Celebration! There’s more to do at Navy Pier than ever before. Start planning now!

Dining & Shopping

Dine, shop and play local at Navy Pier! Here, you’ll find dozens of Chicago-based restaurants, shops, and activities. 

Arts & Culture

Visit the Crystal Gardens and Chicago Children’s Museum, see what’s playing at Chicago Shakespeare Theater or the AMC Navy Pier IMAX, or simply walk the Navy Pier grounds to discover new works of art peppering our parks and promenade. 

Cruises & Tours

Adventure off the Pier with of the many year-round cruises or Chicago tours departing each day!

Ride the Centennial Wheel

Don’t miss the soaring heights of the all-new Centennial Wheel—a perennial favorite offering stunning, 360-degree views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. 

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About This Series

Navy Pier’s International Carnivale Celebration is part of Global Connections, presented by ComEd, a free community event series. Learn more about Global Connections, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Stroller Grooves: Q Brothers

Free Public Program

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series in the Crystal Gardens on Tuesdays in February and March.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm on Tuesdays in February and March, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Q Brothers

About Q Brothers

Award-winning and internationally acclaimed theater artists, the Q Brothers generate original work fusing hip hop and theater, adapting classic stories to a wholly original, entertaining and fast-paced style of comedic performance that has been energizing audiences for over two decades. The Q Brothers conceived the term add-RAP-tation in 1999 with their Off-Broadway hit “The Bomb-itty of Errors.” MTV has called the Q Brother’s “Nothing short of brilliant” and Time Out London says “The rhymes—and the energy— just don’t stop…”

A perennial highlight of Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, The Q Brothers’ Hip Hop for Beginners workshop allows kids to lay down their very own hip hop track, featuring the Q’s, in a matter of minutes. The track is then emailed to their parents as an mp3. Some kids have been to the booth 10 years straight and have an entire album they made with the Q Brothers!

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About this Series

Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: Lucky Trikes

Free Public Program

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series in the Crystal Gardens on Tuesdays in February and March.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm on Tuesdays in February and March, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Lucky Trikes

About Lucky Trikes

Dynamic music story times and original songs for the whole family. Storyteller Deirdre Harrison and percussionist KG Price are joined by a rotating gang of stellar third wheel musicians from Chicago’s hopping new music and free jazz scenes.

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About this Series

Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: Bollywood Groove

Free Public Program

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm on Tuesdays in February and March, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Bollywood Groove

About Bollywood Groove

Bollywood Groove works with the mission of Raise Multicultural Kids and offers fun & educational Indian dance & culture classes to kids ages 3+ and publishes bestselling children’s books on India. bG also provides fun & effective Bollywood workouts for adults in-person & via their on-demand online portal.

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About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Global Connections: Holi

Free Public Program

Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 12:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Free public programming, presented by ComEd! Join us for a Holi celebration, featuring live dance, music, and other performances, plus traditional food, crafts and more.

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Free public programming, presented by ComEd! Join us in the Aon Grand Ballroom for Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love.” 

A father and son participate in color throwing at Holi, a part of Global Connections presented by ComEd

Scheduled Entertainment

Color Throwing in the East End Plaza

Come participate in this colorful Holi tradition! Colored powder available for purchase while supplies last from 1pm-4pm in the East End Plaza. 

Please Note: All powder throwing MUST take place outside in the Miller Lite Beer Garden. Absolutely NO POWDER THROWING will be tolerated inside Navy Pier hallways or in the Aon Grand Ballroom. Please help us keep our space clean and tidy for future events at Navy Pier! Thank you for your cooperation.

Musical Performances

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Dance Performances

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Participating Organizations

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Bombay Wraps to provide food at Navy Pier's Holi Celebration in Chicago

Specialty Food Vendors

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More to See and Do

Make a day of your visit to Global Connections: Holi! There’s more to do at Navy Pier than ever before. Start planning now!

Dining & Shopping

Dine, shop and play local at Navy Pier! Here, you’ll find dozens of Chicago-based restaurants, shops, and activities. 

Arts & Culture

Visit the Crystal Gardens and Chicago Children’s Museum, see what’s playing at Chicago Shakespeare Theater or the AMC Navy Pier IMAX, or simply walk the Navy Pier grounds to discover new works of art peppering our parks and promenade. 

Cruises & Tours

Adventure off the Pier with of the many year-round cruises or Chicago tours departing each day!

Ride the Centennial Wheel

Don’t miss the soaring heights of the all-new Centennial Wheel—a perennial favorite offering stunning, 360-degree views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. 

About This Series

Navy Pier’s Holi Celebration is part of Global Connections, presented by ComEd, a free community event series. Learn more about Global Connections, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Stroller Grooves: Tsukasa Taiko

Free Public Program

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series in the Crystal Gardens on Tuesdays in February and March.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm on Tuesdays in February and March, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Tsukasa Taiko

About this Series

Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: Ayodele Drum & Dance

Free Public Program

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series in the Crystal Gardens on Tuesdays in February and March.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm on Tuesdays in February and March, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Ayodele Drum & Dance

About Ayodele Drum & Dance

In 2007, seven African dancers came together to learn the art of the drum to enhance and improve their dancing. The sisters were led by Tosha ‘Ayo’ Alston and the seed of Ayodele Drum & Dance was planted.

Ayodele, a Yoruba word meaning “Joy in the home”, is now a diverse sister-circle of performing artists committed to studying and performing drum and dance as a healing element. We’ve grown from that circle of seven to over twenty Queens who use African drum and dance to educate and motivate young women and children.

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About this Series

Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: Vivian Garcia

Free Public Program

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series in the Crystal Gardens on Tuesdays in February and March.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm on Tuesdays in February and March, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Vivian Garcia

About Vivian Garcia

Vivian Garcia is a Chicago based singer-songwriter. She performs in both English and Spanish for children and adults.

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About this Series

Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

LatiNxt Music Festival

Free Public Program

Friday, July 24, 2020 - Saturday, July 25, 2020

Free public event! Join us for our third annual celebration of Latin music, featuring local, national and international artists.

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Free and open to the public! Come join us for LatiNxt, Navy Pier’s third annual celebration of Latin music, featuring local, national and international artists who are exploring new ways of connecting traditional Latin music with modern sounds.

Lineup:

More information coming soon!

About the Festival

LatiNxt Music Festival’s mission is to strengthen connection, increase exposure and foster conversations within the Latinx music industry.

Focusing specifically on artists who are pushing the sound forward and reinventing tradition, the festival is a music showcase and convening of creatives leading Latinx culture. Started in 2018, the festival has booked a variety of international artists and has begun connecting artist communities in the Latin American diaspora.

LatiNxt promises to be a platform for the discovery of emerging and cutting edge talent, as well as a national hub for industry leaders to cultivate the connections and grow the ideas that continue to strengthen Latinx art and culture globally.

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