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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

Wiggleworms

Free Public Program

Friday, August 16, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:45 am

Free public program! Experience Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park featuring Jarod Facknitz & Manny Bances.

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Free and open to the public! Join us at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier for Wiggleworms, Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program. This free program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers features two back-to-back 45-minute performances, separated by a 15-minute break. Come sing, clap and play along!

Session 1: 10am-10:45am
Session 2: 11am-11:45am

Performers

Jarod Facknitz & Manny Bances


View the full schedule of upcoming Wiggleworms performances at Navy Pier at navypier.org/wiggleworms.

About This Series

Since 1985, Wiggleworms, the Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program, has welcomed young children and their families to the world of music. Children sing, dance, learn finger plays and story songs, and explore rhythm instruments especially designed for little hands. For children newborn through four years, it’s the perfect time for these special experiences with the language of music. 

Learn more about Wiggleworms at Navy Pier, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Water Colors</br>Chicago Jazz Orchestra, 1940s

Free Public Program

Friday, August 16, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Free public program! An all-ages concert, part of Water Colors, a free live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

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Free and open to the public!

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is a 17-piece premiere jazz ensemble that has garnered both national and international recognition–is Chicago’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation and one of the oldest jazz repertory orchestras in the country. Conductor and Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg is one of the foremost transcribers in jazz. As a result, the Orchestra’s repertoire draws upon his vast library, which includes the works of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, Oliver Nelson, Ray Charles, and many others.

Guest vocalist Dee Alexander and musicians Eric Schneider and Thaddeus Tukes will join the CJO for a tribute and musical celebration to jazz greats Dinah Washington, Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton.

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park. This series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago with performers paying tribute to the range of eras and movements of Chicago jazz.

Wave Wall Wax

Free Public Program

Saturday, August 17, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free public event! Get down at the Wave Wall Performance Platform with live sets from Chicago’s best DJs.

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Free and open to the public! Join us on Navy Pier’s South Dock at the Wave Wall Performance Platform for a live DJ set, part of Navy Pier’s free live DJ series, Wave Wall Wax. This year, over 50% of the DJs are women. 

About This Series

Wave Wall Wax brings Chicago’s incredible DJ culture to Navy Pier every Saturday for a new, free weekly DJ series from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Wave Wall Performance Platform. Learn more about Wave Wall Wax, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Schedule

5/25: DJ Milty Evans LIVE on air with Vocalo Radio
6/1: Bonita Appleblunt_
6/8: DJ Dee Money
6/15: Cqqchifruit
6/22: Sean Alvarez
6/29: DJ All The Way Kay
7/6: Jimmy Munoz
7/13: Bumbac Joe
7/20: Phreaky Bionick
7/27: Lady D
8/3: Fathom Dj
8/10: DJ JEET
8/17: DJ Romasoul
8/24: DJ Gemini Jones
8/31: Ron Carroll

Wiggleworms

Free Public Program

Friday, August 23, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:45 am

Free public program! Experience Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park featuring Anne-Marie Akin & Lenny Marsh.

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Free and open to the public! Join us at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier for Wiggleworms, Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program. This free program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers features two back-to-back 45-minute performances, separated by a 15-minute break. Come sing, clap and play along!

Session 1: 10am-10:45am
Session 2: 11am-11:45am

Performers

Anne-Marie Akin & Lenny Marsh


View the full schedule of upcoming Wiggleworms performances at Navy Pier at navypier.org/wiggleworms.

About This Series

Since 1985, Wiggleworms, the Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program, has welcomed young children and their families to the world of music. Children sing, dance, learn finger plays and story songs, and explore rhythm instruments especially designed for little hands. For children newborn through four years, it’s the perfect time for these special experiences with the language of music. 

Learn more about Wiggleworms at Navy Pier, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Water Colors</br>King Oliver’s Lawn Party! 100 Years of Jazz in Chicago

Free Public Program

Friday, August 23, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Free public program! An all-ages concert, part of Water Colors, a free live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

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Free and open to the public! 

The Water Colors series closes with a bang. Celebrate 100 years of Jazz in Chicago at King Oliver’s Lawn Party! The beautiful Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawn is the perfect setting to dance and swing like its 1919! Music and dance performances will feature The Fat Babies, the Galaxie Girls and more!

Performers:

The Chicago Chorus Girl Project
The Galaxie Girls
The Fat Babies

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park. This series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago with performers paying tribute to the range of eras and movements of Chicago jazz.

Wave Wall Wax

Free Public Program

Saturday, August 24, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free public event! Get down at the Wave Wall Performance Platform with live sets from Chicago’s best DJs.

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Free and open to the public! Join us on Navy Pier’s South Dock at the Wave Wall Performance Platform for a live DJ set, part of Navy Pier’s free live DJ series, Wave Wall Wax. This year, over 50% of the DJs are women. 

About This Series

Wave Wall Wax brings Chicago’s incredible DJ culture to Navy Pier every Saturday for a new, free weekly DJ series from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Wave Wall Performance Platform. Learn more about Wave Wall Wax, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Schedule

5/25: DJ Milty Evans LIVE on air with Vocalo Radio
6/1: Bonita Appleblunt_
6/8: DJ Dee Money
6/15: Cqqchifruit
6/22: Sean Alvarez
6/29: DJ All The Way Kay
7/6: Jimmy Munoz
7/13: Bumbac Joe
7/20: Phreaky Bionick
7/27: Lady D
8/3: Fathom Dj
8/10: DJ JEET
8/17: DJ Romasoul
8/24: DJ Gemini Jones
8/31: Ron Carroll

Wave Wall Wax

Free Public Program

Saturday, August 31, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free public event! Get down at the Wave Wall Performance Platform with live sets from Chicago’s best DJs.

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Free and open to the public! Join us on Navy Pier’s South Dock at the Wave Wall Performance Platform for a live DJ set, part of Navy Pier’s free live DJ series, Wave Wall Wax. This year, over 50% of the DJs are women. 

About This Series

Wave Wall Wax brings Chicago’s incredible DJ culture to Navy Pier every Saturday for a new, free weekly DJ series from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Wave Wall Performance Platform. Learn more about Wave Wall Wax, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

Schedule

5/25: DJ Milty Evans LIVE on air with Vocalo Radio
6/1: Bonita Appleblunt_
6/8: DJ Dee Money
6/15: Cqqchifruit
6/22: Sean Alvarez
6/29: DJ All The Way Kay
7/6: Jimmy Munoz
7/13: Bumbac Joe
7/20: Phreaky Bionick
7/27: Lady D
8/3: Fathom Dj
8/10: DJ JEET
8/17: DJ Romasoul
8/24: DJ Gemini Jones
8/31: Ron Carroll

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