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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, June 21, 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 Alisa Rosenthal & Diana Laffey.

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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

Alisa Rosenthal & Diana Laffey


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. 

Wave Wall Wax

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 22, 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, June 28, 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 Laura Doherty & Cat Tager.

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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

Laura Doherty & Cat Tager


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. 

Navy Pier Pride<br />Presented by American Airlines

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Free public programming, presented by American Airlines! Come join chicago’s largest Pride celebration outside of the Lakeview neighborhood.

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Pier Pride, Presented by American Airlines

Free public programming, presented by American Airlines! Navy Pier Pride, presented by American Airlines, is coming through with flying colors this year! The fourth annual free Pride event at Navy Pier will consist of a full day of family-friendly festivities in honor of the LGBTQ+ community on Saturday, June 29, 2019. 

Performance & Activity Schedule: June 29, 2019

Chicago Children’s Museum’s Family Resource & Activity Station
South Dock
12pm – 2pm

The station gives guests the opportunity to learn about the Museum’s resources for LGBTQ+ families and participate in pride-themed arts and crafts activities. 

Story Time With Drag Queens, presented in partnership with Chicago Children’s Museum
West Performance Platform
1pm – 2pm

Enjoy a special reading of classic children’s books by a few of Chicago’s fun and fabulous drag queens.

Information & Resource Station
South Dock
12pm – 4pm

Browse the Resource Station along the South Dock, which offers information and resources from LGBTQ+ organizations, such as PFLAG.

Lakeside Pride Marching Band
South Dock
2:00pm – 2:30pm

Join us for a festive musical procession down the South Dock (starting at the People’s Energy Welcome Pavilion)! 

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion Grand Staircase
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Enjoy a special performance by Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion.

Wave Wall Wax
Wave Wall Performance Platform
4pm – 6pm

Get movin’ and groovin’ at Wave Wall Wax, a free weekly DJ series at South Dock.

Aon Summer Fireworks
South Dock
10:15pm – 10:25pm

Gather on the South Dock for Navy Pier’s signature Aon Summer Fireworks – synchronized specially to house music in honor of Navy Pier Pride presented by American Airlines – to end the evening with a bang!

 

Wave Wall Wax

Free Public Program

Saturday, June 29, 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, July 5, 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 Bill Brickey & Joel Frankel.

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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

Bill Brickey & Joel Frankel


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. 

Wave Wall Wax

Free Public Program

Saturday, July 6, 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, July 12, 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 Julie Helenius & Maryanne Johnson.

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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

Julie Helenius & Maryanne Johnson


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: NextGenJazz

Free Public Program

Friday, July 12, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 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! Water Colors opens with a performance featuring the next generation of Chicago jazz musicians, with Joe Powers, Jeremiah Collier and others.  This concert is presented as a part of the closing performance of Fresh Fest! Chicago Youth Music & Performance Showcase. NextGenJazz provides audiences an opportunity to hear talented, emerging Chicago jazz artists hone their craft. 

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

About NextGenJazz

The NextGenJazz Emerging Artists Project promotes leadership, creativity, and a foundation for self-marketing for members of Jazz Links Student Council; a program for students to develop musically and professionally through exposure to live music, workshops with professional musicians and performance opportunities throughout the city.

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, plus other special guest performers, in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage. Series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago, with programs paying tribute the range of eras and movements of Chicago jazz.

Wave Wall Wax

Free Public Program

Saturday, July 13, 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

Water Colors: Chicago Latin Jazz Festival

Free Public Program

Sunday, July 14, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 8:00 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! For the third year, Navy Pier welcomes this annual Latin Jazz musical celebration. The festival includes a tribute to Jerry Gonzales by Victor Garcia and the Chicago Latin Jazz Collaborative. Musicians include Jane Bunnett, Mary Paz (percussions and vocals), Danae Olano (piano and vocals), Yissy Garcia (drums), Tailin Marrero (bass and vocals) and Joanna Majoko (percussion and vocals).

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

About the Performers

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque highlight this year’s festival. A long-time jazz musician on the scene, Canadian Jane Bunnett began digging deep into the music of Cuba during a trip there in 1982. She has been credited with introducing a lot of great Cuban musicians to North American audiences over the past couple of decades. Her latest project, Maqueque is an assembly of all-star Cuban musicians, a sextet which includes herself and five extraordinary young women.

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, plus other special guest performers, in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage. Series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago, with programs paying tribute the range of eras and movements of Chicago jazz.

Wiggleworms

Free Public Program

Friday, July 19, 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 Nick Davio & 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

Nick Davio & 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. 

Wave Wall Wax

Free Public Program

Saturday, July 20, 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, July 26, 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 Liz Chidester & Shaun Whitley.

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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

Liz Chidester & Shaun Whitley


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: Bebop Exchange

Free Public Program

Friday, July 26, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 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! Bebop, a style of jazz developed in the early to mid-1940s in the United States, features songs characterized by a fast tempo, complex chord progressions with rapid chord changes and numerous changes of key, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisation based on a combination of harmonic structure, the use of scales and occasional references to the melody.  Some of Chicago’s bebop masters hit the stage with this edition of the series.  

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

Performers

Scheduled musicians include Chicago Tribune’s 2018 Chicagoan of the Year, saxophonist Ari Brown; guitarist George Freeman; Isaiah Collier (saxophone); bassist Jeremiah Hunt; and Jeremiah Collier on drums.

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, plus other special guest performers, in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage. Series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago, with programs paying tribute the range of eras and movements of Chicago jazz.

Wave Wall Wax

Free Public Program

Saturday, July 27, 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 2, 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 Little Miss Ann & Anna Jacobson.

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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

Little Miss Ann & Anna Jacobson


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: Fast Forward

Free Public Program

Friday, August 2, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 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! Chicago jazz musicians fuse contemporary and urban sounds and styles with traditional jazz.

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

Performers

Scheduled performers include Greg Spero (piano), Irvin Pierce (saxophone), Jeremiah Hung (bass), Khari Lemuel (cello), Xavier Breaker (drums), Kalyan Pathak (tablas), and others special guests.

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, plus other special guest performers, in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage. Series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago, with programs paying tribute the range of eras and movements of Chicago jazz.

Wave Wall Wax

Free Public Program

Saturday, August 3, 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

After School Matters Youth Showcase

Free Public Program

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The talented teens of After School Matters return to Navy Pier to present a showcase of dance, music and spoken word.

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The talented teens of After School Matters return to Navy Pier to present a showcase of dance, music and spoken word.

About After School Matters

After School Matters® is a non-profit organization that provides life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities to more than 15,000 Chicago high school teens each year.

Teens are at the core of everything After School Matters does. They are the reason we exist – from the more than 200,000 we have reached since our beginnings, to the many more we must reach in the future.

*More info to come. 

Wiggleworms

Free Public Program

Friday, August 9, 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 Shanta Nurullah & Zahra Baker.

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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

Shanta Nurullah & Zahra Baker


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: Celebrating 50 Yrs of the Art Ensemble of Chicago

Free Public Program

Friday, August 9, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 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 Art Ensemble of Chicago is an avant-garde jazz group that grew out of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the late 1960s. The ensemble integrates many jazz styles and plays many instruments, including “little instruments”such as bells, bicycle horns, birthday party noisemakers, wind chimes, and various forms of percussion. The musicians wear costumes and face paint while performing. These characteristics combine to make the ensemble’s performances both aural and visual.

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

Performers

The eclectic mix of musicians for this performance will include former and current members of the Art Ensemble: Corey Wilkes (trumpet), Tomeka Reid (cello), Greg Ward (saxophone), Jaribu Shahid (bass) and Vincent Davis (drums).

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, plus other special guest performers, in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage. Series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago, with programs paying tribute the range of eras and movements of Chicago jazz.

Wave Wall Wax

Free Public Program

Saturday, August 10, 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

Noche Caribeña

Free Public Program

Saturday, August 10, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, has teamed up with the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance to host its second annual Noche Caribeña – a fun-filled evening of dance, music and cultural expression!

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Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, has teamed up with the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance to host Noche Caribeña – a fun-filled evening of dance, music and cultural expression. This free, special concert will feature music ensembles from the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora.

About the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

Over the past 20 years, PRAA has emerged as a primary cultural resource, offering high-quality, one-of-a-kind arts experiences and arts education programs to 30,000 participants each year. PRAA operates three community centers in Chicago (PRAA Center, Humboldt Park Field House and Latin Music Project Center) and also partners with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and organizations across the Midwest to offer after school classes and events on-site.

Learn more at praachicago.org.

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: Chicago Jazz Orchestra

Free Public Program

Friday, August 16, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 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.

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

Performers

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.

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, plus other special guest performers, in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage. Series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago, with programs paying tribute 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: King Oliver’s Lawn Party! 100 Years of Jazz in Chicago

Free Public Program

Friday, August 23, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 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. 

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

Performers

Music and dance performances will feature The Fat Babies, the Galaxie Girls and more!

About Water Colors

A live jazz music series presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, plus other special guest performers, in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake Stage. Series celebrates the 100 years of jazz in Chicago, with programs paying tribute 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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