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Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns

At the western end of Navy Pier, come and experience the Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns, featuring two magnificent performance spaces for free arts, cultural and community programs accessible to all Chicagoans—set against amazing lake and skyline views.

Navy Pier is grateful to the Polk Bros. Foundation for their generous support and partnership.

Upcoming Events at the Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Chicago Human Rhythm Project Rhythm World

Free Public Program

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Returning for its third year, Rhythm World artists and students bring tap and percussive dance to the stage.

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Returning for its third year, Rhythm World artists and students bring tap and percussive dance to the stage. Presented as part of Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Rhythm World Festival. 

About Rhythm World 29

Rhythm World is Chicago’s annual festival of tap and percussive dance, celebrating its 29th year!  For one week each summer, many of the world’s finest tap and percussive dance artists and teachers work with over 300 students through classes, performances, and more.

Rhythm World offers a sophisticated and comprehensive variety of programs that allows you to design your own curriculum and to study with the faculty of your own choice. Depending on your stamina (and budget), you can, over seven days, study between 80 minutes to 80 hours with an extraordinary faculty of master teachers and performers.

Learn more at chicagotap.org.

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. 

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. 

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.

Read More

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. 

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. 

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. 

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