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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. 

Water Flicks presented by Bubly and Pepsi | The Lego Batman Movie

Free Public Program

Monday, July 22, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free, outdoor screening of The Lego Batman Movie in Polk Bros Park on Monday, July 22 at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park.

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Free and open to the public! Join us for free, outdoor screenings of favorite family movies in Polk Bros Park! Screenings are held Monday nights all summer long, from June 24 through August 12. This year’s theme: Super Hero Summer!

*Please note: closed captioning (CC) will be available for this movie screening. 

About This Series

Make Monday night free outdoor movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series in Polk Bros Park. Learn more about Water Flicks, 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. 

Water Colors</br>Bebop Exchange

Free Public Program

Friday, July 26, 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!

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.  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.

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

From left to right: Ari Brown; George Freeman; Isaiah Collier; Jeremiah Hunt; Jeremiah Collier

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.

Evolution of African Dance

Free Public Program

Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Navy Pier and African International House on July 27 for an educational and interactive showcase that includes about and engaging in African dance.

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Presented by African International House

African dance styles vary across tribes and nations, but all are deeply steeped in ritual and history. Dance is used for more than simple entertainment. Dance can represent prayer, emotional communication, rites of passage, and much more. 

Africa International’s House’s (AIH) Evolution of African Dance is part of a preview of the 30th Annual African Festival of Arts (AFA) to be held Labor Day weekend in Washington Park.   Held at Navy Pier, Evolution of African Dance explores African dance past, present, and future.  The afternoon begins with performances from West African Dance company Muntu Dance, Ethiopian cultural dancer Yaasha Abramham and closes with the Chi-Town Regulators, who will perform a Caribbean J’ouvert festival dance. 

Performing during the second half of Evolution of African Dance are M.A.A.D Rhythm who will perform TAP dance sequences followed by Purifyed Dance, performing old and new school hip hop, and Liberian Native CeceBandit closes out with an electrifying Afrobeat’s performance.

This showcase is interactive with the audience learning African dance for a big finale to end the program. 


About AIH

The mission of Africa International House is to serve as a center that exposes and educates all peoples to the individual works and collective contributions of African cultures. Our mission is addressed through our flagship program, the African Festival of the Arts, and through other activities that promote African-based culture. Africa International House is an umbrella for linkages and exchanges of people from Africa and the African Diaspora. 

 

Water Flicks presented by Bubly and Pepsi | The Incredibles 2

Free Public Program

Monday, July 29, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free, outdoor screening of The Incredibles 2 in Polk Bros Park on Monday, July 29 at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park.

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Free and open to the public! Join us for free, outdoor screenings of favorite family movies in Polk Bros Park! Screenings are held Monday nights all summer long, from June 24 through August 12. This year’s theme: Super Hero Summer!

*Please note: closed captioning (CC) will be available for this movie screening. 

About This Series

Make Monday night free outdoor movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series in Polk Bros Park. Learn more about Water Flicks, 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.

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

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</br>Back on the Block: Greg Spero Inspired by the Works of Quincy Jones

Free Public Program

Friday, August 2, 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!

Pianist Greg Spero, a member of the dynamic new generation of musical transformers returns to Chicago with a project that fuses past traditions into the province of hip hop—pioneered by the groundbreaking masterpiece produced by Quincy Jones.  Jones’ Back on the Block recoding captured the resonance of the emerging hip hop and rap scene with the improvisational foundation built by the masters of Bebop. Spero gathers together Chicagoans Irvin Pierce on saxophone, Indian percussionist Kalyan Pathak on tablas and percussion and Jeremiah Hunt on bass with L.A. drummer Mike Smith and some surprise special guests.

Irvin Pierce; Kalyan Pathak; Greg Spero

From left to right: Irvin Pierce; Kalyan Pathak; Greg Spero

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.

Water Flicks presented by Bubly and Pepsi | Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse

Free Public Program

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free, outdoor screening of Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse in Polk Bros Park on Monday, August 5 at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park.

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bubly    

Free and open to the public! Join us for free, outdoor screenings of favorite family movies in Polk Bros Park! Screenings are held Monday nights all summer long, from June 24 through August 12. This year’s theme: Super Hero Summer!

*Please note: closed captioning (CC) will be available for this movie screening. 

About This Series

Make Monday night free outdoor movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series in Polk Bros Park. Learn more about Water Flicks, 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.

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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</br>Ancient to the Future: Celebrating 50 Yrs of the Art Ensemble of Chicago

Free Public Program

Friday, August 9, 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 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”: 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.

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).

Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier Lil' Miss Ann at Stoller Grooves at Navy Pier

From left to right (top to bottom): The Art Ensemble of Chicago; Tomeka Reid; Corey Wilkes; Greg Ward; Jaribu Shahid; Vincent Davis

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.

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.

Water Flicks presented by Bubly and Pepsi | Aquaman

Free Public Program

Monday, August 12, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free, outdoor screening of Aquaman in Polk Bros Park on Monday, August 12 at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park.

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bubly    

Free and open to the public! Join us for free, outdoor screenings of favorite family movies in Polk Bros Park! Screenings are held Monday nights all summer long, from June 24 through August 12. This year’s theme: Super Hero Summer!

*Please note: closed captioning (CC) will be available for this movie screening. 

About This Series

Make Monday night free outdoor movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series in Polk Bros Park. Learn more about Water Flicks, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year. 

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.

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

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.

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!

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.