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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. 

Water Flicks | Black Panther

Free Public Program

Monday, June 24, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free, outdoor screening of Black Panther in Polk Bros Park on Monday, June 24 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!

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, 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. 

Water Flicks | Thor: Ragnarok

Free Public Program

Monday, July 1, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free, outdoor screening of Thor: Ragnarok in Polk Bros Park on Monday, July 1 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!

More information coming soon.

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. 

Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble Independence Day Tribute Concert

Free Public Program

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:45 pm

Join us at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, for a free concert from the Navy Band Great Lakes, Wind Ensemble. Be sure to stick around after the performance for viewing of the Aon Summer Fireworks at 9:30pm.

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Free and open to the public! Chicago’s most spectacular summer holiday tradition returns with an extra day of celebration of our nation’s independence.  On July 3rd, Navy Pier will proudly present the “Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble Independence Day Tribute Concert” in Polk Bros Performance Lawn, Lake Stage.  

About the Ensemble

Comprised of 45 professional musicians, the Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Lieutenant Patrick Hill, continues the legacy of bandmaster Lieutenant Commander John Philip Sousa, spreading the tradition of military music throughout the Midwest. The Wind Ensemble’s repertoire consists of symphonic band works, patriotic music, Americana, and featured solo vocal and instrumental selections.

Lieutenant Patrick Hill

Schedule

7:00pm – 9:45pm

*Be sure to stick around after the performance for viewing of the Aon Summer Fireworks at 9:30pm.

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. 

Water Flicks | Avengers: Infinity War

Free Public Program

Monday, July 8, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free, outdoor screening of Avengers: Infinity War in Polk Bros Park on Monday, July 8 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!

More information coming soon.

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, 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.

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.

Water Flicks | Wonder Woman

Free Public Program

Monday, July 15, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free, outdoor screening of Wonder Woman in Polk Bros Park on Monday, July 15 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!

More information coming soon.

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, 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.

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

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 | 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!

More information coming soon.

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: 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.

Water Flicks | 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!

More information coming soon.

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.

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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.

Water Flicks | 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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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!

More information coming soon.

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: 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.

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 | 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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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!

More information coming soon.

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.

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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.

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.