DCASE News Release
City Services

December 28, 2011

2012 Festival Dates – A New Year Of Arts And Entertainment

Festivals Produced by Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Cindy Gatziolis    312.744.0573

Mary May    312.744.0576

2012 brings a new year of arts and entertainment to Chicago residents and visitors.  The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will once again present Taste: Chicago’s 4-star feast-ival of food and fun (July 11-15) and the Chicago Gospel Music Festival (June 21-24) returns with both a new date and location.

The 27th Chicago Gospel Music Festival returns to the 2012 summer festival scene with a new look and new dates, June 21-24.  Taste moves later in the calendar, July 11-15, 2012, while remaining in its longtime home in Grant Park on Chicago’s lakefront. 

The 2012 Gospel Music Festival takes a cue from the Chicago Jazz Festival, providing free entertainment in several different locations, including Chicago’s Bronzeville, the south side neighborhood where the genre finds many of its roots. On Saturday and Sunday, the event transforms the former Ida B. Wells public housing site, located on South Martin Luther King Drive from 37th to 39th Street, into a Gospel Music haven.

Taste will emphasize Chicago’s status as a “foodie” destination and feature classic Chicago favorites as well as offerings from Chicago’s new and emerging culinary scene.  This free admission festival will highlight entertainment such as cooking demonstrations from noted chefs, and local and national musical acts.  The Taste restaurant application will be online at www.tasteofchicago.us beginning in early January. 

(Below are the 2012 dates for the large-scale festivals.  Please Note: All dates are subject to change.)

            29th Annual Chicago Blues Festival                                  June 8-10

            27th Chicago Gospel Music Festival                                  June 21-24  New Date & Location

            32nd Annual Taste of Chicago                                          July 11-15  New Date

            54th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show                        August 18-19

            34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival                                   Aug. 30-Sept 2

            14th Annual World Music Festival                                     September 13-20


Media requesting credentials to cover all music festivals, the Air and Water Show and Taste of Chicago concerts must submit requests in advance, no later than one week prior to the start of the festival. Please visit the press room at www.ChooseChicago.com to select the festival you wish to cover.  For immediate event updates “like” us on Facebook or follow on twitter, @ChicagoDCASE 

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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to promoting and supporting Chicago’s arts and culture sector. This includes, but is not limited to: fostering the development of Chicago’s nonprofit arts sector, independent working artists, and for-profit arts businesses; presenting high-quality, free or low-fee cultural programs accessible to residents and visitors; and marketing the City’s cultural assets to local, regional, and global audiences. DCASE produces nearly 2,000 public programs, events and support services annually, generating millions in economic benefits for the City of Chicago.