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A FREE music and performance series for the STROLLER SET!

Children enjoying a performance at Juicebox in Prestion Bradley Hall Juicebox in Prestion Bradley Hall

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Juicebox offers Chicago’s best music, dance and theater in a kid-friendly setting. A free series of cutting-edge performances, Juicebox is geared to toddlers but is engaging for the whole family. Get your kid’s creative “juices” flowing twice a week every other Friday and Saturday. All Friday performances are 11am at the Chicago Cultural Center and all Saturday performances are 11am at the Garfield Park Conservatory (unless otherwise noted).

 Keith Baumann and the Hard Times Bluegrass Band

Bluegrass Music: A Truly American Story

Friday, January 16

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

Keith Baumann and the Hard Times Bluegrass Band present a lively educational performance that combines musical performance, visual demonstration, audience participation and spoken word in a celebration of bluegrass music, one of the few truly American art forms. Featuring banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass, this music is known for its strong rhythmic drive and heartfelt songs that focus on family, work, religion and the joys and sorrows of day-to-day life.


Sénéké West African Percussion EnsembleSénéké West African Percussion Ensemble

Friday, February 6 

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

Sénéké West African Percussion Ensemble is an ensemble of committed artists that skillfully teach and perform traditional forms of West African music, song and dance. Sénéké is a Malinke word meaning "Cultivation." Their mission is to educate as well as entertain audiences about the rare beauty and soulful artistry of traditional West African cultures.


The Evolution of African-American Music (From Africa to Hip Hop) hosted by Bruce A. Henry

Friday, February 20

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

The Evolution of African-American Music (From Africa to Hip Hop) hosted by Bruce A. Henry is an interactive and multimedia concert for all ages that explores the history of African-American Music. This entertaining and educational concert will help participants understand and appreciate how the many styles of African-American Music, from Field Hollers to Jazz to R&B, are connected.


Chicago Improv ProductionsChicago Improv Productions

Friday, March 6

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

Join Chicago Improv Productions as they present an imaginative, fully improvised theatre production. Inspired by a combination of Second City co-founder Paul Sill's Story Theater, Japan's Noh Theatre and Viewpoints, the company creates a single story from multiple ensemble narrative and storytelling techniques. The diverse professional actors develop their original story from just one audience suggestion and incorporate text, physical movement, props, and sound effects into the work. The production shows students the eternal value of storytelling, community and shared creativity.

 Environmental Encroachment (EE)

Environmental Encroachment (EE)

Friday, March 20

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

Chicago-based performance art group Environmental Encroachment (EE) uses circus theatrics, live music and costumes to create unique entertainment environments. EE combines a costumed marching band with multi-media stage performance antics, including dancers, hooping, juggling and skits. EE encourages people to interact, be a part, be curious, dance and play.


Istvan and His Imaginary BandIstvan

Friday, April 3

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

Istvan, a writer and performer of wonderful children's songs, plays his Martin acoustic guitar through an endless series of effects alongside his Korg Univox drum machine Kendall. On any given show a rotating cast of special guest performers add their talent to his art pop songs and odd ball B-sides. When Istvan and His Imaginary Band starts rocking, kids can’t help but join in, sometimes on stage, while their moms and dads cheer them on and enjoy the original tunes. Istvan has an irresistible mix of interactive rock ‘n’ roll, country, pop punk and sing-alongs that get heads bobbing.


Tarima Son

Friday, May 1Tarima Son

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall

Traditional Mexican music and dance is a vibrant blend of many different cultures. Come along with the musicians and dancers of Tarima Son as they explore the Indigenous, African and Spanish influences on the rhythms, movement and melodies of Mexico. The audience will enjoy the collection of songs that evoke passages of the Mexican Revolution, the Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo. This lively, interactive performance featuring authentic instruments and dance engages audiences of all ages with energetic renditions of traditional music and even a familiar melody that children and parents will all recognize and love.




Dates & Locations:

  • Chicago Cultural Center - First and Third Fridays
  • Garfield Park Conservatory - First and Third Saturdays
  • Baker & Nosh, 1303 W. Wilson Ave. - Saturday, April 11 at 4pm featuring Carol Weston
  • Buttercup Park, 4901 N. Sheridan Ave. - Saturday, May 9 at 4pm featuring Animal Farm




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