December 7, 2017

Juicebox Presented by Lifeway Foods Offers Free Family Performances at the Chicago Cultural Center and Garfield Park Conservatory

The free music series features dance from around the world and tunes for tots!

Mary May, 312.744.0576

Christine Carrino, 312.744.0573

Juicebox Artist and General Photos


The popular free Juicebox series presented by Lifeway Foods will entertain and educate young children and their families with a schedule of music, dance groups and performance at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.). Among the season highlights are dance performances from China, Africa, Ireland, Brazil, India and Mexico. Get the wiggles out and enjoy some toddler tunes.

With its engaging music, dance and theater performances in a kid-friendly setting, the free-admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the “stroller set” and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and interact with performers.

The winter/spring program begins with the Q Brothers on on Friday, January 5, and will continue on the first and third Friday of each month at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and on the first and third Saturday of each month at the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) through May. All performances take place from 11:00am - 11:45am unless otherwise noted on the schedule at


Juicebox Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule

Q Brothers

January 5

Chicago Cultural Center

January 6

Garfield Park Conservatory

The Q Brothers–GQ and JQ–are musicians, actors, writers, educators and DJ’s, as well as two guys who rap with the kiddies and rewrite Shakespeare plays into hip hop musicals. They conduct hip hop workshops for children of all ages, and have worked at Connecticut College, Lehigh University, Lollapalooza Music Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, the Latin School of Chicago, London, England and throughout Australia.


Jodi Koplin’s Jigglejam

January 19

Chicago Cultural Center

January 20

Garfield Park Conservatory

Get ready to Jigglejam and rock on! The Jigglejam Band is guaranteed to get the whole audience on their feet, singing and dancing along with engaging and imaginative tunes. Named by Orman Music & Media Group and WNUR as the “Hottest Kid’s Band to Hit Chicago,” Jodi Koplin’s Jigglejam brings a unique flair to music that covers a wide range of styles.


Yin He Dance

February 2

Chicago Cultural Center

February 3

Garfield Park Conservatory

Yin He Dance is dedicated to exploring, preserving and celebrating Chinese culture through dance. The performances will show how dance has transcended linguistic and cultural boundaries of the various regions of China with beautiful props like ribbons, fans and handkerchiefs. 


Ayodele Drum & Dance

February 16

Chicago Cultural Center

February 17

Garfield Park Conservatory

Ayodele Drum and Dance fosters a community from a feminine perspective through the study and performance of diasporic African drum and dance. The dance of these confident and motivted young women reflects they “ayodele”–a Yoruba word meaning “Joy in the home.” Ayodele Drum and Dance teaches about dance, while captivating with its high-speed rhythm, brilliant face paint, and booming drums.


Shalizar Ensemble

March 2

Chicago Cultural Center

March 3

Garfield Park Conservatory

Sing, dance and clap along as Shalizar Ensemble performs traditional music from several regions and ethnic groups of Iran and surrounding countries. The family-friendly performances feature songs in various languages accompanied by traditional instruments. Several songs feature folkloric dancers from the Harmony Dance and Music Collective.


Trinity Irish Dancers

March 16

Chicago Cultural Center

March 17

Garfield Park Conservatory

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Trinity Irish dancers. The acclaimed Trinity Academy elevates children, the community and the world through the power and grace of Irish dance. 


Gingerate Capoeira

April 6

Chicago Cultural Center

April 7

Garfield Park Conservatory

Gingerate Capoeira is a dance group reflecting the national sport of Brazil–capoeira.  Originating in Brazil as a way to disguise self-defense movements within dance, music and instruments, the rich martial art form combines dance, acrobatics, culture, and community. Join Gingerate Capoeira in the global community of wisdom and experience with capoeira.


Meher Dance Company

April 20

Chicago Cultural Center

April 21

Garfield Park Conservatory

Meher Dance Company is dedicated to the art of Bollywood and Indian dance by creating a platform where individuals can enjoy, practice and learn diverse styles of dance. At the forefront of Chicago’s dance scene, Meher Dance Company blends Indian dance with shades of contemporary and hip-hop dance styles to create a truly unique dance experience.


Ida y Vuelta

May 4

Chicago Cultural Center

May 5

Garfield Park Conservatory

Ida y Vuelta brings to life traditional Mexican folk music that is a fusion of African, Spanish and Indigenous music and poetry from over 300 year ago to new original tunes. Their instrumentation is native to the Veracruz region and includes jaranas (8 string small guitars), requinto (lead 4 string guitar), leona (acoustic bass), zapateado (percussive foot tapping) and the cajon (wood peruvian box).


Little Miss Ann

May 18

Chicago Cultural Center

May 19

Garfield Park Conservatory

Ann Torralba, best known as Little Miss Ann, has been teaching Wiggleworms at the Old Town School of Folk Music since 2004. With her husband, she has created two children’s CDs, Music for Tots and Clap for Love–both named in the Top 10 on’s Children’s Music Guide. She has been featured in many publications including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Parent,and WXRT Little Rockers.


Juicebox is presented by Lifeway Foods and programmed by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Admission is FREE. For more information on FREE arts programming presented year-round at the Chicago Cultural Center, visit or join the conversation on Facebook (Chicago Cultural Center) and on Twitter and Instagram, @ChiCulturCenter (#Juicebox).


About the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.


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