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Free, Free, Free! Chicago Arts + Events

Free Free Free! Chicago Arts + Events

"Free, Free, Free!" is an e-newsletter and website that provides a monthly curated list of free programs, events and activities happening throughout the city in our libraries, museums, cultural centers and parks. We encourage you to express your culture through the arts and take advantage of the many opportunities the City of Chicago provides you to engage, create and participate!

  Rahm Emanuel Mayor   Mark Kelly Commissioner  
Rahm Emanuel
Mark Kelly


June's edition of Free, Free, Free! spotlights Latino programming presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at various festivals, programs and venues throughout the summer. From the beloved Maxwell Street Market to the debut of Sabor de Chicago at Taste of Chicago, we encourage both residents and visitors to join us in an exploration and celebration of Latino and Mexican arts and culture!

Esta edición de ¡Gratis, Gratis, Gratis! presenta la programación organizada por el Departamento de Asuntos Culturales y Eventos Especiales a varios festivals, programas y lugares durante todo el verano. Desde el Mercado de Maxwell hasta el primer Sabor de Chicago en Taste of Chicago, invitamos a los residentes y touristas a una celebración de las artes y la cultura Latinas y mexicanas.

Maxwell Street Market


Maxwell Street MarketEvery Sunday, Year-round, 7am-3pm

South Loop, 800 S. Desplaines St.

Maxwell Street Market is renowned for the best, authentic Mexican- and Latin-style street food in Chicago!

For more information, visit




Chicago Cultural Center Exhibitions


Candida Alvarez: Here (Candida Alvarez hi ho silver, 2008 Acrylic on canvas, 84 x 72 inches Courtesy of the artist) 78 E. Washington St., 4th Floor Exhibit Hall


Candida Alvarez: Here

April 29-August 6

Guest curated by Terry Myers, this first major institutional exhibition of the work of Chicago-based artist Candida Alvarez will focus on the artist's painting from 1975 to the present. Emerging from a home life that immersed her in the traditions of her parents' birthplace in Puerto Rico, Alvarez incorporated narrative and ritual into her work from the outset. Part of the City of Chicago's Year of Public Art.

For the full schedule and more information, visit


Chicago Gospel Music Festival


Chicago Gospel Music Festival Millennium Park & Chicago Cultural Center

June 2 & 3


Iliani Morales at Randolph Square Stage, Chicago Cultural Center

Friday, June 2, 12pm

Celebrating the genre's deep Chicago roots with traditional choirs and contemporary urban gospel music in the city where the genre was born, the 32nd Chicago Gospel Music Festival features local and national artists.

For the full schedule and more information, visit


Millennium Park Presents


Millennium Park Presents Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

Select dates


Mariachi Heritage Foundation presents: 3rd Annual Chicago Mariachi Festival - Sunday, June 25, 2pm

Featuring Mariachi Los Camperos (Los Angeles, CA), Mariachi. Reyna de Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA), Mariachi Aztlán of the University of Texas-Río Grande Valley (Edinburg, TX), Mariachi. Herencia de México (Chicago, IL) as well as MHF student ensembles.

Grant Park Music Festival presents Missa Latina - Wednesday, June 28, 6:30pm + Friday, June 30, 6:30pm

Roberto Sierra's Latin-infused Missa Latina, guest conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya and featuring the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus with soprano Jessica Rivera.

For the full schedule and more information, visit


Millennium Park Summer Film Series


El NorteMillennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

Tuesdays, June 13 - September 5, 6:30pm


El Norte - Tuesday, July 11, 6:30pm

A work of social realism imbued with dreamlike imagery, El Norte is a lovingly rendered, heartbreaking story of hope and survival, which critic Roger Ebert called "a Grapes of Wrath for our time." The film's relevancy today serves to remind us of Chicago's status as a welcoming city. Screened in Spanish with English subtitles.

For the full schedule and more information, visit



Millennium Park Summer Music Series


Totó La Momposina (Photo by: Josh Pulman) Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

Mondays & Thursdays, June 12 - August 21 (except where noted), 6:30pm

- Matthew Santos - Thursday, June 22, 6:30pm
- Angelica Garcia - Monday, July 10, 6:30pm
- Totó La Momposina - Thursday, July 13, 6:30pm
- Xenia Rubinos - Thursday, July 13, 6:30pm
- Gaby Moreno - Monday, August 7, 6:30pm
- Centavrvs - Monday, August 7, 6:30pm


For the full schedule and more information, visit


Taste of Chicago


Café TacvbaGrant Park, Jackson and Columbus

July 5-9


Sabor de Chicago - Thursday, July 6

A cultural celebration of Chicago's Latino community  

○ Café Tecvba at the Petrillo Music Shell (seating tickets for sale at  

○ The best of Chicago's local Latin Music artists at the Bud Light Stage
○ Celebrity Chef du Jour: Chef Chico Vilchez from Nacional 27 with salsa music by DJ-X (tickets on sale tomorrow at 10am at
○ Cooking demonstrations in English and Spanish at the Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen
○ Latin and international food and drink specials (cocktails, wine and beer)
○ plus dance performances and an artistic parade through the festival   

Mexican- and Latin-style food vendors on site all five days:
Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill, Churro Factory, Dia De Los Tamales, La Bomba Restaurant, La Mexicana, Rojo Gusano, El Patron, La Cocinita Food Truck and more

The new Street Art & Graffiti Alley featuring Miguel "Kane One" Aguilar

For the full schedule and more information, visit


Chicago SummerDance


Chicago SummerDanceSpirit of the Music Garden

Fridays-Sundays, June 23 - September 10; Grant Park

- Salsa - Saturday, July 8
- Salsa - Saturday, July 15
- Salsa, Mambo + Cha-cha - Saturday, July 22
- Salsa - Saturday, July 29
- Kizomba + Bachata - Friday, August 18
- Cumbia - Saturday, August 19
- Argentine Tango - Saturday, September 2
- Argentine Tango - Saturday, September 9 (World Music Festival Chicago 2017)
- SummerDance at The 606 Block Party: Salsa + Cumbia - Saturday, June 3


SummerDance in the Parks

Saturdays & Thursdays, July 13 - September 14; eight neighborhood Chicago Park District locations

- SummerDance in the Parks at Ping Tom Memorial Park: Salsa + Bachata - Thursday, July 20
- SummerDance in the Parks at Humboldt Park Boathouse: Salsa - Thursday, July 27
- SummerDance in the Parks at Portage Park: Salsa - Thursday, August 3
- SummerDance in the Parks at Portage Park: Salsa - Thursday, August 17
- SummerDance in the Parks at White (Willye B.) Park: Salsa + Cha-cha - Thursday, August 24

For the full schedule and more information, visit


World Music Festival Chicago


World Music Festival Chicago

Citywide, various locations

Select dates, September 8-24

The 19th Annual World Music Festival Chicago will take place September 8-24, 2017. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.   
For the full schedule and more information, visit


National Museum of Mexican Art


National Museum of Mexican Art1852 W. 19th St.

Visit The National Museum of Mexican Art, where you can immerse yourself in the richness of Mexican art and culture right here in Chicago. They showcase 3,000 years of creativity from both sides of the border, connecting museum visitors to the diversity of Mexican culture. Admission is always free to the Museum! Check out their website for information on events and exhibitions.




National Museum Of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (Nmprac)


National Museum Of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (Nmprac)

3015 W. Divison St.

NMPRAC features visual art exhibitions, hands-on community arts workshops, films in the park and an annual outdoor fine arts and crafts festival. Admission is free to all residents and visitors every day!