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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents FREE cultural programs year round weekdays at Noon at the Daley Civic Center located at 50 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602.
Performances begin @ 12 Noon (schedule is subject to change)
Wednesday, September 7
The Chosen Few
Lunchtime dance party featuring Chicago’s Chosen Few DJs
Thursday, September 1, 8, 14, 21 & 28
Join us for the freshest produce of the season at Chicago’s longest running farmers market, presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and COUNTRY Financial. Visit the Farmers Market located on Daley Plaza every Thursday from May to October. Hours are: 7am to 3pm.
Thursday, September 8
The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago celebrates Ethiopian Day with a flag raising, a display of artifacts and a musical performance by the Ethiopian Community Children’s Group.
Friday, September 9
Join us for the opening concert of World Music Festival Chicago 2016! Tsukasa Taiko's performances are dominated by a chorus of taikos generating thunderous rhythms, a visceral kick that audiences won’t soon forget. Taiko’s vast repertoire represents many traditional Japanese approaches. The group taps into theatrical influences as well as giving musical voice to the natural beauty and majesty of different parts of Japan; they also reflect on the country’s deep spirituality. In each case, bandleader, Tatsu Aoki and company re-imagine the traditional folklore with a thoroughly contemporary perspective.
Wednesday, September 14
Gospel House Music Lunch Hour with DJ John Goings
Feed your soul with foot stomping, tambourine shaking, good time gospel house music. The event includes a church style hair show by the Avenue Academy of Beauty. The lunch hour is hosted and produced by Madam Ambassador of House Music, Valencia “Mother Diva” Dantzler.
Friday, September 16
US Constitution and Citizenship Day
Illinois’ 7th annual celebration of National Constitution and Citizenship Day includes a naturalization ceremony by US Citizenship and Immigration Services, a program that includes the U.S. Navy Band, Secretary of State Jesse White and the Veterans’ Advisory Council.
Tuesday, September 20
This Is Australia
The Young Australian Broadway Chorus presents song and dance versions of Australian Rock performed by teenagers.
Friday, September 23
The Peace School-Build the Peace Committee presents a call to peace flag ceremony, cultural performances, music, speeches and a minute of silence.
Monday, September 26
Austrian American Day Celebration
The Austrian American Council Midwest celebrates Austrian American Day with a flag raising followed by a speaking program, music and dancing.
Tuesday, September 27
Enjoy Universoul Circus as they showcase electrifying performances for the entire family. Acts include, mind bending contortionists, fresh face clowns, aerial acts and extreme motor sports.
Wednesday, September 28 – Friday, September 30
Fall Festival Chicago
The Fall Festival Chicago is a multicultural celebration of the changing of the seasons leading up to October Fest. It will highlight local musical talents, artists and merchants from around the city.
Friday, September 30
Chinese Flag Raising 10:30am
The Chinese American Association in Greater Chicago will showcase colorful and peaceful cultural traditions of China to celebrate the 66th Anniversary of the P.R. of China.
Tuesday, October 4
National Stepper’s Society
Join the National Stepper’s Society for a lunchtime steppers party.
Wednesday, October 5
The Chosen Few
Lunchtime dance party featuring Chicago’s Chosen Few DJs.
Thursday, October 6, 13, 20 & 27
Join us for the freshest produce of the season. Presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and COUNTRY Financial, visit the Chicago Farmers Market located on Daley Plaza every Thursday from May to October. Hours are: 7am to 3pm.
Wednesday, October 12
Hispanic Heritage Month “Song & Dance”
Enjoy folk dancers and music to celebrate the 2nd Hispanic Celebration on Daley Plaza.
Monday, October 17–21
Chicago Ideas Week
With “Portals” in Daley Plaza, you’ll have the opportunity to step into a portal outfitted with immersive, live-streaming audio-visual technology that will put you face-to-face with someone on the other side of the world. Stop by throughout week to experience curated programs with cities around the world.
Wednesday, October 19
House Music Lunch Jam
Enjoy a mix of disco and house music during your luncfhbreak featuring a DJ set with Mother Diva.
The National Italian American Council presents a photo exhibit highlighting Italian American history dating from World War II to the present. Photographs, documents, artistic descriptions and text explaining the history of Italian American culture will be featured.