World Music Festival Chicago

September 7-23, 2018 • City-wide • Various Locations • FREE Admission

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The 20th Annual World Music Festival Chicago will take place September 7-23, 2018 and is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. 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.



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Chicago Cultural Center

Various Locations, including: 

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.

Chicago, IL 60602


Millennium Park

Millennium Park
Near Michigan Ave. & Washington St.

201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

  • Free Admission; No Tickets
  • Various Hours


Parking Details: Park right below the music! Garage locations are Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave., Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave., and Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage located at 5 S. Columbus Drive.

Packages: Check discounted parking rates and multi-day parking packs at

Purchase Options: Pay at parking location; call 312.616.0600 for 24/7 customer service


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World Music Festival is sponsored by Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, and Millennium Park Garages. Grant support for World Music Festival provided by the Irish American Heritage Center, and Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Chicago Cultural Center Year-round Performances
Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington St.

FREE Admission