Year of Creative Youth Events & Programs

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Keith Haring: The Chicago Mural (Photo by: Marcelino Y. Fahd) (click on image to enlarge)

(Photo by: Marcelino Y. Fahd) (click on image to enlarge)

 

Chicago's young arts scene is thriving! From stunning youth artwork, to world-premiere performances, to fresh and compelling youth media productions, there's so much to discover when it comes to Chicago's emerging creative talent.

See below for creative youth events across the city - from shows, to exhibits, to screenings and more - plus exciting programs for any Chicago youth to explore!

 

You can submit your organization's 2018 creative youth events, creative youth opportunities or youth educator opportunities occurring in Chicago for consideration on this website or other channels. Submit your content for consideration at surveymonkey.com/r/yocy.

 

Events and Programs

OUT OF SIGHT

 

Exhibit: OUT OF SIGHT

June—November

Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St.

www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/outofsight

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families

Cost: Free

Storytown Improv: Children’s Improv in Chicago

 

Storytown Improv: Children’s Improv in Chicago

Saturday Mornings, 10:30am

Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.

www.storytownimprov.com

Audience: Kids, Families

Cost: $10

Storytown is a fully improvised show put on for you and your family. Kids design the setting and help shape the story, and our actors, artists, and musicians bring it to life!

Youth Performance at Maxwell Street Market

 

Performance Series: Youth Performances at Maxwell Street Market

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Second Sundays, monthly in 2018

Maxwell Street Market, 800 S. Desplaines St.

maxwellstreetmarket.us

Audience: Kids, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free Monthly youth performances

2018 Schedule (subject to change):

  • July 8 – West Point School of Music Epic Steel Orchestra
  • August 12 – Bomba/Plena Dance
  • September 9 – Mariachi Tradicion Juvenil
  • October 14 – Segundo Ruiz Belvis Collective
  • November 11 – Hugo Colín in tribute to young Elvis

Flying Creatures

 

Flying Creatures

This Summer, Fall, Winter and Beyond

Hanging from the street poles along Wabash Ave. between Washington and Randolph Streets

www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/flying_creatures.html

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Experimental Reflections: Exploring Identity Through the Arts Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)

 

Experimental Reflections: Exploring Identity Through the Arts

Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)

Open through Saturday, January 12, 2019

Tues, 11am-8pm and Wed-Sat, 11am-6pm

Loyola University Museum of Art, 820 N. Michigan Ave.

www.luc.edu

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Experimental Reflections: Exploring Identity Through the Arts is an exhibition of student work from Urban Gateways In-School Artist Residency programs.

Year of Creative Youth Exhibitions

Exhibit: Year of Creative Youth Exhibition

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor East, 78 E. Washington St.

www.cityofchicago.org/yocy

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Visit Michigan Avenue Galleries in the Year of Creative Youth to explore artwork guest exhibited by four organizations working with youth in the arts! Exhibits will feature youth work curated by Changing Worlds, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, and Puerto Rican Arts Alliance.

Chicago Public Library YouMedia

 

Program: YOUMedia Open Lab

Chicago Public Library Chinatown

Wednesdays, November 14 - December 26, 3-7pm

2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

High school students are invited to come to YOUmedia and take part in your own interest driven projects. Hang out and play games (video and board), use laptops, or work on homework. We also have a vinyl cutter, 3D printer, DSLR camera and more! This is a free, fun and safe space for high school students.

City of Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting

 

Special Event: City of Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting

Friday, November 16, 6pm

Millennium Park's Wrigley Square, Michigan Ave. & Randolph St.

www.cityofchicago.org/dcase

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Enjoy the family fun with a program for all ages, featuring hosted by Miguel Cervantes, who can now be seen as Alexander Hamilton in the Hamilton Chicago Company currently playing Broadway In Chicago’s CIBC Theatre.

Art Harvest

 

Craft Market: Art Harvest

Illustration Student Group of Columbia College

Friday – Saturday, November 16-17, 10am-6pm

HAUS, 623 S. Wabash Ave.

bit.ly/ISGArtHarvest2018

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Art Harvest focuses on students and alumni who create a wide variety of hand-made art. In addition to artists, we'll have activities for the whole family such as live portraits, a kid's coloring booth, and homemade baked goods.

Millennium Park Art Market

 

Millennium Park Art Market

Friday – Sunday, November 16-18, 11am-7pm

Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.

www.millenniumpark.org

Audience: Everyone

In honor of Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth, the new market features one-of-a-kind items, including jewelry, fashion, painting, sculpture, prints, drawings and more on sale by more than 150 student artists from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago and After School Matters.

Free Teen Hangs: Hairy Who?

 

Program: Free Teen Hangs: Hairy Who?

Art Institute Chicago

Saturday, November 17, 1-4pm

Ryan Learning Center, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

www.artic.edu/events

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

Free Teen Hangs are hosted by Chicago teens and feature live artist performances and experimental programs. Meet artists, get inspired, eat snacks, and talk about art.

Get Free Art Project

 

Program: Get Free Art Project

ArtReach Chicago

Saturday, November 17, 2-4pm

2651 W. Lake St.

www.facebook.com

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

27th Annual Wreathing of the Lions

 

Special Event: 27th Annual Wreathing of the Lions

Art Institute Chicago

Friday, November 23, 10am

111 S. Michigan Ave.

www.artic.edu/events/

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Join for the 27th annual Wreathing of the Lions, with this year's emcees, dancers from the Joffrey Ballet production of The Nutcracker, and a special musical performance from Cielito Lindo, a modern Latino mariachi-style family band. Stay warm with a cup of free hot chocolate.

Dance-Along Nutcracker®

 

Dance-Along Nutcracker®

Sunday, December 2, 12-3pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

www.chicagoculturalcenter.org

Audience: Kids, Families

Cost: Free

Sugar plum fairies and mouse kings of all ages and abilities are invited to point their toes to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic.

Othello

 

Performance: CYS’ Othello

Chicago Youth Shakespeare

Monday, December 3, 7:30pm

The School of Theatre & Music at UIC, 1040 W. Harrison St.

bit.ly/CYSUIC

Audience: Teens, Everyone

Cost: $5

After a sold-out run at Raven Theatre, CYS’s Othello is coming to UIC for one-night-only! Set on a modern-day college campus, the play features the work of 15 youth artists, examining issues of systemic racism, sexism, and abuse through a contemporary lens that speaks directly to young adults.

Teen Open Studio

 

Program: Teen Open Studio

Chicago Architecture Center

Tuesdays, December 6 &13, 5-7pm

ArcelorMittal Design Studio, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

www.architecture.org/programs-events/

Audience: Teens, Everyone

Cost: Free

Join us on Thursdays from 5—7pm during the school year to get feedback and guidance on independent or competition projects. CPS students are eligible for a stipend.

CircEsteem

 

Special Performance: The Sky’s the Limit

CircEsteem

Saturday, December 7, 3pm and 6pm and Sunday, December 9, 3pm

Alternatives, 4730 N. Sheridan Rd.

circesteem.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: $7-12

Mark your calendars for CircEsteem's annual teen directed and produced end of year show, on December 8th and 9th!

 

Teen Night at Maggie Daley Park

Chicago Park District

Thursday, December 13, 5-8pm

Maggie Daley Park, 37 E. Randolph St.

www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/teen-night-maggie-daley

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

This free Teen Night at Maggie Daley will include ice skating on the ribbon, a bonfire, pizza and other fun activities. Youth ages 12 through 17 years are invited to attend.

 

Year of Creative Youth Exhibition Gallery Talk

Odes and Tattoos in collaboration with Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education

Thursday, December 13, 5:30-6:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor South, 78 E. Washington St.

www.cityofchicago.org/yocy

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

As part of the Year of Creative Youth, the Chicago Cultural Center worked in collaboration with four local community organizations to feature the work of young artists. Students and teaching artists will talk about their process creating the multimedia exhibition Odes and Tattoos investigating two art forms that commemorate the personal.

The Nutcracker

 

Performance: The Nutcracker

Hyde Park School of Dance

Friday-Sunday, December 14-16, Times vary by date

Mandel Hall Theatre, 1131 E. 47th St.

www.hydeparkdance.org

Audience: Families, Everyone

Cost: Children 5 and under: Free | Students: $10 | Seniors: $15 | General

Admission: $25

Ballet and hip hop meet in this visually-stunning production featuring nearly 200 youth. Narration makes it a great first Nutcracker for young audience members!

Pocket Con

 

Pocket Con 2018

Saturday, December 15, 12-6pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 78 E. Washington St.

www.eventbrite.com

Audience: Teens, Everyone

Cost: Free

Pocket Con is Chicago’s only comic book convention for youth featuring the work of creators of color, women and LGBTQ creators. Pocket Con aims to empower young writers and artists by introducing them to the collaborative process that is comic creation, and encourage them to produce and submit work of their own for contests at the con.

Peace in Chicago Fulcrum Point New Music Project

 

Performance: Peace in Chicago

Fulcrum Point New Music Project

Wednesday, December 19, 7:30pm

Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.

fulcrumpoint.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: $30 / $15 students

Peace in Chicago: An Intergenerational Celebration is a festive confluence of new art music, poetry, and hip hop, bringing together mentors and protégées in peaceful aspiration and jubilant affirmation.

 

Program: Free Teen Hangs: The Ultimate Throwback

Art Institute Chicago

Thursday, December 20, 5-8pm

Ryan Learning Center, 111 South Michigan Ave.

www.artic.edu/events/

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

Free Teen Hangs are hosted by Chicago teens and feature live artist performances and experimental programs. Meet artists, get inspired, eat snacks, and talk about art.

 

Past Events and Programs

 

Performance: Jazz Links Jam Sessions

Jazz Institute of Chicago

Wednesdays, January 10, February 14, 5:30-7:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St.

jazzinchicago.org

Audience: Kids, Teens, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Reading: Snow City Arts Creative Writing Exhibition

Snow City Arts

Thursday, February 15, 6pm

Open Books, 651 W. Lake St.

snowcityarts.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Performance: Chicago Academy for the Arts All-School Showcase

Chicago Academy for the Arts

Thursday, February 15, 7pm

Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave.

chicagoacademyforthearts.org

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: $25

Prismatica

 

Exhibition: Prismatica

Navy Pier

February 16 - April 15

Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

navypier.org/event/prismatica/

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Performance: Adventures in Storytelling

Adventure Stage Chicago

Saturday, February 17, 11am-4pm

Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St.

adventurestage.org

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Showcase: Louder Than A Bomb 2018

Young Chicago Authors

Wednesday, February 21- Sunday, March 18, times vary by event

Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.

youngchicagoauthors.org

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: $4 to $6 per person

 

Exhibition: Shifting Boundaries: Community Arts Practice in Public Schools

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education

Thursday, March 1 – Thursday, March 15

Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N. Milwaukee

capechicago.org/shifting-boundaries

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Merrimac Park

Special Event: Downhill Derby Race at Merrimac

Chicago Park District

Friday, March 2, 6:30-8:30pm

Merrimac Park, 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/downhill-derby-race-merrimac

Audience: Family, Kids

Cost: Free

CSO Young Artists Competition Finals

Showcase: CSO Young Artists Competition Finals

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, March 3, 2-5pm

Symphony Center, 200 S. Michigan Ave.

cso.org

Audience: Families, Everyone

Cost: FREE, tickets required

Family Day: Color Fields Smart Museum of Art

Workshop: Family Day: Color Fields

Smart Museum of Art

Saturday, March 3, 1-4pm

Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave.

smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1370/family-day-color-fields/

Audience: Families

Cost: Free

Keith Haring: The Chicago Mural (Photo by: Irving Zucker)

 

Exhibition: Keith Haring: The Chicago Mural

Chicago Cultural Center

March 3 - September 23

Chicago Cultural Center, Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North, 78 E. Washington St.

www.cityofchicago.org/dcase

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

The Tempest

Performance: The Tempest

Chicago Youth Shakespeare

Saturdays, March 3 & 10, 7:30pm

Sundays, March 4 & 11, 3pm

Joffrey Tower, Gerald Arpino Black Box Theatre, 10 E. Randolph St.

chicagoyouthshakespeare.org

Audience: Teens, Everyone

Cost: $10 for students and groups, $15 general admission

Chicago Public Library YouMedia

Workshop: Finch Robot™ Maze Runner

Chicago Public Library

Tuesday, March 6, 4-6pm

Back of the Yards Branch, 2111 W. 47th St.

chipublib.bibliocommons.com

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

MeritFest
 

Performance: MeritFest

Merit School of Music

Monday, May 7 & 14, 11am-12:30pm

Merit School of Music, Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, 38 S. Peoria St.

meritmusic.org/event/meritfest-string-concert-2/

Audience: Families

Cost: Free

Garfield Park Conservatory

Performance: Jazz City Concert at Garfield Conservatory

Chicago Park District

Friday, March 9, 7-9pm

Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/jazz-city-concert-garfield-conservatory

Audience: Teens, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Performance: Long Way Home with the Q Brothers

Chicago Children's Choir

Friday, March 9, 7:30pm; Saturday, March 10, 3pm & 7pm; Sunday, March 11, 2pm & 6pm

Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Ave.

ccchoir.org/longwayhome

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: $20-40

MCA

Workshop: MCA Family Day: X-Ray Vision

Museum of Contemporary Art

Saturday, March 10, 11am-3pm

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 S. Chicago Ave.

mcachicago.org/Calendar/2018/03/Family-Day

Audience: Families

Cost: Free

 

Performance: Second Sundays Year of Creative Youth Performance

Featuring DJ Ayana and Blues Kids Foundation

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Sunday, March 11, 12-2:15pm

Maxwell Street Market, 800 S. Desplaines St.

maxwellstreetmarket.us

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Special Event: The Simple Good Youth Art Showcase

The Simple Good

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:30am-12:30pm

Ace Hotel, 311 N. Morgan St.

www.eventbrite.com

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

Jazz Links Jam Sessions

Performance: Jazz Links Jam Sessions

Jazz Institute of Chicago

Wednesday, March 14, April 11 & May 9, 5:30-7:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St.

jazzinchicago.org

Audience: Kids, Teens, Everyone

Cost: Free

Creative Tech Expo Englewood

Special Event: Creative Tech Expo Englewood

Contexture Media Network

Thursday, March 15 & Friday, March 16, 4-8pm

Kennedy King College, 740 W. 63rd St.

creativetechexpo.com

Audience: Teens, Everyone

Cost: Free

Barak adé Soleil

Performance: Free Thursday Night Hangs: Barak adé Soleil

The Art Institute of Chicago

Thursday, March 15, 5-8pm

The Art institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Free Thursday Night Hangs are hosted by Chicago teens and feature live artist performances and experimental programs. Meet artists, get inspired, eat snacks, and talk about art.

www.artic.edu/event/free-thursday-night-hangs-barak-ad-soleil

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

International Music Foundation

Performance: Young People's Concert

International Music Foundation

Thursdays, March 15, April 19, May 17 & 31, 10:30am and 12pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

www.cityofchicago.org/dcase

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Yollocalli

 

Special Event: The Chills–Teen Night at the DuSable

Yollocalli of National Museum of Mexican Art and DuSable Museum of African American History

Friday, March 16, 6-9pm

DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl.

bit.ly/thechills1

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

Poetry Night at Austin Town Hall

Showcase: Poetry Night at Austin Town Hall

Chicago Park District

Wednesday, March 21, 6-8pm

Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St.

www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/poetry-night-austin-town-hall

Audience: Teens, Everyone

Cost: Free

Chicago Public Library

Performance: The Music Teachers of Hyde Park Artist Series

Chicago Public Library

Thursday, March 21, 6:30-7:30pm

Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave.

chipublib.bibliocommons.com

Audience: Teens, Everyone

Cost: Free

Chicago Public Schools All-City High School Exhibition

 

Exhibition: Chicago Public Schools All-City High School Exhibition

Chicago Public Schools Department of Arts Education

March 21–April 11

Opening Event: Wednesday, March 21, 6–8pm

Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph St.

cpsarts.org

Audience: Kids, Teens, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Special Event: Best of Yollocalli Exhibit Opening Reception

Yollocalli Arts Reach

Friday, March 23, 6-8pm

National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St.

www.facebook.com/events/2017957458417708

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Film Screening: Best of CineYouth

Cinema/Chicago

Wednesday, April 4, 6:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

chicagofilmfestival.com

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

I’m Down For Whatever: The Teen Perception  Arts + Public Life

 

Special Event & Exhibition: I'm Down For Whatever: The Teen Perception Arts + Public Life

Opening Reception Friday, April 6, 6-8pm

Exhibition on view April 6-May 10

Washington Park Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd.

arts.uchicago.edu/arts-public-life/exhibitions/

Audience: Teens, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Exhibition & Special Event: 20th Anniversary A Room Without Walls: Visual Arts Exhibition Snow City Arts

Opening Reception Friday, April 6, 6-8pm

Exhibition on view April 6-27

Washington Park Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd.

www.snowcityarts.org/anniversary/

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Performance: Second Sundays Year of Creative Youth Performance Featuring Bandwith Chicago

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Sunday, April 8, 1-2:15pm

Maxwell Street Market, 800 S. Desplaines St.

maxwellstreetmarket.us

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

Inaugural Harold Washington College Music Festival

 

Inaugural Harold Washington College Music Festival

Harold Washington College

Friday, April 13, 7-8:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Claudia Cassidy Theater

Cost: Free

Harold Washington College brings talented high school music ensembles from around Chicago showcasing a variety of music genres, with special musical guests. Performance in the evening is free and open to the public.

 

CTLF

Festival: ChiTeen Lit Fest

Chicago Public Library

Kick-Off Party - Friday, April 13 - Harold Washington Library, 401 S. Plymouth Ct.

Teens-Only Festival - Saturday, April 14 - Columbia College Chicago, 623 S. Wabash Ave.

chiteenlitfest.org

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

 

Performance: Music Under Glass featuring Thomas Nickell and the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago

Garfield Park Conservatory

Saturday, April 14, 12pm

Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park

garfieldconservatory.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: $25

 

Series: Free Thursday Night Hang: Kid Koala, Music to Draw To Art Institute of Chicago

Thursday, April 19, 5-8pm

Art Institute of Chicago, Ryan Learning Center, 159 E. Monroe St.

www.artic.edu/event/

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

CineYouth Festival

Film Screenings & Workshops: CineYouth Festival

Cinema/Chicago

Friday, April 20, 5:30-9pm; Saturday, April 21, 4:30-9:30pm; Sunday, April 22, 10am-7pm

Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave.

chicagofilmfestival.com/cineyouth

Audience: Teens, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Performance: CYSO Symphony Orchestra Community Concert

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Sunday, April 22, 3pm

Whitney Young High School, 211 S. Laflin St.

cyso.org

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

Marwen 2018 Spring Term Exhibition
 

Exhibition & Special Event: Marwen 2018 Spring Term Exhibition

Marwen

Opening Reception Friday, April 27, 5-7pm

Exhibition on view April 27-May 28

Marwen, 833 N. Orleans St.

marwen.org/event/

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Performance: Walter Payton Sounds of Sweetness Men's A Capella

Chicago Public Library

Monday, April 30, 6:30pm

Near North Branch, 310 W. Division

chipublib.bibliocommons.com

Audience: Families

Cost: Free

 

Performance: Columbinus

The Yard

Various dates Thursday, May 3-Saturday, May 26, 4pm & 8pm

Steppenwolf 1700 Theater, 1650 N. Halsted

www.steppenwolf.org/tickets--events/seasons/2017-18/columbinus/

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Allotment of $10 CPS student discount tickets will be available for every performance

Chicago Public Schools Culinary Arts
 

Special Event: Chicago Public Schools 10th Annual Hospitality and Culinary Arts Capstone

“Passport on a Plate”

Friday, May 4, 11:30-1:30pm

Washburne Culinary Institute, Kennedy King College, Building U, 740 W. 63rd St.

chooseyourfuture.cps.edu

20th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
 

Festival: 20th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

Presenting Sponsor: Country FinancialCOUNTRY Financial

Saturday, May 5, 10am-4pm

Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park, Lake Shore Dr. and Montrose Dr.

www.chicagokidsandkitesfestival.us

Audience: Kids, Families

Cost: Free

 

Performance: Jazz Ambassadors Concert

Jazz Institute of Chicago

Saturday, May 5, 2-4pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

jazzinchicago.org

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Series: Free Thursday Night Hangs: Battle it Out Gender - Gender Warriors

Art Institute of Chicago

Thursday, May 10, 5-8pm

Art Institute of Chicago, Ryan Learning Center, 159 E. Monroe St.

www.artic.edu/event/

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

 

Performance: Little Kids Rock JamFest at Reggie's Rock Club

Little Kids Rock

Saturday, May 12, 1:30pm

Reggie's Rock Club, 2109 S. State St.

www.littlekidsrock.org

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Performance: Young People’s Concert featuring Drum Talk Ensemble

International Music Foundation

Thursday, May 17, 10:30am & 12pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

imfchicago.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Imagine This: A Safe City for Youth

 

Talk: Imagine This: A Safe City for Youth

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Friday, May 18, 6-8pm

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave

mcachicago.org/imagine-this

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Stringtacular

Performance: Stringtacular

Merit School of Music

Saturday, May 19, 11am

Benito Juarez Community Academy, 1450 W. Cermak

meritmusic.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Teacher Fellowship Program Student Exhibition Opening Reception

 

Special Event: Teacher Fellowship Program Student Exhibition Opening Reception

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Saturday, May 19, 2-5pm

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave.

www.art.org/teacher-fellowship-exhibition-20172018

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Performance: CYSO Spring Concert

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Sunday, May 20, 7:30pm

Symphony Center, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

cyso.org

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: $20 - $60

 

Performance: Chicago Public Schools All-City Performing Arts Spring Showcase

Chicago Public Schools Department of Arts Education

Wednesday, May 23, 4pm

Harris Theatre, 205 E. Randolph St.

cpsarts.org

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: $10

 

Exhibition: Chicago Public Schools Advanced Arts Program Spring Showcase

Chicago Public Schools Department of Arts Education

Wednesday, May 23 & Thursday, May 24

Gallery 37, 66 E. Randolph St.

advancedarts.cps.edu

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Performance, Special Event: Paint the Town Red

Chicago Children’s Choir

Thursday, May 24, 11am

Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph

ccchoir.org/event/paint-town-red-2/

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Performance: Middle School Dance Clubs Culminating Tour

The Joffrey Ballet - Community Engagement

Friday, May 25, 10:30am

Nicholas Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave.

www.joffrey.org/community

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Performance: Young People’s Concert featuring Kings of Soul

International Music Foundation

Thursday, May 31, 10:30am & 12pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

imfchicago.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

 

EMPOWER - EmpowerYouth! Finale Performance

 

Performance: EMPOWER - EmpowerYouth! Finale Performance

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Thursday, May 31, 7pm

Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr.

lyricopera.org/empower

Audience: Everyone

Cost: $5 tickets with promo code DCASE

 

Series: Free Thursday Night Hangs: Avery R. Young + Marvin Tate

Art Institute of Chicago

Thursday, May 31, 5-8pm

Art Institute of Chicago, Ryan Learning Center, 159 E. Monroe St.

www.artic.edu/event/

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Performance: Stars of Tomorrow 2018

Intonation Music

Saturday, June 2, 11am-6pm

Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave.

www.intonationmusic.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Celebrate Community Parade

Special Event: Celebrate Community Parade

Pivot Arts

Saturday, June 2, 3pm

Senn Park, Thorndale/Greenview Avenues

pivotarts.org

Audience: Organizations, Nonprofits

Cost: Free

Kuumba Lynx Presentes Chicago Hip Hop Theater Festival

Special Event: FILLINZ…Put Some Respect On It!

2018 Hip Hop Theater Festival

Kuumba Lynx

Wednesday, June 6, 7pm

Clarendon Park, 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Other festival events at www.kuumbalynx.com/hip-hop-theater-festival/

Audience: Everyone, Adults

Cost: Free

 

Performance Series: Young Artists Showcase

Grant Park Music Festival

Fridays, June 13—August 18, 5:30pm

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

www.grantparkmusicfestival.com

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

 

Special Event: 21Minus

Teen Creative Agency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Saturday, June 16, 1-6pm

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

mcachicago.org/tca

Audience: Kids, Teens

Cost: Free

 

Exhibit: Project 3rd Space Youth Exhibition

SkyART 

Thursday, June 21, 5-7pm

SkyART, 3026 E. 91st St.

www.skyart.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Millennium Park Family Fun Festival

 

Series: Millennium Park Family Fun Festival

Weekdays, June 25-August 10, 10am-2pm

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

Families are invited to join the fun all summer long with activities, including music and arts and crafts, for kids of all ages, at the Family Fun Festival! Daily Activities include:

Student Artwork Exhibition at LUMA

 

Exhibit: Student Artwork Exhibition at LUMA

Urban Gateways

Friday, July 6, 2018 through January 2019

Loyola University Museum of Art, 820 N. Michigan Ave.

urbangateways.org/event/student-artwork-exhibition-luma

Cost: Free

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Slime Time Game Night @ Gage Park

 

Special Event: Slime Time Game Night @ Gage Park

Yollocalli Arts Reach

Friday, July 6, 5-8pm

Gage Park, 2411 W. 55th St.

www.facebook.com/events/1850220471668092/

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

Arts in the Dark Lantern Procession on the Riverwalk

Arts in the Dark Lantern Procession on the Riverwalk

LUMA8

Tuesdays, July 10 and August 14, 8:30-9:15pm

Chicago Riverwalk, Between Franklin and Wells at Wacker Dr.

artsinthedark.org/

Cost: Free

Part of 2nd Tuesdays on the Riverwalk, LUMA8 is partnering with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to present monthly Arts in the Dark Lantern Processions, between Franklin and Wells and east to Lake Shore Drive.

Fresh Fest! Youth Music & Performance Showcase

 

Special Event: Fresh Fest! Youth Music & Performance Showcase

Navy Pier, Inc.

Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13, 10am-8pm

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

navypier.org/explore/programming-events/fresh-fest

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

Fresh Fest! presented by Allstate Insurance Company is a two-day showcase of Chicago’s talented young performing artists, presenting a range of musical and dance talent in a variety of styles, including blues, classical, rock, jazz and more.

 

Performance: 7th Annual Gele Day Reunion

Forward Momentum Chicago

Saturday, July 14, 10am-4pm

63rd Street Beach

www.forwardmomentumchicago.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Chicago Human Rhythm Project

 

Special Event: Rhythm World 28

Chicago Human Rhythm Project

Monday, July 16 - Sunday, July 22

Location and price vary by program

chicagotap.org/rhythm-world-2018

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Rhythm World is Chicago’s annual festival of tap and percussive dance!  Join for events featuring some of the world’s finest tap and percussive dance artists and teachers, working with over 300 students through classes, performances, and more. Series Highlights:

  • Student Showcase & Cutting Contest at Fine Arts Building: Tuesday, July 17, 6:30 and 8pm, $5
  • Navy Pier Youth Tap Ensemble Conference Highlights: Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30pm, Free

Born to Create: A Teen Art Exhibition

 

Exhibit: Born to Create: A Teen Art Exhibition

Chicago Public Library

Special Event: Opening Reception: Thursday, July 12, 5pm, Exhibit Gallery

Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St.

Exhibit open Monday, July 9 – Sunday, October 21

chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/5b2278ee0818ed3e00836756

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Born to Create brings together 18 teen artists and 33 works of painting, photography, video art, fashion design, and musical composition. Selections from the Teen Winter Challenge were featured in the City of Chicago #BornCreative poster campaign, including a design (pictured) by young Chicago artist Victoria Goite.

Art For All Fest Urban Gateways

 

Special Event: Art For All Fest

Urban Gateways

Saturday, July 21, 12-3:30pm

Kelly Park, 2725 W. 41st St.

urbangateways.org/event/art-fest-kelly-park/

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

The Chills

 

Special Event: The Chills - Beach Party

Yollocalli Arts Reach

Friday, July 27, 1-5pm

Humboldt Park Beach, 1400 N. Sacramento

www.facebook.com

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

Chicago Park District Teens In The Park

 

Performance: T.I.P. (Teens In the Park) Fest Auditions

Fridays, July 27-September 15

Multiple times and locations

Cost: Free

Youth ages 13 - 24 years old (as of September 23, 2018) are invited to auditions for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's T.I.P. Fest (Teens in the Park) 2018! New this year, T.I.P Fest will be part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth Festival, September 22 in Millennium Park!

www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

InterACT Series

 

Pop-Up Teen Workshop: InterACT Series

UChicago Arts + Public Life

Monday, July 30, 1pm, Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West

Tuesday, July 31, 1pm, Pendleton Playlot Park, 4345 S. Calumet Ave.

Thursday, August 2, 1pm, Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.

Friday, August 3, 6:30pm, Mandrake Park; 3858 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

www.facebook.com

Celebrate youth leadership and creativity with a play and art workshop created, performed, and led by Chicago teens exploring real life challenges they face and encounter.

Audience: Teens, Families

Cost: Free

FMC Summer Showcase Forward Momentum Chicago

 

Performance: FMC Summer Showcase

Forward Momentum Chicago

Thursday, August 2, 2018, 6:30pm

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

www.forwardmomentumchicago.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: $5

 

Special Event: Slime Time Game Night @ Barrett Park

Yollocalli Arts Reach

Saturday, August 4, 5-8pm

Barrett Park, 2022 W. Cermak Rd.

www.facebook.com/events/406957989791722/

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

Side by Side with the Chicago Philharmonic

 

Performance: Side by Side with the Chicago Philharmonic

The Chicago Philharmonic Society

Sunday, August 5, 3-7pm

Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd.

www.chicagophilharmonic.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

 

George Li

 

Performance: Pianos in the Parks with George Li

Tuesday, August 7, 2:30pm

Seneca Park, 220 E. Chicago Ave.

makemusicchicago.org/pianos-in-the-parks/ l www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

 

1 Luv Fest Back To School Event

 

Special Event: 1 Luv Fest Back To School Event

Kuumba Lynx

Saturday, August 11, 11am-3pm

Clarendon Park, 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

www.kuumbalynx.com/events/

Audience: Teens

Amplify Youth Arts Showcase

 

Performance: Amplify Youth Arts Showcase

Sunday, August 12, 4-7pm

Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

www.facebook.com

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Grant Park Music Festival Young Artists Showcase

 

Performance Series: Young Artists Showcase

Grant Park Music Festival

Fridays through August 18, 5:30pm

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

On Fridays at 5:30PM, before the Grant Park Orchestra takes the stage, the Festival presents performances by students of local music schools and summer music programs.

www.grantparkmusicfestival.com

Side by Side with the Chicago Philharmonic at Hamilton Park

 

Performance: Side by Side with the Chicago Philharmonic at Hamilton Park

The Chicago Philharmonic Society

Saturday, August 18, 3-7pm

Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd St.

www.chicagophilharmonic.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Teen Beach Bash at Rainbow Beach

Special Event: Teen Beach Bash at Rainbow Beach

Chicago Park District

Saturday, August 18, 1-5pm

Rainbow Beach & Park, 3111 E. 77th St.

www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/teen-beach-bash-rainbow-beach

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

 

 

Special Events: 2nd Line Parade at 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

Wednesday, August 29, 10am-6pm

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

www.chicagojazzphilharmonic.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Kick off the 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival’s Millennium Park program with a full orchestra featuring jazz legends, and emerging youth musicians. Preceding the concert, Chicago youth musicians will lead a second-line style parade through Millennium Park.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

 

Concert for Chicago

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, September 20, 6:30pm

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

cso.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Marwen 2018 Summer Term Exhibition

 

Special Events: 2018 Summer Term Exhibition Reception

Marwen

Friday, September 21, 5-7pm

Marwen, 833 N. Orleans St.

www.facebook.com

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Celebrate new student work from Marwen's 2018 Summer Term at this reception. Enjoy light appetizers and meet students from all Spring courses.

Chicago Park District Unit at Arts In The Dark Halloween Parade (Jabberwocky Marionettes pictured)

 

Special Event: Creative Youth Festival

Saturday, September 22, 11am-7pm

Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. and Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/yocy0.html

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

The new and free Creative Youth Festival will be signature event for the Year of Creative Youth to close out the summer season. Taking place across the Millennium Park Campus—the event showcases teen artists in dance, theatre, music, spoken word, the visual arts and more.

Teen Arts Leadership Summit

 

Special Event: Teen Arts Leadership Summit

Sunday, October 14, 10am-3pm

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

bit.ly/TALSummit

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

Led by Urban Gateways, the new Teen Arts Leadership Summit is a one-day event celebrating the role young people play in the leadership of Chicago arts organizations. The summit convenes teens to exchange ideas, share experiences, and explore creativity, all with an arts focus. Includes workshops, resource fair, teen performances, open mic, and food! The Summit is hosted by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in alignment with the Year of Creative Youth.

 

Performance: Chicago Park District Unit at Arts In The Dark Halloween Parade

Jabberwocky Marionettes

Saturday, October 20, 4-8pm

Arts In The Dark Halloween Parade, Columbus and Balbo Dr., Chicago

www.facebook.com/JabberwockyMarionettes/

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone

Cost: Free

Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

Special Event: Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade

Saturday, October 20, 6-8pm

www.facebook.com/events/583938511949410/

Audience: Kids, Teens, Families, Everyone
Cost: Free

ChicagoMade

2018 ChicagoMade A&R Auditions

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 1-4:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North, 78 E. Washington St.

www.cityofchicago.org/dcase

Audience: Teens, Everyone

Cost: Free

This epic live showcase of up-and-coming-local talent gives Chicagoland-based artists and bands the opportunity to play live for a panel of Artists & Repertoire (A&R) executives from major and independent record labels. New this year, in conjunction with Chicago's Year of Creative Youth this year's auditions will feature four artists and bands between the ages of 14 and 17.

Día de los Muertos Celebration at Maxwell Street Market

Día de los Muertos Celebration at Maxwell Street Market

Sunday, October 28, 10:30am-2pm

Maxwell Street Market, 800 S. Desplaines St.

www.maxwellstreetmarket.us

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free

Commemorate the Day of the Dead with family friendly fun include a mural dedication, traditional arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, DJs, live music and more!

Chill Set

Special Event: CHILL SET - Teen Night at the National Museum of Mexican Art

Yollocalli Arts Reach

Friday, November 9, 6-10pm

1852 W. 19th St.

bit.ly/chillset18

Audience: Teens

Cost: Free

Woke & Winning Art Exhibit for Social Justice

 

Exhibit: Woke & Winning Art Exhibit for Social Justice

National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence and The WasteShed

Various dates and times Saturday, November 3-Tuesday, November 13

Exhibit Opening Reception on Saturday, November 3 from 6-9pm

RSVP

Reunion Chicago, 2557 W. North Ave.

www.nationalyouthartmovement.org

Audience: Everyone

Cost: Free, donation suggested

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