Chicago Live! Is the Pier’s annual two-day live performance festival highlighting Chicago’s vibrant performing arts scene, held through the generous support from the Pritzker Foundation.
More than 60 of the city’s top marquee names—a third of which are participating for the first time—will give back-to-back performances from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept, 25.
Performances will be at the East End Plaza, the Wave Wall Platform and the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier. For information on parking and updates on Chicago Live!, please click here.
Saturday, Sept. 24 Schedule
12 p.m. - Joffrey Ballet
12:30 p.m. - Mandala South Asian Performing Arts
1 p.m. - Trinity Irish Dancers
1:30 p.m. - Chicago Sinfonietta
2 p.m. - Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago
2:30 p.m. - Culture Shock Chicago
3 p.m. - Yin He Dance Company
3:30 p.m. - PARA.MAR Dance Theatre
4 p.m. - Forward Momentum
4:30 p.m. - Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
5 p.m. - Chicago Repertory Ballet
5:30 p.m. - Muntu Dance Theatre
6 p.m. - Giordano Dance Chicago
6:30 p.m. - Hiplet
7 p.m. - COMMON Conservatory
7:30 p.m. - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
8 p.m. - Red Clay Dance Company
8:30 p.m. - Visceral Dance Chicago
9 p.m. - Ensemble Español
12 p.m. - Chicago Soul Jazz Collective
12:30 p.m. - "Yours, Stephen Sondheim" (excerpts)
1 p.m. - Jabowen Dixon
1:30 p.m. - The Neo-Futurists
2 p.m. - Cabaret Zazou presents LUMINAIRE
2:30 p.m. - Victor Garcia
3 p.m. - Old Town School of Folk Music presents Nikki O’Neill Band
3:30 p.m. - Chicago Human Rhythm Project
4 p.m. - Dee Alexander
4:30 p.m. - Mercury Theater Chicago
5 p.m. - Harris Theater presents Adrian Dunn Singers and RIZE Orchestra
5:30 p.m. - About Face Theatre
6 p.m. - Porchlight Music Theatre
6:30 p.m. - Annoyance Theatre
7 p.m. - American Blues Theater
7:30 p.m. - iO Theater
8 p.m. - K.F. Jacques
8:30 p.m - NuBlu Band
Wall / Beer Garden/Pier
1 p.m. - The Actors Gymnasium
2-9 p.m. - DJ Readerz
2 p.m. - Lyric Opera of Chicago
3 p.m. - Chicago Samba
4:30 p.m. - Soul Children of Chicago
Sunday, Sept.25 Schedule
12 p.m. - The Seldoms
12:30 p.m. - Meher Dance Company
1 p.m. - La Escuelita Bombera de Corazon
1:30 p.m. - Chicago Symphony Orchestra
2 p.m. - Joel Hall Dancers
2:30 p.m. - Chicago Dance Crash
3 p.m. - Chicago Philharmonic
3:30 p.m. - Ayodele Drum & Dance
4 p.m. - Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
4:30 p.m. - Chicago Opera Theater
5 p.m. - South Chicago Dance Theatre
5:30 p.m. - Momenta Dance Company
12 p.m. - Chicago Shakespeare Theater
12:30 p.m. - Young Chicago Authors
1 p.m. - Blue Man Group
1:30 p.m. - Chicago Fringe Opera
2 p.m. - Northlight Theatre
2:30 p.m. - ChiArts
3 p.m. - Kokandy Productions
3:30 p.m. - Black Ensemble Theater
4 p.m. - Jazz Institute of Chicago
4:30 p.m. - Jabowen Dixon
5 p.m. - Pinqy Ring
5:30 p.m. - Congo Square Theatre
Wall / Beer Garden/Pier
12 p.m. - Chicago Children's Theatre
12-6 p.m. - DJ Readerz
1 -2 p.m. - Old Town School of Folk Music presents a square dance with The Silver Trotters
2:30 p.m. - Jerrell L. Henderson
Note: All artists and dates are subject to change.
The UltimateTV and our good friends at Universal Studios invite you and your friends to see the new romantic comedy BROS. starring Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane.
Universal Pictures proudly presents the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling towards love. Maybe. They're both very busy.
From the ferocious comic mind of Billy Eichner and the hitmaking brilliance of filmmakers Nicholas Stoller comes Bros, a smart, swoony and heartfelt comedy about finding sex, love and romance amidst the madness.
FREE PASSES for the Advanced Screening of Bros 7:00p.m. on Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00P.M., Chicago's AMC River East 21 are available now at the following link: http://gofobo.com/TUTVBros
Throughout 2022, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present many free programs, including the much-loved Chicago SummerDance.
Events include a range of social dances and live music held downtown and in neighborhoods across the city, special dance concerts in Millennium Park, and more.
Don’t miss the free Chicago SummerDance Celebration on September 17, a full day of participatory and professional dancing throughout Millennium Park in honor of National Day of Dance.
Art on theMART will celebrate the Year of Chicago Dance with four new projections as part of its summer and fall presentations, highlighting choreographers, dancers, and visual artists. Watch for Floe by Carrie Hanson, an untitled piece by Shkunna Stewart and Wills Glasspiegel featuring youth dance groups, Trap Moulin Rouge by Jasmin Taylor, and Love Letters by Yuge Zhou.
In October, Chicago Dancemakers Forum presents Elevate Chicago Dance: eMerge, a festival highlighting the extraordinary artistry of Chicago’s radically diverse dancemakers. Elevate features performances and workshops by Chicago-based dancemakers at venues across the city, including the Chicago Cultural Center, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, and Big Marsh Park.
The annual World Music Festival is your passport to musical acts from around the globe on Sept. 30 – Oct. 9, 2022.
This free, city-wide festival features over 30 artists from 22 countries at venues around Chicago including Millennium Park and the Navy Pier, bringing even more diversity to Chicago’s already rich performing arts scene.
This festival, which has been held in Chicago for more than 20 years, embraces well-known stars and emerging artists in genres that range from traditional to contemporary. You can hear everything at the World Music Festival — from Indian classical music to Bulgarian bagpipes and Congolese funk.
World Music Festival Lineup
This year’s schedule includes musical acts from a diverse array of global regions, performing at some of the city’s more unique venues. Here are a few highlights:
The Chicago Gourmet is one of the country’s most distinguished food festivals.
Each year, Chicago Gourmet celebrates the city’s diverse dining scene with a dynamic line-up of culinary events that the city’s top chefs, food, and drinks.
In 2022, the festival will host a series of exciting events, including both fan favorites and new additions, on the Harris Theater Rooftop in Millennium Park and at unique culinary venues throughout the city. Check out details on this year’s schedule and grab your tickets today.
Tacos & Tequila - Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022
Kick off the festival weekend with this showcase of gourmet tacos and agave spirits, hosted by celebrity chef Rick Bayless, featuring experts in authentic Mexican cuisine. The evening includes premium tequilas and mezcals, a DJ, mariachi, and more.
Somm Sessions - Friday, Sept. 23
Try your hand at being a wine critic during this afternoon of friendly competition. At Somm Sessions, guests can enjoy a delicious meal of Greek-inspired cuisine, plus wine pairings — with a twist. During each course, two of Chicago’s top sommeliers will go head-to-head with their best wine pairings. There will be plenty of food, wine, and music all under one roof at Lyra, one of the West Loop’s newest restaurants.
Hamburger Hop - Friday, Sept. 23, 2022
The highly anticipated Hamburger Hop is a perennial fan favorite. An array of local chefs will serve their best burgers atop the Harris Theater Rooftop, hosted by chef Stephanie Izard.
This year’s contestants included local legends like Soul & Smoke, Mikkey’s Retro Grill, Frontier, Adorn, Epic Burger, and more. Guests will be able to enjoy burger tastings alongside beer and wine, then cast their vote for their favorite. Two winners are crowned — judge’s favorite and people’s choice.
Late Nite Gourmet - Friday, Sept. 23, 2022
Grand Cru - Saturday, Sept. 23, 2022
The exclusive Grand Cru event is back and bigger than ever. This elevated tasting experience features the nation’s leading wine experts, top mixologists, and acclaimed chefs at the Harris Theater rooftop for a truly unforgettable experience.
Guests will be able to sample the world’s finest wines and award-winning cuisine at two different sessions, including some of the city’s most well-known chefs from restaurants like Wherewithall, Rose Mary, Girl & The Goat, Gibsons, Wood, Bistronimic, and so much more.
Prost! in the Park - Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022
The UltimateTV and our friends at Chicago's Music Box Theater invite you to experience their Garden Movie Series.
On Thursday, September 29th, come see the movie that launched theatrical careers,
Attack The Block starring John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker.
John Boyega (The Woman King, Star Wars) starring in his big-screen debut, Attack the Block is a fast, funny and terrifying alien invasion flick that turns a London housing project into a sci-fi battleground, the low-income apartment complex into a fortress under siege, and a crazy mix of tough street kids into a team of ass-kicking heroes. It’s inner city vs outer space and it’s going to explode.
For additional information on the Garden Series or to purchase tickets for Attack the Block, go to Attack the Block | Music Box Theatre
There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than by wandering through a new museum exhibit or art gallery. Here are the upcoming free museum days this month (and make sure to reserve your tickets ahead of time):
You can also check out one of the city’s always-free museums, like the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the Hyde Park Art Center. And check out free museum days throughout the year.