Make Music Chicago festival back for a third year

Make Music Chicago

French cabaret music, community jams, a Sousapalooza and more are part of Make Music Chicago, with amateur and professional musicians and artists participating, taking place at various locations around Chicago. (May 28, 2013)

More than 25 public spaces throughout the city will resound with live music of all genres when the free, daylong Make Music Chicago festival returns for a third year on June 21, the first day of summer.

Hundreds of performers of all ages and levels of musical ability, from beginners to professionals, will make music at sites ranging from Daley Plaza, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Midway Plaisance, to the Driehaus Museum, Old Town School of Folk Music and St. James Cathedral in the River North area.

The grand finale, followed by an outdoor street party, will take place at the cathedral, 65 E. Huron at Wabash, beginning at 5 p.m.

Orchestra, choral and concert band musicians of any age are invited to participate in the Make Music Chicago opener, Play the Plaza, which runs from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. Performances will consist of symphonic favorites, a Broadway and opera sing-along, and Sousa marches.

Other events include family concerts at the zoo (2001 N. Clark St.) by Quintet Attacca and the Suzuki Music School of Lincoln Park; an “organ crawl” at three Chicago churches; and a “harmonica jam” at the street party, 7-9 p.m. at St. James Commons.

WFMT-FM 98.7 will broadcast live classical music performances from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., from the Music Institute of Chicago, PianoForte Chicago and the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.

Presented by the Rush Hour Concerts series, the event is Chicago’s answer to France’s Fete de la Musique, a national musical holiday observed annually from 1982. Since then, the event has inspired similar free music festivals held on the summer solstice in more than 500 cities in some 130 countries.

A complete list of local events is available at

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