This is a FREE annual event in Chicago. Below is a preview of the May, 2018 festival.  Look for this same event next year. 

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has announced the lineup for the Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park on Saturday, May 26, from 1 to 9 p.m. The expanded festival now features three stages of national and local DJs and live performers, including headliners Louie Vega and Elements of Life band, Joe Smooth, Chez Damier, Ron Trent and DJ Sabine among others.


Chicago is the birthplace of house music, gospel music, urban blues and more. In 2018 over three consecutive weekends, DCASE will celebrate the city’s music legacy at the Chicago House Music Festival (May 26), the Chicago Gospel Music Festival (June 12) and the Chicago Blues Festival (June 810) on stage in Millennium Park, at the Chicago Cultural Center as well as in music venues and clubs throughout the city. DCASE explains, “Chicago is an arts powerhouse and a global destination for music lovers.”


This Memorial Day weekend, the Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park celebrates a truly original genre created in the city during the 1980s by DJ Frankie Knuckles and others,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “House music is part of the city’s rich music legacy with influences from disco, blues, gospel music, soul, R&B, funk and jazz. Whether you’re a house music fan or just love to dance, I hope to see everyone coming together and enjoying this great art form."

When and Where:

May 26, 1 – 9 PM Millennium Park

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

7:30–9 p.m. Louie Vega and Elements of Life
7:15–7:30 p.m. House Music Awards
6–7:15 p.m. Gifted Souls featuring Joe Smooth & Craig Loftis
5–6 p.m. Chez Damier
4–5 p.m. Mike Dunne
3–4 p.m. Donna Edwards
2–3 p.m. TBA
1:45 p.m.–2 p.m. House Dance Performance

Deep House Stage (Chase Promenade North)

7–8 p.m. Ron Trent
6–7 p.m. Adam Gibbons
4–6 p.m. DJ Sabine
3–4 p.m. Excursions with Cordell Johnson & James Vincent
2–3 p.m. DJ Duane Powell
1–2 p.m. John Simmons

Chicago Stage (Chase Promenade South)

7–8 p.m. Paul Johnson
6–7 p.m. DJ Deeon
4–6 p.m. Ron Carroll
3–4 p.m. Zernell
2–3 p.m. Celeste Alexander
1–2 p.m. Boogie McClarin Dance Workshop


Free admission
For more information, please visit the Chicago House Music Festival website

All slider photos courtesy of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)

Ron Carroll Photo Creadit by DCASE
Adam Gibbons Photo Credit by ©2014 Power Quevedo
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