2012 brings a new year of arts and entertainment to Chicago residents and visitors. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will once again present Taste: Chicago’s 4-star feast-ival of food and fun (July 11-15) and the Chicago Gospel Music Festival (June 21-24) returns with both a new date and location.
The 27th Chicago Gospel Music Festival returns to the 2012 summer festival scene with a new look and new dates, June 21-24. Taste moves later in the calendar, July 11-15, 2012, while remaining in its longtime home in Grant Park on Chicago’s lakefront.
The 2012 Gospel Music Festival takes a cue from the Chicago Jazz Festival, providing free entertainment in several different locations, including Chicago’s Bronzeville, the south side neighborhood where the genre finds many of its roots. On Saturday and Sunday, the event transforms the former Ida B. Wells public housing site, located on South Martin Luther King Drive from 37th to 39th Street, into a Gospel Music haven.
Taste will emphasize Chicago’s status as a “foodie” destination and feature classic Chicago favorites as well as offerings from Chicago’s new and emerging culinary scene. This free admission festival will highlight entertainment such as cooking demonstrations from noted chefs, and local and national musical acts. The Taste restaurant application will be online at http://www.tasteofchicago.us/ beginning in early January.
(Below are the 2012 dates for the large-scale festivals. Please Note: All dates are subject to change.)
29th Annual Chicago Blues Festival June 8-10
27th Chicago Gospel Music Festival June 21-24 New Date & Location
32nd Annual Taste of Chicago July 11-15 New Date
54th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show August 18-19
34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival Aug. 30-Sept 2
14th Annual World Music Festival September 13-20
CHICAGO – June 2015 - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Navy Pier announced that a new Ferris wheel has been purchased and will debut at Navy Pier in time for its 2016 Centennial. The new 196-foot wheel will fit into the space that will be vacated by the existing wheel that was installed in 1995. It will feature a wide assortment of enhanced features and amenities, including accommodations for up to 180 more passengers per ride and temperature controlled gondolas allowing guests to enjoy it year-round.
CHICAGO — EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, returns for its third year to Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, Sept. 18 – 21, 2014 after a successful fair in 2013 which reported vigorous sales and high collector attendance.
EXPO CHICAGO will once again feature more than 100 of the world’s leading galleries including one of the signature programs of the fair, Exposure, the emerging galleries showcase providing younger galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair.
In addition, EXPO CHICAGO presents the return of the /Dialogues lecture series; IN/SITU, a program of curated site-specific installations; EXPO VIDEO, a selection of dynamic and cutting-edge film, video and new media works; a dynamic VIP program; as well as Vernissage, the opening night preview benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Programming will extend beyond the exposition with the second annual EXPO ART WEEK (Sept. 15 – 21), as Chicago’s premiere cultural institutions join forces for a citywide celebration of art and culture. Attracting 30,000 visitors in its second year, EXPO CHICAGO continues to bridge a gap for Chicago’s contemporary arts community, helping to define the cultural future of Chicago and inspire the region’s collector base.
For more information about EXPO CHICAGO and EXPO ART WEEK (Monday Sept. 15 – Sunday Sept. 21), visit http://www.expochicago.com/.
30th ANNUAL CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL THIS YEAR, JUNE 6-9 Shemekia Copeland and Bobby Rush Kicks-off the Festival’s Journey Up the Mississippi
The 30th Annual Chicago Blues Festival expands to four days with a special opening night concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park the evening of Thursday, June 6 featuring a line-up of the genre’s next generation headlined by Shemekia Copeland. Friday, June 7 the festival moves to Grant Park where Bobby Rush kicks-off the festival’s journey from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago and the world.
The 2013 Chicago Blues Festival is “Rollin’ Up the River” celebrating the blues with a musical journey up the Mississippi. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s there was a “great migration” of African Americans from the southern United States to Chicago. During that period, the “delta blues” landed in the “the promised land,” establishing the foundation for the genre’s electric guitar sound known as the “Chicago blues” style. The voyage will start in New Orleans, Louisiana and Mississippi on Friday then to Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday ending in Chicago on Sunday, where the blues electrified the world.