Event—Public Programming

Make Music Chicago 2024

—A "Night at Mister Kelly's" Program


Join us for music in the park!

Please note: This is an outdoor, in-person event taking place in Washington Square Park, across from the Newberry. Free and open to all; no registration required, but you can sign up below to receive updates.

Bring a blanket or folding chair and a picnic and enjoy a lunchtime concert in the park on the first day of summer! Before and after the gigs, make some music yourself on the piano in the park.

Featuring the jazz stylings of Marshall Vente Trio with Greta Pope, and the blues by Mississippi Heat.

This program is generously supported by the Free For All Fund at the Chicago Community Trust and presented in partnership with the Washington Square Park Advisory Council. It is part of programming connected to our free exhibition A Night at Mister Kelly’s, running March 21 through July 20, 2024.

About Make Music

Make Music Chicago is a day-long, citywide music festival that celebrates the musician in us all. Every June 21, Make Music Chicago helps Chicagoans celebrate their ability to make music, regardless of age, ability or preferred musical style. All of it is free and open to the public.

Chicago joins 750 cities in 120 countries across the globe, making the Fête de la Musique the world’s largest single day music celebration. Make Music Chicago is a proud member of the Make Music Alliance, connecting Chicago with nearly 50 other US cities in celebrating this day of music, and is presented by the International Music Foundation. Don’t miss out on the fun!


In case of rain, the music will move indoors to the Newberry's Ruggles Hall, where seating will be first-come, first-served, until we reach full capacity. Sign up for updates below.

Cost and Registration

This program is free and open to all. Registration is not required, but sign up to receive event updates.

Registration opens May 1.

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Past Public Programs

Check out video recordings of past Newberry public programs on our YouTube channel.