Event—Public Programming

Make Music Chicago 2018 in Washington Square Park


The Newberry Library and the Washington Square Park Advisory Council invite you to come out to the park for a celebration of music on the first day of summer! Our lineup will feature spirited performances around a piano in the park. Limited seating is available in the park, but feel free to bring a chair or a blanket to relax and join in on the fun!

Download a PDF flyer for this program, to post and distribute.


  • 2-3 pm Chicago Horn Consort: Ten-person French horn ensemble; the program will span several genres, from classical to jazz to some 80s rock.
  • 3-4 pm Learn a Tune at Washington Square Park: Piano Lessons with Mick Archer. Sign up here.
  • 4-5 pm BandWith Chicago: Children’s instrumental band
  • 6-7 pm Windy City Winds​: 50-person community concert band featuring woodwinds, brass, and percussion, playing music about Chicago, past and present.

About Make Music

Make Music Chicago is a day-long, citywide, DIY 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. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Chicago is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

Based on the French Fête de la Musique, which began in 1981, Make Music Chicago was first presented by Rush Hour Concerts in 2011 at the request of French Consul General Graham Paul. 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 U.S. cities in celebrating this day of music, and is presented by the International Music Foundation. Don't miss out on the fun!

Supported by a grant from the Chicago Free for All Fund at the Chicago Community Trust and cosponsored with the Washington Square Park Advisory Council.

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