It’s officially summer in the city, and you know what that means! It’s time to get outside and enjoy the many benefits of living in one of the greatest cities in the world. The beautiful weather can have the power to make you forget the last five months of below-zero trudging through the snow, so make the best of it by grabbing your favorite dance partner, and hitting the floor! Every summer, there are endless music and dance events that happen throughout the city, and some of our favorites are right around the corner. Here are just a few of the best events to get you moving this season:
1) Swing Nights at Fizz:
What: You’ll begin with an hour long swing lesson, then the floor opens up for social dancing until 1am.
Where: Fizz bar – 3220 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL
When: Monday Nights, 8pm – 1am / Lessons from 8 – 9pm / Dancing from 9pm – 1am
Price: $7 ($5 with student I.D.)
2) Chicago SummerDance Series:
What: Dance to the sounds of 44 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music. FREE!
Where: Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park – 601 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
When: Fridays and Saturdays 6pm – 9:30pm, and Sundays 4pm – 7pm throughout June, July, August and September
3) Live Music and Dancing at Green Mill Lounge:
What: Every Tuesday enjoy 1920s and 30s hot jazz for your listening and dancing pleasure. Every Thursday experience an old time radio broadcast up close and personal with Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra
Where: Green Mill Lounge- 4802 North Broadway, Chicago, IL
When: Tuesday, and Thursday nights 9pm – 1am
4) The Global Dance Party:
What: The Global Dance Party is a Friday night series offering an exciting opportunity to experiment with dance styles from around the globe. Each evening will feature a dance class followed by two hours of music from live bands or DJs in the Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall.
Where: Old Town School of Folk Music – 4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall
When: Friday Nights at 8:30pm, Class then Social Dance with Live Music
Do you have any favorite dance events in Chicago? Share your go-to’s in the comments below!