Make Music Chicago – June 21 – The largest single-day celebration of music!

On Friday, June 21, 2019, Chicago will join over 1,000 cities around the world in the largest single-day celebration of music. Inspired by France’s Fête de La Musique, Make Music Chicago is a free, citywide, do-it-yourself festival of music. Chicagoans of all ages and musical abilities, from seasoned professionals to those with no music experience, are invited to make music at any of the Make Music Chicago events, which include free sing-alongs, play-alongs, lessons, and performances. For a full schedule of events please visit

June 21st event highlights include:

Chicago Riverwalk – between Michigan Avenue and Lake Street
5:00-7:30PM – Make Music Chicago is thrilled to be offering a full evening of play-alongs, sing-alongs, and free music lessons along the Chicago Riverwalk. Instruments will be provided, just bring yourself!

Gallagher Way – 3635 N. Clark Street
6:30-8:00PM – Make Music Chicago is bringing our much-loved concert band play-along, Sousapalooza, to Gallagher Way! Bring your instrument and play some marches alongside the Navy Band Great Lakes. If you play flute, stick around for a play-along with the Chicago Flute Club later in the evening.*

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Breakey Theatre at Chicago State University – 9501 S. King Drive
2:00-7:30PM Try your hand at steel pans, harmonica and an array of percussion instruments at Breakey Theatre before jumping into a jam session with the South Side Jazz Coalition! Instruments will be provided, just bring yourself!

In case of inclement weather, the outdoor events (Chicago Riverwalk, Gallagher Way) will move to Broadway Armory – 5917 N. Broadway

Family Festival Fun in Ward Park

Despite an uncertain forecast, scores of River North families flocked to Ward Park for the RNRA’s annual Spring Family Festival. Laughter filled the air as the kids enjoyed flower planting, games, crafts, art, music, face painting, bubbles and balloon animals under mostly sunny skies in the beautiful riverfront setting. We sincerely appreciate the many local businesses and organizations whose activities and/or giveaways made the childrens’ experience so special. And a special thank you to our amazing volunteers, Marion Bryer, Margaret Nagala, Gina Spata, Stephanie Westerkamp, Nikki Sclafani and Nancy Kalchbrenner, without whom this wonderful event would not have been possible.

18th District CPD Faith & Action Prayer Walk in River North

On Friday, May 24 at 5:00 p.m. 18th District Commander Daniel O’Shea led the community in a Faith and Action Prayer Walk from Evergreen and Hudson to Chicago and Larrabee and along the North branch riverwalk to Montgomery Ward Park (Kingsbury and Erie).   Pastor Randall Blakey of LaSalle Street Church led the group in prayer at several stops along the walk. It was a lovely night and a beautiful community experience.


2019 Paul R. Bauer Leadership Award recipient – Congratulations Commander Melvin Roman

The 18th District with the 2019 Paul R. Bauer Leadership Award recipient, 14th District Commander Melvin Roman.  Congratulations Commander!

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts – Free Weekly Concerts every Wednesday

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are dedicated to providing performance opportunities for emerging classical musicians while providing free weekly concerts throughout the year for Chicago audiences. Each Wednesday at 12:15pm, a welcoming audience fills Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center to hear the brightest and best of young classical talent from around the world perform a 45-minute program. For more information and event details, please visit

Community Alert – 018th District – Wanted for Criminal Sexual Abuse

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Art on the MART

By CFA Marketing

Art on theMART is joining the city in celebration of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre! This spring, a multi-part projection piece capturing seven significant Chicago theater artists by renowned lighting designer John Boesche will illuminate theMART. Coming this June, Art on theMART will introduce a collaboration piece between scenic designer John Musial and Lucky Plush Artistic Director Julia Rhoads. Visit for more info. #artontheMART

CTA Expands Wi-Fi Service to More Red and Blue Line Stations

In May,  Alderman Brian Hopkins  joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel in announcing the expansion of the CTA’s free Wi-Fi network service to all downtown Red and Blue Line station platforms. This new service is available at 18 stations and is ideal for commuters who want to quickly download media, large files or simply access the Internet without using their data from their monthly wireless service packages.

Station platforms now equipped with the new Wi-Fi service include:

• (Blue Line) Division
• (Blue Line) Chicago
• (Blue Line) Grand
• (Blue Line) Clark/Lake
• (Blue Line) Washington
• (Blue Line) Monroe
• (Blue Line) Jackson
• (Blue Line) LaSalle
• (Blue Line) Clinton
• (Red Line) North/Clybourn
• (Red Line) Clark/Division
• (Red Line) Chicago/State
• (Red Line) Grand
• (Red Line) Lake
• (Red Line) Monroe
• (Red Line) Jackson
• (Red Line) Harrison
• (Red Line) Roosevelt

The Blue Line’s Belmont and Logan Square stations will be equipped with Wi-Fi by late May. The cost of this new Wi-Fi service in all Red and Blue line subway stations is approximately $1 million and was paid out of CTA’s operating budget.

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Community Alert – Motor Vehicle Thefts – 018th District Near North


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International Music Foundation – Free Weekly Classical Music Summer Series!

The Free Weekly Classical Music Summer Series Returns for its 20th Season.

The International Music Foundation (IMF) is proud to present the 2019 season of Rush Hour Concerts. Beginning June 4 and continuing every Tuesday through August 13, join IMF for free weekly classical music performances at St. James Cathedral located at 65 East Huron Street. Doors open at 5:00PM, pre-concert conversations begin at 5:15PM and performances begin at 5:45PM.

Rush Hour Concerts revamps the traditional classical music concert format by presenting short, high-quality chamber music performances in an intimate and informal setting. Each free half-hour concert is performed by world-class musicians from Chicago ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and numerous independent chamber music groups. Prior to each concert, audience members are invited to participate in a conversation with performers and composers led by Rush Hour Concerts Artistic Director Anthony Devroye.

The lineup for the twentieth anniversary season of Rush Hour Concerts emphasizes music by female composers, along with an eclectic mix of repertoire favorites and hidden gems. Every program features women composers and/or performers, with music ranging from the 16th to 21st century.

The complete 2019 Rush Hour Concert schedule is as follows:


June 4  – Season Opener
Brahms: Sextet in B-flat Major, Op. 18
Musicians from the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Orchestra:
Stephanie Jeong, John Macfarlane, violin
Carol Cook, Anthony Devroye, viola
Brant Taylor, Calum Cook, cello

June 11 – Daughters of the Muse
Aleotti: Miserere and Exsurgat
Joan Tower: Copperwave
Stacy Garrop: Legends of Olympus
Tania León: Saoko
Gaudete Brass Quintet

June 18 – From the Creative Lab
Nina Shekhar: Ice ‘n’ Spice
Viet Cuong: Electric Aroma
Sarah Snider: You Are Free
Holly Harrison: Lobster Tales & Turtle Soup
Eighth Blackbird

June 25 – Audience Choice: Viola Century
Ernest Bloch: Suite (1919)
Rebecca Clarke: Viola Sonata (1919)
Anthony Devroye, viola
Daniel Schlosberg, piano


July 9 – Internal Connections
Kotoka Suzuki: Minyo
Schubert: Quartet in A Minor “Rosamunde”
Spektral Quartet

July 16 – Lyric Shorts
Rossini: The Barber of Seville (excerpts)
Singers from the Patrick G. and Shirley W Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago

July 23 – Night and Day
Chen Yi: Night Thoughts
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat Op. 11
Civitas Ensemble

July 30 – Sijo Poetry
Korean art song and music inspired by Sijo poetry
Musicians from the Sejong Society, in collaboration with the Poetry Foundation


August 6 – Art of the Quintet
JS Bach: Art of the Fugue (selections)
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, Op. 57
Avalon String Quartet
Kuang-Hao Huang, piano

August 13 – Season Finale: RHC @ 20
English Choral Music from Six Centuries: Music of Purcell, Stanford, Britten, Judith Weir and Jonathan Dove
Stephen Buzard, conductor
St James Cathedral Choir