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There are so many things to do at Navy Pier! From cultural programming, seasonal celebrations, special events, festivals, fireworks and entertainment to public shows in the exhibition hall space, there is always something happening here, winter, spring, summer and fall. Discover all of our current and upcoming events here and start planning your next visit to Navy Pier, the Midwest’s top-visited destination on the lakefront.

Upcoming Events

Daily Cruises

Year-Round

Daily Cruises

Enjoy lake and river cruises departing from Navy Pier’s South Dock and Polk Bros. Park

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Please visit the following pages for daily cruises, special events, and fireworks cruises:

Seadog Cruises Shoreline Sightseeing Odyssey Spirit of Chicago Mystic Blue Tall Ship Windy

Shakespeare in Love

April 15th - June 18th

Shakespeare in Love

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

The Oscar-winning romantic comedy about Shakespeare and his Chamberlain’s Men returns to its rightful home—the stage. Performances extended now through June 18th!

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Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Directed by Rachel Rockwell

Young playwright Will Shakespeare is stuck. He is overdue in finishing his latest play—a half-baked mess of a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Then, he finds his muse in Viola de Lesseps, who is driven to do anything—event disguise herself as a man—to fulfill her dream of performing onstage, where no women are permitted. Surrounded by familiar players, including Queen Elizabeth herself, backstage antics collide with onstage dramas. Will and Viola’s passionate, forbidden love affair goes on to inspire Shakespeare’s masterpiece—the most romantic tragedy ever written.

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Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

April 15th - July 30th

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

Festival Hall B

The critically acclaimed exhibit rocks Navy Pier select dates April 15th through July 30. Tickets are on sale now!

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Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones first ever major exhibit, delivered by DHL, allows you to experience the incredible journey of the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in the world from their early days living together in a tiny flat to headlining the biggest stages in the world.

With the full participation of Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie, this highly immersive and interactive exhibition is the largest of its kind at nearly 18,000 square feet. Including over 500 rare items from the band’s private archive, Exhibitionism spans their influence on fashion, film, recording, and art design.

From their most cherished instruments, onstage and offstage clothes, valuable works of art and handwritten lyric books to personal diaries, recordings, unseen film and photos, a screening cinema and interactive recording studio, Exhibitionism culminates in an exciting and powerful backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience.

Schedule and Hours

Ticket availability varies by day and time. See below for more information:

  • Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday before 31 May: CLOSED
  • Wednesday from 31 May: 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday: 12:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 11:00am – 8:30pm
  • Sunday: 11:00am – 5:30pm
  • The exhibition will be running extended hours on May 29, July 3, 4 and 5. See stonesexhibitionism.com for more info.

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Windy City Summit 2017

May 23rd - May 26th

Windy City Summit 2017

Festival Hall A

The leading treasury and cash management conference in the country with more than 130 high-quality education sessions available.

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The Windy City Summit is the gathering place for CEOs, CFOs, VPs, Directors, Analysts, Associates and other financial professionals specializing in Treasury, Cash Management, Accounting, Insurance, Credit and Collections, Relationship Management, Investments, and Banking.

Whether you’re just starting out or need new ideas to optimize your career, the Windy City Summit showcases the tools to help you deliver results.

Choose from more than 130 high-quality educational sessions focused in the following session tracks:

  • Advanced
  • Banker Topics
  • Banking
  • Card Payment
  • Corporate Finance
  • Fraud and Compliance
  • Insurance & Risk Management
  • International Treasury Management Investments
  • Liquidity Management
  • Professional Development
  • Relationship Management
  • Transaction Processing
  • Treasury Management Essentials
  • Working Capital Management
  • CTP Exam Preparation

Earn credits and renew your credentials towards CTP, FP&A, AAP and CPE, all by attending the Windy City Summit.

Fitkick, Powered by Fitness Formula Clubs

May 25th

Fitkick, Powered by Fitness Formula Clubs

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Food Experience (West End)

Get moving this spring with complimentary fitness classes at Navy Pier.

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Fitkick

A cardiovascular class using techniques from boxing and kickboxing. This is a great class for students who want to train like a professional boxer without the body contact.

This event is part of Spring into Action, a series of free yoga and group fitness classes at Navy Pier. See the full schedule at navypier.com/fitness.

 

Instructor: Lois Miller

Lois has been in the fitness industry for 30 years teaching group classes and developing new programs. Her Body 360 class was listed as a top workout nationally in SELF Magazine in 2013 and Formula 94 is one of the companies most popular classes.  She has appeared on both local and national TV and radio spots including ABC, CBS, NBC FOX and WGN. Recognized for her innovative teaching style and high energy she was selected to the 2008/2009 international team and presented classes at the Italian Fitness Festival in Rome, Italy. Lois is the Regional Group Fitness Director, Fitness Formula Clubs.

Lois Miller
Lois Miller
Spirit of Chicago Memorial Day Weekend Cruises

May 26th - May 29th

Spirit of Chicago Memorial Day Weekend Cruises

Spirit of Chicago

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Buffets available.

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Kick off the start of summer and Navy Pier’s Fireworks season with a Memorial Day Weekend cruise aboard Spirit of Chicago! Taste Spirit’s new buffet menu, dance to music from our onboard DJ and take in amazing views of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan.

Forts

May 26th - September 10th

Forts

Chicago Children’s Museum

Opens Friday May 26 at the Chicago Children’s Museum

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We’ve built the ultimate fort-building experience, complete with hooks, knobs, upside down tables, countless blankets and pillows, and more. Forts is your living room reimagined as a fort-building paradise—and best of all, we’ll take care of the mess.

Odyssey Memorial Day Weekend Cruises

May 26th - May 29th

Odyssey Memorial Day Weekend Cruises

Odyssey

Brunch, Lunch and Prixe Fix Dinner Cruises available!

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With Memorial Day Weekend’s arrival comes the beginning of summer. Start the season on a high note with a cruise aboard Odyssey. Sailing all weekend long, join us out on Lake Michigan for creative plated cuisine, DJ entertainment, gracious service and stunning views of Chicago’s famous skyline. Can you think of a better way to jump-start summer?

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Live on the Lake! Feat. 97Nine and WaxWorks

May 26th

Live on the Lake! Feat. 97Nine and WaxWorks

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Join us for the first official Live on the Lake performance of 2017!

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WaxWorks
Rock
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

WaxWorks is a multi-facetied well-oiled musical conglomerate that performs rock and roll, funk, blues, and fusion music. The band rips out the classic sounds of Zeppelin, Black Keys, The Doors, Frank Sinatra and more. They also have a solid repertoire of catchy originals that span the reaches of their influences. A live WaxWorks performance is always filled with energy and striking musical prowess.

97Nine
Classic Rock – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

97Nine is the Midwest’s premiere classic cover rock band playing songs from your favorite bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush, Yes, Van Halen and more! Their live show is unmatched in energy and talent, and provide the audience with an unforgettable rock experience.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Hot Rocks and Guests

May 27th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Hot Rocks and Guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests Creedence Revived and Almond & Olive

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Almond&Olive
Folk – Pop
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Almond&Olive (A&O) creates inspiring songs that span the folk and Americana genres, while also incorporating Alms’ timeless vocals and the duo’s distinct songwriting. Blended together, the duo’s voices sound made for each other, soaring and guiding the music through all the ups and downs of these finely crafted songs.

Creedence Revived 
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Tribute Band
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Creedence Revived has rapidly become one of the most highly sought after tribute bands in the world. Playing all over the globe for crowds upwards of 30,000, and with a track-record of selling out stadiums and theaters everywhere they go, this group is the real deal.

Hot Rocks
Rolling Stones Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

The next best to the real thing. More than a tribute, Hot Rocks presents a show.

See Sparks Fly — Odyssey’s Inaugural Fireworks Cruise

May 27th

See Sparks Fly — Odyssey’s Inaugural Fireworks Cruise

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Odyssey

Dress to impress at Odyssey’s first fireworks cruise of the season, presented in partnership with Rent the Runway.

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It’s the first fireworks cruise of the season — celebrate in style! Odyssey and their partners at Rent the Runway are offering this unique experience at an exclusive price to select guests. Come aboard and dress to impress!

VibeUP Yoga: Memorial Day Freedom Flow

May 28th

VibeUP Yoga: Memorial Day Freedom Flow

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Lakeview Terrace

Free yoga on select Sunday mornings in sunny Lakeview Terrace.

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VibeUP Yoga: Memorial Day Freedom Flow

Find freedom through movement! Explore your ability to find freedom on and off your mat through mindful movement. A flow to help you create freedom and energy in your body.

This event is part of Spring into Action, a series of free yoga and group fitness classes at Navy Pier. See the full schedule at navypier.com/fitness.

Instructor: London Durand, CorePower Yoga

London, E-RYT 200, is a vinyasa based yoga teacher from Chicago, IL. She has been teaching in Chicago for the past 3 years and currently manages the CorePower Gold Coast studio. London believes in learning something new every time you step onto your mat. Expect a fun, energy filled class that offers you the ability to dig deeper and discover growth in the physical and spiritual self.

London Durand

Live on the Lake! Feat. Michele Thomas & SoulMeme

May 28th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Michele Thomas & SoulMeme

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guest John Kimler & Friends

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John Kimler & Friends
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Michele Thomas & SoulMeme 
Soul – Jazz
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

SoulMeme is a contemporary jazz-, R&B-, and pop-influenced ensemble featuring the talents of singer/songwriter Michele Thomas, drummer Darren Scorza, guitarist Neal Alger, keyboardist Matt Nelson and bassist Bob Lovecchio. Working in the Chicago jazz scene from the late nineties, these long time friends and collaborators have performed together on various projects including the most recent release from Michele Thomas called “Messenger” – a collection of Stevie Wonder songs treated with new and imaginative arrangements by Thomas, Scorza and Alger.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Hillbilly Rockstarz and Rebecca Rego

May 29th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Hillbilly Rockstarz and Rebecca Rego

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Rebecca Rego
Indie – Folk Rock N Roll
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen are an Indie-Americana band based in Champaign, IL. They are currently working on their second full-length album “Lay These Weapons Down” with Producer Beau Sorenson (Bob Mould, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Death Cab For Cutie, Field Report, Elsinore).

Hillbilly Rockstarz 
Top 40 Country – Cover Band
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Hillbilly Rockstarz are Chicago’s very own country super group, specializing in covering the latest hits in country music, along with many of your classic favorites, The band is always true to the original recording, so they always gotcha covered. Each member of the band shares one thing in common, the desire to perform an entertaining and fun show, full of radio friendly country music, their show always promotes a good time.

Zumba, Powered by Fitness Formula Clubs

May 30th

Zumba, Powered by Fitness Formula Clubs

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Food Experience (West End)

Get moving this spring with complimentary fitness classes at Navy Pier.

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Zumba

Zumba fuses Latin/international rhythms and movements. Easy to follow moves feature interval training sessions with both fast and slow rhythms. In some classes, resistance training can be integrated to help tone and sculpt your body while burning fat.

This event is part of Spring into Action, a series of free yoga and group fitness classes at Navy Pier. See the full schedule at navypier.com/fitness.

 

Instructor: Matt Vitato

Matt graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and from the American College of Education with a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction with Digital Learning. He currently teaches 5th grade in Glenview. Though he is an elementary teacher, he has always had a passion for fitness. He began teaching Zumba in 2012 at Illinois State Campus Recreation, and has taught a variety of Zumba formats such as Aqua Zumba and Zumba Toning. Additionally, he has presented Zumba and Aqua Zumba at Midwest Fit Fest.

Matt’s biggest passion has been promoting and bringing Zumba into kids’ lives. He has done this by teaching after school classes to students and even setting up a summer school course. He has taught at a variety of Northwest Suburban gyms and has been with FFC for about a year.

Matt Vitato
Matt Vitato
Live on the Lake! Feat. The Mike Wheeler Band and Jimmy Nick

May 31st

Live on the Lake! Feat. The Mike Wheeler Band and Jimmy Nick

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Jimmy Nick
Blues – Rock
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Jimmy Nick is an old-fashioned, guitar slinging blues prodigy who spent his teenage years being schooled by legendary bluesmen in the famous Chicago clubs of Kingston Mines, Rosa’s Lounge, and B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted.

Mike Wheeler 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Mike Wheeler is a brilliant staple in the Chicago blues community, playing with and writing songs for a variety of Chicago artists including, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Peaches Staten, Sam Cockrell, Demetria Taylor, Big Ray and Cadillac Dave. Mike was a well-known member of the Chicago Playboys, a notable band in Chicago, and recorded five albums with this group.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Euphony and guest

June 1st

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Euphony and guest

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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TBD
Disco
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Euphony
Disco
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Euphony Band is a group of musicians and vocalists with a sound that is synonymous with the meaning of their name, “Smooth Harmonious Sounds”.
If you want to experience a variety of music that will excite your senses, then the Euphony Band is the band for you.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Hairbangers Ball and Rockaholics

June 2nd

Live on the Lake! Feat. Hairbangers Ball and Rockaholics

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Rockaholics
Classic Rock
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Classic to Modern Rock Explosion, performing classics from Aerosmith, Thinn Lizzy, Pearl Jam, The Strokes, Doors, Pink Floyd, J. Geils Band, Gerry Rafferty to the Black Crowes, Amy Winehouse, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Black Keys. Non-stop high energy show – with timeless tunes.

Hairbangers Ball
80s Metal – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Hairbanger’s Ball has entrenched themselves as one of the most sought after “80’s Hair Rock Tribute Bands” in the United States after years of performing sold out shows from coast to coast, all while exuding the same expert musicianship and flair for the theatrical as their idols. With over 16 years in existence, Hairbanger’s Ball has been a mainstay in music for longer than some of their celebrity counterparts, and routinely perform over 150 shows a year.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Too White Crew and guests

June 3rd

Live on the Lake! Feat. Too White Crew and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests Andrew Diehl & The Nightmen and Morry Sochat & The Special 20s

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Andrew Diehl & The Nightmen
Blues – 50’s Rock N Roll
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

The Nightmen play a mixture of Chicago blues, rhythm and early rock n’ roll. Pulling from a wide range of influences, The Nightmen’s repertoire is a collection of rare gems, rockers, and heavy blues.

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s 
Blues – Swing
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s play Chicago Blues mixed with Swing and Vintage Rock N’ Roll. The band is celebrating their 12th year as one of Chicago’s best. They put on an energetic show that will have you on feet dancing.

Too White Crew
Hip-Hop – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

There is simply no band anywhere like the Too White Crew. It is a tribute to 80’s and 90’s hip hop, featuring all live music from a six piece band, accompanied by choreographed “Fly Girl” dancers. It’s a party band – it’s a show – it’s art – it’s madness on stage – all packaged in an unprecedented and family friendly way. This high energy, interactive show features the sites, the sounds, the moves, the fashion and antics of hip hop’s most colorful era. TWC has opened for countless hip hop and pop legends and has toured the country since 2002.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Bailey Dee & Her Late Night Bait and Sunnyside Up

June 4th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Bailey Dee & Her Late Night Bait and Sunnyside Up

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Sunnyside Up
Bluegrass
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Sunnyside Up has been playing around Chicago for over ten years and has a collective wealth of experience with bluegrass, rock, and jazz. From hard driving to hard swinging to getting funky this band has all bases covered.

Bailey Dee & Her Late Night Bait 
Rockabilly
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Chicago’s lead Rock N’ Souler – Bailey Dee found the rock and roll handbook and reads it right! Reminding many of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, with the sweetness of Lorrie Collins, and the ferocity of a young Etta James. A full band backs her featuring members of legendary R&B Chicagoan Andre Williams band and ex-Million Dollar Quartet.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Corey Dennison and Louisiana Al

June 7th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Corey Dennison and Louisiana Al

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Louisiana Al
Blues – Soul
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Corey Dennison 
Blues – Rock
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Formed in 2013, The Corey Dennison Band has become a favorite attraction at Chicago blues venues, including twice-weekly appearances at Kingston Mines. Led by Corey Dennison’s soulful voice and muscular guitar, the band released its self-titled studio debut for the legendary Delmark Records in 2016 after honing 13 original songs night after night on the bandstand.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Chicago Samba and Edilson Lima

June 8th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Chicago Samba and Edilson Lima

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Edilson Lima
Samba
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Chicago Samba
Samba
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Chicago Samba, a Midwest-based music and dance ensemble, offers the authentic sounds of Brazil mixed with the flavor of carnaval. They play a unique mix of Brazilian popular song styles, including: Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Olodum, Forró, Chorinho, among others Batucada, an exciting all-percussive jam session that brings any audience to its feet to dance along with the group – just like Carnaval “Mardi-gras” in Brazil.

Coffee Fest Chicago 2017

June 9th - June 11th

Coffee Fest Chicago 2017

Festival Hall A

Where passionate coffee and tea professionals will learn skills, receive education and experience new products, alongside great networking.

Live on the Lake! Feat. The Town Pants and Melody Angel

June 9th

Live on the Lake! Feat. The Town Pants and Melody Angel

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Melody Angel
Blues – Rock
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

First off, Melody Angel is her real name, she was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Melody Angel is a self taught guitarist, who loves Rock N’ Roll and plans on doing both for the rest of her life. Here’s just a few of her influences: Prince, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Slash, Santana, and Big Mama Thornton. Be sure to check out her debut album, “In the Fire”.

The Town Pants
Celtic Roots Rock
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

With a decades worth of headlining Roots and Celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues The Town Pants own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from New York to Norway.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Maggie Koerner and guests

June 10th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Maggie Koerner and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests Brooke & The Nice Things and Wall of Denial

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Wall of Denial
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Tribute Band
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

In 2011 Wall of Denial was formed after performing Stevie Ray Vaughan’s music at shows, combined with other blues music, but the Stevie Ray Vaughan music is what really captured the audiences.

Brooke & The Nice Things 
Soul
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Voted Chicago Magazine’s 2016 Best of Chicago – Best Cover Band, Brooke & the Nice Things plays classic and contemporary soul covers that you didn’t know were your favorites ‘till you heard them at the show and then adds solid originals drenched in the spirit of soul that keep you moving. Brooke & the Nice Things are too young to be old school, but their influences undoubtedly reflect the Golden Era of Rhythm and Blues.

Maggie Koerner
Soul – Singer/Songwriter
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

It’s not uncommon to find Maggie performing on stage with a list of iconic acts that has included Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule and Charles Bradley, to name a few. The Shreveport born singer-songwriter spent the majority of 2013 and 2014 as the lead singer and front-woman for legendary New Orleans’ funk-band Galactic.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Tangleweed and Liz & the Lovelies

June 11th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Tangleweed and Liz & the Lovelies

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Liz & the Lovelies
Folktronica
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Liz & the lovelies is the band of singer/songwriter Liz Chidester, originally from the mountains of Virginia. Moving to Chicago in the winter of 2013 by train with 4 bags and 2 guitars, Liz immersed herself into the Chicago music scene, releasing her debut record “People Pumping Pedals” in 2014 under CAU Dog Records.

Tangleweed 
Americana
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Chicago’s Tangleweed formed in 2004 as a traditional acoustic folk and bluegrass band. The group has released four critically acclaimed albums, performed hundreds of concerts in every imaginable setting, and continues to push their musical boundaries, seamlessly integrating Celtic, jazz and African influences while still staying true to their deep Americana roots.

Live on the Lake! Feat. NuBlu Band and Ivy Ford

June 14th

Live on the Lake! Feat. NuBlu Band and Ivy Ford

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Ivy Ford
Blues
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Ivy Ford, singer, musician, entertainer. Waukegan born and raised, at just 24 she is quite the artist of the Chicagoland blues and live music scene. She has managed to take the Chicago scene by storm, including making her debut performance at The Chicago Blues FESTIVAL 2016. In January,2015 Ivy Ford opened for the legendary, Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago and continues to share the stage with Chicago blues hall of famers, J.B. Ritchie, Joe Moss, Toronzo Cannon and Tom Holland.

NuBlu Band 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

This high energy group pairs a tight rhythm section led by Mark Maddox on lead guitar, Dan Henley on drums, with the powerful vocals of Carlise Guy, the dynamic daughter of the Legendary seven-time Grammy award winner, Buddy Guy. The three are the foundation of the band. They perform a wide range of genres, Blues, R&B, Pop, and Motown, their soulful sound is enough to make any audience get up and dance. It’s always a party when NuBlu is on stage.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Fat Babies and Nicolle Wood

June 15th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Fat Babies and Nicolle Wood

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Nicolle Wood
Hot Jazz
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Fat Babies
Hot Jazz
8:00pm – 9:00pm

2017 Asics Jr National Championship

June 16th - June 20th

2017 Asics Jr National Championship

Festival Hall A

2017 Asics Jr National Championship

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June 16-17-18, 2017

A 3-Day Event for Girls 14u-15u-16u-17u-18u

June 19-20, 2017

A 2-Day Event for Girls 12u-13u-14u*-15u*-16u*

and

All Boys 12u-13u-14u-15u-16u-17u-18u

*Girls 14u-15u-16u have two options: three day or two day
*Girls 12u-13u strong teams can play up in the June 11-12-1 three day if desired

Live on the Lake! Feat. Mike & Joe and Neil Turk & The Intentions

June 16th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Mike & Joe and Neil Turk & The Intentions

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Neil Turk & The Intentions
Rock – Cover Band
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Neil Turk & The Intentions is an eclectic blend of Alternative Rock, Punk, Pop and Real Life. With influences that include the Beatles, the Ramones and everything in between, you and your family are sure to walk away with a song stuck in your head.

Mike & Joe
Rock/Pop – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Mike and Joe is one of the nation’s most well renowned rock cover bands! The bulk of the setlist includes Rock hits from the ’90s through today, but occasionally they’ll throw in some tunes from the 70’s and 80’s as well! Covers include: The Foo Fighters, Maroon 5, Fallout Boy, U2, Blink 182, Mumford and Sons, Justin Timberlake, Fleetwood Mac, Sublime, Dave Matthews Band, Florida Georgia Line, Third Eye Blind, The Eagles, , Weezer, Jimmy Eat World and many, many more!

Live on the Lake! Feat. Ivorys and guests

June 17th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Ivorys and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests Sun Fallen and MER Showcase

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MER Showcase
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

MER invites Chicago’s finest artists to partake in a “songwriters in the round” session. This stripped down format gives front men/women a chance to step back from their bands and deliver their stories and music as they were originally contrived. Catch this unique vibe and enjoy the sincere delivery of Chicago’s most dedicated songwriters!

Sun Fallen 
Rock
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

SunFallen will take you back a few decades to when live music meant something, not like a group of soccer Dads lip syncing to a karaoke backing track. A time when guitars howled, the base drum kicked, and the vocals of a song took you back to a place you’ve missed. SunFallen continues to draw loyal fans since their debut in 2009 as well as claim new fans with their signature sound and style. The band covers classic and new Rock.

Ivorys
Alternative – Dance
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

“Harnessing a love of gritty classic rock and 70s punk, this “power trio” delivers driving rock and roll at its purest. Their self-titled EP is catchy, straightforward and fit for rocking out, and their imminent follow-up is sure to follow suit.” – Frank Krolicki, Chicago Rock Music Examiner

Spirit of Chicago Father’s Day Cruises

June 18th

Spirit of Chicago Father’s Day Cruises

Spirit of Chicago

Brunch and Dinner cruises available.

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A cruise aboard Spirit of Chicago isn’t just a creative Father’s Day gift— it’s a unique experience your dad will never forget! See the city from a whole new perspective together and treat him to delicious food, fun deck games and unbeatable skyline views from Spirit’s rooftop lounge.

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Odyssey Fathers Day Cruises

June 18th

Odyssey Fathers Day Cruises

Odyssey

Brunch and Dinner Cruises available!

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An Odyssey cruise is more than an impressive Father’s Day gift— it’s a unique experience your dad will cherish forever. Show him a unique view of the city when you treat him to inspired cuisine, attentive service and the most stunning skyline views from Odyssey’s rooftop lounge.

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Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk

June 18th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

Live on the Lake! Feat. Guy King and Vino Louden

June 21st

Live on the Lake! Feat. Guy King and Vino Louden

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Vino Louden
Blues
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Guy King 
Blues – Jazz
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

2017 Blues Music Award Nominee Guy King’s music is fresh and unique while maintaining a strong link to the musical masters that came before him. His natural musical abilities and his one of a kind blend of Blues, Jazz, Soul, and R&B, are some of what makes Guy King so special in the music world.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Jugo De Mango

June 22nd

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Jugo De Mango

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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TBD
Latin Fusion
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Jugo De Mango
Latin Fusion
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Live on the Lake! Feat. Libido Funk Circus and The Shades

June 23rd

Live on the Lake! Feat. Libido Funk Circus and The Shades

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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The Shades
Cover Band
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Shades are a trio of Chicago’s top singer-songwriters: Andrew DeMuro (from NBC The Voice- Season 11), & brothers Phil & Mark Jacobson. Equipped primarily with their voices and acoustic guitars, The Shades have developed a signature sound that encompasses elements of Folk, Rock, Soul and R&B.

Libido Funk Circus
Rock/Pop – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Originally formed as an over-the-top tribute to the Disco music of the 70’s, Libido Funk Circus has been relentlessly entertaining a wide range of audiences since it’s inception in 1996. While they continue to play your favorite Disco hits, the addition of hundreds of dance & rock songs, spanning from the 60’s through today, has quite literally turned LFC into a human jukebox. From the hits of the good ole’ Motown days to the bass-thumping beats of today’s dance music; from the always danceable Disco grooves to the new wave rock of the 80’s LFC has it “covered.”

Live on the Lake! Pier Pride

June 24th

Live on the Lake! Pier Pride

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Stay tuned for an updated list of artists during our Pier Pride celebration!

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. ShooBooty and Big Sadie

June 25th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. ShooBooty and Big Sadie

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Big Sadie
Bluegrass & Americana
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Big Sadie is a Chicago-based acoustic band fronted by Elise Bergman (upright bass, vocals) and Collin Moore (guitar, vocals). Defined by rich, intricate harmonies and rustic yet sophisticated instrumental arrangements, Big Sadie takes a modern yet timeless approach to American roots music.

ShooBooty 
R&B/Pop
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Live on the Lake! Feat. Morry Sochat & The Special 20s and Trayce Eileen

June 28th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Morry Sochat & The Special 20s and Trayce Eileen

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Trayce Eileen
Jazz – Soul
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Tracye Eileen, a Chicago native blends her Gospel roots with a rich, sultry, soulful sound. She has the ability to captivate her audience by embodying the raw emotion of a tune, and has the vocal chops to channel this into a powerful performance. Tracye makes a personal connection with her audience, through her warmth and sense of humor and is backed by her own 5-piece band, “The PTR Band” made up of top Chicago-based musicians.

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s 
Blues – Swing
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s play Chicago Blues mixed with swing and vintage rock n’ roll. They put on an energetic show that will get you moving and cheering for more.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Euphony and Snoopy King

June 29th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Euphony and Snoopy King

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Snoopy King
Steppin
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Euphony
Steppin
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Euphony Band is a group of musicians and vocalists with a sound that is synonymous with the meaning of their name, “Smooth Harmonious Sounds”.
If you want to experience a variety of music that will excite your senses, then the Euphony Band is the band for you.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Trippin’ Billies and Dirk Quinn Band

June 30th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Trippin’ Billies and Dirk Quinn Band

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Dirk Quinn Band
Funk – Jazz
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Dirk Quinn is the guitarist for a high energy funk/jazz band based out of Philadelphia that travels extensively throughout the US and Canada. Utilizing over a decade of steady performing, Quinn has developed a unique and progressive style – one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the jam band hippies to the jazz snobs.

Trippin’ Billies
Dave Matthews Band – Tribute Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Bringing fans the music of The Dave Matthews Band for close to twenty years, Trippin’ Billies has become the gold standard for tribute bands. Based out of Chicago, the Billies have toured extensively throughout the U.S. performing at many of the same theaters Dave himself once graced.

Spirit of Chicago Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones Cruise

June 30th

Spirit of Chicago Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones Cruise

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Spirit of Chicago

Live performance by Rockaholics playing Rolling Stones’ biggest hits.

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This themed cruise aboard Spirit of Chicago, in partnership with EXHIBITIONISM – the Rolling Stones at Navy Pier, invites you to relive the glory days of the British Invasion and celebrate the enduring pop culture legacy of The Rolling Stones. Both dates feature onboard band Rockaholics jamming live on some of the Stones’ biggest hits from their decades-long career, plus the usual tasty bites, refreshing drinks and picture-perfect skyline views found on our Signature dinner cruises. This cruise is perfect for true Rolling Stones fans and casual music lovers alike.

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Live on the Lake! Feat. Tinsley Ellis and guests

July 1st

Live on the Lake! Feat. Tinsley Ellis and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests Beggars Banquet and Hyperplane

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Hyperplane
Blues – Rock
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Hyperplane is a six-piece original alt/rock/blues combo from Chicago and its related western suburbs. Four of the six members released two CD’s as Joy Missile before adding Cheryl Rodey and Dave Huber in 2014 and releasing their first EP as Hyperplane in 2015.

Beggars Banquet 
Rolling Stones – Tribute Band
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Together for over 16 years, performing with all five member in authentic costume. The boys visually and aurally recreate the look and sound of “The Greatest Rock’N’Roll Band in the World”. Add some real excitement to your club, festival, concert or private function with Beggars Banquet.

Tinsley Ellis
Blues
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

Over the past 40 years, Tinsley Ellis has performed in all 50 states, across Canada, Europe, South America and Australia. He’s taken the stage in Russia, the Canary Islands and other destinations not on the traditional touring circuit. His vision for the future is to continue to release the type of albums that push the boundaries of Blues and to expand his touring radius.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. The Wandering Boys and Deep Fried Pickle Project

July 2nd

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. The Wandering Boys and Deep Fried Pickle Project

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Deep Fried Pickle Project
Jug Band
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

In 2002 a mysterious green iceberg was discovered by a band of unemployed pirates in Lake Michigan. Frozen inside were the Pickle Boys, cold solid in a chunk of sour brine. The DFPP were hoisted aboard, chiseled free and re-animated by the ship’s crude pirate scientist chef using a combination of spirits and pickle juice. As the DFPP awoke from their icy slumber they started singing and have never stopped.

The Wandering Boys 
Bluegrass
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Wandering Boys are a hard driving bluegrass band from Chicago, IL with rapid picking, clever arrangements and crisp four-part harmony.

Odyssey Independence Day Cruises

July 4th

Odyssey Independence Day Cruises

Odyssey

Skyline Lunch and Dinner Fireworks Cruises available!

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Join us on the water for a 4th of July lunch or dinner, featuring creative plated dining, award-winning wines, entertainment, dancing and views that will take your breath away. During our open-bar dinner cruise, you’ll have unobstructed views of Navy Pier’s outstanding fireworks show (weather permitting) – the city has never looked so stunning.

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Live on the Lake! Feat. Wedding Banned and guests

July 4th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Wedding Banned and guests

2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests The Prissillas and Andrew Leahey & the Homestead

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Andrew Leahey and the Homestead
Rock & Roll
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Andrew Leahey & the Homestead make music for city highways and open horizons, for pop fans and roots rockers, for the heart as well as the heartland.

The Prissillas 
Rock – Cover Band
4:30pm – 5:30pm & 6:00pm – 7:00pm

The PriSSillas are a multi-talented and entertaining female cover band that promises full rich sound and high energy performances with unmatched professionalism and PriSSision. The PriSSillas offer a PriSStine mix of favorite hits spanning from the beginning of rock and roll through today’s popular music… Pop to Rock to Classic Rock to Country and more.

Wedding Banned
80s/90s Cover Band
8:00pm – 9:30pm & 9:45pm – 10:00pm

“The Greatest Wedding Banned on Earth.” Wedding Banned plays 80’s and 90’s music along with other guilty pleasures that take you back to great times in your life. Wedding Banned selects a bride and groom to get “married” on stage at most shows. Best of all, you’re invited to the reception! Hailing from Chicago, via Gas City Indiana, Wedding Banned has a unique show that combines music, audience interaction and comedy.

Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture July 4th Fireworks Cruise

July 4th

Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture July 4th Fireworks Cruise

8:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Shoreline Sightseeing

Boarding begins at 8:15pm!

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Shoreline’s 90-minute Architecture Fireworks Cruise will begin with a dramatic, guided Architecture Tour on the Chicago River. This special tour then returns to Shoreline’s docking area to enjoy fantastic views of the July 4th Navy Pier Fireworks. Multiple Tour times available beginning at 8:15 p.m. from Shoreline’s docks at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier*, and at the northeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Boarding will begin 15 minutes prior to departure. Cash bar. Fares: $69. all ages. See website for details or call: 312-222-9328.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Quinn Sullivan and Anthony Moser

July 5th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Quinn Sullivan and Anthony Moser

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Anthony Moser
Jazz – Soul
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Anthony Moser is a Chicago musician playing blues, folk, jazz and original tunes.

Quinn Sullivan 
Blues – Rock
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Quinn Sullivan has been a music professional for more than 75 percent of his life. He’s shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, The Roots, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi and Joe Bonamassa, and he opened for B.B. King, who later invited him to play his treasured “Lucille” guitar.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Chicago House Music

July 6th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Chicago House Music

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

Live on the Lake! Feat. Mr. Blotto and Sun Stereo

July 7th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Mr. Blotto and Sun Stereo

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Sun Stereo
Electronic – Jam Band
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Sun Stereo delivers a hybridization of organic and electronic elements with infectious sing-alongs, electronic soundscapes, performance art, and a funk your face off horn and string section. Over the last 6 years, they have developed a fierce following and have established themselves as a truly original, must see live show.

Mr. Blotto
Jam Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Mr. Blotto is Chicago’s original jam band playing over 3000 shows since 1991. A dozen original CD releases and groovy covers keep the crowd rocking and grooving all night, hungry for the next show.

Live on the Lake! Feat. The Magic Lightnin’ Boys and guests

July 8th

Live on the Lake! Feat. The Magic Lightnin’ Boys and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests Charlie Wheeler Band and Alex Kates & Late Night Elixer

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Alex Kates & Late Night Elixer
Roots Rock
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Alex Kates, a native of Jamestown, NY, has traveled the country from coast to coast with his music for over two decades. Having mainly played solo as a singer-songwriter, Alex developed “Alex Kates Band” and the cover oriented “Kates Brother’s Band” (both with his brother Billy Kates on drums), sharing the stage with Rusted Root, The Royal Southern Brotherhood, and the Spin Doctors to name a few.

Charlie Wheeler Band 
Blues Rock
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The hills of Northern PA are an unforgiving place. Hailing from a small town called Ridgway, PA, the CWB exudes a toughness and desperation that can only be cultivated in the working class environs from which they hail. Their driving brand of hard driving groove-rock is reminiscent of the Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers Band, coupled with the blunt force of Pearl Jam.

The Magic Lightnin’ Boys
Blues – Rock
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

Rooted in the Blues with a touch of swamp funk. The Magic Lightnin’ Boys deliver eclectic rock n’ roll with a shot of adrenaline and a nod to the past.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Growler and Sanctified Grumblers

July 9th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Growler and Sanctified Grumblers

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Sanctified Grumblers
Americana
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Chicago’s Sanctified Grumblers formed in the Spring of 2009 when Rick Sherry (Devil in a Woodpile) and Eric Noden started writing songs together. Using only acoustic instruments, they usually play as a trio with either Beau Sample (upright bass) or Mike Hogg (sousaphone).

Growler 
Modern Bluegrass
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Formed in early 2015 with a lineup of both esteemed veteran pickers and hotshot newcomers, Growler is bringing a welcome vitality to the growing Chicago bluegrass scene.

Marshall Vente Annual Jazz Tropicale Cruise

July 9th

Marshall Vente Annual Jazz Tropicale Cruise

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Tall Ship Windy

Join Marshall and his band on an evening cruise aboard the Tall Ship Windy as they sail across the Chicago skyline.

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Join Marshall and his band on an evening cruise aboard the Tall Ship Windy, as they sail across the memorable Chicago skyline, quietly under sail power, while he serenades you with his own tropical jazz fusion of music, now is your chance to enjoy this limited event, and have memories that will last a lifetime.

Cruise is approximately 2.5 hours

Live on the Lake! Feat. Brother John and Melody Angel

July 12th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Brother John and Melody Angel

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Melody Angel
Blues – Rock
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Melody Angel is not a stage name, its the name on my birth certificate. I was born and raised on the south-side of Chicago. I started singing at 7 yrs old, and when I was 13 my mama bought me, my first guitar from the local pawn shop. I dedicated my every day and night to teaching myself to play. Once I learned 5 Jimi Hendrix song’s I put my first band together and I never looked back.

Brother John 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Brother John has been a resident musician at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago for 25 years. He has played with Eric Clapton, Steve Miller, the Black Crowes, and acquired ringing endorsements from many other musicians of renown.

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

July 13th - August 27th

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture!

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book by Kevin Del Aguila
original music + lyrics by George Noriega + Joel Someillan
directed + choreographed by Rachel Rockwell

A wild and wacky adventure awaits Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe and those pesky, plotting Penguins when they stage a jailbreak from New York’s Central Park Zoo. After busting out of their home and landing on the far away island of Madagascar, these furry friends encounter the madcap antics of the outrageous King Julian and his fellow island inhabitants in a musical celebration of friendship. The nonstop escapades and rollicking pop score will have audiences of all ages wanting to “Move It, Move It!” with their favorite characters. Share the wonder and delight of live theater with the young people in your life this summer with this child-friendly 70-minute adaptation.

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Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Jugo De Mango

July 13th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Jugo De Mango

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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TBD
Latin Fusion
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Jugo De Mango
Latin Fusion
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Live on the Lake! Feat. Rod Tuffcurls &the Bench Press and Laura Joy

July 14th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Rod Tuffcurls &the Bench Press and Laura Joy

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Laura Joy
Folk/Pop
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Laura Joy is an NPR featured, award-winning, nationally touring artist with an eclectic song list of popular tunes (60s – Today’s Top 40) and original music. Laura Joy and her band have been known to quell dark, angry bars full of ornery old Irishmen. With comparisons that range from Joni Mitchell to Natalie Merchant, Laura’s percussive finger picking and buoyant voice have graced audiences from as far as the Sun Belt to the streets of Manhattan.

Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press
Pop/Rock – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press is an exciting cover band from Chicago, entertaining crowds at clubs, festivals, weddings, and other events all across the Midwest since 2008. Their unique song repertoire include hits ranging from Hall & Oates to Taylor Swift, Queen to The Beatles, and Wilson Phillips to Elton John! You may even hear some of our off-the-wall choices from Les Miserables, The Golden Girls, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and classic Disney movies!

Live on the Lake! Feat. Nick Pontarelli and guests

July 15th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Nick Pontarelli and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests The Right Now and MER Showcase

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MER Showcase
Singer/Songwriter Circle
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

MER invites Chicago’s finest artists to partake in a “songwriters in the round” session. This stripped down format gives front men/women a chance to step back from their bands and deliver their stories and music as they were originally contrived. Catch this unique vibe and enjoy the sincere delivery of Chicago’s most dedicated songwriters!

The Right Now 
Soul – Pop
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Right Now’s pop-meets-soul sound is more than a vehicle for Stefanie Berecz’s captivating voice. The celebration of thoughtful, catchy songwriting and intricate arrangements evokes a subtle sophistication in the tradition of Quincy Jones’ 70s and 80s masterpieces. Since 2009 the band has toured much of the United States and released two acclaimed albums, racking up placements in television, national commercials, and the multi-million-selling video game Watch Dogs.

Nick Pontarelli
Jazz
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

The Nick Pontarelli Band has made their mark on the Chicago music scene with a fresh take on all of the greats, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Frankie Valli, Bobby Darin, Elvis, Neil Diamond and many more. Satisfying their audience is their number one goal at every show. Nick and the bands unique ability to entertain while engaging their audience keeps the crowd excited and dancing all night long.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Dill Costa Trio and Volo Bogtrotters

July 16th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Dill Costa Trio and Volo Bogtrotters

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Volo Bogtrotters
Old Time String Band
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Dill Costa Trio 
Brazilian
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Live on the Lake! Feat. Joe Moss and Rob Blaine

July 19th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Joe Moss and Rob Blaine

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Rob Blaine
Blues
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Great rockin’ blues band. Rob was the winner of The Albert Collins Award as best guitar player at the 2011 International Blues Competition.

Joe Moss 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

A guitarist since the age of 10, Moss was given his passport into the blues world by Buddy Scott, who noticed him at a jam session at Rosa’s Blues Lounge in Chicago. Soon, Moss was playing seven nights a week as a member of Buddy Scott’s Rib Tips Band. Moss’s guitar skills, quickly, became notorious on the local scene and he became an in-demand sideman. In 1996, Joe started his own band and has never looked back since.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Chicago Samba and Edilson Lima

July 20th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Chicago Samba and Edilson Lima

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Edilson Lima
Samba
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Chicago Samba
Samba
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Chicago Samba, a Midwest-based music and dance ensemble, offers the authentic sounds of Brazil mixed with the flavor of carnaval. They play a unique mix of Brazilian popular song styles, including: Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Olodum, Forró, Chorinho, among others Batucada, an exciting all-percussive jam session that brings any audience to its feet to dance along with the group – just like Carnaval “Mardi-gras” in Brazil.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Rendition and guest

July 21st

Live on the Lake! Feat. Rendition and guest

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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TBD
TBD
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Rendition
Pop/Rock – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

RENDITION is one of Chicago’s most entertaining cover bands. RENDITION plays hundreds of shows each year, from clubs and colleges, to festivals and private events. Mixed with a HIGH ENERGY stage show and an extensive song list, RENDITION appeals to a wide range of audiences. From Alternative to Dance, Country to Rock or Classic to Rap, RENDITION does it all. If you have not seen them yet, you are in for an amazing event!

Live on the Lake! Feat. Dr. Bombay and guests

July 22nd

Live on the Lake! Feat. Dr. Bombay and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests Breezy Rodio and The Strapping Owls

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The Strapping Owls
New Orleans Soul
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Nicholas’s soul grabbing voice, dynamic guitar and heartfelt lyrics are driven forward with Larry’s melodic, supportive drumming and Fred’s groove making, funky sousaphone. A power trio for the ages, like you’ve never heard before.

Breezy Rodio 
Blues – Soul – Reggae
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Breezy Rodio is an up-and-coming Bluesman. His understanding of music coupled with his impressive guitar skills allows him to create a truly unique sound. Breezy began building an audience quickly playing with local bands in New York. Within a year, he decided it was time to go for broke. He moved to Chicago intending to take his career to the next level.

Dr. Bombay
Pop/Rock – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

Calling Dr. Bombay! – DB is one of Chicago’s premiere party cover bands that rocks the house with a heavy dose of 70’s and 80’s dance classics, as well as contemporary hits.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Brother El & The Present Elders and Lindsay & the Lights Go Out

July 23rd

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Brother El & The Present Elders and Lindsay & the Lights Go Out

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Lindsay and the Lights Go Out
Folk Pop
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Lindsay Weinberg’s soulful voice and colorful lyrics evoke the boisterous energy of Chicago summer, the dim corners of a cabaret, and the bright lights of Broadway. Fueled by joyous melodies, rich horns, and a driving rhythm section, the sound is at once incandescent and insightful.

Brother El & The Present Elders 
Electronic
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Live on the Lake! Feat. Jamiah Rogers and Joanna Connor

July 26th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Jamiah Rogers and Joanna Connor

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Joanna Connor
Blues – Rock
5:15pm – 6:15pm

No doubt you’ve seen it by now: That viral video of a woman onstage in a bright purple dress, playing one absolute scorcher of a slide guitar solo. That’s Joanna Connor in her home turf of Chicago, with the firepower she delivers to local crowds on a nightly basis.

Jamiah Rogers 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Three musicians on one accord. Doing what we love to do! Love Everyone, Play From The Soul, Speak To The People and they will embrace your gift!

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. The Little Queens and Tina Go-Go

July 27th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. The Little Queens and Tina Go-Go

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Tina Go-Go
Go-Go Dancing
7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Little Queens
Go-Go Dancing
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Live on the Lake! Feat. 97Nine and Mank N Sass

July 28th

Live on the Lake! Feat. 97Nine and Mank N Sass

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Mank N Sass
Rock
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Jared Manker (Mank) and Sara Siders (Sass) team up for an acoustic funk/blues duo sure to steal hearts and blow minds.

97Nine
Classic Rock – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

97Nine is the Midwest’s premiere classic cover rock band playing songs from your favorite bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush, Yes, Van Halen and more! Their live show is unmatched in energy and talent, and provide the audience with an unforgettable rock experience.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Rocks Off and guests

July 29th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Rocks Off and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

With special guests Soul Committee and Marvin “Maestro” Weathersby

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Marvin “Maestro” Weathersby
Blues
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Marvin “Maestro” Weathersby is a Writer-Arranger-Producer-Musician of R&B, Soul, Blues, Jazz & Top 40.

Soul Committee 
R&B – Film Tribute
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

THE SOUL COMMITTEE performs 2-60 minute sets of R&B hits from the movie soundtrack of ’The Commitments’. The 12 piece band churns out the music drawn from the hit factories of the 60’s and early 70’s in places like Muscle Shoals, Memphis & Motown. It is undeniably some of the greatest and most popular dance and listening music of all time.

Rocks Off
Rolling Stones – Tribute Band
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

Rocks Off is Chicago’s premier and authentic Rolling Stones tribute, delivering the music, the look, and the attitude of the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band! Whether it be a deep album cuts or your favorite live version, Rocks Off captures the riffs, the groves, and the blazing Mick Taylor solo’s from their golden era and beyond.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Willy Dynomite and Los Vicios de Papá

July 30th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Willy Dynomite and Los Vicios de Papá

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Los Vicios de Papá
Latin Ska
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Los Vicios de Papá drops immigrant beat with a passion for reggae, ska and cumbia. Our lyrics stem from our struggling & undocumented youth experience.

Willy Dynomite 
Soul
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Willy Dynomite sends shivers down your spine with an explosive sound sure to tilt your hips and leave a smile on your lips. Defying genre, this ten piece high-wire act walks the line between blues, soul, swing, funk, and reggae with a sophisticated stride.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Sheryl Youngblood and Nick Bell

August 2nd

Live on the Lake! Feat. Sheryl Youngblood and Nick Bell

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Nick Bell
Blues
5:15pm – 6:15pm

he Nick Bell Band has performed at various venues and festivals across the country such as the 75th Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota, Buddys Guys Legends, The Arcada Theater, The Hard Rock Cafe, The Double Door Chicago, Chicago Blues Festival, The Mancow Show, New Life Radio, The Harmonica Collective, True Blues Radio, and countless others venues and festivals. See Nick in a venue near you!

Sheryl Youngblood 
Blues – Soul – R&B
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Growing up in a musically inclined family with her mother having her own female group “The Royal Harmonetts” and being a pianist and vocalist in the church, Sheryl was born into music. A 2015 inductee into the Blues Hall Of Fame, Sheryl began singing and playing various instruments in the church. In her teen years Sheryl started her own female group in the church called “Sisters” in which she wrote several of their songs and also wrote songs for the National Baptist State Convention.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Euphony and guest

August 3rd

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Euphony and guest

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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TBD
Disco
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Euphony
Disco
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Euphony Band is a group of musicians and vocalists with a sound that is synonymous with the meaning of their name, “Smooth Harmonious Sounds”.
If you want to experience a variety of music that will excite your senses, then the Euphony Band is the band for you.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Mike & Joe and Righteous Hillbillies

August 4th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Mike & Joe and Righteous Hillbillies

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Righteous Hillbillies
Country
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Righteous Hillbillies are a rock ‘n’ roll band launching a revival of the Southern spirit of blues boogie, soul groove, along with the primal and visceral energy of rock ‘n’ roll power. Their hometown of Joliet, Illinois is not the likeliest headquarters for one of America’s best Southern Rock bands, but Righteous Hillbillies put the map of convention in the shredder a long time ago

Mike & Joe
Rock/Pop – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Mike and Joe is one of the nation’s most well renowned rock cover bands! The bulk of the setlist includes Rock hits from the ’90s through today, but occasionally they’ll throw in some tunes from the 70’s and 80’s as well! Covers include: The Foo Fighters, Maroon 5, Fallout Boy, U2, Blink 182, Mumford and Sons, Justin Timberlake, Fleetwood Mac, Sublime, Dave Matthews Band, Florida Georgia Line, Third Eye Blind, The Eagles, , Weezer, Jimmy Eat World and many, many more!

Live on the Lake! Feat. Bumpus and guests

August 5th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Bumpus and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests The Congregation and Subhi

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Subhi
Jazz/Pop
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

My music, showcases a blend of my Indian roots and the prominent Jazz culture of Chicago. It was during my travels back and forth between Mumbai & Chicago that the songs were written; with lyrics in Hindi, the music is an interesting blend of pop, Jazz and everything in between.

The Congregation 
Soul/Pop
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Classic soul meets rock & roll in this dynamic eight-piece collective from Chicago. The Congregation features Gina Bloom, a singer whose raw and powerful vocals are underscored by Charlie Wayne’s dynamic guitar riffs, the band’s rock and soul rhythm section and the lively call and response of a three-piece horn section.

Bumpus
Soul/Funk
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

Bumpus and their powerful brand of soul music channels the uplifting energy of Sly & the Family Stone, the energy of James Brown and the reflective cool of Marvin Gaye. Led by singers James Johnston, Ava Fain and Tina Howell, they bring together funky big beats, deep bass, lush JB Horns and a heavy organ sound that results in a high-octane musical funk frenzy.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Typhanie Monique Quartet and The Lawrence Peters Outfit

August 6th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Typhanie Monique Quartet and The Lawrence Peters Outfit

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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The Lawrence Peters Outfit
Country
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

The Lawrence Peters Outfit is a scrappy honky tonk band from Chicago, boasting a mutt pedigree as long as any you’ll find in the city’s country music scene. The group’s sound is deep-rooted in generations of country music tradition, with debts owed to Webb Pierce, Jimmy Martin, Hank Williams Sr., Harlan Howard, Dwight Yoakam and Ola Belle Reed.

Typhanie Monique Quartet 
Jazz
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

JazzTimes magazine describes vocalist Typhanie Monique as a “modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne.” Music lovers in her hometown of Chicago and throughout the Midwest know her as that region’s local favorite—warm, soulful and charismatic.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Breezy Rodio and Jimmy Nick

August 9th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Breezy Rodio and Jimmy Nick

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Jimmy Nick
Blues – Rock
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Jimmy Nick is an old-fashioned, guitar slinging blues prodigy who spent his teenage years being schooled by legendary bluesmen in the famous Chicago clubs of Kingston Mines, Rosa’s Lounge, and B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted.

Breezy Rodio 
Blues – Soul – Reggae
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Breezy Rodio is an up-and-coming Bluesman. His understanding of music coupled with his impressive guitar skills allows him to create a truly unique sound. Breezy began building an audience quickly playing with local bands in New York. Within a year, he decided it was time to go for broke. He moved to Chicago intending to take his career to the next level.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Fat Babies and Nicolle Wood

August 10th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Fat Babies and Nicolle Wood

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Nicolle Wood
Hot Jazz
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Fat Babies
Hot Jazz
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Live on the Lake! Feat. Stache and Pearls Mahone

August 11th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Stache and Pearls Mahone

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Pearls Mahone
Country/Dance
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Pure Vintage Ameripolitan – Western Swing, Country, Rockabilly. With a voice like the solid gold stars of yesteryear, Pearls Mahone brings nostalgic sounds to modern times.

Stache
Pop/Rock – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Stache! gets people on the dance floor, playing everything from today’s pop hits to the 70s and 80s anthems you’ve been loving for years. Their set-list is filled with perennial rock and dance favorites from across the radio dial.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Boy Band Preview and guests

August 12th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Boy Band Preview and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests Lovewhip and MER’s Showcase

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MER’s Showcase
Singer/Songwriter Circle
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

MER invites Chicago’s finest artists to partake in a “songwriters in the round” session. This stripped down format gives front men/women a chance to step back from their bands and deliver their stories and music as they were originally contrived. Catch this unique vibe and enjoy the sincere delivery of Chicago’s most dedicated songwriters!

Lovewhip 
Funk/Dance
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Lovewhip is a dance band that jams. Playing a party-starting mix of psychedelic rock, reggae, dance-pop, and world music, the Boston Award-Winning group whips up infectious original songs for those who love shaking that booty on the dancefloor!

Boy Band Preview
Boy Band – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

Bringing harmonies, dancing, and energy, Boy Band Review has captured the hearts of fans with their #boyband shows that transport audience members back in time to the days of frosted tips and hunky front-men professing their undying love. Playing all the hits from: ’NSYNC, New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys, and more.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Bones Jugs and Cielito Lindo

August 13th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Bones Jugs and Cielito Lindo

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Cielito Lindo
Mariachi
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Cielito Lindo is a family group that focus on “Mariachi” and the traditional music of mexico. These musicians (ages 10-14) use their powerful voices & play guitar, vihuela, guitarron, and trumpet.

Bones Jugs 
Jug Band
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

From the depths of Urbana, IL Bones Jugs has emerged as the premier xylophone driven roots Americana act in the country. With bones, jug, xylophone, kazoos, resonator guitar, 6-string banjo, upright bass, trap kit, horns, washboard and a medley of knick-knacks and noise makers Bones Jugs conjures up their eclectic acoustic sound.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Sam Cockrell Band and The Blue Coast Band

August 16th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Sam Cockrell Band and The Blue Coast Band

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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The Blue Coast Band
Blues
5:15pm – 6:15pm

The Blue Coast Band takes their traditional sensibilities of this music and puts their own spin in it. Years of working with blues greats as well as rock and rollers, gives them the freedom to intuitively mix things up. Their stamp on the music is one that is not over the top, but at the same time definitely not in a retro bag. It’s an honest interpretation.

Sam Cockrell Band 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

When there has been a fourteen-year gap between a bluesman’s second and third album, the imagination can supply all sorts of explanations, but singer-songwriter-bassist Sam Cockrell hasn’t been incarcerated, or strung out, or selling dubious products, or even out of the music biz.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Cecy Santana and guest

August 17th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Cecy Santana and guest

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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TBD
Bossanova
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Cecy Santana
Bossanova
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Live on the Lake! Feat. Hairbangers Ball and Ginger Road

August 18th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Hairbangers Ball and Ginger Road

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Ginger Road
Country – Cover Band
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Ginger Road is one of Chicago’s premier modern Country bands regularly appearing at top Country music venues throughout Chicagoland, Nashville, TN and byond. Blending a hard rocking, exuberant style with faithful interpretations of the latest Country hits by artists such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldeen and Florida Georgia Line and crowd-pleasing classics by the likes of Garth Brooks and Johnny Cash, Ginger Road is here to Rock This Country!

Hairbangers Ball
80s Metal – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Hairbanger’s Ball has entrenched themselves as one of the most sought after “80’s Hair Rock Tribute Bands” in the United States after years of performing sold out shows from coast to coast, all while exuding the same expert musicianship and flair for the theatrical as their idols. With over 16 years in existence, Hairbanger’s Ball has been a mainstay in music for longer than some of their celebrity counterparts, and routinely perform over 150 shows a year.

Live on the Lake! Feat. AJ Ghent Band and guests

August 19th

Live on the Lake! Feat. AJ Ghent Band and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests Billy Strings and Unity

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Unity
Reggae – Roots – Rock
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Kai “Pita” Katobalavu, the lead singer of Unity the Band, was born in Suva City, the capital of the Fiji Islands. In Fiji, there was no formal music curriculum in the schools. By listening to and singing native songs, Kai taught himself to play a wide range of instruments including a wooden drum, called the lali.

Billy Strings 
Bluegrass
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist or performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets at festivals, the reaction to Billy Strings tends to come in two varieties: “Who is this guy?” and “That kid can play!”

AJ Ghent Band
Indie – Rock – Blues
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

AJ Ghent constructs an indie-rock sound howling from the church to the blues. His style can be defined as fresh, nostalgic, electrifying and rootsy, fusing the sounds blues, funk, r & b, hip-hop and a sprinkle of EDM together into a genre he likes to call, NEO BLUES.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Lamajamal and Booty Movement Coalition

August 20th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Lamajamal and Booty Movement Coalition

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Booty Movement Coalition
funkhousejazzworldhiphop
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Lamajamal 
Gypsy Surf
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The group developed in 2004 when 5 musicians joined together to musically explore their influences of Middle Eastern, North African, and Balkan music. In 2007 Lamajamal released the album “Gypsy Surf”, an edgy interpretation of Balkan and Arabic classics done on guitar, drum set, oud, clarinet and electric bass.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Wayne Baker Brooks and Melody Angel

August 23rd

Live on the Lake! Feat. Wayne Baker Brooks and Melody Angel

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Melody Angel
Blues – Rock
5:15pm – 6:15pm

First off, Melody Angel is her real name, she was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Melody Angel is a self taught guitarist, who loves Rock N’ Roll and plans on doing both for the rest of her life. Here’s just a few of her influences: Prince, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Slash, Santana, and Big Mama Thornton.

Wayne Baker Brooks 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Wayne Baker Brooks is considered one of todays top guitarists who’s signature style combines powerful vocals with liquid fire guitar playing that honors his rich blues heritage yet effortlessly expands the boundaries of the genre.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL amongst the most prolific blues legends and blues masters in the world, Wayne Baker Brook’s blues roots may run deeper and wider than the Great Lakes themselves. 

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Euphony and Snoopy King

August 24th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Euphony and Snoopy King

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Snoopy King
Steppin
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Euphony
Steppin
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Euphony Band is a group of musicians and vocalists with a sound that is synonymous with the meaning of their name, “Smooth Harmonious Sounds”.
If you want to experience a variety of music that will excite your senses, then the Euphony Band is the band for you.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Abraham Mellish and Big Angry Fish

August 27th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Feat. Abraham Mellish and Big Angry Fish

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Big Angry Fish
Rock
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Abraham Mellish 
Folk
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Abraham’s life journey has spanned the globe, which is evident in his sound. At his core, Abraham is a storyteller in the folk tradition with a lyrical breadth that fully encompasses a universal human experience steeped in Liberian roots. Driving bass notes juxtaposed with intricate finger picking establishes an African tinged rhythm that serves as a vehicle for Abraham’s message of oneness, reflection, and peace.

Live on the Lake! Feat. NuBlu Band and Morry Sochat & The Special 20s

August 30th

Live on the Lake! Feat. NuBlu Band and Morry Sochat & The Special 20s

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Morry Sochat & The Special 20s 
Blues – Swing
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s play Chicago Blues mixed with swing and vintage rock n’ roll. They put on an energetic show that will get you moving and cheering for more.

NuBlu Band 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

This high energy group pairs a tight rhythm section led by Mark Maddox on lead guitar, Dan Henley on drums, with the powerful vocals of Carlise Guy, the dynamic daughter of the Legendary seven-time Grammy award winner, Buddy Guy. The three are the foundation of the band. They perform a wide range of genres, Blues, R&B, Pop, and Motown, their soulful sound is enough to make any audience get up and dance. It’s always a party when NuBlu is on stage.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Chicago Samba and Edilson Lima

August 31st

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Chicago Samba and Edilson Lima

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Edilson Lima
Samba
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Chicago Samba
Samba
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Chicago Samba, a Midwest-based music and dance ensemble, offers the authentic sounds of Brazil mixed with the flavor of carnaval. They play a unique mix of Brazilian popular song styles, including: Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Olodum, Forró, Chorinho, among others Batucada, an exciting all-percussive jam session that brings any audience to its feet to dance along with the group – just like Carnaval “Mardi-gras” in Brazil.

The Great American Lobster Fest

September 1st - September 3rd

The Great American Lobster Fest

Aon Grand Ballroom

Live lobster, live music, and more! Tickets are on sale now!

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The Great American Lobster Fest is the Midwest’s largest Lobster and Seafood Festival. We’re returning to Chicago’s legendary Navy Pier on Labor Day Weekend! Summer’s Last Hurrah! Enjoy live lobster flown in fresh from the cold waters of the East Coast, live music performances, family-friendly games and activities, unique craft shopping, land food options, and cold beverages. What’s not to love!?

For more information, visit www.americanlobsterfest.com

Tickets

Live on the Lake! Feat. 16 Candles and Bassel & The Supernaturals

September 1st

Live on the Lake! Feat. 16 Candles and Bassel & The Supernaturals

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Bassel & The Supernaturals
Soul
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Bassel & The Supernaturals combines neo-soul and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, and a war in Syria that has affected Bassel Almadani’s family along with 10,000,000 others. The soulful Syrian-American vocalist and his ensemble raised over $11,000 during the preorder campaign for their full-length album, Elements (2017), with over $3,000 in donations for humanitarian aid in Syria.

16 Candles
80s – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Established in 2003, 16 Candles makes it their personal duty and pleasure to bring all the great 80’s songs you love to life in full force. Their attention to detail and commitment to entertainment captivates audiences and inspires new ways of dancing and thinking. The members are 5 fun-loving guys with a simple love for the music of years gone by and a mission to fuse nostalgia and style to create a sight/sound spectacular unlike any other.

Live on the Lake! Feat. The Town Pants and guests

September 2nd

Live on the Lake! Feat. The Town Pants and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests The Crane Wives and Mountain Deer Revival

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Mountain Deer Revival
Bluegrass
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

With an original, genre-expanding sound, few musicians can compare to the originality of this Kansas based band. Twins, Jake and Jason Coffey and band members Dale Shuey, Matt Ohm and Connor Edmundson’s music manages to successfully close the gap between Country Rock, Americana and Bluegrass, while maintaining an honest, independent tone. The band reaches beyond talent, by writing with creativity and performing with passion. With great focus being placed on their lyrics and the feeling of their songs, Mountain Deer Revival’s music is as much a state of mind as it is a sound.

The Crane Wives 
Indie – Folk
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Crane Wives is a female fronted indie rock group from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band features three-part vocal harmonies, narrative lyricism, and a passion for songcraft that creates organic music that is equally accessible and innovative. Each live show features contagious energy as well as original music that ranges from whisper quiet ballads to danceable grooves.

The Town Pants
Celtic Roots Rock
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

With a decades worth of headlining Roots and Celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues The Town Pants own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from New York to Norway.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands – Finalist Showcase

September 3rd

Live on the Lake! Feat. Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands – Finalist Showcase

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

From 2pm-8pm in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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For the third year, Navy Pier hosts the Best of the Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands in a showcase concert! These talented young musicians from across Chicagoland battled it out in June & July to earn this coveted performance slot on the Pier. More Information.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Bella’s Bartok and Simpleton & Cityfolk

September 4th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Bella’s Bartok and Simpleton & Cityfolk

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Simpleton & Cityfolk
Folk – Alternative
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Bella’s Bartok
Bohemian Folk Punk
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Circus punk powerhouse Bella’s Bartok infuses klezmer punk with pop sensibilities into a spectacle that can’t help but compel you dance! With an aura of theatricality, Bella’s Bartok shows not only entertain, but they invite you to partake in the wild party they are having on stage, to involve yourself in the spectacle. Quite simply put- this is the band you should never miss, ever.

Marshall Vente Annual Jazz Tropicale Cruise

September 10th

Marshall Vente Annual Jazz Tropicale Cruise

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tall Ship Windy

Join Marshall and his band on an evening cruise aboard the Tall Ship Windy as they sail across the Chicago skyline.

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Join Marshall and his band on an evening cruise aboard the Tall Ship Windy, as they sail across the memorable Chicago skyline, quietly under sail power, while he serenades you with his own tropical jazz fusion of music, now is your chance to enjoy this limited event, and have memories that will last a lifetime.

Cruise is approximately 2.5 hours

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