“IT’S GONNA BE MAY AND ITS GONNA BE MUSICAL”
Spring is finally in full bloom and May is sure to kickstart us off to the beauty that is Summer! As we make this transition, do know that Chicago has some great events in store to accommodate the season! “It’s gonna be May and it’s gonna be a musical!” Chicago has a garden full of music festivals coming to a park near you and nothing resonates more with “Summer time Chi” more than music! Here is what you should keep your ears open for this month!
Manifest Urban Arts Festival
Going on its 17thyear, Columbia College will be hosting its annual Manifest Urban Arts Festival! During Manifest, roads are closed off for Graduating Columbia students from every department in the school to showcase their final projects to the public. You are guaranteed to see a plethora of music performances ranging from genres of Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Rock. By showcasing their extraordinary work, Manifest performers have brought in crowds of 30,000 in the past. It is not something you’ll want to miss! You can experience this year’s festival on May 10th. Not a festival person? Well - It is just steps away from 30 East. You can even see the stages from your apartment window.
4thAnnual House Music Festival
During Memorial Day weekend, the streets of Downtown are going to be tremoring to the beating 8o8s of house music! Chicago is identified as one of the origin locations of House Music and this year the city will see its 4thannual House Music Festival. The Festival kicks off with educational conferences at the Cultural Center on May 23rdand transitions into a weekend full of DJ’s painting Millennium Park with the sounds of house. Oh yeah, did we mention that this entire festival is free? From May 23rdto May 25th, get out to Millennium park and live your best life!
Chicago Gospel Music Festival
What better way to spend your last day of May than to refresh at Chicago’s 34thGospel Music Festival. The great thing about this genre music is that you don’t have to share any religious experience, this music is simply used to uplift and inspire the listeners! We could always use some inspiration and uplifting lyricism accompanied by powerhouse choirs. The Gospel Music Festival will be held in Millennium Park on May 31stand June 1stso be sure to cease the opportunity for FREE.