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Chicago Loop Alliance Joins in Celebrating 2020 as the Year Of Chicago Music

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Posted  5 months ago  in  Trending, Music, Arts and Culture

1 MIN READ - The City of Chicago has designated 2020 the Year of Chicago Music, and just like the Year of Chicago Theatre (2019), Year of Creative Youth (2018), and Year of Public Art (2017), Chicago Loop Alliance will be playing an active role in celebrating.


The Loop is home to Millennium Park and the myriad music festivals that take place there, including the Summer Music Series, Chicago House Music Festival, Chicago Gospel Music Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, and more. The Loop also boasts classical music powerhouses like Lyric Opera Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, not to mention various bars and restaurants that make it possible to experience live music just about every night of the week. With destination marketing campaigns and programmatic tie-ins, Chicago Loop Alliance will elevate the celebration of this art form that makes the city shine.

Chicago is a global music leader. Its musical heritage is legendary as the birthplace of house and gospel music, urban blues and modern jazz, and today’s music scene is as strong as ever, spanning across genres including hip hop, indie rock, experimental, jazz, Latinx, classical, and more. We are a city of stunning music halls, authentic neighborhood clubs, world-class festivals, and a youth music scene that is lively and inspiring. In support of Chicago’s thriving music industry, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2020 as the “Year of Chicago Music.”

Chicago is the city that knows how to strike a chord. It’s the city that overflows with rhythm and warmth, even during the coldest winters. It’s a city that knows how to find its harmony in the hustle. It’s a city where everyone knows how to move to their own beat, yet everyone comes together to play in the same key – The Key of Chicago.

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Chicago In Tune

A signature part of the Year of Chicago Music, “Chicago In Tune” will bring music organizations and venues across the city together to celebrate music of all genres and forms from May 21 and June 7. The event is anchored by three free-admission city music festivals – the Chicago House Music Festival, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival and the Chicago Blues Festival. A full listing of participating events will be listed at Do312.com.

“Chicago In Tune represents an outstanding opportunity to experience Chicago’s thriving music scene,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of DCASE. “Spanning genres as diverse as hip hop, indie rock, experimental, jazz, Latinx, classical and more, music will emanate from our stunning music halls, authentic neighborhood clubs, world-class festivals and inspiring youth programs."

Start exploring music in the key of Chicago at yearofchicagomusic.org and chicago.gov/music.