Chicago House Party Celebrates the Sound of the City

chicago house partyMillennium Park is hosting yet another free event that’s perfect for summer, and this one’s all about paying tribute to an internationally-acclaimed genre that was born right here in our city.

On Saturday, May 27 from 2pm – 9pm, local DJs will gather for live performances at the Chicago House Party, a celebration of the revolutionary dance music genre that has influenced artists since the 1980s, when DJs like Frankie Knuckles introduced it to the world.


Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, there’s more to the Chicago House Party than, well, the party. A House Music Conference will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center in the days preceding the music event that includes seminars and discussions on the genre for artists, industry professionals, and music aficionados.

Whether you’re old school and prefer the disco-laced house music of the 80s or you’re a young’un who gets down to more recent subgenres like deep house and acid house, this all-ages event is great for anyone who loves Chicago music.



Chicago House Party Schedule

Millennium Park, Saturday, May 27


Jay Pritzker Pavilion

2pm – 3:30pm: Julius The Mad Thinker


3:30pm – 4:30pm: Anthony Nicholson

4:30pm – 5:30pm: Terry Hunter


5:30pm – 6:30pm: DJ Pierre Live PA Hybrid Set

6:30pm – 6:45pm: House Music Award presented to Vince Lawrence


6:45pm – 8pm: House Legacy Project featuring special guests

8pm – 9pm: Maurice Joshua


North Chase Promenade Tent

2pm – 2:45pm: House Dance Workshop with Boogie McClarin

3pm – 4pm: Chicago Skyway

4pm – 6pm: First Lady & The Queens of House

6pm – 7pm: DJ Jes

7pm – 8pm: DJ RP Boo


House Music Conference Schedule

Chicago Cultural Center, Thursday and Friday, May 25 – 26

Thursday, May 25

11am – 3pm / Claudia Cassidy Theater: House Legacy Project Open Rehearsal

6pm – 7:30pm / Washington Room: Gender/Sexuality/Generation: Evolving Attitudes and Making Safe Spaces in House Culture

6pm – 7:30pm / Claudia Cassidy Theater: House Preservation: Cultivating the Next Generation of Practitioners

8pm – 9pm / Washington Room: Sound of the City: Ableton for House Music

8pm – 9pm / Claudia Cassidy Theater: Music Publishing and Digital Distribution

Friday, May 26

6pm – 7:30pm / Millennium Park Room: Drum Machines to Laptops: The Evolution of House Music

6pm – 7:30pm / Washington Room: The Business of House Music: Labels, DJs, and Merchandise in the New Economy

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