Navy Pier Launches New Free Performance Series this Weekend

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Navy Pier welcomes the fall/winter season with Sequence Ch!cago, a free and dynamic performance series that celebrates local artists, musicians, and cultural organizations by showcasing their works across the Pier’s various unique platforms.

Over the course of 10 dates between Sept. 30 and Dec. 20, Sequence Ch!cago will spotlight talented performers from across the city who have inspired and influenced the local arts scene. Supported by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the music performances are free and open to the public.

With programs such as “Sounds From Beyond: The Undead Strings,” “Housegiving” and “A Blues Christmas,” the series is set to offer fun, holiday-themed performances to align with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other seasonal celebrations. The series will also highlight the unique sounds of Chicago’s ethnic cultural traditions – from African, Brazilian and Latin, to Middle Eastern, Indian, and many others. On select dates, music performances will be accompanied by the Chicago Culture Market, a marketplace experience featuring handcrafted works produced by talented local artisans.

Sequence Ch!cago schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 30

  • Chicago Culture Market | 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Food Experience (between Lalo’s and Brown Sugar Bakery)
  • Music: AMA (Brazilian); Katie Kaden; Surabhi Ensemble (Middle Eastern/Indian)
  • Market: #HIMOM (jewelry); Loom Chicago (creations by refugee artisans); Mashallah (jewelry); Nana Mendez (jewelry/fashion); Rebuilding Exchange (furniture)

Friday, Oct. 6

  • Chicago Sounds Like | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns
  • Music: O’My’s and Ric Wilson in collaboration with Vocalo 91.1 FM

Saturday, Oct. 21

  • Chicago Culture Market | 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Food Experience (between Lalo’s and Brown Sugar Bakery)
  • Music: Bomba Con Buya (Bomba); ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat (Afro-Latin); Ida y Vuelta (Mexican)
  • Market: Mosaico Arte Chicago (art); oOrn (art); Ivan Vasquez (live art); Susan Volk (sculptural art)

Saturday, Oct. 28

  • Sounds From Beyond: The Undead Strings | 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. | Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns
  • Music: Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago (performing Halloween-themed music dressed as zombies)

Wednesday, Nov. 22

  • Housegiving: A People’s Pier House Party | 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Aon Grand Ballroom
  • Music: Chicago House Legacy Project Band; Gene Hunt; Julius “The Mad Thinker”; Steve “Miggedy” Maestro; Queens of House (Solkat and DJ Alicia)

Saturday, Nov. 25

  • Chicago Culture Market | 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Food Experience (between Lalo’s and Brown Sugar Bakery)
  • Music: Trio Mokili (African); Sam Trump (Soul); SVB Quartet (classical string quartet)
  • Market: AV Bead Designs; Bodega 18; Provoke Culture; The Silver Room

Saturday, Dec. 2

  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Food Experience (southwest corner, across from Ben and Jerry’s)
  • Music: Cielito Lindo

Saturday, Dec. 9

  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Food Experience (southwest corner, across from Ben and Jerry’s)
  • Music: Wicker Park Chamber Choir

Saturday, Dec. 16

  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Food Experience (southwest corner, across from Ben and Jerry’s)
  • Music: Chicago Gay Men’s Choir

Saturday, Dec. 20

  • A Blues Christmas | 7 p.m. | Aon Grand Ballroom
  • Music: Alligator Records Collaboration: Toronzo Cannon, Lil’ Ed, Lynne Jordan; Matthew Skoller

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