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Chicago History Museum
The Last Speakeasy
December 6, 2018

Last Speakeasy on the Eve of the Repeal 2018


Put on your best get-up and join us at our juice joint
as we celebrate the 85th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition.

Ready to raise a glass?
Grab your tickets before October 31st and  save! 
General admission includes access to the party, light bites and two drink tickets
for $65 ($55 for members).
Cash bar available for additional drinks to be purchased.
Premium admission includes a full open bar for $85 ($75 for members).

November 1st all prices go up by $10
Get Your Tickets

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600

Happy New Year

Be Sure to check the venue as this is New Years Holiday (December 31st) and there may be no dances on these days.)
New Year's Eve Black-Tie Affair

The Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
December 31, 2018

New Years Eve

New Year's Eve Ball

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Palm Court and ring in the New Year with friends. 

Enjoy a live performance by the Flat Cats
along with Hors d'Oeuvres,
small plates and food stations,
premium bar and a champagne toast at midnight.

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December 31st
$245 per person, plus tax and gtratuity
Dress Code is Black Tie
You must be 21 years or older to attend.

The Drake
140 East Walton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 787 2200

Pete Millers

Pete Miller's Steakhouse

December 31, 2018

New Years Eve
The Rhythm Rockets
(Old School Rhythm & Blues)
Monday, December 31st, 2018
5:00PM-8:00PM and 9:00PM-1:00AM
Price: TBA
That's right! We will be performing on New Years Eve, two show.
We will post details when we get them, otherwise, contact the venue for reservations
Pete Miller's Evanston
1557 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 328-0399
December 31, 2018

New Years Eve

Doors open at 7:30pm

New Year's Eve Gala
(Elks Lodge, Prepaid Tix Only!)

8:00pm to 11:30 pm

For more information, please call the hotline at 708/388-JUMP

Chicago South IL - Elks #1596
4428 W Midlothian Turnpike
Crestwood, IL 60445-1917
Phone: 708.597.7465

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December 31, 2018

New Years Eve

The Apartment, an amazing space just above 
Lion Head Pub on Lincoln Ave in Lincoln Park!!
Every Monday night!
8-9 pm Beginner friendly lesson 
9 pm until midnight--social swing dancing!
$7 general/$5 students on DJ nights
$10 general/$7 students on band nights
18+ event!
(see the calendar section on the new website for Beyond the Basics class selections!)

The Lion Head Pub is located at 2251 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton and Webster, just around the corner from Oz Park. There is metered parking on Lincoln Ave, and some free parking around Oz Park. There is a parking garage at 2316 N Lincoln ave, just north of Belden.
The Lion Head Pub is also conveniently located for public transportation as well! It’s just about 2 blocks from the Red, Purple, and Brown line Fullerton el stop, and many bus stops on the main streets surrounding the area!
When you enter Lion Head Pub, you’ll notice a set of stairs right when you walk in---take those upstairs to The Apartment

The Lion Head Pub
2251 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Il
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Presented by
Swing N Country Dance Club
February 8-10, 2019


Over 30 Hours of Open Dancing
Music provided by our team of 3 top-flight convention DJs

Over 20 Fabulous Workshops
By our team of professional instructors

7 Hours of Competition
For dancers of all levels, from Newcomer to Advanced

Friday Night Performances
With our Meet the Pros Presentation

Saturday Night Performances
With the Rising Star Routines and the always
Entertaining All-Star West Coast Swing Jack 'n' Jill

The Double Tree Hotel
1909 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

March 7 - 10, 2019

The Chicago Classic
New Ownership and Direction by April Prince

The Yorktown Westin
70 Yorktown
Shopping Center
Lombard, Illinois
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To Be Announced Events

Dance, Enjoy an Italian Meal, & Hear
Played by
The Jay Lipe
Old Men's Jazz Band (OMJB)

2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Click Here for Event Flyer

4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
(Buffet served 5:30 to 6:30)
$35 per person -- cash bar

Free on-site parking

Seating is limited.  For reservations RSVP to:
Horton Kellogg
(847) 309-4152
1 Calvin Circle A-414
Evanston, IL 60201

White Eagle Banquets
6839 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Niles, IL
(Between Touhy and Devon Aves)

2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:


March 2-3, 2018

Official WebsiteEnjoy a fun filled 50s weekend in Galena. Sock Hop, Dance Workshops, Professional Dance Instructors, Live Music by The Tailfins and Rockabilly Junction, Contests, Prizes, Food, Drinks, Craft Beer, and more Dancing.

Friday Night Meet n' Greet.
Join us Friday, 7pm at the Galena Brewing Co. for some delicious craft beer, cash bar, food and atmosphere, and get your feet moving to the beat of Rosie & The Rivets  

Turner Hall
115 S. Bench St
Galena, IL. 61036

Galena Brewing Co.
227 N. Main St.
Galena, IL 61036

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The Windy City Open 
DanceSport Competition
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

April 5 - 8, 2018
The Windy City Open
will be a great opportunity
for anyone attending USDSC.
Our centrally located event
can give you the competitive edge
before moving on to compete
for national titles.
Over $35,000 in prize Money
The Westin
Chicago North Shore

601 N.Milwaukee Avenue
Wheeling , Illinois 60090
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

April 12-14, 2018

The 5th Annual Swing at the Capitol Convention will be:

April 12-14, 2018 -- Capital Plaza Hotel -- Jefferson City, MO
Convention Flyer/Registration Form
Ready to purchase tickets now?
Print and mail in the flyer.
Cost is just $80 per person 
 Book a whole table (10 people) $800
and choose where to sit from the available tables.
(Click here to see tables still available.)

Capitol Plaza Hotel
415 West McCarty St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 635-1234
Mention "Swing at the Capitol"
to get a special rate of $78

The Chicago Bar Association
Barristers Big Band
Benefit Ball

2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

April 20, 2018
17th Annual Barrister Big Band Benefit Ball
Friday, April 20, 2018
The Standard Club
6:00 p.m. - Reception
7:00 p.m. - Dancing
$50 per person
Call 312-554-2057 or Email 
Tamra Drees for Tickets
Purchase Tickets Online
Thank you to 
Windy City Wedding Dance for their support of our event.
The Standard Club
Grand Ballroom
320 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, Illinois
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

April 26-28, 2018

22nd Annual Black Hills dance festival

Black Hills Dance Festival is the premier Ballroom/Country/Latin/Line Dance fun and social dance event of the Dakotas. It is a weekend of dance workshops, dance performances, coupled with fun social dancing. Learn from our professional instructors and capture the fun and excitement of the weekend as a participant or spectator. This event is for experienced and non-experienced dancers.

Festival Location
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
444 Mt Rushmore Road N.
Rapid City, SD 57703 
Event Hotel
Howard Johnson
950 North Street 
Rapid City, SD 57701
click here
to make reservations
Swing Dance America


Swing Dance America

2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

April 26 -30, 2018
Swing Dance America

Please join us at the Largest WEST COAST SWING and HUSTLE Dance Event in the Midwest USA!

Over 60 hours of dancing during the Four (4) day Event. Three (3) Ballrooms for dancing! Non-Stop Dancing in the Junior Ballroom even during most comps in the Grand Ballroom.

Grand Geneva Resort Lake Geneva Wisconsin Resorts
The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
7036 Grand Geneva Way Lake
Geneva, WI 53147
Phone: 1 (800) 558-3417
Reservations: 1 (877) 741-9598
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

May 31, 2018 - June 3, 2018


The Michigan Classic is one of the oldest west coast swing events in the country. As we move forward, we're inspired by classic elements of the past, and excited for the future. We are proud to announce that we have reserved a new home for the Michigan Classic. Also, we are introducing a new Team Challenge concept!  This will be a truly unique experience encompassing social, instructional, competition and incredible team spirit. Lastly, thank you for choosing to join us! 

At the Michigan Classic we create an environment filled with unforgettable memories, inspired learning, social dancing and camaraderie.  The Midwest is known for their welcoming spirit and support to others. We cordially invite you to join our dance family and cultivate this positive energy!   

To be a star you must shine your own light, follow your own path and be awesome!

Let's do this! do this! 
Auburn Hills Marriott
3600 Centerpoint Parkway
Pontiac, MI 48341
(248) 253-9800
Reservation Line:
(800) 228-9290

2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

June 1 - 2, 2018
June 1-2, 2018
Free Admission
Millennium Park & Chicago Cultural Center
Gospel music is one of the most significant components of Chicago's musical history. The Chicago Gospel Music Festival keeps that tradition alive against the mesmerizing backdrop of Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. The festival explores the depth of this music genre, spanning traditional and contemporary, lively choral groups, extraordinary vocalists, dynamic duos, and more.This annual event is free and family-friendly, so settle in for some powerful performances.For the latest updates, visit and follow #ChiGospelMusic on social media.
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

June 8-10, 2018
June 8-10, 2018
Free Admission
Millennium Park
There’s a reason blues musicians sing about “Sweet Home Chicago.” Chicago historically has been a beacon to musicians looking for bigger crowds and more places to play. Following the “Great Migration,” Southern blues musicians made Chicago one of the country's major hotspots for blues music.Fittingly, the annual Chicago Blues Festival is the city's largest music festival. More than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World."In continuing with four decades of tradition, the Chicago Blues Festival will celebrate the genre's rich heritage and forthcoming talents with three days of performances — all FREE and open to the public, no tickets required. And all within breathtaking Millennium Park.For the latest updates, visit and follow #ChiBluesFest on social media.
Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

June 14 - 17, 2018
Holiday Inn Cleveland
S Independence

6001 Rockside Rd   Independence, Ohio 44131 

Call now and book your rooms for ABW, June 14th – 17th, 2018 website 216-524-8050

Sweet Home Chicago
Hotline (630) 616-2100
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

June 28 through June 30, 2018

It has all the info you need, including schedules, directions,
ticket purchasing and hotel and raffle details:

Must be 21 to attend.
Tickets are not refundable, but may be transferred. Please call Joanne at (773) 792-8842 or email her at  for more info regarding the event.

Westin Chicago Northwest
400 Park Blvd
Itasca, IL 60143
(630) 773-4000

Chicago Summer Dance
Taste of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

July 11 - 15, 2018
Taste of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain
Chicago, IL 60605
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

July 11, 2018 - July 15, 2018

July 11-15, 2018
Grant Park Free Admission
(food ticket purchase required)
Wednesday-Friday: 11am-9pm,
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-9pm
What is the city's recipe for a fantastic food festival?
Chefs and musicians, combined with entertainment for all ages and several thousand tasting servings of favorite Chicago bites. Fill up on all flavors of Chicago — from classic local dishes, to specialty cuisines from ethnic neighborhood restaurants, to inspired chef creations — at the annual lakefront festival Taste of Chicago. Then top it off with musical talents every evening.
Grant Park
377 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60602
Florida Dance Magic - Where the Stars Come Out To Play!


2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:


July 19th - 23rd, 2018

Have a party that wishes to come to Miami Dance Magic.
Registration can be easy and done by one person.
After they enter their profile, a dancer can add other names to their order.
It's easy, simple and secure!

Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place
122 Soundings Avenue
Jupiter, FL 33477
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

August 2 - 5, 2018


Come for the music, stay for the swag. If your ears ever get tired, there’s plenty of stuff going on around Grant Park to keep you entertained. In the past we’ve had everything from a high-tech lemonade stand to a pop-up piano bar. Hold your breath for what our partners this year have in store!

We’ve also got you covered with basic festival necessities such as free water filling stations and charging stations for your hardworking phones.

Grant Park
Grant Park Rose Gardens
Columbus Dr. &
Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60603
Chicago Summer Dance
Grant Park
Spirit of Music Garden
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

June 28-August 25, 2018
Grant Park Spirit of Music Garden
Free Admission
Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays 
Dance Lessons: 6-7pm 
Live Music & Dancing:
Dance Lessons: 4-5pm 
Live Music & Dancing:
Grant Park
Spirit of Music Garden
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Chicagoland Dance Festival
Chicagoland Country and
Swing Dance Festival
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

August 17-19, 2018
We are Chicago’s only country and swing dance festival!
August 17 – 19, 2018
It’s the best of both dance worlds in one place!The Chicagoland Country and Swing Dance Festival is both a fully-sanctioned, qualifying event for the United Country Western Dance Council’s World Championships of Country Dance AND a points event for the World Swing Dance Council’s Jack & Jill Swing Dance Points Registry.Social dancer, spectator or competitor…you’ll find plenty to do in a hospitable and welcoming dance community.Browse the site for  information and make plans to join us for a weekend of flat-out fun!!See YOU at the 31st  annual Chicagoland Country & Swing Dance Festival!Jennifer and Randy Jeffries
Event Directors
Click here for the latest updates
Crown Plaza Chicago O'Hare
5440 N. River Road
Rosemont IL 60018
847 671-6350
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

August 17-19, 2018
Chicago Dance Center
Daytime classes
3868 N. Lincoln Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL

Irish Bistro
Balboa and Board Games Party
Mrs. Murphy and Son’s Irish Bistro
3905 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Irish American Heritage Center
Evening dances
Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

Chicago, IL

Chicago Air & Water Show banner
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

August 18-19, 2018

Aeroshell planesAny trip to Chicago in August must include the Annual Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach! Two million people makes this can't-miss spectacle the largest show of its kind in the country. Best of all, admission to the event is free!

North Avenue Beach
Chicago Summer Dance
SummerDance in the Parks
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.
SummerDance in the Parks


Chicago, IL 60605

ALHC poster 2017 2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

American Lindy Hop

2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

Summer Concert Series
Date: Thursdays, June 7th - August 30th 2018
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Giddings Plaza (Lincoln Square)
Admission: FREE
2018 Concert Schedule

August 30 - The Friends Band, Variety of Genres

Giddings Plaza at
N. Lincoln and W. Giddings
 (across from the Chicago Brauhaus)
 4732 N Lincoln Chicago, IL 60625
Chicago Jazz Festival 2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

August 30, 2018 - September 2, 2018

August 30-September 2, 2018
Free Admission
Millennium Park & Chicago Cultural Center

Summer in Chicago goes out with a bang — and some bebop, funk and skat, as well.The oldest of Chicago's free lakefront music festivals celebrates its 40th year in 2018, and will boast incredibly diverse live sets across its carefully curated four days. The range of artists comprising the Chicago Jazz Festival runs the gamut from jazz legends and lost giants to influential modern masters and crucial new voices in the music’s continuing evolution.An all-ages, multi-venue music event, the Chicago Jazz Festival brings free jazz to downtown's beautiful Millennium Park, as well as inside the nearby Chicago Cultural Center.

For the latest updates, visit

Millennium Park
N. Michigan Ave. &
 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60602


Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, Illinois 60602

In St. Louis SDC
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

September 20-23, 2018
You are cordially invited to join us for the Twelfth Annual MEET ME in St. Louis Swing Dance Championships held at the beautiful Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, September 20-23, 2018, WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT MEET ME! * Degendered Jack-N-Jill, Strictly and Routines. * FREE All-Star/Rising Star Critique Intensive * Ladies Styling Intensive * FREE Pizza Party Saturday * Food Truck Feast * 1-2-3 Swing Project - FREE West Coast Swing Beginner Lessons & Dance * Same day awards * $1 newcomer Jack-N-Jill * $1,000 Cash Prize for Open Routine 1st Place Winners * $1,000 Top Teacher Awards COMPETITIONS Jack-and-Jill's Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, All-Star/Pro, Masters, Swing16 Tournament ​ Strictly Swing Newcomer/Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Masters, All-Star/Pro (one partner must be All-Star) Routines Pro-am Novice*, Pro-Am Int*, Open*, Rising Star*, *Lifts Allowed Pro-Am Strictly Novice Leaders, Novice Followers, Intermediate Leaders, Intermediate Followers
"The Gateway to West Coat Swing Euphoria"
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Renaissance St. Louis
Airport Hotel

9801 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO 6313
4 314-429-1100
$113 room rate until 9/8/17
 •Complimentary Self-Parking
•Complimentary Shuttle to
and from Lambert St. Louis
Airport and MetroLink
•24 hrs. access to pool
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2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.


4 - 7, 2018
Pencil us in on your dance card for Bop In The Rock 2018, October 4-7th in Little Rock, AR with Little Rock Bop Club! Event tickets are $89 & will be available for purchase through our website:
Make sure you click follow on our Facebook and this event for the latest details regarding this fun dance party & workshop weekend!

Little Rock Bop Club - Facebook

Holiday Inn
Little Rock Airport

3201 Bankhead Drive
Little Rock, AR 72206


      Second City Swingout    
 2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

October  5th - 7th, 2018

Traffic Jam Swing has a new event for you.

Second City Swingout is a brand spankin' new vintage jazz workshop weekend in Chicago, Oct 5th - 7th. Along with bringing in world-class teachers and showcasing amazing local musicians, our goal for this event is to really highlight the city and all it has to offer. From the classes to the music to the venues to the plethora of city-wide events we've got in store, we expect there to be something for everyone!

Naomi Uyama & Peter Strom - Lindy Hop
Mia Halloran & Andy Reid - Lindy Hop
Julee Mertz & Andrew Twiss - Beginner Track
Ken Watkins - Chicago Steppin'
Bril Barret - Tap

Live Music by The Jake Sanders Septet
DJs Claire Lorman & Bob Bednarz


Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600

Shapiro Ballroom
1612 W Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60622
(312) 843-4798

1940’s Hangar Dance
 2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

October 13, 2018

1940’s Hangar Dance
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Presented by EAA Chapter 241
Featuring Lakes Area Swing Band
Music starts at 8:30
DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport
3232 Pleasant St
DeKalb, Il 60115

Admission $12 
Best Dressed and Dance Contest
All Proceeds Support the 

 DeKalb Taylor
Municipal Airport
3232 Pleasant Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
 2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

October 25th – 28th, 2018

Hours and hours and hours of social dance time. Workshops: A weekend-long, dedicated BEGINNER track of classes; 6 hours of workshops dedicated to novice dancers; 6 hours of workshops dedicated to intermediate and advanced dancers. Exhibitions by our professional staff and special guests. Competitions! (Join in or just watch) Food: Friday night Pizza Party to fuel late night dancing, Saturday night, late-night buffet to fuel more late night dancing, Saturday & Sunday morning hospitality suite. Saturday night Halloween party with prizes. DJ Challenge judged by you, the dancers, with proceeds to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. The “Pro Charity” Hour with proceeds to benefit the Autism Association.

The Westin, Lombard
at Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Center
Lombard, IL 60148

2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

November 3, 2018

7:00 pm
Our First Annual Willowbrook Ballroom Reunion Dance Saturday November 3 featuring The Outcast Jazz Band at The Glendora Ballroom 10225 South Harlem Avenue Chicago Ridge, Illinois 60415!!!!!!
Swingers Ball Chicago (Facebook Page)
Glendora House
10225 S Harlem Ave
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

November 7 - 11, 2018
The Cincinnati Bop Club’s 26th Anniversary!

$75 if purchased on or before 10/15/2018,  $85 if purchased after 10/15/2018

Adults only party!  SMOKE FREE BALLROOM, all wooden dance floor, Free Workshops, Dance Exhibitions,  Excellent Hospitality, 50/50 raffles & more. Click the link below to download and print a ticket application, or send an email requesting a ticket application with your name and address to

Download this year's Move Across the River Flier
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
4501 Eastgate Blvd.
Cincinnati, Ohio

$103.00 per night (1-4 persons)
 & Executive King Suites $123.00.
call 513-752-4400 or 800-465-4329,
you must mention
Cincinnati Bop Club's
"Move Across The River". 
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