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To Be Announced Events

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
June 7th - August 30th 2018

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

June 7 - The Flat Cats, Jazz & Blues, Timeless Standards
June 14 - Wes John Cichosz, Acoustic, Progressive Rock
June 21 -
The North 41, Rock, Funk, Pop
June 28 -
Jonas Friddle, Americana
July 5 -
Ukelele Barrett Band, Swing, Rock, and Tropical Music from around the world
July 12 -
The High-Hat Second Line, New Orleans-Style Jazz
July 19 -
Tijuana Hercules, Swampy Blues
July 26 -
Coyote Riot, Old Folk and Country/Bluegrass String Sounds
August 2 -
The StingRays, 50s, 60s, 70s Rock n Roll
August 9 -
Los Perros Cubanos, Latin Dance, Cubano Fusion
August 16 -
The Stingers, Rock, Soul, Funk, Disco, and R&B
August 23 -
Tautologic, Progressive Pop/Rock
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
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

Sweet Home Chicago

Hotline (630) 616-2100
June 28 through June 30, 2018
Check out the website dedicated to Sweet Home Chicago!

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

Click here for Sweet Home Chicago flyer

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
Grant Park
Spirit of Music Garden
June 28-August 25, 2018Free Admission
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
Chicago Summer Dance
Taste of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain
July 11 - 15, 2018Taste of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain
Wednesday, July 11 - STEPPIN’,
6–9pm DJ Eric “ET” Taylor (Chicago Steppin’)
Majestic Gents (Chicago Steppin’)
Thursday, July 12 - CAJUN, 
6–9pm Les Rôdailleurs (Cajun
Louie Stallone & Monica Vachlon (Cajun)
Friday, July 13 - HOUSE, 
6–9pm Queens of House Music
Saturday, July 14 - CUMBIA,
6–9pm Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto (Cumbia)
Tierra Colombiana Folkloric Dance Company (Cumbia)
Sunday, July 15 - SALSA,
4–7pm Luis Palermo & The Brasa All Stars (Salsa)
Latin Street Dance (Salsa)
Buckingham Fountain
Chicago, IL 60605
Chicago Summer Dance
SummerDance in the Parks
July 11 - August 25, 2018SummerDance in the Parks
Wednesday, July 11 - CUMBIA,
Ping Tom Memorial Park
DJ Collective (Cumbia)
Latin Rhythms (Cumbia)
Wednesday, July 18 - SALSA & MAMBO,
Humboldt Park Boathouse
Afinca’o (Salsa, Mambo)
Denita Inez (Salsa, Mambo)
Saturday, July 21 - CHICAGO FOOTWORK, 
Hamilton Park Cultural Center
Shkunna Stewart
The Era Footwork Crew
Wednesday, July 25 - MOTOWN & R&B,
Jackson Park Grove 6b
Lynne Jordan & The Shivers (Motown & R&B)
Dawud and Lura Shareef (Chicago Bop)
Wednesday, August 1 - FOLK DANCES & MUSIC FROM INDIA,
Willye B. White Park
 Ishti Dance (Bhangra and Giddha of Punjab,
Raas-Garba of Gujarat, Kalbelia and Ghoomar of Rajasthan,
Sambalpuri from Odisha) 
Wednesday, August 8 - SALSA,
Portage Park
Carpacho y Su Super Combo (Colombia, Salsa)
Denita Inez (Salsa, Cha-cha)
Wednesday, August 15 - STEPPIN’,
Jackson Park Grove 6b
National Steppers Society (Chicago Steppin’)
Ken Watkins (Chicago Steppin’)
Saturday, August 18 - CHICAGO FOOTWORK,
Austin Town Hall Park
Shkunna Stewart
The Era Footwork Crew
Wednesday, August 22 - SALSA, MAMBO & CHA-CHA, 
Humboldt Park Boathouse
Agúzate DJ Crew (Vintage Salsa DJ Set)
Dance Academy of Salsa (Mambo & Cha-cha)
Millennium Park

Various Locations,

  • Ping Tom Memorial Park
  • Humboldt Park Boathouse
  • Hamilton Park Cultural Center
  • Jackson Park Grove 6b
  • Willye B. White Park
  • Portage Park
  • Austin Town Hall Park
  • Millennium Park

Chicago, IL 60605

Florida Dance Magic - Where the Stars Come Out To Play!


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
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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
Chicagoland Dance Festival
Chicagoland Country and
Swing Dance Festival
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

August 17-19, 2018 

Chicago, IL

Chicago Air & Water Show banner
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
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In St. Louis SDC
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

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
Swing City Chicago
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

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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". 
ALHC poster 2017November 8-11, 2018

American Lindy Hop

January 24th – 27th 2019 Derby City Swing

Crown Plaza Louisville
830 Phillips Lane
Louisville KY 40209
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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
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year: June 1-4, 2017


Dearborn/Detroit, Michigan

600 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, Michigan 48126-2793
(313) 593-1234
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
July 5, 2017 - July 9, 2017
Grant Park
377 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60602
Chicago Jazz Festival 2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
August 31, 2017 - September 3, 2017

Join hundreds of thousands in celebrating Chicago's rich jazz history in this free event, the first of which began as a tribute to Duke Ellington in 1974. Currently the largest, free festival of its kind in the world, the Chicago Jazz Festival regularly draws top names in the genre.

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

2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
October 5-8, 2017

Bop in the Rock is ready to roll, October 5-8, 2017. Tickets are on sale at an early bird price of $70, or a table of 10 for $700. Tickets go up to $82 June 1st, so don’t delay. Watch for the updated flyer on this site and on Facebook. Barry Jones, Jeanne DeGeyter, Terry Roseborough, Brandon Parker, Kristen Humphreys along with our local staff will be ready for you, along with Cher Peadon and Ruth Gilbert spinning the tunes.

The Doubletree hotel
in Downtown Little Rock

424 West Markham
Little Rock, Ar 72201
The Doubletree hotel in Downtown Little Rock, just off I-30 in the heart of Arkansas’ capital city, is attached to the classic Robinson Center, only minutes away from Arkansas Area Golf, and five blocks from the River Market Entertainment District.
“Bop in the Rock”
to receive the
$99.00  Hotel Rate.

Chicago History Museum
The Last Speakeasy
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
December 1, 2017

Put on your best get-up and join us at our juice joint as we celebrate the 84th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. Grab some giggle water, test your luck at the tables, and stretch your stilts on the dance floor all night long–or at least until the feds find us.

Grab your tickets before they're gone and take advantage of our early bird price before October 15th!

$100/90 CHM Members

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600
New Year's Eve Black-Tie Affair

The Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

New Year's Eve at Palm Court

Ring in 2018 during the annual Black-Tie Affair with exquisite culinary stations, dancing to The Flat Cats as you toast into the New Year with a retro menu of Hors d’oeuvres, steak Oscar, oyster bar, sushi bar and desserts.


The Palm Court
December 31

 Adults $189 per person dining package, plus tax and gratuity ($245.00 Total)

View Menu | Reserve

The Drake
140 East Walton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 787 2200
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
December 31,2017
Chicago Jitterbug Club
New Year's Eve Gala
7:30 pm - 12:30 am
DJ Party Doll
Appetizers, Beef Tenderloin, Sides, Dinner & Dessert @ 8:30 pm
Champagne Toast @ Midnight
Palos Country Club
13100 Southwest Highway
Orland Park, IL

For more information
Click Here
Presented by
Swing N Country Dance Club
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
February 9-11, 2018


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

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


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
, WI 53147
Phone: 1 (800) 558-3417
Reservations: 1 (877) 741-9598
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