Chicago Area
Special Events

To Be Announced Events

Chicago Summer Dance
June 23 - September 10,
Free 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
August 3-6, 2017 Lollapalooza

More Than Music

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 18-20,2017We are Chicago’s only country and swing dance festival!

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.

It’s the best of both dance worlds in one place!

Social dancer, spectator or competitor…you’ll find plenty to do in a hospitable and welcoming dance community.

Browse the site for more information and make plans to join us for a weekend of utter fun!!

See YOU at the 27th annual Chicagoland Country & Swing Dance Festival!
Crown Plaza Chicago O'Hare
5440 N. River Road
Rosemont IL 60018
847 671-6350

August 18-20, 2017

Join us for a balboa vacation in Chicago August 19-21, 2016. The weekend will include unique balboa classes with championship instructors, live music with the Jake Sanders band, fun contests, and more. Instructors include Adam Speen, Nelle Cherry, Bobby White, Jen Barnett, Mickey Fortanasce, Kelly Arsenault, and Desiree Roffers. To help you get the most from your class experience, choose from the following class tracks: Solid Fundamentals (Beginner-friendly), The Social Dancer, The Competitor, and Balboa Teacher Training. All tracks will also have the chance to participate in some fun elective classes. More surprises announced later! Plan your trip today.

Chicago, IL

Dance Center Chicago
Irish Bistro

Main Dances –
Friday and Saturday:
 Plumber’s Hall
Late Nights:
Late night venues are still being negotiated.
Sunday Dance:
The Sunday night venue is TBA.

Chicago Air & Water Show banner
August 19-20, 2017

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 Jazz FestivalAugust 19-20, 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
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.

October 7, 2017

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 26th – 29th, 2017

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

ALHC poster 2017October 26 - 29, 2017

American Lindy Hop

New York
November 8 - 12, 2017
Event Flyer
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
4501 Eastgate Blvd.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Chicago History Museum
The Last Speakeasy
December 1, 2017

Get dolled up in your best glad rags as we celebrate the 82st anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and “giggle water,” including wine, beer, and Templeton Rye cocktails. Try your luck at the tables* and dance the jitterbug all night long or until the bulls give us the bum’s rush. Tickets are selling quickly — don’t miss this popular event!

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600
January 25th-28th 2018Derby City Swing

Crown Plaza Louisville
830 Phillips Lane
Louisville KY 40209
To Be Announced Events
2017 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:  March 10th-13th, 2016

The Chicago Classic
Brought to you by: Chicago Swing Dance Foundation
Co-Directors: Jim Becker and Nancy Tuzzolino
1-888-SO-SWING (888-767-9464)

Hyatt Regency O'Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Ave.
Rosemont, IL 60018

Phone 847-696-1234
Fax 847-698-0139
Chicago SummerDance
In The Parks

(schedule is subject to change)
Chicago Park District
hosts FREE
Chicago SummerDance events
from July 9–September 8, 2016
2017 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:  9/8
Petra van Nuis Quintet
('20s, '30s and '40s Classic Swing)

Dancing with Class (East Coast Swing)  

Dance Lessons: 6-7pm
Music & Dancing: 7-9pm
Ping Tom Memorial Park
300 W. 19th St.
Chicago, Il

The Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
Come down to The Drake for a little spin in front of the gorgeous fountain. Or just relax on the big, comfy couches with a nice cocktail, and watch the dancers like the rest of us! Food will also be offered daily from 5.30p.m. to 10p.m. at the Palm Court, with a menu comprising of soups, salads, sandwiches and sweet selections  
2017 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:  12/31
New Year's Eve Black-Tie Affair
with the Live Band
The Flat Cats

Ring-out 2016 with The Drake Hotel's Black-Tie Affair in the dazzling Palm Court. With Executive Chef Herve Cueyu at the helm of the exquisite food stations and festive libations to ring-in 2017, it is View our menusure to be an evening to remember. 

The cost is $230 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity. 
One seating at 9 PM -12:30 AM.

Please click the menu on the right for full details.
Eventbrite - New Year's Eve Black Tie Affair

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

Get your Ticket Now

2017 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:  12/31

New Year's Eve at DANK Haus
8:00 pm

Ringing in the New Year has been a tradition at DANK Haus and due to popular demand we are bringing back our New Years Eve party!

We are very honored to have legendary Upbeat Orchestra join us this year!! The Upbeat Orchestra has played for an impressive list of clients, such as Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Taste of Chicago, and many others iconic Chicago institutions who know how to throw a party! Their eight band members will have you dancing your shoes off under the DANK disco ball with everything from Sinatra to Santana, they offer a balanced mix of today's latest, and classics spanning the last five decades, including swing/jazz, R&B, Motown, Rock, Funk, Disco, Salsa, ballads, and maybe even a little Adele, Rihanna and Justin Bieber.

The party will get you started with delicious a heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet and an open bar featuring premium German beer, wine and cocktails. At midnight were serving a champagne toast, so that you can cheer with your besties and set the tone right for 2017.

Our Champagne Room will be open during the party so that you can enjoy the stunning skyline view and the fireworks bedazzling the city. No dress code required, but we encourage festive attire - flappers, feather boas, fedoras and fun accoutrements!

Tickets are $125 and include:
Open Bar including premium German beer, wine and cocktails (until 12:30 am)
Heavy hors d'oeuvres Buffet
Famous 8-piece 
Upbeat Orchestra (until 1 am)
Champagne Toast at Midnight
Party Favors

All tickets at the door with Debit/Credit only.
Ticket sales are limited!

German American
Cultural Center

4740 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
Spotlight Dance Celebration
2017 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:  December 30, 2016 -
January 2, 2017
More Social Dancing - Less Competition
Free Open J&J Experiment Thursday (in additional to WSDC)
Junior Pro-Am Routines (Under Age 16)
Juniors Hangout
(Under Age 16) - Games, Puzzles, Crafts, Xbox - All weekend long!
Friday Night Whites
Social Dancing Fun!!! White Party.
Sign the shirt of the person you dance with!
Shirts available for sale. Markers provided.
Adoba Hotel
600 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, Michigan
Mario Robau Jr
 2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:   January 20-23, 2017
Mario Robau Jr
West Coast Swing & Hustle Classes

For the last twenty years, Mario Robau has traveled at least 40 weekends per year. He judges, teaches , DJs and emcees at various dance workshops and conventions throughout the world in the swing, country and shag dance circuits. He is one of the most sought-after instructors in the country.

Mario has been the annual guest of DanceMasters for over twenty years, delighting one and all with his dance wisdom, his humor and his ability to make sense of just about everything.

North Park Centre
10040 W. Addison Street
Franklin Park, IL 60131

For more information
Click Here
Presented by
Swing N Country Dance Club
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:   February 10-12, 2017


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

Waterford Conference
Clarion Inn
933 S. Riverside Drive
Elmhurst, IL

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

2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:   Sunday, February 26, 2017

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

Free on-site valet parking

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

Monastero's Restaurant
3935 W. Devon Ave
Chicago, IL
(Just east of Crawford)

2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:   March 3-4, 2017

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

2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:   March 10 - 12, 2017

Pirate Swing is a multi-track lindy hop and blues workshop featuring your favorite teachers, musicians, and pirates.
Each year we bring friendly and approachable instructors, and we provide as many opportunities as we can for you to interact with them.

Join us for an amazing weekend with dancers from around the country. See old friends, make new ones, and dance with everyone!

Pirate Swing is sponsored by

AACTMAD Concourse Hall
4531 Concourse Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Michigan League Ballroom
911 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The Campus Chapel
1236 Washtenaw Ct
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Come Dancing Studio
7025 E Michigan Ave
Saline, MI 48176

The Phoenix Center
220 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, 48104

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The Windy City Open 
DanceSport Competition
 2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:   March 23 -26, 2017

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

Hyatt Regency O'Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL, 60018
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:   April 6-8, 2017

Capital Plaza Hotel -- Jefferson City, MO
Convention Flyer/Registration Form (DRAFT)
2017 Convention Schedule (DRAFT)

Ready to purchase tickets now?
Print and mail in the flyer.
Cost is just $75 per person 
 Book a whole table (10 people)
and receive the discount price of  $730
and choose where to sit from the available tables.
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
Swing Dance America


2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:   April 27 - May 1, 2017
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.

Lake Geneva, WI

7020 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(866) 636-4502

The Chicago Bar Association
Barristers Big Band
Benefit Ball

2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:   April 28, 2017

The Chicago Bar Association presents
The 16th Annual Barristers Big Band Benefit Ball

Tamra Drees, CBA Events Coordinator, 312-554-2057.

This special evening will be filled with swinging sounds, great food,
a dance lesson and contest, and a live and silent auction
in support of The Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

6:00 Reception/7:00 Dancing
$50 per person

Thank you to Windy City Wedding Dance for their support of our event.

The Standard Club
Grand Ballroom
320 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, Illinois
Putting On The Glitz
Event Flyer

For reservation or
information contact:

Lori DeVoss
(219) 384-0375
(219) 923-3681

2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:  May 6, 2017
An Elegant Evening of
Dining - Dancing - Entertainment

6:00 pm

Dance to the Music of
Steve Anthony
and his 11 piece orchestra

Cost per person $40.00 (Prepaid)
Dancing only - $15.00

Glendora House
10225 S Harlem Ave
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
The 20th Annual Swinger's Ball

The Special 20's

The Rhythm Rockets
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:  May 27, 2016
The 20th Annual Swinger's Ball
May 27, 2016
at the Glendora Ballroom

Please join us as we celebrate 20 years of The Swinger's Ball
as well as the places that supported this event and
the dance we so affectionately refer to as SWING!
Doors open at 7 pm, The event ends at 1 am.

Please check our Facebook Page at
The Swinger's Ball Chicago for regular updates.

Glendora House
10225 S Harlem Ave
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
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: June 2, 2017 - June 3, 2017
Enjoy exhilarating music by renowned Gospel artists during this free festival !
Stages will showcase the best in local, national and international gospel performers.

June 2
Chicago Cultural Center: performances begin at 12 p.m.
Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion: performances begin at 5:30 p.m.

June 3
Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion: performances begin at 4:30 p.m.

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year: June 9, 2017 - June 11, 2017

Experience the blues live in Millennium Park at the 34th Annual
Chicago Blues Festival happening June 9-11. At its new home in Millennium Park,
the Blues Festival will offer fans performances by the genres' leading artists,
as well as a wonderful new experience in the city's premier outdoor music venue.
The headliners performing at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion over the three days include:
Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues with special guest James Cotton, Rhymefest, William Bell,
 Gary Clark Jr., Rhiannon Giddens, Ronnie Baker Brooks.

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Sweet Home Chicago

Hotline (630) 616-2100
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
June 29 through July 1, 2017

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:

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

2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
July 5, 2017 - July 9, 2017
Grant Park
377 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60602
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
July 8 - 9, 2017
11am - 10pm

Live Music

Belmont & Damen

(2000 W Belmont Ave)

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


2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
JULY 13th - 17th, 2017

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!

Click here to enter the registration processing system! 
Weekend Pass                  (before July 1)     129.00
Weekend Pass - Overseas (before July 1)     85.00
Weekend Pass - Junior      (before July 1)     75.00
Contests, Video Access and more!
Remember that all weekend passes are non-transferable and non-refundable.
In cases of emergency, please contact us
that we may consider extended the pass the the following year in select situations.

...AND Remember to book your hotel room!!!
Click here for hotel registration instructions

Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place
122 Soundings Avenue
Jupiter, FL 33477
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