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International day of music celebrated in Lake Forest & Lake Bluff on Thursday, June 21

Music will be in the air on Thursday, June 21 as Make Music Chicago, a free, one-day music festival, comes to Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.  This is the first year that the daylong festival, which takes place at more than 75 sites throughout Chicago and various suburbs, will expand into the North Shore beyond Evanston.

Music aficionados of all ages can head to Lake Bluff’s Village Green, where a lineup of performers, including guitarists, rock bands and a vocal ensemble, will take the stage every hour between noon and 6:30 p.m.

In Lake Forest, a musical “petting zoo,” hosted by the Music Institute of Chicago, will make Market Square ring with the sound of spontaneous music, giving kids of all ages the opportunity to play with a variety of instruments. Revelers can also groove to the tunes of Midwest Dueling Pianos and the Del-Crustaceans, featuring local residents Rick Telander and Fred Koch.

(For a detailed line-up of concert performances and events, please see below.)

About Make Music Chicago

Make Music Chicago is inspired by France’s “Fête de la Musique,” an international musical holiday marking its 31st year in 2012.  Since 1982, “Fête de la Musique” has become an international phenomenon, taking place on June 21 in more than 460 cities in 110 countries, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal and Japan. Last year, Make Music Chicago joined a national group of “Make Music” cities that includes major U.S. cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Denver and Baltimore.

Locally organized by the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce, Make Music Chicago is sponsored by Comcast with supporting sponsor Tishman Speyer. More than 50 arts, cultural and educational partners across the city are participating, including 98.7 WFMT, the Chicago Loop Alliance, the Chicago Park District, the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Music Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier and St. James Cathedral.

To learn more about Make Music Chicago, please visit www.makemusicchicago.com.

Concert and Event Schedule on Thursday, June 21

Lake Bluff, Village Green

Noon  The Buckthorns, vocal ensemble

1 p.m. Idona Jane, guitar and vocals

2 p.m. Terry Moran, guitar and vocals

3 p.m. Andrew Festin, guitar

4 p.m. Kevin Davidson and Matt Lowenstein

5 p.m. Derrick “Suede” Stout and friends


Lake Forest, Market Square

5:30-6:30 p.m. Musical “Petting Zoo,” hosted by the Music Institute of Chicago

6:30-8:30 p.m. Concert on the Green featuring Midwest Dueling Pianos, an interactive musical comedy experience

8:30-10 p.m. Del-Crustaceans. For video of the Del-Crustaceans, please click here.


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