Make Music Chicago returns to HP

Staff Writer

Make Music Chicago will return to Hyde Park for the third time this summer solstice, Saturday, June 21.

The annual music festival inviting professional, amateur and spontaneous performers alike to share their music with the public free of charge was first established in Paris, France, in 1982, and first took place in Chicago in 2011. Since then, it has spread to various neighborhoods in the city, including Hyde Park.

“The first year that I heard about it, I realized that there was nothing happening in Hyde Park,” said WHPK DJ Marta Nichols, who first brought the festival to the neighborhood. “We have more music in Hyde Park and the South Side than anywhere else.”

So far, This year’s planned programming features around 170 artists giving performances at more than 50 venues, including five in Hyde Park: the 61st Street Farmer’s Market, along 61st Street and Blackstone Avenue; the Midway Plaisance; Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St.; Joan’s Music Studio, 1358 E. 57th St.; and the International House, 1414 E. 59th St., whose artists Nichols scheduled this year.

The Midway Plaisance will once again be the site of DJs on the Midway, a day-long house music program organized by WHPK host Taigo Onez in partnership with the Chicago Park District.

“We’d love to welcome more people, more communities from the Hyde Park area,” said Dayna Calderon, an event producer Nichols contacted to help with the neighborhood’s programming. “The more the merrier.”

“I personally hope it will develop into more people making music spontaneously because they’re aware of the day,” said Nichols.

For more information about Make Music Chicago, and a full list of performances, visit