Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The 19th Annual World Music Festival Chicago will take place September 8-24, 2017 and is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.

Complete Schedule

This year’s performers include Underground System, Dr. Lakshminarayana Subramaniam, Mahesh Krishnamurthy, Duo Scofano-Minetti, Salif Keita, Vox Sambou (pictured) and more.

Featuring dozens of performers, Ragamala offers a jaw-dropping assortment of Indian classical music from some of its greatest and emerging practitioners.

Parking Details: Park right below the
music! Garage locations are Grant Park
North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave.,
Grant Park South Garage at 325 S.
Michigan Ave., and Millennium Park
Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage located at 5 S. Columbus Drive.

World Music Festival is sponsored by Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, and Millennium Park Garages. Grant support for World Music Festival provided by the Irish American Heritage Center, and Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.