SUMMER COVID PROTOCOL UPDATES: Beginning June 1, Merit will be instituting new COVID protocols, including moving to masks recommended for all visitors. Current COVID protocols remains in effect through May 31, with the exception of a few special events. READ MORE »

Special Events

GALA 2022

Wednesday, May 18 @ 6pm

Four Seasons Chicago
120 E. Delaware Pl., Chicago, IL 60611

Join us in person at Merit’s Gala 2022, for an unforgettable evening benefitting equality and excellence in music education. Honoring Lori Julian and William Blair for their contributions to the arts and jam-packed with performances, the event is a canโ€™t-miss for Chicago music lovers.


Stringtacular 2022

Saturday, May 21 @ 11am

Benito Juarez Community Academy

1450 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

It’s that time of year again! Join us for an exciting performance featuring Merit’s Suzuki-Alegre program and young strings students from schools throughout Chicago performing a diverse array of Latinx folk music.


Open House

Saturday, June 4 @ 10am – 12:30pm

Merit School of Music

38 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60607

Stop by Merit’s Open House to learn about summer programming, watch live performances, explore musical instruments, take a tour of our building and more! FLASH SALE for this event only! โœจ Sign up for summer onsite for a special discount. RSVP today!


Upcoming Spring Events

It’s spring concert season!ย 

Merit is doing everything possible to keep our community safe and healthy during in-person concerts and events! Check out our calendar for event safety protocols varying based on the size, location, and audience of the events. We can’t wait to see you!


FREE Musical Storytime

Tuesday, June 21 @ 10:30 – 11:00am

Bartelme (Mary) Park

115 South Sangamon Street

Join us for a special Musical Storytime in collaboration with Make Music Chicago Day! Sing, dance, and read along with our Early Childhood teachers, Mr. Miro and Mr. Tim, during this fun and educational Musical Storytime.

This is not your ordinary storytime, so get ready to learn and have some fun through music ๐ŸŽต, movement ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ, and early literacy ๐Ÿ“š. RSVP today!



There’s still time to join summer at Merit! โ˜€๏ธ

Turn up the music this summer with Meritโ€™s line-up of camps, classes, & ensembles!

With options for all ages, instruments, and experience levels, summer at Merit is a great way for kids and teens to stay social and creative while school is out. Your child will have the chance to study with some of the best music educators in the region while having fun and making friends with young music lovers from across Chicagoland.