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Summer Pop-up Events

GET OUTSIDE & MAKE SOME MUSIC WITH MERIT THIS SUMMER!

Merit School of Music is excited to visit your neighborhood this summer! From Pilsen to Lincoln Park, join us for free musical storytimes, concerts, instrument tuning pop-ups, and low-cost participatory events all across the city.

Whether you’re hoping to spark your child’s interest in music, need your violin tuned, or simply want to enjoy some live music in the sunshine, join us for one of our many events this summer.

Check out one of our favorite park performances!

3 Great ways to join the fun

Pop-ups In The Parks Summer Events

Pop-ups in the Parks

FREE!

We’re bringing the music to you! Stop by one of Merit’s park pop-ups for free instrument tunings, instrument demos, and performances.

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” Sing-a-Long Led by Merit’s The Bone Rangers

Thursday, July 8 @ 10 • Event begins at 6:00pm & sing-a-long begins at 8:00pm. Movie begins at 8:45pm

You won’t want to miss this fun summer event in the park! Stop by our booth at the event to learn more about what Merit is offering this fall and grab some free music goodies.

Pop-up in Kelly Park (Brighton Park)

Saturday, July 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • FREE!

We’re bringing the music to you! Stop by our Kelly Park pop-up for instrument demos and free instrument tunings for string instruments (violin, viola, bass, cello).

Pop-up in Harrison Park (Pilsen)

Saturday, August 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • FREE!

We’re bringing the music to you! Stop by one of Merit’s park pop-ups for free instrument tunings, instrument demos, and performances by students and faculty.

Performances to be announced!

Music at the Market Special Event

Music at the Markets

FREE!

Meet us at Green City Market this summer to enjoy student and faculty performances and pick up free music goodies at our market booth.

Music at Green City Market | Mary Bartelme Park (West Loop)

Saturday, June 5 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm • FREE!

Meet us at Green City Market for free musical performances by students and faculty! Stop by the Merit booth for free music goodies and to meet our faculty and staff.

Performances

  • 9 am: Early Childhood Concert with Ms. Sally & Mr. Tim
  • 10 am: Strings Students
  • 11:30 am: The Bone Rangers Trombone Quartet

Music at Green City Market | Lincoln Park

Saturday, July 31 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm • FREE!

Meet us at Green City Market for free musical performances by students and faculty! Stop by the Merit booth for free music goodies and to meet our faculty and staff.

Performances

  • 9 am: Early Childhood Concert with Ms. Sally & Mr. Tim
  • 10 am: North & West African percussion students
  • 11 am: Guitar and violin students

Music at Green City Market | Mary Bartelme Park (West Loop)

Saturday, August 7 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm • FREE!

Meet us at Green City Market for free musical performances by students and faculty! Stop by the Merit booth for free music goodies and to meet our faculty and staff.

Performances to be announced!

Music at Green City Market | Lincoln Park

Saturday, August 28 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm • FREE!

Meet us at Green City Market for free musical performances by students and faculty! Stop by the Merit booth for free music goodies and to meet our faculty and staff.

Performances to be announced!

Musical Storytimes and Activities Summer Events

Musical Storytimes & Activities

Events range in price from $0-$50

Sing, dance, and read along with Merit’s Early Childhood specialists during a series of fun and educational musical storytimes and activities.

Musical Storytime & Lunch at Bar Siena (West Loop)

Friday, June 25 @ 10:30 – 11:30 am • $50 (includes lunch & snack)

Sing, dance, and read along with Ms. Sally and Mr. Tim during this interactive Spanish Bilingual Musical Storytime at Bar Siena in the West Loop. Tickets include an adult lunch and a child snack. Buy your ticket today!

Musical Storytime at Time Out Market

Saturday, July 24 @ 11:00 – 11:45 am • FREE

Sing, dance, and read along with Ms. Sally and Mr. Tim during this interactive Musical Storytime at Time Out Market in Chicago!

Musical Storytime at Time Out Market

Saturday, August 14 @ 10:00 – 10:45 am • FREE

Sing, dance, and read along with Ms. Sally and Mr. Tim during this interactive Musical Storytime at Time Out Market in Chicago!

Bilingual Musical Storytime with Kido at Time Out Market

Saturday, August 21 @ 11:00 am • FREE!

Sing, dance, and read along with Kido and Merit School of Music during this fun and educational bilingual musical storytime at Time Out Market Chicago. Sally Blandon from Merit’s esteemed Early Childhood team and looping artist Taylor Mallory will incorporate culturally enriched books from Kido’s store and explore the Spanish songs and rhymes Ms. Sally enjoyed growing up as a first-generation child of Nicaraguan immigrants.

Musical Storytime at Time Out Market

Saturday, August 28 @ 10:00 – 10:45 am • FREE

Sing, dance, and read along with Ms. Sally and Mr. Tim during this interactive Musical Storytime at Time Out Market in Chicago!