When: Performances begin @ 12 Noon (Schedule is subject to change).
Where: Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington (Corner of Washington and Dearborn Streets).
Wednesday, May 3 & Thursday, May 4
Chicago Fair Trade Organization
Chicago Fair Trade will highlight the work they have done to make Chicago the epicenter for fair trade in the USA. Chicago Fair Trade members will share their stories of creating a more just world through Fair Trade.
Friday, May 5
John J. Lukancic Middle School Band
Enjoy the Spring Tour Revue of the John J Lukancic Middle School Band. They will present an assortment of jubilant music from their repertoire, sung by a host of 7th and 8th graders.
Wednesday, May 10
Romanian Independence Day
A brief history of the importance of Romanian Independence Day followed by music and folk dances from different regions of the country.
Monday, May 22 – Friday, May 26
Asian American Festival (9am-5pm)
Annual Asian American Festival celebrating Asian culture and heritage.
Tuesday, May 23
Asian American Heritage Month
Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with music and dancing on the Plaza.
Thursday, May 25
The Herbal Remedies (The Fox Path)
The Fox Path, is a live musical performance of original songs, that remind audiences of our close connection to the natural world. All are invited to indulge in this musical experience.
Friday, May, 26
Northwood High School Choir
Enjoy the Northwood High School Choir performance of a selection of choral music.
Saturday, May 27
Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony
The City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will hold a Wreath Laying Ceremony on Saturday, May 27 to remember and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. During the ceremony the City honors fallen heroes and Gold Star family members who have lost a loved one in the United States Armed Forces to combat operations or while on active duty. The parade will then step off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.
Tuesday, May 30
The Edison Drummers are a group of 4th and 6th grade Chicago Public School students. The drummers will perform drum beats influenced by Japanese, African and Afro-Caribbean percussion traditions.
Wednesday, May 31
Cool Commercial Concepts
Join us for House Music “With A Purpose”. Learn great tips for Health and Wellness and Sustainable Living, with live musicians, guest performers, and guest speakers. We will be featuring DJ Derrick The Deacon, DJ Double Platinum, and DJ First Lady Kris Hutchinson. This event will be hosted and produced by Valencia “Mother Diva” Dantzler, Madam Ambassador of House Music.
How did the Picasso end up in Daley Plaza? Per the City of Chicago website:
The Chicago Picasso was commissioned in 1963 by the architects of the Richard J. Daley Center to anchor the plaza on the east side of the building. Most public art in large cities at this time was calm and stoic, mainly depicting historical figures, but in the 1960s, architecture in American cities began to reflect the many cultural and modern changes taking place throughout the country. The Daley Center’s architects decided to commission the renowned Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, to create a monumental sculpture for their plaza.
Picasso worked on this commission for two years, combining and modifying sketches and motifs from some of his earlier works in the design of the sculpture. This resulted in a 42-inch tall maquette, or model, of the sculpture. Both the maquette and sketches of the sculpture may be seen today at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Chicago Picasso is built of Cor-Ten steel, the same material as the exterior of the Daley Center, and was assembled not far from Chicago at the U.S. Steel Company in Gary, Indiana. On August 15, 1967, thousands of people gathered in Daley Plaza to witness the unveiling and dedication of the city’s newest piece of public art. In his dedication letter, Picasso gave the sculpture as a gift to the people of Chicago, without ever explaining what the sculpture was intended to represent.
Standing 50 feet tall and weighing over 160 tons, the Chicago Picasso in Daley Plaza is much more than just artwork to Chicagoans. The untitled Picasso sculpture that originally sparked controversy in the city has now become one of Chicago’s most famous sculptures and beloved icons.