Chicago Park District Teen Festival Returns, Moves to Grant Park


The annual festival returns to Chicago with new local artists and a new location

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District announced today that the annual Teens In The Park Fest (T.I.P. Fest will return for the third straight year Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year’s festival will continue its tradition of providing young Chicago artists the opportunity to perform and showcase their talent in front of thousands of audience members. Earlier this summer, the Chicago Park District partnered with Donda’s House,a nonprofit that supports young aspiring artists in Chicago, in hosting auditions at parks around the city. Teens selected at the preliminary auditions moved on to perform at the final audition at Austin Town Hall Park. A panel of judges with diverse musical backgrounds decided who moved on to perform at T.I.P. Fest.

“The Chicago Park District strives to provide various types of programming for Chicago’s youth” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly. “This festival is something teens have looked forward to for the past few years and we hope they will enjoy it again this year.”

Tickets for T.I.P. Fest can be picked up at the following park locations during regular field house hours: Jackson Park, Maggie Daley Park, Margate Park, Humboldt Park, Piotrowski Park, Austin Town Hall Park, Union Park, Kosciusko Park, Horner Park, Hamilton Park, Calumet Park, and Ping Tom Park. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the festival. If teens are planning on getting their tickets the day of, it is suggested they arrive early.

Performances at this year’s T.I.P. Fest include dance groups, spoken word, drumlines and music from various genres. Along with the performances, T.I.P. Fest will have a variety of activities for teens. Chicago Action Sports will host a BMX and skateboarding demonstration for teens interested in learning the basics of the sports.

Taylor Bennett, the younger brother of Chance The Rapper, headlines this year’s festival along with fellow Chicago musicians Femdot, Melo Makes Music, Ric Wilson and model/rapper, Chynna Rogers from Philadelphia. Bennett has quickly emerged as one of Chicago’s newest and biggest artists. He has been featured in XXL Magazine on the cover of the Chicago Reader and performed on Windy City LIVE. Bennett has performed with renowned artists like Jeremih, Joey Purp, Lil Yachty and, of course, Chance The Rapper.

In addition to performing at T.I.P. Fest, the teen artists are attending an Influencer Party on Friday, September 22 at Ping Tom Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Influencer Party is a closed event for the teen artists, influencers and music industry professionals, media is welcomed to attend. The event was added to provide the teens with an opportunity to network with industry professionals and help further their careers.

T.I.P. Fest is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Night Out in the Parks series is hosting over 1,200 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Events vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 100 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative.

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