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T.I.P. (Teens in the Park) Fest is the largest platform for Chicago’s young artists to showcase their talent, connect to resources and celebrate one another's talents.  Performers include singers, rappers, dancers, and poets between the ages of  14 and 24.  The fest features the top 10 performers selected from auditions held this summer.   With the top three contestants winning a cash prize. 

Join us to support our city's amazingly talented young artists and enjoy a great day celebrating Chicago teens. 


Tip Fest Finalist 2023

Jabari Zakee

Jabari Zakee is a 22-year-old rapper/poet/writer from the Southside of Chicago, IL.

Kayla Desiree

Kayla Desiree is a local Chicago Neo soul artist who thrives to make people feel good with her music!


Shalom! I’m Reverb an artist who makes music for the hearts that care and the ears that hear!

Tishja D

Tishja D is for the community and loves to uplift and empower those around her in her own unique ways.

Walt The King

Walt The King is an Up and coming Rap Artist shifting his career to music and producing. Born and raised on the West Side of Chicago with a bright future ahead. 

Zia Jenaye

Zia Jenaye is a 15-year-old singer/songwriter from the Southside of Chicago put on this earth to entertain and inspire!!!!


Nae, Nae Chick

I am 24 years old, repping Milwaukee, the 414. I’m here to make a statement and bring a new style in the music industry. 


Hii my name is Queen. I am a 16 year old musical theater major, my dream is to be a famous vocalist one day.


All around creative and songstress, RayIsRay, is a south Chicago talent, bringing more love and light to the world through music that makes you feel. 

Naomi Gipson

Noami Gipson is an courageous 17 year old young lady, ready to show the world what she made of while expressing herself through dance, and showing the world how to love and treat her. 

Jonathan Arroyo

My name is Jonathan Arroyo and I am a guitar player and singer and I attend the Chicago High School for the Arts.


In Partnership with

John Walt Foundation

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Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the John Walt Foundation. TIP Fest is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series and made possible by the Chicago Park District and facilitated by the John Walt Foundation.

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2023 TIP Fest Winners

1st place – Zia | 2nd place (Tie) – Jonathan & Nae  |  3rd place – Queen

2023 Winners of the Teens in the Park Festival

2022 TIP Fest Winners

1st place – Enama | 2nd place – Sam the Sentient |  3rd place – Out Past Midnight


2021 TIP Fest Winners

1st place – Joryin | 2nd place – Walt the King |  3rd place – D’zaire

2021 TIP Fest Winners Featured in the photo:  Walt the King (on the left), Joryin (next to Walt the King), and D'zaire (on the right).