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T.I.P. (Teens in the Park) Fest now in it's 9th season is the largest platform for Chicago’s young artists to showcase their talent, connect to resources and celebrate one another's talents.  This stage gives young artist, including singers, rappers, dancers, spoken word artists, musicians, and poets between the ages of  14 and 24 to showcase their art and interact with other creators. 

Ahead of the culminating T.I.P. Fest, artists must register for one of three auditions to be eligible to participate at the City-Wide event.  Each audition location will have a dope judging panel made of music industry professionals, reps from the Chicago Park District, and John Walt Foundation.

Top performances from each audition location will be chosen by the judges to advance to the final, T.I.P. Fest performance. The top three performances at T.I.P. Fest will receive monetary/cash awards.

Stay tuned for more details. Date and time of T.I.P. Fest coming soon.

 Sign up for your audition using the link below and best of luck! 

June 7 | 5:30pm-8pm
Washington Park,
5531 S Martin Luther King Dr. 
June 27 | 5:30-8pm
La Follette Park,
1333 N Laramie.
July 18 | 5:30-8pm
Revere Park,
2509 W Irving Park Rd.


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

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.

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).