Lots of new kids' concerts this winter
While hitting one of the city's 1.3 flagillion street festivals (rough estimate) is a summer tradition for Chicago families, it turns out that the cold months are shaping up to be a great opportunity to check out some kids' music in town. The City of Chicago has announced that it's launching its own music series for "the stroller set," the Juicebox. Performances will take place every other Friday morning at 10am, beginning February 1, in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall (78 E Washington St). Kid-friendly chamber group the Spektral Quartet will kick things off on February 1, and the Chicago Q Ensemble, RE|Dance Group, the Jazz String Quartet and guitarist Jeff Parker are on the bill. It's a unique series in that it's not typical kindie music fare: Most of the acts are trying to make quote-unquote challenging music fun and accessible for kids.
The Beat Kitchen continues its Concerts for Kids! series, with the Sunday showcase featuring favorite acts like the Boogers, Mr. Singer and His Sharp Cookies, and Human-Tim and Robot-Tim. Kindie musician Alina Celeste is also coming to town next week, putting on a series of shows in suburban libraries beginning January 12 and ending January 20. The CSO is also kicking off its Youth in Music Festival on January 30 with an open reading session with condoctor Carlos Miguel Prieto, and there will be a free concert on February 4.
And let's not forget the Neighborhood Parents Network's Fifth Annual Family Fest at the Cubby Bear on March 2. Among the art and crafts and tons of other activities for kids and parents, we're promised lots of interactive music and dancing. Click through that link to get a 15% discount off tickets.
That's a ton of music for a supposedly dead time of the year. And of course, if you're still looking for something to do, there are about 101 things we can recommend.