Los Angeles Times

Make Music Chicago

Start the summer off with an all-day musical interlude, Make Music Chicago. It's the second year for Rush Hour Concerts' musical festival with amateurs, professionals and man-on-the-street jams taking place at venues around the city and possibly on a neighborhood street corner near you. (This year the festival expands beyond downtown to more than 70 sites, including locations on the North, South and West sides of Chicago). Music styles will be just as varied, from classical, jazz and rock, to pop, world music and a Sousapalooza. Don't worry if you can't make it to all 70 locations; just tune in to WFMT (98.7 FM) for a live broadcast throughout the day from many of the locations. For a complete schedule, go to makemusicchicago.com. Why go: The Grand Finale (6-9 p.m.) at St. James Cathedral (65 E. Huron St.) with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, singers from Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center and Third Coast Percussion with the Davis Square Park Community Band performing, plus a rendition of "Sweet Home Chicago" by everyone. Reconsider: Make Music Chicago is inspired by France's "Fete de la Musique," and you'd rather be at that festival. 6 a.m. to midnight Thursday at various locations; free; 773-850-0662
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