10 dance shows for summer 2023 in Chicago


An abundance of opportunities to see dance outdoors lies ahead, in some cases, with the expectation of joining in! For those whose speed is more like a plush armchair in a theater, The Seldoms and South Chicago Dance Theatre — two companies at very different points in their life span but equally stellar — are some of the summer’s best bets for exciting concert dance. Below, our summer dance highlights:

Juke 4 Liberation: Links Hall curatorial resident Chris “Mad Dog” Thomas hosts a three-part dance battle, album release and hip-hop production aimed at unifying, affirming and fortifying DJs, dancers and producers from Chicago’s footwork scene.

  • Dance battle is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 26 at the Honeycomb Network, 2659 W. Division St.; free, more information at linkshall.org
  • Album release and showcase are 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 9 and 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. June 10 at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave.; tickets $16-$42 at

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