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Dance, Enjoy an Italian Meal, & Hear
Played by
The Jay Lipe

Old Men's Jazz Band (OMJB)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Click Here for Event Flyer

4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
(Buffet served 5:30 to 6:30)
$35 per person -- cash bar

Free on-site parking

Seating is limited.  For reservations RSVP to:
Horton Kellogg
(847) 309-4152
1 Calvin Circle A-414
Evanston, IL 60201

White Eagle Banquets
6839 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Niles, IL
(Between Touhy and Devon Aves)

March 2-3, 2018

Official WebsiteEnjoy a fun filled 50s weekend in Galena. Sock Hop, Dance Workshops, Professional Dance Instructors, Live Music by The Tailfins and Rockabilly Junction, Contests, Prizes, Food, Drinks, Craft Beer, and more Dancing.

Friday Night Meet n' Greet.
Join us Friday, 7pm at the Galena Brewing Co. for some delicious craft beer, cash bar, food and atmosphere, and get your feet moving to the beat of
Rosie & The Rivets  

Turner Hall
115 S. Bench St
Galena, IL. 61036

Galena Brewing Co.
227 N. Main St.
Galena, IL 61036

  March 8 - 11, 2018

The Chicago Classic
New Ownership and Direction by April Prince

Hotel Reservations - Click Here

The Yorktown Westin
70 Yorktown
Shopping Center
Lombard, Illinois
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The Windy City Open 
DanceSport Competition
April 5 - 8, 2018The Windy City Open
will be a great opportunity
for anyone attending USDSC.
Our centrally located event
can give you the competitive edge
before moving on to compete
for national titles.
Over $35,000 in prize Money
The Westin
Chicago North Shore
601 N.Milwaukee Avenue
Wheeling , Illinois 60090
April 12-14, 2018

The 5th Annual Swing at the Capitol Convention will be:

April 12-14, 2018 -- Capital Plaza Hotel -- Jefferson City, MO
Convention Flyer/Registration Form
Ready to purchase tickets now?

Print and mail in the flyer.
Cost is just $80 per person 

 Book a whole table (10 people) $800

and choose where to sit from the available tables.
(Click here to see tables still available.)

Capitol Plaza Hotel
415 West McCarty St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 635-1234
Mention "Swing at the Capitol" to get a special rate of $78
Swing Dance America


April 26 -30, 2018Picture
Swing Dance America

Please join us at the Largest WEST COAST SWING and HUSTLE Dance Event in the Midwest USA!

Over 60 hours of dancing during the Four (4) day Event. Three (3) Ballrooms for dancing! Non-Stop Dancing in the Junior Ballroom even during most comps in the Grand Ballroom.

Lake Geneva, WI

Grand Geneva Resort Lake Geneva Wisconsin Resorts
The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
7036 Grand Geneva Way
, WI 53147
Phone: 1 (800) 558-3417
Reservations: 1 (877) 741-9598

June 1 - 2, 2018


June 1-2, 2018 • Free Admission • Millennium Park & Chicago Cultural Center

Gospel music is one of the most significant components of Chicago's musical history. The Chicago Gospel Music Festival keeps that tradition alive against the mesmerizing backdrop of Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. The festival explores the depth of this music genre, spanning traditional and contemporary, lively choral groups, extraordinary vocalists, dynamic duos, and more.

This annual event is free and family-friendly, so settle in for some powerful performances.

For the latest updates, visit and follow #ChiGospelMusic on social media.

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
June 8-10, 2018


June 8-10, 2018 • Free Admission • Millennium Park

There’s a reason blues musicians sing about “Sweet Home Chicago.” Chicago historically has been a beacon to musicians looking for bigger crowds and more places to play. Following the “Great Migration,” Southern blues musicians made Chicago one of the country's major hotspots for blues music.

Fittingly, the annual Chicago Blues Festival is the city's largest music festival. More than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World."

In continuing with four decades of tradition, the Chicago Blues Festival will celebrate the genre's rich heritage and forthcoming talents with three days of performances — all FREE and open to the public, no tickets required. And all within breathtaking Millennium Park.

For the latest updates, visit and follow #ChiBluesFest on social media.

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Sweet Home Chicago

Hotline (630) 616-2100
June 28 through June 30, 2018
Check out the website dedicated to Sweet Home Chicago!

It has all the info you need, including schedules, directions,
ticket purchasing and hotel and raffle details:

Click here for Sweet Home Chicago flyer

Must be 21 to attend.
Tickets are not refundable, but may be transferred. Please call Joanne at (773) 792-8842 or email her at  for more info regarding the event.

Westin Chicago Northwest
400 Park Blvd
Itasca, IL 60143
(630) 773-4000

Chicago Summer Dance
June 28-August 25, 2018Free Admission
Fridays & Saturdays 
Dance Lessons: 6-7pm 
Live Music & Dancing:

Dance Lessons: 4-5pm 
Live Music & Dancing:
Grant Park
Spirit of Music Garden
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Florida Dance Magic - Where the Stars Come Out To Play!


July 19th - 23rd, 2018

Have a party that wishes to come to Miami Dance Magic.
Registration can be easy and done by one person.
After they enter their profile, a dancer can add other names to their order.
It's easy, simple and secure!

Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place
122 Soundings Avenue
Jupiter, FL 33477
August 2 - 5, 2018


Come for the music, stay for the swag. If your ears ever get tired, there’s plenty of stuff going on around Grant Park to keep you entertained. In the past we’ve had everything from a high-tech lemonade stand to a pop-up piano bar. Hold your breath for what our partners this year have in store!

We’ve also got you covered with basic festival necessities such as free water filling stations and charging stations for your hardworking phones.

Grant Park
Grant Park Rose Gardens
Columbus Dr. &
Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60603
Chicagoland Dance Festival
Chicagoland Country and
Swing Dance Festival
August 17-19, 2018
We are Chicago’s only country and swing dance festival!

August 17 – 19, 2018

It’s the best of both dance worlds in one place!

The Chicagoland Country and Swing Dance Festival is both a fully-sanctioned, qualifying event for the United Country Western Dance Council’s World Championships of Country Dance AND a points event for the World Swing Dance Council’s Jack & Jill Swing Dance Points Registry.

Social dancer, spectator or competitor…you’ll find plenty to do in a hospitable and welcoming dance community.

Browse the site for  information and make plans to join us for a weekend of flat-out fun!!

See YOU at the 31st  annual Chicagoland Country & Swing Dance Festival!

Jennifer and Randy Jeffries
Event Directors

Click here for the latest updates

Crown Plaza Chicago O'Hare
5440 N. River Road
Rosemont IL 60018
847 671-6350

August 17-19, 2018 

Chicago, IL

Chicago Air & Water Show banner
August 18-19, 2018

Aeroshell planesAny trip to Chicago in August must include the Annual Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach! Two million people makes this can't-miss spectacle the largest show of its kind in the country. Best of all, admission to the event is free!

North Avenue Beach
Swing City Chicago
October 25th – 28th, 2018

Hours and hours and hours of social dance time. Workshops: A weekend-long, dedicated BEGINNER track of classes; 6 hours of workshops dedicated to novice dancers; 6 hours of workshops dedicated to intermediate and advanced dancers. Exhibitions by our professional staff and special guests. Competitions! (Join in or just watch) Food: Friday night Pizza Party to fuel late night dancing, Saturday night, late-night buffet to fuel more late night dancing, Saturday & Sunday morning hospitality suite. Saturday night Halloween party with prizes. DJ Challenge judged by you, the dancers, with proceeds to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. The “Pro Charity” Hour with proceeds to benefit the Autism Association.

The Westin, Lombard
at Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Center
Lombard, IL 60148

ALHC poster 2017November 8-11, 2018

American Lindy Hop

January 24th – 27th 2019 Derby City Swing

Crown Plaza Louisville
830 Phillips Lane
Louisville KY 40209
To Be Announced Events

Get your Ticket Now

2017 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:  12/31/16

New Year's Eve at DANK Haus
8:00 pm

Ringing in the New Year has been a tradition at DANK Haus and due to popular demand we are bringing back our New Years Eve party!

We are very honored to have legendary Upbeat Orchestra join us this year!! The Upbeat Orchestra has played for an impressive list of clients, such as Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Taste of Chicago, and many others iconic Chicago institutions who know how to throw a party! Their eight band members will have you dancing your shoes off under the DANK disco ball with everything from Sinatra to Santana, they offer a balanced mix of today's latest, and classics spanning the last five decades, including swing/jazz, R&B, Motown, Rock, Funk, Disco, Salsa, ballads, and maybe even a little Adele, Rihanna and Justin Bieber.

The party will get you started with delicious a heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet and an open bar featuring premium German beer, wine and cocktails. At midnight were serving a champagne toast, so that you can cheer with your besties and set the tone right for 2017.

Our Champagne Room will be open during the party so that you can enjoy the stunning skyline view and the fireworks bedazzling the city. No dress code required, but we encourage festive attire - flappers, feather boas, fedoras and fun accoutrements!

Tickets are $125 and include:
Open Bar including premium German beer, wine and cocktails (until 12:30 am)
Heavy hors d'oeuvres Buffet
Famous 8-piece 
Upbeat Orchestra (until 1 am)
Champagne Toast at Midnight
Party Favors

All tickets at the door with Debit/Credit only.
Ticket sales are limited!

German American
Cultural Center

4740 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:   March 10 - 12, 2017

Pirate Swing is a multi-track lindy hop and blues workshop featuring your favorite teachers, musicians, and pirates.
Each year we bring friendly and approachable instructors, and we provide as many opportunities as we can for you to interact with them.

Join us for an amazing weekend with dancers from around the country. See old friends, make new ones, and dance with everyone!

Pirate Swing is sponsored by

AACTMAD Concourse Hall
4531 Concourse Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Michigan League Ballroom
911 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The Campus Chapel
1236 Washtenaw Ct
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Come Dancing Studio
7025 E Michigan Ave
Saline, MI 48176

The Phoenix Center
220 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, 48104

The Chicago Bar Association
Barristers Big Band
Benefit Ball

2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:   April 28, 2017

The Chicago Bar Association presents

The 16th Annual Barristers Big Band Benefit Ball

Tamra Drees, CBA Events Coordinator, 312-554-2057.

This special evening will be filled with swinging sounds, great food,
a dance lesson and contest, and a live and silent auction
in support of The Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

6:00 Reception/7:00 Dancing
$50 per person

Thank you to Windy City Wedding Dance for their support of our event.

The Standard Club
Grand Ballroom
320 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, Illinois
Putting On The Glitz
Event Flyer

For reservation or
information contact:

Lori DeVoss
(219) 384-0375
(219) 923-3681

2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:  May 6, 2017
An Elegant Evening of
Dining - Dancing - Entertainment

6:00 pm

Dance to the Music of
Steve Anthony
and his 11 piece orchestra

Cost per person $40.00 (Prepaid)
Dancing only - $15.00

Glendora House
10225 S Harlem Ave
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
The 20th Annual Swinger's Ball

The Special 20's

The Rhythm Rockets
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:  May 27, 2016
The 20th Annual Swinger's Ball
May 27, 2016
at the Glendora Ballroom

Please join us as we celebrate 20 years of The Swinger's Ball
as well as the places that supported this event and
the dance we so affectionately refer to as SWING!
Doors open at 7 pm, The event ends at 1 am.

Please check our Facebook Page at
The Swinger's Ball Chicago for regular updates.

Glendora House
10225 S Harlem Ave
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year: June 1-4, 2017


Dearborn/Detroit, Michigan

600 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, Michigan 48126-2793
(313) 593-1234
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
July 5, 2017 - July 9, 2017
Grant Park
377 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60602
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
July 8 - 9, 2017
11am - 10pm

Live Music

Belmont & Damen

(2000 W Belmont Ave)

Chicago Jazz Festival 2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
August 31, 2017 - September 3, 2017

Join hundreds of thousands in celebrating Chicago's rich jazz history in this free event, the first of which began as a tribute to Duke Ellington in 1974. Currently the largest, free festival of its kind in the world, the Chicago Jazz Festival regularly draws top names in the genre.

Millennium Park
N. Michigan Ave. &
 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60602

2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
October 5-8, 2017

Bop in the Rock is ready to roll, October 5-8, 2017. Tickets are on sale at an early bird price of $70, or a table of 10 for $700. Tickets go up to $82 June 1st, so don’t delay. Watch for the updated flyer on this site and on Facebook. Barry Jones, Jeanne DeGeyter, Terry Roseborough, Brandon Parker, Kristen Humphreys along with our local staff will be ready for you, along with Cher Peadon and Ruth Gilbert spinning the tunes.

The Doubletree hotel
in Downtown Little Rock

424 West Markham
Little Rock, Ar 72201
The Doubletree hotel in Downtown Little Rock, just off I-30 in the heart of Arkansas’ capital city, is attached to the classic Robinson Center, only minutes away from Arkansas Area Golf, and five blocks from the River Market Entertainment District.
“Bop in the Rock”
to receive the
$99.00  Hotel Rate.

2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
October 14, 2017

1940’s Hangar Dance
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Presented by EAA Chapter 241
Featuring Lakes Area Swing Band
Music starts at 8:30
DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport
3232 Pleasant St
DeKalb, Il 60115

Admission $12 
Best Dressed and Dance Contest
All Proceeds Support the 

 DeKalb Taylor
Municipal Airport

3232 Pleasant Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
November 8 - 12, 2018
Event Flyer
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
4501 Eastgate Blvd.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Chicago History Museum
The Last Speakeasy
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
December 1, 2017

Put on your best get-up and join us at our juice joint as we celebrate the 84th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. Grab some giggle water, test your luck at the tables, and stretch your stilts on the dance floor all night long–or at least until the feds find us.

Grab your tickets before they're gone and take advantage of our early bird price before October 15th!

$100/90 CHM Members

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
December 9, 2017

Holiday Jam
8 pm
 Logan Square Auditorium
2530 N Kedzie
Chicago, IL
Spotlight Dance Celebration
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
December 28, 2017 -

January 1, 2018

Spotlight New Year's Celebration is the Midwest's Premier West Coast Swing New Year's Event! You are invited to join our dance family as we ring in the New Year!

We are very excited to announce that we have secured a new home for Spotlight this year.  Check out our Location page for details regarding the hotel, nearest airport, transportation options and local amenities or you can simply Click Here to reserve your room.

Event registration is open!  For more information about registration options check out our Registration page.

Stay tuned more announcements are coming soon...

Ann Arbor Marriott
at Eagle Crest Golf Resort

1275 S. Huron Street
Ypsilanti, MI  48197
Phone: 734.487.2000
New Year's Eve Black-Tie Affair

The Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:

New Year's Eve at Palm Court

Ring in 2018 during the annual Black-Tie Affair with exquisite culinary stations, dancing to The Flat Cats as you toast into the New Year with a retro menu of Hors d’oeuvres, steak Oscar, oyster bar, sushi bar and desserts.


The Palm Court
December 31

 Adults $189 per person dining package, plus tax and gratuity ($245.00 Total)

View Menu | Reserve

The Drake
140 East Walton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 787 2200
2018 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
December 31,2017
Chicago Jitterbug Club
New Year's Eve Gala
7:30 pm - 12:30 am
DJ Party Doll
Appetizers, Beef Tenderloin, Sides, Dinner & Dessert @ 8:30 pm
Champagne Toast @ Midnight
Palos Country Club
13100 Southwest Highway
Orland Park, IL

For more information
Click Here
Presented by
Swing N Country Dance Club
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.  Last Year:
February 9-11, 2018


Over 30 Hours of Open Dancing
Music provided by our team of 3 top-flight convention DJs

Over 20 Fabulous Workshops
By our team of professional instructors

7 Hours of Competition
For dancers of all levels, from Newcomer to Advanced

Friday Night Performances
With our Meet the Pros Presentation

Saturday Night Performances
With the Rising Star Routines and the always
Entertaining All-Star West Coast Swing Jack 'n' Jill

The Double Tree Hotel
1909 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
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