CHICAGO (CBS) –From free concerts and movies to comedy and family entertainment, there’s plenty to do in Chicago’s hundreds of public parks this summer.
Outdoor pianos will join the mix of summer attractions open to the public in July and August with the return of “Pianos in the Park,” a program run by the Chicago Park District and the International Music Association.
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The city has installed pianos in five city parks, including Buttercup Park, Jackson Park, McKinley Park, Mozart Park, and Washington Square Park. A sixth piano will be moved to different parks throughout the summer, depending on the city.
The pianos will open to the public on July 4 and will be available until August 1.
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“Pianos in the parks is a program that serves to expose Chicagoans to musical instruments and further enrich visits to Chicago’s parks,” Michael Kelly, CEO of the Chicago Park District, said in a statement.
A tarp will cover the pianos and allow them to remain outside and accessible in all weathers. The visit is completely free for the public and everyone is invited to play, decorate and program around the pianos.
This is the program’s fourth year in Chicago.
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Anyone can come and use the pianos for free.