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Look out for musical performances and special appearances in the tree-lighting parade when the Lights Festival returns, November 16 & 17!

Plus, live concerts return to the BMO Harris Bank stage. Catch your favorite artists starting at 11:30AM, with meet-and-greets during the afternoon.

Start planning with our 2018 Holiday Activity Guide, including an event map, a schedule of events, and special offers around The Magnificent Mile!

Performances on ABC7 Chicago's Live Broadcast

Catch these performances Saturday evening on ABC7 Chicago's live broadcast of the tree-lighting parade!

  • Cody Simpson & The Tide

    One summer in Venice Beach, inspiration washed over Cody Simpson like a force of nature. Between early morning surf sessions, reading and writing poetry under the bright California sun, and jamming for friends and passersby at midnight rooftop gatherings, he experienced the kind of season Bruce Brown immortalized in The Endless Summer. As with any season, change came along with the passage of time. Following the release of his 2015 independent full-length Free, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist underwent a series of creative and personal revelations that inform his new band Cody Simpson & The Tide and its 2nd EP ‘Wave Two.’

    Joined by drummer Adrian Cota and bassist Shareef Addo, Cody wrote the four songs comprising Wave One. For the first time in his career, the multi-talented artist hopped behind the board and personally produced and recorded the set at studios in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Hollywood, preserving the vision’s integrity in the process.

    @codyandthetide / @codysimpson

  • DCapella

    DCappella is Disney Music Group’s new a cappella singing sensation. The group came together as a result of a nationwide search for the best vocal performing talent in a cappella and stage. Contemporary a cappella pioneer Deke Sharon is the co-creator, music director, album producer, and arranger for the group, and brings to life modern a cappella versions of Disney hits with a fun twist.

    DCappella will be embarking on a nationwide tour in 2019! Go to DCappellalive.com for details and information.


Live Parade Route Performances

Catch these performances Saturday evening on the parade route down Michigan Avenue as well as on ABC7 Chicago's live broadcast of the tree-lighting parade!

  • Alex Aiono

    By the time he was 19, Arizona raised singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Alex Aiono had already started amassing a following of millions creating his own “flipped” versions of popular songs from a one-bedroom apartment he shared with his family of six. Committed to reaching more  fans while sharing his own creative journey, Alex has been consistently releasing new songs since he first started recording, collaborating with everyone from Gryffn to Feder to T-Pain to DJ Felix Jaehn (with whom he had his first #1 with “Hot 2 Touch” in Germany), and introducing fans to original music before embarking on a series of sold out tours in North America, Europe, and even Australia/NZ.

    With over 835 million YouTube views to date, the now 22-year-old consistently engages a still growing social media following of 5.8 million YouTube subscribers, 2.3 million Facebook followers, 2.4 million Instagram followers, and over 500 thousand Twitter followers. Aiono is currently working on his debut full length album via Interscope Records. In addition to more features on the way (most recently “What Do We Do” with Hazers in the UK), with Interscope Records at the helm, his latest song  is called “No Drama” which was released October 26th!  And there’s a lot more on the way. 


  • Cailee Rae

    If you are one of Cailee Rae’s more than half a million Instagram followers, you know that the 18-year old singer-songwriter is big on the idea of self-love. In April, she posted an image of a poem called “Hiding and Seeking” by the artist and poet Cleo Wade, with a caption that felt like a mission statement for the heart-driven, quirky pop music Cailee has been writing as of late, including her new single “Deeper” — a song about examining your life and demanding more fulfilling relationships.

    In 2016, Cailee released her debut EP of original music, Overthinking, featuring the well-received single “Anchor,” which she wrote about overcoming her need to please others and the realization that the only person who could save her from the emptiness she felt was herself. “It was like I was trying to tell myself something when I was writing that song,” she says. “It was me saying, 'Look in front of you. You are creating this huge obstacle that doesn’t really need to be there.'” When she began suffering from physical anxiety, Cailee realized she had to make a change. “I re-centered my energy on myself and what really made me happy and everything just fell into place. My songwriting completely changed.”


  • Cozi Zuehlsdorff

    Cozi Zuehlsdorff is an American actress, singer and songwriter. Her career started off with a bang at the age of 12 when she was cast as Hazel in the feature film Dolphin Tale opposite Harry Connick Jr. and Morgan Freeman; the successful sequel followed in 2014.

    According to Cozi, her favorite role so far was playing "Ellie Blake" in the recently released Disney DCOM Freaky Friday (a musical) because it combined all of her strengths as a performer.

    Look for Cozi's Christmas release "It's a Wonderful Life" coming out November 2018.


  • Louis York

    Louis York is the creation of multi-Grammy nominated songwriting and production duo Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony. With a discography that covers everything from Pop, R&B, Gospel, and Country, they’ve created for icons like Michael & Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion; Chart-toppers Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus; R&B Divas Fantasia, Ledisi, Jazmine Sullivan, K. Michelle; gospel’s Le’Andria Johnson and Jonathan McReynolds and more.

    As self-proclaimed “Weirdos” (an affectionate name they and their followers call themselves), Louis York has pushed the envelope with their music to include themes of love, acceptance, social awareness that culminated into an EP trilogy called Masterpiece Theater: Act I, Act II, Act III. Their first song “Clair Huxtable,” an ode to black women quickly became a fan favorite along with other releases “Things I Should Have Said,” the US Radio top 25 hit “Slow Motion,” “Don’t Play,” and many others.



  • YaDonna West

    YaDonna West is an American vocalist described as: Sophisticated, elegant, classy, and tasteful all in one smooth package. A prodigy, she began her recording career at an early age, recording with New Orleans famed producer Wardell Quezergue (The Creole Beethoven) and then with Allen Toussaint (Grammy Winner, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Medal of The Arts Recipient 2013).

    In 2006, YaDonna embarked upon her solo career recording and singing America's greatest songs. During the past decade, YaDonna has been on a journey sealing her solo career as an American vocalist, with a song list from "The Great American Songbook" that covers a mixture of musical taste and genres. This authentic New Orleans songstress dazzles audiences with her angelic voice, singing classics from some of the world's greatest writers and composers, such as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Count Basie and this list goes on and on.


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