Hezekiah Walker

For its 26th year the annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival returns to Millennium Park this Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6, with performances from noon till 9 PM both days. Presented by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, the free festival features three stages of gospel music. The Day Stage and the Youth Stage, set up on the park’s north and south promenades, host local soloists, small groups, and youth and church choirs till 4:30 PM. At that point the festival’s big names take over at Pritzker Pavilion and close out the evening: Saturday’s bill features Hezekiah Walker & the Love Fellowship Choir, Byron Cage, and Kathy Taylor, and Sunday’s headliners include Fred Hammond, Richard Smallwood, and the Caravans featuring Albertina Walker. For more info, call 312-742-1169 or visit chicagogospelmusicfestival.us.