October 2018–May 2019


Logan Center School Matinee Program for students and teachers

The sixth season of the Logan Center School Matinee Program offers a dynamic series of free performances for students and teachers in grades K–12 across the Chicagoland area.

Each matinee features world class artists in engaging educational presentations. Our matinee programs also include teacher workshops prior to each performance designed to support educators in connecting field trip experience with classroom learning and common core learning standards. Our innovative field trips introduce youth to a diverse range of experiences providing opportunities for dynamic learning, critical inquiry, and cultural engagement.

The matinee programs take place throughout the school year in the state-of-the-art Performance Hall at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. Matinees are offered on weekday mornings throughout the school year from October through May.

Fernando Jones

Fri, Oct 19, 2018 / 10:3011:30am
Recommended Grades: K–5

Fernando Jones is a walking blues phenomenon performing a repertory of original classics. In addition to being the founder of Blues for America, he is a world class musician dedicated to sharing the roots of blues education throughout the nation.

Nov 1 & Nov 57, 2018 / Times vary
Chicago Interational Children's Film Festival
Recommended Grades: K–12
Enjoy stories on the big screen! The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival invites educators and students to view international films. Following the screenings, children are engaged in discussions with filmmakers and festival staff. Register with the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Tickets at facets.org.

Nov 29, 2018 / 10:3011:30am
Muntu Drum and Dance
Recommended Grades: K–12
Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African American dance music and folklore. Muntu brings its audiences out of their seats and into the aisles with its unique synthesis of dance, rhythm and song. Their performance exemplifies the best in arts education, teaching audiences in an experiential style.

Dec 5, 2018 / 10:3011:30am
M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Recommended Grades: K–5
M.A.D.D. RHYTHMS is a phenomenal tapdance collective whose “sole” purpose is to spread the love and joy of tap worldwide. What started as Bril Barrett & Martin Dumas, III’s formula for giving back is now a full-fledged performing arts company, quickly gaining a reputation for representing the true essence of tap: rhythm. The company is composed of young, versatile tap dancers from all over Chicago. Their ages range from 13 to 42, and their backgrounds are as equally diverse. The one thing they all have in common is a love for "the dance."

Dec 12, 2018 / 10:3011:30am
Deeply Rooted
Recommended Grades: 6–12
Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (DRDT) is rooted in traditions of American and African American dance, storytelling, and universal themes that spark a visceral experience and ignite an emotional response in diverse audiences worldwide. DRDT collaborates with nationally renowned choreographers across the spectrum of ballet, modern dance, and African dance to reflect contemporary voices.

Jan 14, 2019 / 10:30–11:30am
Korean Black Strings
Recommended Grades: 6–12
Korean Black Strings seeks a new sound that can incorporate a variety of expressions in traditional music, as well as harmonize with other expression in world music. The group features Yoon Jeong Heo (geomungo), Jean Oh (electric guitar), Aram Lee (daegeum, yanggeum) and Min Wang Hwang (ajaeng, janggu). Black String especially focuses on improvisation as an important aspect of Korean traditional music and attempts to create a unique language through Asian intuition and musical idiom. Presented in partnership with Uchicago Presents.

Jan 15, 2019 / 10:30–11:30am
The Spellbinder
Recommended Grades: K–5
Having captivated audiences from Las Vegas to the Caribbean Islands, The Spellbinder delivers a theatrical magic performance designed to stimulate and intrigue audiences of all ages. He performs state-of-the-art magical effects choreographed to lively music. His stylish presentation includes levitation, the use of live doves, and illusions from around the world to provide a truly enriching experience of wonder and amazement. Presented in partnership with Urban Gateways.

Jan 17, 2019 / 10:30–11:30am
Bomba Con Buya
Recommended Grades: 4–8
Bomba con Buya is a Chicago-based ensemble that aims to preserve and advance bomba. Developed during the 18th century among the island's African descendants, bomba is Puerto Rico's oldest surviving music and dance form. Buya means ‘good spirit’ in Taino, the language spoken among the island's indigenous population, and the group strives to embody this idea while sharing the tradition through concerts, workshops, and community engagement.

Jan 29, 2019 / 10:30–11:30am
Theatre Unspeakable
Recommended Grades: K–5
To recreate the story of America’s Apollo 11 lunar landing, seven actors squeeze onto a 21-square-foot stage nearly as tight as NASA’s original Mercury capsules. Using only their bodies and their voices, this astounding troupe of actors brings to life one of the most daring times in the history of human exploration: the Space Race. From the Cold War to Sputnik, from Yuri Gagarin to Neil Armstrong, this action-packed show brings the company’s tongue-in-cheek humor to a whole new atmosphere—one where the rules of gravity no longer apply.

Feb 7, 2019 / 10:30–11:30am
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Recommended Grades: 4–8
Sweet Honey In The Rock remains among the most vibrant, versatile and ever relevant musical collectives in music today; both as a performance ensemble and as an ambassadorial African American organization founded on the missions of empowerment, education, and entertainment. The group currently consists of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic and electric bass. Kinetic, cultured, and connected, this internationally renowned Grammy Award-nominated female a cappella vocal quartet has a history of over four decades of distinguished service.

Feb 15, 2019 / 10:30–11:30am
Marquis Hill
Recommended Grades: 6–12
Trumpeter and composer Marquis Hill is widely recognized as one of the preeminent voices on the instrument of his generation. Raised in the Chatham neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, his introduction to music was made by taking up the drum kit in the fourth grade. However, after being inspired by a cousin, his focus soon shifted to what was to become his primary instrument, the trumpet. He currently resides in New York City and has four albums to his credit: New Gospel (Skiptone 2011), Sounds of the City (Skiptone 2012), The Poet (Skiptone 2013), and Modern Flows vol. 1 (Skiptone 2014).

Feb 25, 2019 / 10:30–11:30am
Step Afrika!
Recommended Grades: 6–12
Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities with African traditional dance and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique. Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. It reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour and performs globally as a cultural ambassador.

Feb 28, 2019 / 10:30–11:30am
Sam Trump and Acoustic Audile
Recommended Grades: 6–12
Lead by the soulfully fluid vocals of Sam Trump, Acoustic Audile collaborates to bring a vibrant, and captivating sound in an unprecedented fashion. The performance blends Soul, Jazz and Folk. With this sophisticated blend of strings and winds, audience members are musically transformed through alluring compositions and magical improvisation.

Mar 27, 2019 / 10:30–11:30am
TAHIRA Productions  - Story & All That Jazz
Recommended Grades: 4–8
This duo performance, which features storyteller TAHIRA accompanied by Lorenz Abeeku Wheatley, master jazz musician, seamlessly weaves story and music. Questions about the story content and instruments are expertly woven into the performances, allowing the students to spontaneously engage. This high-energy and interactive program enables students to be totally immersed in the experience.

Apr 29May 1, 2019 / 10:30–noon
Word Is Rhythm Poetry Festival
Apr 29 - Recommended Grades: K–5
Apr 30 - Recommended Grades: 6–8
May 1 - Recommended Grades: 9–12
This annual celebration of poetry provides a unique opportunity to come together and share both classic and original poetry. Participating schools have an opportunity to perform on the Logan Center stage, showcasing their work as young authors. Additionally, each day of the festival includes a reading by a published author whose work demonstrates that poetry can live on the page as well as the stage. Listening to the powerful words and stories of students as they take the stage is a highlight of our matinee season.

Download the ticket request for for Word is Rhythm Poetry Festival here.

May 13, 2019 / 10:30–noon
Stories Around the World
Recommended Grades: K–5
Live storytelling is especially important today. Listening to stories helps to develop important skills in critical thinking, problem solving and self expression. Storytellers teach us history and culture while helping us to laugh and be thoughtful regarding life lessons. In this program, storytellers from various cultural traditions come together to share phenomenal folklore stories that will inspire students to learn more about their own cultures while encouraging them to be curious about the stories of others.

May 15, 2019 / 10:30–11:30am
Cerqua Rivera
Recommended Grades: 6–12
Through a dynamic variety of dances, audiences will see firsthand how movement can tell stories. Whether a choreographer is expressing their own narrative or the audience interprets the work, dance can make everyone feel something different. Featuring rotating pieces from the company’s repertoire, the show highlights where different dances come from and the stories they tell. CRDT’s matinee 2018–19 is titled: Identity Who We Are and How We Got This Way. Each piece proposes a different scenario of contemporary human experiences. These relevant dance stories explore and celebrate themes about personal transformation, diversity, and connection to community.

May 21, 2019 / Times vary
Global Pungmul - The Harmony of Korean Drumming and Dancing
Recommended Grades: K–12
Captivating artists illuminate the grace and power of traditional Korean drumming and dancing by demonstrating intricate performances. Harmony and its role in nature and the Korean arts is featured throughout.

Critics Program

If you are interested in further engagement opportunities for your students with the subject matter presented at the Logan Center Matinees, please contact us for information on our Critics Programs. 
Logan Center Critics 

School Eligibility and Confirmation Policy

In order to make reservations for this free program teachers must: (1) Submit a completed ticket request form; (2) Attend a Teacher Professional Development Session prior to the reserved school matinee. Schools will be notified once the Ticket Request Form is received. Seats will be officially confirmed when teacher representatives attend the professional development session. 

Cancellation Policy

Please make cancellations no fewer than 30 days prior to scheduled performances. Schools that fail to give 30 days notice will jeopardize their ability to participate in the matinee program for the remainder of the season. Adjustments to reserved ticket numbers should be made no fewer than 2 weeks prior to the scheduled performance. If a school fails to attend a performance or cancels with less than 30 days they will be billed for transportation.

School Transportation Drop off and Pick Up Directions

Buses will drop students off at the circle drive adjacent to the Logan Center's south entrance, accessible from Drexel Avenue. We ask that buses park and pick up schools on 60th street at the North Entrance of the Logan Center following the performance.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Logan Center School Matinee program is made possible through support the Reva and David Logan Foundation, friend of the Logan Center, Urban Gateways and the UChicago Office of Civic Engagement’s Neighborhood Schools Program, and local and national arts organizations and performing artists.


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The Logan Center School Matinee program is made possible through support of the Reva and David Logan Foundation and friends of the Logan Center, as well as partnerships with the Neighborhood Schools Program of the Office of Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago, University of Chicago Presents, and local and national arts organizations and performing artists.

Download the ticket request for for Word is Rhythm Poetry Festival here.




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915 E 60th Street
ChicagoIL 60637


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Regular Hours

Mon–Sat, 8am-10pm
Sun: 11am-9pm

UCID card access outside of these hours only for Logan-based faculty, staff, and MFA students with studios, or via special permission. Hours will be extended for special events as needed.

Spring Break 2019 Hours

Logan Center Gallery
The Logan Center Gallery is currently closed and will reopen at 6:00pm April 5 with the Dept. of Visual Arts BA Thesis Exhibition: "for an easier recipe, sear pork shoulder"

Café Logan
Mar. 22: open until 8:00pm
Mar. 23-24: CLOSED
Mar. 25-29: 9:00am-2:00pm
Mar. 30-31: CLOSED
April 1: Resume normal hours

Logan Media Center
Mar. 22: open until 5:00pm
Mar. 23-31: CLOSED
April 1: Resume normal hours

Logan Shop
Mar. 23-31: Access only for DoVA students with Studios and Shop employees, usual access hours 
April 1: Resume normal hours

Box Office
Normal hours throughout the Break

Normal Hours
Logan Media Center

Sunday: 4pm-8pm
Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm

Logan Center Gallery
Opening November 16: Mariana Castillo Deball, Petlacoatl 

Normal Hours: 
Mon: Closed
Tue–Sat9 am–9 pm
Sun11 am–9 pm

Box Office
Tues-Sat: 12pm-6pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
Open late during performances.

Café Logan
Mon–Fri, 8am-8pm
Sat-Sun: 12pm-8pm