Mayor Rahm Emanuel receives JUBA! Award at Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Jubalee

Gala Benefit Takes Place October 28 on Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage in Millennium Park 
Rahm Emanuel          
CHICAGO: The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the world’s first year-round presenter of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts, honors Mayor Rahm Emanuel with its JUBA! Award at JUBALEE, CHRP’s annual gala benefit supporting performance, education and community programs that reach more than 20,000 people every year. This special evening, hosted by broadcast legend and civic leader Bill Kurtis, takes place October 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. 

JUBA Award and performances

At this year’s JUBALEE, which launches CHRP’s 24th season, CHRP honors Mayor Rahm Emanuel with its annual JUBA! Award for Exceptional Service to the Arts and Community. Guests will celebrate Mayor Emanuel’s relentless commitment to promoting dance, the arts and civic engagement by every citizen. He will join the distinguished company of past JUBA! Award honorees including Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Bill Irwin, Mayor and Mrs. Richard M. Daley, Ted and Susan Oppenheimer, and Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed by performances featuring CHRP’s resident ensemble BAM!, the Greg Spero Trio, youth from the Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter School and other special guests. The evening concludes with dinner, a live auction and a dessert reception where guests can meet the performers.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is Honorary Chair. Co-Chairs to date include Lane Alexander and Judith Blank, Diana Harris, Richard and Diane Weinberg, Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra, Elaine and Arlen Rubin, Ted and Susan Oppenheimer, Charlie Gardner and Patti Eylar, and Paul Levy and Mia Park.

Tickets to JUBALEE are $150, $250 and $500. For information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 312-542-CHRP (2477).

BAM! photo (R) by Glenn Kaupert.   

About Chicago Human Rhythm Project
CHRP is supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Target, The Boeing Company, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, The Arlen and Elaine Cohen Rubin Charitable Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, The Jeanette & Jerome Cohen Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, Live Marketing, The James S. Kemper Foundation, Dr. Scholl Foundation, Arts Midwest, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg Family Foundation, L&L Hardwood Flooring, So Danca, Peoples Gas, The Service Club of Chicago, The Walmart Foundation and generous individual donors.

Founded in 1990,  Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) builds community by presenting American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts in world-class and innovative performance, education and community outreach programs. During the last 22 years, CHRP has produced multiple community-based collaborations involving shared revenue programs, concerts and touring opportunities, including:

  • annual National Tap Dance Day concerts, featuring an array of tap and percussive dance artists
  • a shared revenue program designed to assist Chicago’s budding tap community to build capacity through audience development, created in 2001
  • Thanks 4 Giving, another innovative shared revenue program launched in 2005 as part of its annual Global Rhythms concerts at the Harris Theater, through which CHRP has partnered with more than 100 Chicago-based nonprofits to raise funds for a wide variety of service agencies
  • participation in the 5th Anniversary Beijing International Dance Festival, assembling 70 artists to represent the United States
  • establishment of the American Rhythm Center (ARC), providing a shared, affordable and sustainable education, rehearsal and administrative facility for several leading Chicago arts organizations in the historic Fine Arts Building
  • curating the first ever, full-length performance of concert tap dance on a main stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 7, 2012  

CHRP’s vision is to establish the first global center for American tap and percussive arts, which will create a complete ecosystem of education, performance, creation and community in a state-of-the-art facility uniting generations of diverse artists and the general public.