The Clark Sisters to Headline 2024 Chicago Gospel Music Festival with Stellar Lineup

The Clark Sisters, The First Ladies of Gospel Music, will headline the 2024 Chicago Gospel Music Festival. 

Mayor Brandon Johnson and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events recently announced that the three-time Grammy Award-winning quartet of Jacky Clark Chisholm, Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark-Terrell, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Karen Clark Sheard will headline the festival, which kicks off Millennium Park’s milestone 20th Anniversary Season.

The Chicago Gospel Fest, taking place on June 1 (4-9 p.m.) on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage, will also feature Chicago singer/songwriter Todd Dulaney, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Chandler Moore, and three-time Grammy nominated artist Anita Wilson. 

Sonya Blakey, DeAndre Patterson, and VaShawn Mitchell from iHeartMedia Chicago’s Inspiration 1390 will host the festival. It will also highlight rising star Lena Byrd Miles and present Choir Nation in a tribute to Chicago Church Choirs that gets audiences on their feet.

“The Chicago Gospel Music Festival embodies the Soul of Chicago. People from all walks of life come together to be transformed by the power of music,” said Mayor Brandon Johnson. “Extraordinary talent is gracing the stage this year, and we invite everyone to come down to Millennium Park to witness the joy and community of this musical tradition.”

“The Chicago Gospel Music Festival is an inspirational, family-friendly event and the perfect way to begin Millennium Park’s 20th Anniversary Season,” said DCASE Commissioner Clinée Hedspeth. “Celebrating a musical genre born in our great city more than 80 years ago, the DCASE team has assembled an all-star lineup for this first of many unforgettable events in Millennium Park this summer.”

2024 Chicago Gospel Music Festival Schedule

 Saturday, June 1, 2024

4-9 p.m.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Hosted by Sonya Blakey, DeAndre Patterson and VaShawn Mitchell

Schedule subject to change  

4 p.m.: Inspiration 1390 Takeover: Lena Byrd Miles, Bishop Brandon Jacobs & New Zion Temple Choir, and Exalted of Chicago. 

5 p.m.: Choir Nation: A Tribute to Chicago Church Choirs

First Corinthian Voices of Victory

Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer Choir

Fellowship Chicago 

6 p.m.: Todd Dulaney

7 p.m.: Anita Wilson, Chandler Moore 

8 p.m.: The Clark Sisters

“iHeartMedia Chicago’s Inspiration 1390 is proud to partner with the Chicago Gospel Music Festival every year,” said Sonya Blakey, Inspiration 1390 Program Director and Morning Show Host. “It is a joy to celebrate gospel music’s rich history and legacy in our city. Chicagoans come together like one big choir to sing, be uplifted and inspired by the power of gospel music.”

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival is free. Visit or for more information and to plan your visit. You can also sign up for the DCASE Newsletter or follow it on Facebook for the latest updates.

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival is sponsored by Chicago Transit Authority and Millennium Garages, with promotional partner Inspiration 1390.

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