T.I.P. Fest Auditions

Youth ages 13 - 24 years old (as of September 23, 2017) in the Chicagoland area are invited to the first round of auditions for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's T.I.P. Fest (Teens in the Park) 2017!  T.I.P. Fest is the largest platform for Chicago’s young artists to showcase their work, connect to resources and most of all celebrate one another's talents.  Over 3,000 teens attended last year’s festival, and this year will be just as exciting!
More exciting details about the fest to come, but get ready to audition now!  Audition dates and times are listed below. All forms of talent are welcome and we especially want to call attention to the two auditions set up for BANDS!  
Auditions are presented by Donda's House, Night Out In The Parks, and the Chicago Park District.

Audition Dates & Times

Saturday, May 27th
Gage Park, 2411 W. 55th St.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 3rd 
Sauganash Park, 5861 N. Kostner Ave. 
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday, June 12th 
Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd St.
6:00 pm. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 17th 
Ping Tom Park, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Friday, July 7
Kosciuszko Park, 2732 N. Avers Ave.
6:00 pm. - 9:00 p.m. 
* Bands can audition here.
Saturday, July 8
Trumbull Park, 2400 E. 105th St.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 8
Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St.
6:00 pm. - 9:00 p.m.
* Bands can audition here. 

Audition Details


If you are interested in auditioning to perform, you MUST:

  1. Either pre-register online or on-site on the day of audition. If you pre-register, failure to show up on time could result in losing your audition opportunity! In the event that both pre-registration & on-site registration slots are filled, candidates will be invited to submit an audition video.
  2. There will be a limited number of on-site registration opportunities as well as a waitlist. Interested artists should physically arrive no earlier than 1 hour prior to the respective audition start time. Audition slots are granted on a first come, first served basis. Please pay attention to signage and be sure to line up in the “Performer” line.
  3. Both individuals and groups must be physically present at both the time of registration AND when their audition number is called. There is a maximum of 10 performers per group. A total of 3 microphones will be provided — please plan accordingly.
  4. Rap, hip-hop or poetry performances must use an original piece either acapella or with a track.
  5. Music & lyrics must be CLEAN!
  6. Music must be available on a flash (USB) drive. We cannot guarantee that we will have access to wi-fi and we cannot play music from smart phones or other MP3 devices.
  7. Backline will only be provided at select auditions. Artists with instruments are responsible for transporting and setting up their own instruments.
  8. Artists are only allowed to audition one time (that includes both individuals and groups) and artists are not allowed to audition in multiple groups.
  9. Entire audition performance must not exceed 3 minutes.


Register Now

After registering online you will receive an e-mail confirming your audition date, time and location. If you do not want to pre-register, we will have limited on-site registration slots available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note:  Donda’s House, Night Out in the Parks, The Chicago Park District and all related partners cannot guarantee either an audition OR a performance slot. We reserve the right to either dismiss or refuse candidates for violating rules or Chicago Park District policies.  The schedule and the rules are subject to change. Please check www.dondashouseinc.org/events/ frequently for updates.

If you have any questions, please contact Donda’s House via e-mail at hello@dondashouseinc.org.


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