About Us

The Chicago Westside Music Festival (WSMF) seeks to create a series of musical concerts that are FREE to the community and that establish the Westside as a destination for music and summer festival fun, drawing audiences from both local and citywide communities.

In our inaugural year, the WSMF formed a partnership with the Chicago Park District, Parkways Foundation received a grant from The Chicago Community Trust to support the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of the Chicago Westside Music Festival.

The Chicago Westside Music Festival was created to fill the void of cultural programming and outlets on the Westside of Chicago.


WCFLogo---Copy-Inverted-transparentThe Westside Cultural Foundation (WCF) was established in 2012 in an effort to create cultural programming for the youth, adults and seniors of the Westside of Chicago and to support the Chicago Westside Music Festival, which is a 3-part concert series produced on the Westside of Chicago with intense community involvement and participation.

The Westside Cultural Foundation (WCF) seeks to create cultural and educational outlets for the communities on the Westside of Chicago (Lawndale, Austin & Garfield Park specifically) through our F.A.M.O.U.S initiative. More details to come…


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img_8891Now in his tenth year with the Chicago Park District, Mr. Scott has overseen numerous initiatives that were created to enhance programs and services within the parks and to foster career development of his staff.  During his nearly four-year term as the Park Supervisor for the Douglas Park Cultural and Community Center, he was instrumental in fundraising of over $100,000 for park patron programs and augmentation of the grounds. Later, his passion for cultivating careers led him to develop a sports training program for employees in the Central Region.  This model is now being used to train employees citywide.  Most recently, Mr. Scott secured a grant for $100,000 for a series of music concerts to be held in area parks on the West Side of Chicago. Earlier in his career, Mr. Scott was an assistant project manager with the Public Building Commission of Chicago.  There he worked in conjunction with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and the Local School Councils to design and develop Campus Parks.  Following his service there, he worked for After School Matters as a consultant helping to develop their KidStart website.


mgroup logoM Group Worldwide, Inc. (MGWWI) is an Integrated Marketing Communications firm founded in April of 2007 by Michelle Geddes who serves as President and CEO.  MGWWI specializes in Event Planning and Management, Community projects and Cause Marketing.

Michelle Geddes was born and raised on the Westside of Chicago and she currently resides in the North Lawndale community.For more information, visit www.mgroupworldwide.com

The Chicago Park District:

The Chicago Park District is one of the largest, most interactive municipal park systems in the nation. We more than 8,100 acres of parkland, 580 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 24 swimming beaches, 10 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, 10 bird and wildlife gardens, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs. please visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or contact the Chicago Park District at 312/742.PLAY or 312/747.2001 (TTY).
Want to share your talent? Volunteer in the parks by calling 312/742.PLAY.The Chicago Park District is pleased to welcome the Westside Music Festival to Douglas, Garfield and Columbus parks. This three concert series showcases some of the finest music talent in Chicago and nationally to our Westside communities, helping to re-establish the city’s Westside as a destination for summer, cultural activities.