Chicago Together | The 2011 Inaugural Weekend


The 2011 Inaugural festivities will start on Saturday, May 14th with a city-wide day of community service. Chicagoans, along with the Mayor-elect, City Clerk-elect, and Treasurer will participate in service activities in neighborhoods across the city. Event details and times can be found below:

  • Sat, May 14th
    The weekend kicks off with a City-wide Day of Service. Chicagoans, with the Mayor-elect, City Clerk-elect, and Treasurer will come together to perform service activities in their neighborhoods and across the city.
  • Sat, May 14th
    Everyone is invited to a free family concert at Butler Field in Grant Park. Bring picnics and lawn chairs but no alcohol or glass will be permitted. Admission to the event is free, but a ticket will be required for entry. Sign-up below.
  • Mon, May 16th
    The swearing in of the Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, City Clerk-elect Susana Mendoza, Treasurer Stephanie Neely, and City Council will be held at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. This event is open to the public.
  • Mon, May 16th
    Mayor-elect Emanuel will host an open house on the 5th floor of City Hall from 2pm-4pm following the swearing-in ceremony. This is an opportunity for Chicago’s 46th Mayor to greet his constituents and members of the public.


On May 14th, kick off inaugural festivities with a day of service. Team up with the Mayor-elect, City Clerk-Elect, Treasurer and fellow Chicagoans to promote the health of our communities and affirm a city-wide commitment to improving the lives of every citizen. Be sure to visit our schedule to learn which service activities are going on in your neighborhood. Volunteer activities are from 9am to 12pm, and we encourage participants to stop by the free concert in Butler Field afterward.


Get tickets for the free inaugural weekend concert in Butler Field. The concert will be held on Saturday, May 14, from 1pm to 4pm. Just fill out the form, and your ticket will be emailed to you. Children under the age of 12 do not need tickets, but must be accompanied by an adult at all inaugural events.

Featured Bands: South Shore Drill Team, Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago, Kids these Days, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound and Chicago

Download Your Concert Ticket

Welcome to Chicago Together, the website of the 2011 inauguration of Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, Treasurer Stephanie Neely, City Clerk- elect Susana Mendoza and members of the City Council. Here you'll find information about the inaugural events and learn how to volunteer for the city-wide day of service.

The skyline feature of the Chicago Together logo was created by seventeen year old, Aurora Grajada.

Lifelong Chicagoan Aurora Grajeda has studied art at Marwen since 2008, where she created the image “Falling for the City.” She is a graduating senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy and lives on Chicago’s South Side with her parents and younger brother. She plans to attend Grand Valley State University to pursue the visual and performing arts and Chinese studies. About her work, Grajeda says, "I often set my goals to reach a high point of happiness with my art and make it appeal to others as well."

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