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2023 Switch on Summer

Saturday, May 13, 2023
12:00 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Buckingham Fountain

Get ready for ComEd's 9th annual Switch on Summer, which celebrates the start of summer with the official turning on of Chicago's iconic Buckingham Fountain! Join the FREE, in-person celebration brought to you in partnership with the Chicago Park District, featuring family-friendly games and activities, live entertainment, fun giveaways, and special guest appearances, including WGN-TV Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling.

Several of ComEd's arts and cultural partners will join the celebration to offer interactive and educational activities. The event will feature appearances by beloved children's characters and special performances by 1980s cover band Sixteen Candles, Angel Meléndez & the 911 Mambo Orchestra, and The Jesse White Tumblers. A variety of vendors and food trucks will be on hand to offer local fare for purchase.

Just in time for summer, ComEd will also provide information on free resources for the community, including summer STEM education programs, tips from Energy Force ambassadors, solar energy resources available for its customers, and more!

Switch on Summer Sweepstakes

The 2023 Switch on Summer Sweepstakes has officially ended, and the lucky winner is Maria Espinosa! Thank you to everyone who entered the contest – we hope to see you at the event on Saturday, May 13th!

Participating Partners

  • Adler Planetarium 
  • American Blues Theater 
  • Art Institute Chicago 
  • Brookfield Zoo – Chicago Zoological Society 
  • Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 
  • Chicago Architecture Center 
  • Chicago Bears 
  • Chicago Botanic Garden 
  • Chicago Children's Theatre 
  • Chicago Chinatown Community Foundation 
  • Chicago Park District 
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre 
  • Chicago White Sox 
  • Field Museum 
  • Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance 
  • Grant Park Advisory Council 
  • League of Chicago Theatres 
  • Museum of Science and Industry 
  • National Museum of Mexican Art 
  • Navy Pier 
  • Northlight Theatre 
  • Puerto Rican Arts Alliance 
  • Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling 
  • Silk Road Rising 
  • The Morton Arboretum 
  • Uniting Voices Chicago 
  • Writers Theatre Inc. 

Can't Wait for this Year's Event?

Take a look back at our event from last year.


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