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Switch on Summer 2022

Saturday, May 14, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Buckingham Fountain

Get ready for ComEd’s 8th 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 and featuring family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and fun giveaways.

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, and Angel Meléndez & the 911 Mambo Orchestra curated by Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. 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.

Participating Partners

  • American Blues Theater
  • Brookfield Zoo – Chicago Zoological Society
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Chicago Architecture Center
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Chicago Children’s Choir
  • Chicago Children’s Theatre
  • Chicago Chinatown Community Foundation
  • Chicago Park District
  • City of Chicago
  • Coca-Cola
  • Field Museum
  • Grant Park Advisory Council
  • Grant Park Music Festival
  • League of Chicago Theatres
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Navy Pier
  • Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
  • The Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • The Morton Arboretum
  • Writers Theatre 

Switch on Summer Sweepstakes

The 2022 Switch on Summer Sweepstakes has officially ended.

Can’t Make It In-person?

ComEd will livestream the fountain ceremony portion of the event on it's Facebook Page.

Check out the 2021 Event

Start the celebration early by checking out last year’s event and the full Sixteen Candles performance below!

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