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‘Sweet Home Chicago’ Is City’s Next Mass Singalong, Planned For Saturday

MeTV FM 87.7 will broadcast the song exactly as the singalong starts.

Jenni Spinner and Rebecca Kell (bottom), the two masterminds behind the Chicago Singalong, poke their heads out of their apartment in the Rogers Park neighborhood as they sang "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi with neighbors on Saturday, March 21, 2020 in Chicago.
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EDGEWATER — Chicago will toast itself and help spread some cheer with another citywide singalong, this time to the Blues Brothers version of “Sweet Home Chicago.”

The latest edition of the mass singalong will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday and is once again being organized by Ald. Andre Vasquez and 87.7 MeTV FM. The radio station will play “Sweet Home Chicago” at 7 p.m., so people at home can sing along.

This is the second time Vasquez and the station have teamed up on a citywide singalong, meant to provide entertainment and community building during the coronavirus pandemic that has kept Chicagoans socially distant. Last week, the group organized a singalong to “Lean On Me.”

“The response from the public has been inspiring and we look forward to creating more opportunities for our community to come together and lift our spirits,” Vasquez said in a statement.

MeTV FM will also broadcast “Sweet Home Chicago” for a series of singalong rehearsals at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, 8:05 a.m. Thursday, 11:10 a.m. Friday and 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

City residents got in on the mass singalong craze in late March, when Rogers Park neighbors organized a singalong of Jon Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer.” The event was a success — with Bon Jovi even taking to Instagram to cheer on the city.

South Loop residents then held a singalong to Queen’s “We Are The Champions,” with the band’s lead guitarist Brian May also offering words of encouragement to city residents. South Loop residents have also been holding nightly “light shows,” where people decorate their apartments and make noise in unison.

Chicago’s singalongs where inspired by Italian residents who have taken to balconies to sign in unison and boost morale during the country’s lock down.

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