Chicago Jazz Festival
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Produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
Programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago
Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Since 1979, the festival's mission is to showcase Chicago's vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists to encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages.
Information and Resources
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave. Chicago, IL 60602
Jazz Institute of Chicago
The Chicago Jazz Festival is programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.
Park right below the music! Garage locations are Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave. and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave.
Packages: $30 parking /Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage (regular rates apply at Grant Park North & Grant Park South Garages)
Purchase Options: Pay at parking location; call 312.616.0600
Sponsors of the 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival.
Jazz Festival Press Room
Find information about obtaining media credentials for Jazz Festival.
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August 28 - 31, 2014 • Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park • FREE Admission
- Friday, July 18 & Saturday, July 19 - Chicago Latin Jazz Festival
- Saturday, July 26 - Phil Cohran
- Friday, August 1 - Margaret Murphy Webb
- Saturday, August 9 - Michael Zerang and his band Blue Lights
- Saturday, August 16 - Willie Pickens
Monday, August 25 & Tuesday, August 26 in the Chicago Cultural Center
Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise and Mystery Mr. Ra
The Chicago Jazz Festival kicks-off on Thursday at the Chicago Cultural Center, Roosevelt University and Millennium Park.
Saturday's performances include the Ari Brown Quintet, Gary Burton, Dave Holland (pictured), Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn and Eric Harland.
This year's official artist is Andre Guichard.
Helpful information for planning your visit to Chicago for the Jazz Festival.
Terence Blanchard (pictured) with Ravi Coltrane & Lionel headline the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
The festival comes to a close on Sunday with performances by Cécile McLorin Salvant (pictured) and Sun Ra Arkestra.
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