Chicago Jazz Festival

August 31-September 3, 2017 • Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park
FREE Admission

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Now Accepting Submissions for the 2018 Chicago Jazz Festival!

The Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events is accepting musical submissions from established jazz musicians from October 1-December 1, 2017 for consideration to perform at the Chicago Jazz Festival. The festival's priority is to showcase the best Chicago talent alongside national and international artists - to promote awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz.


Chicago Jazz Festival slideshow

Produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events | Programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago

Grant support to the Jazz Institute of Chicago provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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.


Thursday, August 31 (Jon Faddis pictured)

Thursday, August 31

The Chicago Jazz Festival kicks-off with performances by the Dave Rempis Quintet, the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective, and Jon Faddis (pictured).

Friday, September 1 (Jason Moran pictured)

Friday, September 1

Jason Moran (pictured) headlines on Friday where he presents In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall 1959.

Saturday, September 2 (Dee Alexander pictured)

Saturday, September 2

Saturday's headliners include: the Mary Halvorson Octet, the Low Down Brass Band, the Bradley William Trio, Sheila Jordan, and Dee Alexander (pictured).

Sunday, September 3 (Rebirth Brass Band pictured)

Sunday, September 3

The festival comes to a close with performances by Sheila Jordan featuring Steve Kuhn's Trio, Matt Wilson's Honey and Salt and Rebirth Brass Band (pictured).

Headliners (Rebirth Brass Band pictured)


Headliners include Jon Faddis, the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Allison Miller Boom Tic Boom, and the Rebirth Brass Band (pictured).

Around Town (Orbert Davis pictured)

Around Town

A sample of what's happening around Chicago during the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Art Fair

Art Fair

This year's official art fair artist is Adam Guichard.

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Helpful information for planning your visit to Chicago for the Jazz Festival.

About The Show

About the Festival

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Information and Resources

Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan & Columbus Ave. Chicago, IL 60602

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Jazz Institute of Chicago

Jazz Institute of Chicago

The Chicago Jazz Festival is programmed
by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.


Millennium Garages

Parking Details: Park right below the music! Garage locations are Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave., Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave., and Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage located at 5 S. Columbus Drive.

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