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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 Chicago Community Trust and 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.




September 1-4, 2016 • Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park • FREE Admission


Thursday, September 1 (Orbert Davis pictured)

Thursday, September 1

The Chicago Jazz Festival kicks-off on Thursday with Orbert Davis' (pictured) Soul Migration.

Friday, September 2 (Charlie Haden and Carla Bley pictured)

Friday, September 2

Friday's headliners include: Oliver Lake and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra.

Saturday, September 3 (The Bad Plus pictured)

Saturday, September 3

The Bad Plus (pictured), the Anat Cohen Quartet, Eric Alexander/Harold Mabern Quartet and many more.

Sunday, September 4 (Candido pictured)

Sunday, September 4

The festival comes to a close on Sunday with Candido’s 95th Birthday Celebration featuring M.F. Production’s Latin All Stars.

Composer Conversation with Orbert Davis and Howard Mandel

Composer Conversation with Orbert Davis and Howard Mandel

Thursday, August 25 in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center.

PianoForte Sessions

PianoForte Sessions

Enjoy FREE piano concerts at 5:30pm on August 29 & 30.

Jazz Institute of Chicago (Chicago Jazz Festival Club Tour)

Chicago Jazz Festival Club Tour

Explore jazz in Chicago on the Jazz Institute of Chicago's jazz club tour.

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

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

About The Show

About the Festival

Find out more information on the Chicago Jazz Festival.



Sponsors of the Chicago Jazz Festival.


Information and Resources

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

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

Chicago Jazz Festival 2016 Brochure

Chicago Jazz Festival 2016 Brochure

Special Highlights

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 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: $35 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


 Jazz Festival Press Room

Jazz Festival Press Room
Find information about obtaining media credentials for Jazz Festival.


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