Chicago Jazz Festival on August 28-31

Chicago Jazz Festival

Join hundreds of thousands in celebrating Chicago’s rich jazz history at the Chicago Jazz Festival on August 28-31. The first Jazz Festival began as a tribute to Duke Ellington in 1974. Currently the largest, free festival of its kind in the world, the Chicago Jazz Festival regularly draws top names in the genre.


  • Friday: five-time Grammy® Award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard, joined by Blue Note artists saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and West African guitarist Lionel Loueke
  • Saturday: British-born bassist Dave Holland leads his quartet Prism, starring guitarist Kevin Eubanks
  • Sunday: current and former members of the Sun Ra Arkestra will join together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the visionary composer and self-proclaimed visitor from Saturn

Art Fair

The Chicago Jazz Festival Art Fair will take place Friday through Sunday in Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square. This is an outdoor event and will take place rain or shine.


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