The Chicago Jazz Festival

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Written by Dustin Ford.

Chicago has roots in jazz. For the next few weeks, those roots are going to be pulled out from under the surface for Chicago’s 41st Annual Jazz Festival. This festival lasts from August 23rd until September 1st, and it will be held at and around millennium park. This is one of Chicago’s favorite summer music festivals; you won’t want to miss it!

There is free admission to this event for all ages. This includes access to all live performances. The full list of performers can be found here. Such performers include Eddie Palmieri, Cecile Mclorin Salvant, and Freddy Cole. If you have a favorite local Chicago jazz musician, you can bet that they will be here. There are performances being held on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, on top of Harris Theater, at the Capital One stage (located north of Wrigley square), at the Park Grill Plaza, at the Chicago Cultural Center, and at the Von Freeman Stage (located north of the Crown Fountain).

There are vendors located throughout the park, so there is always easy access to food and refreshments. You can bring a picnic with you, but outside alcohol is not permitted. In addition, grills and cooking equipment are prohibited. No pets will be allowed entry unless they are service animals.

This is looking to be a great festival, even better than the last one. Some come by and enjoy the smooth music of the windy city. Remember to drink responsibly.

Be sure to check out our blog for more things to do this summer.