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Chicago Jazz Festival

Bring the family to the free Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park September 1-4, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

The Chicago Jazz Festival is one of the premiere music events in the entire world! The festival, presented on four stages in and around Grant Park, brings together living jazz greats and pays homage to the legends that have passed!

Here are highlights of this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival: Three, count ’em, three centennial celebrations for Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald, all born in the year 1917, and all among the pantheon of jazz greats. There will also be a 90th birthday celebration for Chicago guitarist George Freeman and a jazz tribute to the poet Carl Sandburg (“the city of big shoulders”).

Scheduled performers: Jazz pianist Erwin Helfer; Orbert Davis; electric band Magic Carpet; Nate Lepine Quartet (influenced by Miles Davis); J. D. Allen Trio; Bad Plus channels Ornette Coleman; Norman Simmons Trio (backed Charlie Parker); and the list goes on.

Millennium Park is located at 201 East Randolph Street between the Loop and Lake Michigan. The Chicago Jazz Festival will be presented rain or shine. For times, days and the full schedule of events, go online to and follow the prompts.

Make your Chicago Jazz Festival experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.