The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is a FREE event.  We ask for a $5 donation per person.


2017 Dates

Festival: Saturday , September 23, 1pm-midnight and Sunday, September 24, 1-7pm

Benefit Gala: Thursday, June 22, 6-9pm, The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., 60615



Saturday, September 24, 2016:  Two Outdoor Stages at Midway Plaisance (Woodlawn-Ellis); Smart Museum; Little Black Pearl; Hyde Park Bank; International House; Oriental Institute; DuSable Museum; Hyde Park Union Church; Rockefeller Chapel, Logan Art Center.

Sunday, September 25, 2016:  Two Outdoor Stages at Midway Plaisance.



Free two-day festival featuring the finest in local jazz and national and international jazz artists; diverse performance venues; outdoor dance floor; food/beverage vendors and picnic areas; artisan vendors; and family friendly programming.



In late 2006, Hyde Park cultural leaders convened with the Hyde Park Jazz Society to create an annual event that would bring new audiences into the many arts and cultural venues in Hyde Park and celebrate jazz’s great legacy and bright future on Chicago’s South Side. The University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement stepped up to assist this grassroots effort with both financial and staff support.

The inaugural Hyde Park Jazz Festival was held in September 2007, with the University of Chicago as the founding and lead sponsor. Almost 5,000 jazz fans enjoyed 12 hours of free, nonstop jazz played inside many museums, art galleries and architecturally significant venues in the greater Hyde Park area. A major outdoor stage was located on the Midway Plaisance on the University of Chicago campus. In 2008, that stage was named the James W. Wagner Stage for the founder of the Hyde Park Jazz Society.

In only five years, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival established itself as one of the premier annual musical festivals in Chicago – named Best Neighborhood Music Festival by Chicago Magazine.  This year the Jazz Fest expands to 18 hours over 2 days, presenting Chicago’s greatest jazz musicians to an anticipated crowd of more than 20,000 jazz lovers.  The Festival event is made possible with the help of more than 300 dedicated volunteers and Festival Committee members, and through the support of numerous generous individual donors, foundations and sponsors.



Check out pictures from last year’s Jazz Festival on Flickr.



Please refer to our Music Submissions page for proposal guidelines. Thank you for your interest.



Please direct all press inquiries to Olivia Junell at olivia@hydeparkjazzfestival.org.



The Hyde Park Jazz Festival on Chicago’s Culture Coast is co-produced with the Hyde Park Jazz Society. The 9th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is made possible through the support of lead and founding sponsor, the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement.  Other sponsors include the David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts, Southwest Airlines, the University of Chicago Medical Center, and many other corporations, organizations, individual donors and volunteers. 

Board of Directors

Kate Dumbleton, ex officio
Paula Jones
Lauren Moltz
Susan Oppenheimer
Judith E. Stein
Almarie Wagner
Cheryl Whitaker
Wendy Williams
The Honorable James B. Zagel



Do you have feedback, comments, a story about your experience, or a suggestion for future Festivals? Reach out to us here using the form below! 

Please note, for booking inquires or submissions, refer to the submissions page. Your entry will not be considered if it is submitted via the form below.

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