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

2018 Dates

Festival: Saturday , September 29, 1pm-midnight and Sunday, September 30, 1-7pm

Benefit Gala: Thursday, June 21, 6-9pm



Saturday, September 29, 2018:  Two Outdoor Stages at Midway Plaisance (Woodlawn-Ellis); Smart Museum; Little Black Pearl; Hyde Park Bank; International House; Oriental Institute; Augustana Lutheran Church; Hyde Park Union Church; Rockefeller Chapel, Logan Art Center.

Sunday, September 30, 2018:  Two Outdoor Stages at Midway Plaisance and a special ticketed evening show at Logan Center Performance Hall.



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.



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



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



The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is a collaborative platform dedicated to supporting the presentation and ongoing development of jazz, particularly on the South Side of Chicago.  We do this by creating opportunities for a diverse community of listeners to engage with the music and its creators, and by working with artists, organizational partners and networks to celebrate the rich tradition of jazz and to support the development of new work and ideas.


Vision and Values:

We believe the South Side of Chicago is an extraordinary place.  We celebrate the culture of the South Side by bringing people together for a free annual jazz festival.

We celebrate the legacy of jazz on the South Side and work to create sustainable support systems for the present and future of the music and its communities.

Jazz is many things to many people.  We believe deeply in this diversity and work to build programming that allows for this diversity to thrive in both artistic pursuit and audience interest.

We look to artists and the community to help us shape opportunities for building new possibilities for collaboration, in numerous forms and in unexpected ways.

We are builders.  We find opportunities to leverage what exists and create what is needed.

We listen: to communities and to artists.  Our work is to facilitate opportunities for connection and ongoing development of the art form.

We trust artists.  We believe they determine where the music is going and we support their journey.

We collaborate.  We recognize there is a lot happening on the South Side and in Chicago.  We look to partner in meaningful ways to create programs and partnerships that are more than the sum of their parts.

 We know jazz is a thriving art form.  We work to illuminate the creative pursuits of jazz artists by building unique, dynamic platforms to support the work of Chicago jazz artists and beyond.



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.



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



The Hyde Park Jazz Festival on Chicago’s Culture Coast is co-produced with the Hyde Park Jazz Society. The 11th 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

John Ellis

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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