Back Alley Jazz

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Back Alley Jazz presents musicians, artists, and designers in garages and alleys in the South Shore neighborhood, creating a contemporary neighborhood happening that builds on and celebrates Chicago’s history of the neighborhood jam, as inspired by the original Jazz in the Alley events.


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Each year the Festival commissions new work from some of today's most exciting musicians. Click below for videos of past projects and for info on upcoming commissions.

Story Share Project


This project explores the question of "what is jazz?" from the diverse perspectives of individual storytellers.  Stories are collected at the Festival on the Midway.

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