James A. Wagner Stage at the Midway

Midway plaisance at woodlawn

The Midway Plaisance was the vision of Frederick Law Olmsted (architect for New York’s Central Park) and was used as the center stage for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Its name is an antiquated spelling of “pleasance”—its original intent was to be a getaway for affluent Chicagoans. It now plays host to numerous activities, from musical acts to film screenings to ice skating and sports events.

Saturday, September 28

1:30-2:30pm Ari Brown Quintet

3:45-4:45pm Irvin Pierce Quartet

6:15-7:15pm Dana Hall’s spring

8:15-9:15pm Tia Fuller’s Diamond Cut

Sunday, September 29

2:00-3:00pm Maggie Brown Group

4:00-5:00pm Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade

6:00-7:00pm Pharez Whitted Band