The end of the summer season pushes many locals to grab every last drop of outdoor fun and on Labor Day weekend, that means soaking up sublime rhythms at the Chicago Jazz Festival. This free event will fill the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park with an impressive line-up of international, national and local artists from a broad spectrum of jazz categories. Consider these Jazz Fest highlights during the last days of summer.


Ellabration! 100 Years of Ella Fitzgerald
Saturday September 2, Millennium Park

Dee Alexander © Chicago Jazz FestivalThe music of Ella Fitzgerald, the legendary "First Lady of Song," will be celebrated with tributes by six different musicians, including Chicago's own Dee Alexander, a noted interpreter of  Fitzgerald's classic tunes. As the first African American woman to win a Grammy Award in 1958, Fitzgerald set the standard for vocal perfection. She recorded over 200 albums during her extensive career and the audience will be treated to an exciting selection of them.


Rebirth Brass Band, Sunday
Sunday September 3, Millennium Park

Rebirth Brass BandA true New Orleans institution that authentically represents the freewheeling and gritty style of the Crescent City, Rebirth Brass Band is a Grammy-winning force to be reckoned with. Many fans discovered them on the Treme TV series but their famous Tuesday night shows at the Maple Leaf is where they developed their core following. Don't miss this chance to experience their mix of funk and jazz live.


Chicago Jazz Fest Art Fair
September 1-3, Millennium Park

Between shows, roam through an outdoor gallery of local artists and view works that highlight jazz culture and related topics. Paintings, jewelry, sculpture and clothing will be for sale. Featured artists include Adam Guichard, Dana Todd Pope and Muso Masiri,


Plan Your Visit: Chicago Jazz Festival 2017

Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium ParkThe 39th annual Chicago Jazz Festival starts Thursday, August 31, noon–4:30pm at the Chicago Cultural Center and 6:30pm–9:30pm in Millennium Park. On Friday, September 1, through Sunday, September 3, the festival takes place in Millennium Park, 11am–9:30pm.

Chicago Cultural Center:
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Millennium Park:
201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan & Columbus Ave.
Chicago, IL 60602


Photos of Dee Alexander and Rebirth Jazz Band courtesy of Chicago Jazz Fest.