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A trip to Navy Pier always promises a day of fun; but this summer, Chicago's No.1 tourist attraction ups the ante with a brand-new, 13-acre green outdoor space that's packed with amazing (and free!) programming. Polk Bros Park will now serve as the Pier’s gateway and the city’s unofficial front yard. Two performance and picnic-friendly lawns, located at the south end of the park, will offer free arts and cultural programming throughout the summer and beyond.

There are few Chicago neighborhoods that boast more history than Bronzeville, the famed South Side community that has been the foundation for the city's cultural heritage for a century. It was in the theaters and streets of Bronzeville where blues and jazz were nurtured, and in the churches that the gospel sound was developed.

J is for Jazz: Exploring Chicago A to Z

Monday, April 11, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Green Mill Jazz Club Chicago

While jazz can certainly sometimes can play second saxophone to the blues in Chicago, it has a long and storied tradition that stretches back to Louis Armstrong’s arrival in the city in the 1920s. Since that time, the city’s jazz scene has served as a proving ground for a galaxy of luminaries, including Gene Ammons, Eddie Harris, Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, and countless others who have come from Dubuque to Dubai to test their mettle.

keri johnsrud

Chicago has produced many historic jazz clubs in its many decades and, frankly, it's a good thing we're also still producing talented jazz artists to fill those deserving stages. 

On Monday, April 13, 15-year performance veteran Keri Johnsrud celebrates her first headlining performance at the legendary Green Mill Jazz Club with the release of her second album This Side Of Morning

Music - Jazz

For over a century, Chicago has been one of the key nodes of jazz activity in the United States. Early ragtime pianists came to perform at the World's Columbian Exposition and things have been getting better ever since.

Today, the curious traveler (and locals) can take in jazz in settings quite formal like the Symphony Center or they can wander over to the Green Mill at Lawrence and Broadway, Andy's Jazz Club, and the Jazz Showcase in the South Loop. These are but a few stops on any solid jazz tour of the city, and one would be remiss not to mention the Chicago Jazz Festival, which takes place every Labor Day Weekend.

Ten x Ten

The relationship between visual and audio art has never been a subtle one. When paired together, one never fails to inform the other and that's exactly what the producers behind Chicago's Ten x Ten series are hoping for. 

Entering its fourth year, the nearly year-long project pairs local artists and muscians together to create dual-media collaborative works. Inspired by Colin Palombi of Homeroom and Spudnik Press's constant requests to create screenprints for bands' concerts, he decided to flip the switch and let music inspire screenprints. 

Chicago Jazz Festival

We're certainly not implying that jazz music ever stopped being a staple in Chicago but with two new venues opened in the last year and a half (Constellation in Roscoe Village and The Promontory in Hyde Park) and more jazz series popping up every summer, we are in the middle of a strong resurgence. The city's lifelong love affair with the genre culminates every Labor Day weekend in Millennium Park at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Jazzin at the Shedd

You'll be groovin' with the fishies this week when the Shedd Aquarium kicks off its wildly popular Jazzin' at the Shedd series. Celebrating a striking 20th anniversary this year the Aquarium has gathered another summer's worth of local musicians and even expanded its programming to please the analytical as well as the artistic. You can catch these concerts every Wednesday beginning tomorrow (June 25) through September 3. 


Forget the typical "dinner and a movie" date this winter without sacrificing the entertainment or dining portions of your fun night out. Concert dining, specifically dining while you enjoy a concert, is becoming more and more popular in Chicago.While we doubt the list stops here, we put together some of the city's best options.

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