Thursday, April 25, 2019

Taste of Chicago 2019 Culinary Lineup - July 10-14 in Grant Park - Free Admission (Chicago, IL)



Taste of Chicago welcomes 37 new Chicago-based
restaurants, food trucks and shared kitchens

The free-admission festival offers food, music, arts and more this July 10–14 in Grant Park

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced the lineup of 82 eateries that will participate in the 39th Annual Taste of Chicago presented by DoorDash – the world's largest free-admission food festival – this July 10–14 in Grant Park. Showcasing Chicago’s diverse culinary scene, this year’s list of 41 five-day participants, 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks will offer Taste-goers an endless variety of more than 300 menu items to suit every palate.

“As the culinary capital of the world, the Taste of Chicago will give residents and visitors alike the opportunity to sample some of the greatest foods this city has to offer," said Mayor Emanuel. "Since its inception, the Taste of Chicago has become a summertime staple and this year’s lineup of world-renowned restaurants, food trucks and pop-ups will be even more vibrant and diverse than ever before."

This year Taste of Chicago is excited to welcome its new presenting sponsor DoorDash, the largest and fastest growing on-demand destination for door-to-door delivery in more than 4,000 cities in the United States and Canada. DoorDash connects Chicagoans with their favorite stores and restaurants, including many participating in this year’s Taste of Chicago festival.

“Connecting people with the best in their cities is core to the DoorDash mission and we’re excited to partner with the city of Chicago to bring the best in local food to residents and visitors this summer,” said David Bornoff, Head of Brand at DoorDash. "Our partnership with Taste of Chicago is so important to us, as Chicago has an incredibly diverse culinary scene and is filled with residents who care deeply about the food choices they make."

Taste of Chicago will present a wide range of offerings with 37 newcomers to the event in 2019, a 48% increase from 25 in 2018. The new food eateries include 11 five-day participants, 17 pop-ups serving for one or two days and 9 food trucks. Additionally, the festival received a 12% increase in the number of applications from food businesses located across the city and representing a wide variety of cuisines. Visit for festival details, including a complete list of restaurants, food trucks and culinary businesses.

New Eateries at the 2019 Taste of Chicago include:

90 Miles Cuban Café
A Place by Damao
Bar Takito
Barangaroos Aussie Pies
Ben's Bar-Be-Cue
Big Wang's Chinese Street Food
Black Dog Gelato
Brazilian Bowl Inc.
Buscia's Bacon Buns
Coastline Catering
Da Pizza Dude
Dmen Tap
Dog Haus
Egg Rolls Etc.
Gordo's Homemade Ice Cream Bars
Hakka Bakka Indian Kati Rolls
Jason's Deli
Jeannie's Flan Inc.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Josephine's Cooking
Jus Sandwiches
Kitchen 17
Lao Sze Chuan
Luella's Gospel Bird
Madame VanderKloot's Weiner Emporium
Mr. Quiles Mexican Food
Ms. Tittle's Cupcakes
Nourish Catering
Pink Flamingo (Flamingo Rum Club)
Pink Taco
Seoul Taco
The Cookie Crate
The Slab Bar-B-Que
Three Legged Tacos
Whadda Jerk
Yvolina's Tamales

 “Taste of Chicago truly represents our city’s culinary diversity,” said Sam Toia, President and CEO, Illinois Restaurant Association. “Five-day vendors, pop-up restaurants and food trucks from Chicago’s vibrant neighborhoods showcase their specialties, and along with chef-led cooking demos, festival-goers are guaranteed a satisfied appetite and fun for the whole family. We can’t wait to welcome the thousands who will come out and enjoy what Chicago is all about—iconic experiences, global flavors and unbeatable hospitality."

All culinary participants will offer signature menu items, including additional selections of the popular “Taste of” portions priced at $3.00 or less, allowing guests the opportunity to sample an even greater variety of items. Admission to the Taste of Chicago is FREE, and tickets for food and beverages can be purchased in strips of 14 tickets for $10. Whether craving the robust flavors found in ethnic cuisine, epicurean delights, sweet treats, classic Chicago dishes – and more – Chicagoans and visitors won’t want to miss this year’s Taste!

NEW! Taste of Chicago Community Dinners
New this year, Taste of Chicago vendors may participate in the 2019 Taste of Chicago Community Eats Program, an opportunity to host a community organization or group for a free, community meal. The dinners will all take place on Wednesday, June 26, at restaurants and venues across the city to create a positive social impact and extend the reach of Taste of Chicago.  More information will be announced in June.


Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen
The Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen dishes up a full menu of cooking demonstrations by local and national chefs including Chef Mary Nguyen of Saigon Sisters, Chef Martial Noguier of Bistronomic, Chef Michael Sheerin of Taureaux Tavern and Chef Giancarlo Valera of Tanta Chicago.  Each day of the cooking demonstrations held on the Buckingham Fountain Plaza will feature a different culinary theme.

Wednesday, July 10               
Best Lists will highlight award-winning chefs, restaurants and those with dishes  that have been featured on various "best of” lists.
Thursday, July 11                   
City Streets will feature chefs and restaurants from the many notable or historic city streets across Chicago.
Friday, July 12                      
Healthy Eating will spotlight delicious dishes that are also healthy, gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian.
Saturday, July 13                   
Spicy Hot will star a variety of cuisines that bring the heat.
Sunday, July 14 
Mac N Cheese Smackdown is a fun-and-friendly showcase of chefs “battling it  out” for Mac N Cheese supremacy.

The full schedule of cooking demonstrations will be announced in June.

CH Vodka Cocktail Lounge, Goose Island Backyard Brewery and Stella Rosa Wine Garden
The CH Vodka Cocktail Lounge, the city’s largest pop-up bar, will offer mixology specials to enjoy by Buckingham Fountain. The specialty cocktail menu during the Taste of Chicago will include two new refreshing drinks, the Chicago Mule (made with Jeppson's Malort and CH Vodka) and the Peach-Mango Lime Rickey, as well as their much-loved Tropical Rum Punch and Bourbon Pineapple Smash. The popular Goose Island Backyard Brewery will offer Taste-goers a select list of craft beers and ciders that include Goose Island Born and Raised, Goose Island Next Coast IPA, Goose Island Natural Villain, Virtue Cider Mezzo Spritz, Golden Road Mango Cart, Elysian Spacedust IPA and many more. The Stella Rosa Wine Garden featuring the Riboli Family Wines, awarded the American Winery of the Year for 2018 by Wine Enthusiast, will offer an array of wine varietals including Bodega Sangria, Stella Rosa Platinum, Maddalena Rose, Maddalena Pinot Grigio and other selections.

Concerts at the Petrillo Music Shell
Taste of Chicago will also present a diverse mix of national and international artists at nightly concerts at the Petrillo Music Shell along with a daily schedule of local artists at the Goose Island Stage. The complete music and entertainment lineup will be announced in early May.

In 2018, more than 1.5 million residents and visitors enjoyed Taste of Chicago, reflecting the vibrant diversity of the City of Chicago. Over 3,000 people were employed by Chicago restaurants and vendors, and more than 600 artists and performers were hired to entertain Taste-goers over the five-day festival. The event contributes an estimated $106 million annually in total business activity to the Chicago economy.

Taste of Chicago is presented by DoorDash and produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in coordination with the Illinois Restaurant Association, which manages food and beverage operations. The festival is sponsored in part by CH Vodka, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, CLTV-Chicagoland’s Television, Communications Direct, Eli’s Cheesecake, Goose Island Beer Company, IL Lottery, Lifeway Foods, Pepsi, Riboli Family Wines, Shoreline Sightseeing, Southwest Airlines, and WGN-Television.

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 10–14 in Grant Park with hours 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Wednesday–
Friday, and 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the FREE-admission festival, visit To plan your trip to Chicago, visit Join the conversation on Facebook at Taste of Chicago and follow us on Twitter @TasteofChi and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE (#TasteofChicago).

DoorDash is a technology company that connects customers with their favorite local and national businesses in over 4,000 cities and all 50 states across the United States and Canada. Founded in 2013, DoorDash empowers merchants to grow their businesses by offering on-demand delivery, data-driven insights, and better in-store efficiency, providing delightful experiences from door to door. DoorDash Drive is the last-mile logistics platform that powers direct delivery for any business. By building the last-mile delivery infrastructure for local cities, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time. Read more on the DoorDash blog or at

Illinois Restaurant Association
Founded in 1914, the Illinois Restaurant Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, educating and improving the restaurant industry in Illinois. The Association manages the food and beverage portion of Taste of Chicago for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Visit and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

Arun's Thai Restaurant
4156 N. Kedzie Ave.

Aunty Joy's Jamaican Kitchen
1217 W. Devon Ave.

Beat Kitchen
2100 W. Belmont Ave.

Ben's Bar-Be-Cue – NEW
5931 W. North Ave.

Billy Goat Tavern
1535 W. Madison St.

BJ's Market & Bakery
8734 S. Stony Island Ave.

Brazilian Bowl Inc. – NEW
3204 N. Broadway

Buona Beef
601 N. McClurg Ct.

Buscia's Bacon Buns – NEW
Available at Markets & Festivals

Caffe Gelato Soiree
2034 W. Division St.

Chicago's Dog House
816 W. Fullerton Ave.

Churro Factory - Xurro
2214 S. Wolcott Ave.

Connie's Pizza
2373 S. Archer Ave.

Doom Street Eats
Available at Markets & Festivals

2301 S. Lakeshore Dr.

Franco's Ristorante
300 W. 31st St.

Frannie's Café Inc
623 S. Wabash Ave.

Frönen – Now 5 Days
Available at Markets and Festivals

Garifuna Flava: A Taste of Belize
2518 W. 63rd St.

Gold Coast Dogs
225 S. Canal St.

Hakka Bakka Indian Kati Rolls – Now 5 Days
1251 W. Fullerton Ave.

4623 N. Broadway

Josephine's Cooking – Now 5 Days
436 E. 79th St.

Kasia’s Deli
2101 W. Chicago Ave.

La Mexicana
4171 S. Archer Ave.

Lao Sze Chuan – NEW
520 N. Michigan Ave.

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
805 S. State St.

Premier Rollin BBQ
Available for Catering

Rainbow Cone LLC
9233 S. Western Ave.

252 W. 26th St.

Robinson's No 1 Ribs
225 S. Canal St.

Seoul Taco – Now 5 Days
738 N. Clark St.

Texas de Brazil
210 E. Illinois St.

The Cookie Crate – NEW
Available at Markets & Festivals

The Eli's Cheesecake Company
6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.

The Slab Bar-B-Que – NEW
1918 E. 71st St.

The Star of Siam
11 E. Illinois St.

Ukai Japanese Restaurant
1059 W. Belmont St.

Vee Vee's African Restaurant
6232 N. Broadway

Yum Dum
Available at Markets & Festivals

Yvolina's Tamales – NEW
814 W. 18th St.

90 Miles Cuban Café – NEW
2540 W. Armitage Ave.

A Place by Damao – NEW
2621 S. Halsted St. Ste 1

Bar Takito – NEW
210 N. Morgan St.

Barangaroos Aussie Pies – NEW
3208 N. Sheffield Ave.

BettyBop Shop
7100 S. South Shore Dr.

BITES Asian Kitchen + Bar
3313 N. Clark St.

Black Dog Gelato – NEW
859 N. Damen Ave.

Classic Cobbler
Available for Catering

Dmen Tap – NEW
2849 W. Belmont Ave.

Dog Haus – NEW
2464 N. Lincoln Ave.

Egg Rolls Etc. – NEW
Available for Catering

Gordo's Homemade Ice Cream Bars – NEW
729 S. Dearborn St.

Jason's Deli – NEW
1258 S. Canal St.

Jeannie's Flan Inc. – NEW
Available for Catering

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams – NEW
1505 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Jus Sandwiches – NEW
Available for Catering

Kitchen 17 – NEW
3132 N. Broadway

Luella's Gospel Bird – NEW
2009 N. Damen Ave.

Madame VanderKloot's Weiner Emporium – NEW
Available at Markets & Festivals

Nourish Catering – NEW
Available for Catering

Seafood City Supermarket (Grill City)
5033 N. Elston Ave.

These Wingz?
Available at Markets & Festivals

Warm Belly Bakery, LLC
1148 W. Monroe St.

Wood Fire Counter
131 N. Clinton St.

American Glory
Aztec Dave's Food Truck
Beavers Coffee + Donuts
Big Wang's Chinese Street Food – NEW
Coastline Catering – NEW
Da Pizza Dude – NEW
Harold's Chicken
La Cocinita
Lawrence's Fish & Shrimp
Mr. Quiles Mexican Food – NEW
Ms. Tittle's Cupcakes – NEW
Pink Flamingo (Flamingo Rum Club) – NEW
Pink Taco – NEW
The Lifeway Kefir Shop
Three Legged Tacos – NEW
Whadda Jerk – NEW

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

2019 Chicago Jazz Festival Headliners - Millennium Park, August 29-September 1 (Chicago, IL.)



Headliners and Highlights at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion include Cécile McLorin Salvant, a Tribute to Nat King Cole featuring Freddy Cole, a Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Jazz Institute of Chicago and Eddie Palmieri

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the headliners and festival dates for the 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, happening August 23 to September 1 at Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and at other venues throughout the city. The free-admission festival will include a special tribute to Nat King Cole by his brother Freddy Cole and a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the festival’s programming partner.

“The Chicago Jazz Festival has become a celebrated staple of our city’s cultural life and a highlight of our summer season,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This year’s celebration of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, along with a lineup of legendary innovators, homegrown icons and new stars promises to thrill and inspire music lovers from Chicago and around the globe.”

Other performances at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion include:  Cécile McLorin Salvant,  Christian McBride, Eddie Palmieri, Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet, Ben Wendel Seasons, George Freeman and Billy Branch, Camila Meza, Latino-America Unidas with Miguel Zenon, Antonio Sanchez, Melissa Aldana and David Virelles, Joel Ross, Ryan Cohan's Originations and the Dave Rempis Quartet.

“This is a great line-up of headliners, and our expanded ten-day festival will animate our city and  neighborhoods with numerous free performance and place a spotlight on our great clubs and presenting institutions,” said Mark Kelly, DCASE Commissioner. “Celebrating Chicago’s music legacy, we will honor Nat King Cole, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, and many of our great musicians as we welcome artists from across the globe.

The Chicago Jazz Festival will also include free performances at neighborhood clubs and venues August 23 to 29, leading up to the concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center and in Millennium Park. The additional performances offer festival audiences even more opportunities to experience Chicago’s exceptional jazz sounds at some of the city’s legendary music venues.

The Chicago Jazz Festival showcases free live performances by important Chicago artists alongside some of the greatest names from around the world on multiple stages. The festival is produced by DCASE and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. The full schedule of performances at Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and participating music venue locations will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit

Millennium Park Headline Performances at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Thursday,  August 29
Promoting and nurturing Chicago’s worldclass jazz community since 1969, the Jazz Institute of Chicago is celebrating its 50th Anniversary at this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival. The organization has worked tirelessly to provide education, develop and support musicians, build audiences, and foster a thriving jazz scene in Chicago through education and public programs. As the programming partner for the Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago musicians past and present will take the stage at 6:25 p.m. to celebrate Jazz Institute of Chicago as one of the greatest advocates for jazz and Chicago’s music legacy. The City Was Yellow is presented as a tribute to the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 50th anniversary with reflections on the new Chicago “real book” anthology compiled by drummer, composer and presenter Mike Reed featuring Rob Mazurek, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker and Mike Reed.

2019 also marks the 100th birthday of the legendary Nat “King” Cole, famed for his soft baritone voice and hit singles like “Mona Lisa,” “LOVE,” “Unforgettable” and “The Christmas Song.” He also made history as the first African-American performer to host a variety TV series in 1956. Jazz pianist and vocalist Freddy Cole will pay tribute to his older brother’s legacy at 7:45 p.m. An incredible entertainer himself, Freddy Cole’s career has spanned over six decades, dozens of albums, and countless stages across the globe.

Friday, August 30
The evening’s performances will begin at 4:15 p.m. with two legendary Chicago musicians, the world-renowned guitarist George Freeman and blues harpist Billy Branch. George Freeman is celebrating his 92nd birthday with Chicago label Southport Records’ recent release of George The Bomb!, a blend of jazz, blues and other genres that highlights his one-of-a kind style. He’ll be joined by blues harpist Billy Branch who contributed to the album along with other greats.

Joel Ross and his Good Vibes ensemble perform at 5:25 p.m. An alumnus of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links student programs, Joel Ross is a multi-talented young artist, who not only plays the zibraphon but was also introduced at an early age to jazz percussion and piano.  In 2018, acclaimed trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet released Oragami Harvest, breaking new ground with a combination of genres from contemporary classical to jazz, funk and hip-hip. The quartet will perform at 6:25 p.m.

The final performance of the evening begins at 7:45 p.m. featuring a special 50th Anniversary celebration of Roscoe Mitchell and Art Ensemble of Chicago for their lasting contributions to Chicago jazz. The group evolved from founder Roscoe Mitchell's musical vision through adventurous collaborations in early and mid-sixties Chicago. In 1969, after traveling to Paris they became known as The Art Ensemble of Chicago, an extension of the original Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble. A key figure in avant-garde jazz, Roscoe Mitchell is a composer, instrumentalist, educator and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians with its tagline, “Great Black Music–Ancient to the Future.”

Saturday, August 31
Inspired by Tchaikovsky, Ben Wendel Seasons dedicated each track of his 2018 album The Seasons to a specific month and artist who has shaped his creative vision. This performance is begins a wonderful evening of jazz at 4:15 p.m.

Chicago-based pianist and composer Ryan Cohan has produced five critically-acclaimed albums, including The River which was performed in Millennium Park in 2013. Ryan Cohan’s Originations is set to be released in June and will be part of the performance beginning at 5:25 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride will perform at 6:25 p.m. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride’s path has described a continuous positive arc since his arrival on the jazz scene.

The Chicago Jazz Festival will welcome back Cécile McLorin Salvant to Millennium Park at 7:45 p.m. The world first learned of her incredible vocal artistry when she won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. In just under the span of a decade she has evolved into a multi-GRAMMY® Award winner, as well as a prophetic and fearless voice in music today. Her 2018 release The Window is an album of duets with the pianist Sullivan Fortner, exploring and extending the tradition of the piano-vocal duo and its expressive possibilities. The album garnered a 2019 GRAMMY® Award.
Sunday, September 1
The Dave Rempis Quartet is a free-improvising whirlwind that draws inspiration from a shared interest in West African and Latin American rhythms, coupled with American funk and jazz. Led by saxophonist Dave Rempis, the band originally formed for a house party in April of 2004, and to this day their performances maintain a raucous energy and relentless grooves. They will open the performances at 4:15 p.m.

Following at 5:25 p.m., vocalist, guitarist and composer Camila Meza will bring her gift for creating musical landscapes with soulfully pure vocals and expertise on guitar. Camila Meza, originally from Santiago, Chile, has garnered attention for her distinctive ability in blending jazz with the sounds of Latin America, Brazil, folk and pop along with the emotional depth of her music. Latino–America Unida featuring Miguel Zenon, Antonio Sanchez, Melissa Aldana and David Virelles follow Camila Meza at 6:25 p.m.

Known as one of the finest pianists of the past sixty years, Eddie Palmieri is a multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. The legendary musician will close out the 41st edition of the festival at 7:45 p.m. On the piano, he skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with American jazz. Recognizing Palmieri as an American icon, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recorded two of Palmieri’s performances for its archives in 1988. In 2013, Eddie Palmieri was awarded the coveted Jazz Master award by the National Endowment of the Arts, the highest honor an American jazz artist can receive.

Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park Day Stages
Admission to the Chicago Jazz Festival is free. Hours for Thursday, August 29, are 12–4:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center and 6:30–9 p.m. in Millennium Park. On Friday, August 30, through Sunday, September 1, the festival will be in Millennium Park, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Before the Jay Pritzker Pavilion starts in the evening, performances can be heard throughout the day at the Von Freeman Pavilion on the South Promenade from 11:30 a.m. –4 p.m. and the Jazz and Heritage Pavilion on the North Promenade featuring a wide range of artists from noon–4 p.m. The Roof Top Jazz: Young Jazz Lions and NextGen Jazz stages will feature young, up-and-coming Chicago musicians on Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1. The full lineup will be released in early summer.

41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival Schedule of Performances
-Schedule subject to change-

Thursday, August 29
6:30–7:25 p.m.                        Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 50th Anniversary 
7:45–9 p.m.                             Tribute to Nat King Cole featuring Freddy Cole

Friday, August 30
4:15–5:05 p.m.                        George Freeman and Billy Branch
5:25–6:10 p.m.                       
Joel Ross
6:25–7:25 p.m.                        Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
7:45–9 p.m.                             Art Ensemble of Chicago

Saturday, August 31
4:15–5:05 p.m.                        Ben Wendel Seasons
5:25–6:10 p.m.                        Ryan Cohan's Originations
6:25–7:25 p.m.                        Christian McBride
7:45–9 p.m.                             Cécile McLorin Salvant

Sunday, September 1
4:15–5:05 p.m.                        Dave Rempis Quartet
5:25–6:10 p.m.                        Camila Meza
6:25–7:25 p.m.                        Latino-America Unida
7:45–9 p.m.                             Eddie Palmieri Sextet

The Chicago Jazz Festival is sponsored in part by American Airlines, Chicago Jazz Magazine, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, CLTV-ChicagoLand Television, Communications Direct, Downbeat Magazine, Stella Artois, WGN-TV and 90.9FM WDCB.

For the latest information on the Chicago Jazz Festival, visit, like us on
Facebook at Chicago Jazz Festival and follow us on Twitter (@ChicagoDCASE,
@ChiJazzFest, #ChicagoJazzFestival). For information on the Jazz institute of Chicago, visit

About Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs And Special Events:
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicagos artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicagos non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the Citys future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the Citys cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

About Jazz Institute of Chicago:

Founded in 1969, the not for profit Jazz Institute of Chicago has programmed the Chicago Jazz Festival in partnership with the City of Chicago since the festival began in 1979. The organizations mission to promote and nurture jazz in Chicago is carried out by providing jazz education for youth and adults, supporting the creation of new work by Chicago jazz musicians; growing the audience for jazz by presenting programs that are free and available for all and fostering a thriving jazz community.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Media credential requests for the Chicago Jazz Festival must be submitted by email to by Friday, August 23, 2019, and acceptance notifications will be sent accordingly. Submission of a request does not guarantee admission. Credentials only provide working media access to media seating, photo pit and media lounge; they do not include back stage access. Each media outlet is limited to one press and one photography credential as space is very limited. For details, visit the Chicago Jazz Festival Press Room at


Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL - Illinois 60602, United States