The Windy City most certainly knows how to bring fabulous music to the masses, being host to some of the world’s very biggest and best free music festivals each year. Among them without question is the Chicago Jazz Festival, coming up in mere weeks and celebrating its impressive 40th anniversary. Take in this wonderful and tuneful tradition with a luxury Uptown Chicago getaway at The Gwen!
The Chicago Jazz Festival
The Chicago Jazz Festival began back in 1974 with a specific purpose: to honor the legendary pianist, composer, and bandleader Duke Ellington just weeks after his death that May. That tribute event drew some 10,000, and became a yearly tradition; four years later, Grant Park held a John Coltrane Memorial Concert. Before long, these and another celebration of one of America’s most enduring and influential musical forms—this one organized by the Jazz Institute of Chicago—merged to become the Chicago Jazz Festival, attended in its first official go-round by 125,000. It’s been a fixture of the week preceding Labor Day ever since: helmed by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute.
A remarkable roster of jazz luminaries have taken the Chicago Jazz Festival stage over the years, among them Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespy, Ornette Coleman, and Sarah Vaughan.
The 2018 Chicago Jazz Festival
The 40th annual Chicago Jazz Festival will take place across an extended itinerary running from August 24th through September 2nd. Its concerts will be going down at Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, and a wide variety of neighborhood venues around the city, from Fred Anderson Park and Englewood Square to Links Hall and PianoForte Chicago.
The 2018 headlining performers include Orbert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, and Ramsey Lewis.
Enjoy the 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival With a Home Base at The Gwen
Our Michigan Avenue location here at The Gwen just north of the Chicago River puts you a mile or less from both Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center, plus within easy reach of the other Chicago Jazz Festival locations. So book your Luxury Collection guest room or suite at our sumptuous Uptown hotel and celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the Windy City’s most cherished cultural happenings this summer!
And while you’re at it, enjoy some top-grade jazz right here at our hotel courtesy of Whole Note Wednesdays at Upstairs at The Gwen: one of our popular Gwen’s Affairs weekly soirees.