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Chicago Jazz Festival moving to Millennium Park

After more than three decades at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, the Chicago Jazz Festival will be leaving the venue for Millennium Park, according to the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

Though in recent years the Chicago Jazz Festival has expanded to Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion and other Loop venues, the Petrillo and its nearby stages have been the event’s focal point.

This summer, the 35th annual festival will be physically restructured.

The opening night, on Aug. 29, as in recent years will unfold at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park and will double as the closing night of the “Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz” series.

On Aug. 30, the fest will play the Pritzker Pavilion plus stages in the park’s Chase Promenade, just north and just south of the Cloud Gate sculpture.

On Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, the Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage will be added to the mix, the emerging musicians performing on the Harris Theater Rooftop, in Millennium Park.

In addition, performances sites may be added elsewhere in Millennium Park, with concerts also taking place at the Chicago Cultural Center, said Michelle Boone, commissioner of DCASE.

This year’s artist in residence will be Chicago percussionist Hamid Drake.

For more information, visit chicagojazzfestival.us.

hreich@tribune.com
Twitter @howardreich

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