City of Chicago Announces Lineups for Marquee Fall Music Festivals

July 25, 2022

Chicago Jazz Festival: September 1 – 4
Chicago House Music Festival and Conference: September 15 – 18
World Music Festival Chicago: September 30 – October 9

DCASE Communications

Matthew Bryant

Download Photos for each festival >> Jazz, House Music and World Music


Presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and its Partners, These Free Festivals Celebrate Chicago’s Music Legacy in Millennium Park, at the Chicago Cultural Center and Citywide


CHICAGO—Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced today music lineups and expanded date information for three of the City of Chicago’s most beloved fall music festivals starting September 1. Following the successful return of three other iconic festivals this summer – Chicago Gospel Music Festival, Chicago Blues Festival and the ongoing Millennium Park Summer Music Series – DCASE is happy to continue to showcase a diversity of musicians from Chicago and around the world with FREE concerts in Millennium Park and in venues across the city with the return of the Chicago Jazz Festival (Sept. 1–4; neighborhood concerts Aug. 23–31); Chicago House Music Festival and Conference (new expanded dates: Sept. 15–18) and World Music Festival Chicago (Sept. 30 – Oct. 9). Schedule highlights enclosed with full details and updates online.

  • The Chicago Jazz Festival (September 1–4) returns with performances celebrating all forms of jazz in Millennium Park and at the Chicago Cultural Center. Produced by DCASE and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC), schedule highlights include Henry Threadgill and Zooid, Bill Frisell, William Parker and his quintet, Miguel Zenón, Linda May Han Oh and Jazzmeia Horn, among many others. This year DCASE continues the Citywide Jazz Community Funding Program, which funds local venues presenting their own free Jazz performances between August 23 and 31. The program celebrates Chicago’s expansive Jazz community and builds momentum in the lead-up to the Labor Day performances. Venues receiving funding are listed below; visit for the schedule. As in previous years, outside alcohol is not allowed for the Chicago Jazz Festival, but alcohol at various price points may be purchased inside the venue. Before visiting, please be advised of other Prohibited Items at


  • Chicago House Music Festival and Conference (September 15–18) announces expanded dates showcasing community partners across the city in addition to Millennium Park programming (Sept. 16). The festival returns with DJs and live performances highlighting the various sounds and styles of House Music, the genre born in Chicago that has gone on to revolutionize dance music internationally. Headlining the Friday, September 16 performance in Millennium Park is the GRAMMY-nominated Ten City in addition to Josh Milan and his acclaimed band. Program highlights below with the full schedule to be announced in the coming weeks. and


  • World Music Festival Chicago (September 30 – October 9) brings global grooves by award-winning artists from around the world to the citywide, multi-venue festival featuring more than 30 artists and ensembles representing 22 countries and regions of the world. Now in its 22nd year of live, in-person performances, the festival also celebrates 10 years of Ragamala, the largest all-night long presentation of live Indian classical music in the United States. Full schedule below and at

“Chicago is the birthplace of house music, urban blues, and gospel. To be able to celebrate our city’s musical legacy this summer and into the fall with free concerts is a true honor,” shared DCASE Commissioner Erin Harkey. “Collaboration is a key component of our programs, and we’re grateful to our partners for their commitment to sharing this legacy with our residents and visitors.”

For more information about City-funded “Chicago Presents” community events and other City-permitted neighborhood festivals and special events, visit Details about the current Millennium Park summer season - including Summer Workouts, supported by the McDonald's Active Lifestyles Endowment managed by the Millennium Park Foundation; Millennium Park Summer Film Series; and ongoing Millennium Park Summer Music Series (through August 18) made possible by the Millennium Park Foundation, visit The Grant Park Music Festival season continues its 2022 season of classical music performed by a world-class orchestra through August 20, more at

For Millennium Park safety and security information, visit the Plan Your Visit page of

DCASE programming is generously supported by the following sponsors: Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago Transit Authority, Millennium Garages, 90.9fm WDCB, DownBeat Magazine and WGN TV.


Chicago Jazz Festival
Thursday, September 1 – Sunday, September 4, 2022
Neighborhood concerts, August 23 – 31, 2022
Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center and Citywide

The Chicago Jazz Festival is a Labor Day weekend tradition that promotes all forms of jazz through free, high-quality music programming. The festival showcases Chicago's local talent alongside national and international artists to raise awareness and appreciation for one of the city’s most beloved art forms.

In 2022 DCASE continues to support local venues and Jazz-presenting organizations that offer free, public concerts with the Citywide Jazz Community Funding Program. This program supports performances that take place between August 23 – 31, 2022 leading up to the Chicago Jazz Festival in September and building excitement for Chicago as a destination for Jazz. The venues/organizations selected this year include: The South Side Jazz Coalition, Hungry Brain, Constellation, Sleeping Village, The Birdhouse Inc., Live the Spirit Residency, 51st Street Business Association, Museum of Contemporary Art, Elastic Arts Foundation and The Whistler. Full schedule of August 23 – 31 available on the website.


Thursday, September 1

Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theater

  • 11:00am-12:00pm: The Young Masters Quartet, Presented by Live the Spirit Residency
  • 12:15-1:15pm: TOYOAKI Jazz Ensemble, Presented by Asian Improv
  • 1:45-2:45pm: The David Scott Quartet, Presented by South Side Jazz Coalition
  • 3:15-5:15pm: What is this thing called Jazz? Presented as a part of the Chicago Made Professional Development Series.

Join us for a special 65th anniversary screening of the rare documentary Satchmo the Great, which follows Louis Armstrong on tour throughout Europe, Africa and back to the United States in the mid-1950s, as captured by the camera crews of legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the Grammy Award-winning Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Ricky Riccardi, with other notables from the Chicago Jazz scene. For those considering careers in music, each panelist will share details and perspectives on their own paths to their current professions in addition to discussing the career of Louis Armstrong and the content of the film. Produced by the Education Committee of the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

Chicago Cultural Center
Preston Bradley Hall

  • 11am-12pm: Andrew Lawrence Sextet performing Keith Jarret's TREASURE ISLAND, Presented by Fulton Street Collective
  • 12:30-1:30pm: The Shy Shēks, Presented by Illiana Club
  • 2:00-3:00pm: Mai Sugimoto, Presented by Elastic Arts
  • 3:30-4:30pm: The Marlene Rosenberg Quartet, Presented by The Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Millennium Park
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 6:30-7:30pm: Mike Allemana Vonology
  • 7:45-9:00pm: Henry Threadgill Zooid


Friday, September 2

Millennium Park
Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace

  • 12:00-1:00pm: Roya Naldi
  • 1:30-2:30pm: Lenard Simpson
  • 3:00-4:00pm: Low Down Brass Band

Von Freeman Pavilion (North Promenade)

  • 11:30am-12:25pm: Regina Harris Baiocchi (Jazz Institute of Chicago’s New Works, Fresh Voices)
  • 12:40-1:35pm: Arman Sangalang Quartet
  • 1:50-2:45pm: Russ Johnson Quartet
  • 3:00-4:00pm: Adam O'Farrill's Stranger Days

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 4:15-5:05pm: Ethan Philion-Mingus Tribute
  • 5:25-6:10pm: JD Allen
  • 6:25-7:25pm: Jazzmeia Horn
  • 7:45-9pm: Bill Frisell


Saturday, September 3

Millennium Park
Harris Theater Rooftop
Young Lions Jazz

  • 12-12:30pm: Jones College Prep
  • 12:50-1:25pm: Lincoln Park High School
  • 1:40-2:15pm: Kenwood Academy
  • 2:30-3:05pm: Whitney Young High School
  • 3:20-3:55pm: Chi Arts

Von Freeman Pavilion (North Promenade)

  • 11:30am-12:25pm: Christy Bennett’s Fume
  • 12:40-1:35pm: Marques Carroll Quintet
  • 1:50-2:45pm: Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses
  • 3:00-4:00pm: Atomic

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 4:15-5:05pm: Greg Ward
  • 5:25-6:10pm: Miguel Zenón
  • 6:25-7:25pm: Carmen Lundy
  • 7:45-9pm: William Parker Quintet


Sunday, September 4

Millennium Park
Harris Theater Rooftop

  • 12-1pm: Julius Tucker Quartet
  • 1:30-2:30pm: Gustavo Cortiñas & Desafío Candente
  • 3:00-4:00pm: Denise Thimes

Von Freeman Pavilion (North Promenade)

  • 11:30am-12:25pm: Isaiah Collier (JIC New Works, Fresh Voices)
  • 12:40-1:35pm: Abigail Riccards with Joel Frahm
  • 1:50-2:45pm: Geof Bradfield/Ben Goldberg/Dana Hall
  • 3:00-4:00pm: Immanuel Wilkins Quartet

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

  • 4:15-5:05pm: Linda May Han Oh
  • 5:25-6:10pm: Nick Mazzarella
  • 6:25-7:25pm: Kris Davis Diatom Ribbons
  • 7:45-9pm: Donald Harrison


The Jazz Institute of Chicago celebrates its 53rd year promoting and nurturing Chicago’s world class jazz community. Founded in 1969, this not for profit organization works 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 since 1979, Jazz Institute of Chicago works with DCASE to help ensure audiences experience the highest quality international, national, local, and young future jazz artists.

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Chicago House Music Festival and Conference

New expanded dates! Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, September 18
Millennium Park and ancillary community events citywide

Chicago House Music Festival and Conference returns with DJs and live performances citywide and in Millennium Park highlighting the various sounds and styles of House music, the genre born in Chicago that has gone on to revolutionize dance music internationally.

Festivities begin with a House Music Symposium at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at The University of Chicago exploring the history, culture, and business of House music (Sept. 15). Headlining the Friday, September 16 Millennium Park performance is GRAMMY-nominated Chicago House band Ten City along with Josh Milan and his band from New York with additional performers to be announced. Saturday, September 17 includes a daytime celebration of Frankie Knuckles by Rebuild Foundation and an evening bus tour of venues and DJs throughout the city by House Club Tour Chicago. Sunday, September 18 caps off with a daytime all-ages Footwork Dance Down by Open The Circle, a non-profit focusing on community organizing and racial justice through the arts. Full citywide schedule to be announced in the coming weeks.

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World Music Festival Chicago

Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 9, 2022
Chicago Cultural Center and Citywide

Featuring 10 consecutive days of live, global music, World Music Festival Chicago returns with 34 bands (including three DJs) representing 22 countries and spotlighting 10 local music groups. Now in its 22nd year of live, in-person programming, the festival features performances in 11 indoor and outdoor venues across Chicago. 2022 will be the 10th year the festival presents Ragamala, the largest all-night long presentation of live Indian classical music in the United States. Visitors have the rare opportunity to hear the ragas (traditional scales or modes) during the early morning and late-night hours as they were meant to be played. The Ragamala celebration takes place at the Chicago Cultural Center from September 30 at 6pm through to October 1 at 8am.

Also new this year, the Global Peace Picnic (October 1) expands with two stages and eight bands. The citywide global celebration comes to a grand finale with a double-bill program on Navy Pier’s Lake Stage, October 9, featuring Cha Wa (New Orleans, LA) and Héctor Guerra (Spain/Bolivia). Full schedule below and online.


Friday, September 30 - Saturday, October 1, 2022

Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music – Celebrating 10 Years!
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Presented by DCASE with support from the Chicago Park District and in collaboration with South Asia Institute, South Asia Classical Music Society of Chicago and People of Rhythm Productions.

  • 6-7:15 pm: Purbayan Chatterjee, sitar, Rakesh Chaurasia, bansuri, Ojas Adhiya, tabla
  • 7:45-9pm: Roopa Mahadevan, vocal, Sruti Sarathy, violin, Rohan Krishnamurthy, mridangam
  • 9:30-10:45pm: Anupama Bhagwat, sitar, Amit Kavthekar, tabla
  • 11:15-12:30am: Indrajit Banerjee: sitar, Rupak Kulkarni, bansuri, Hindole Majumdar, tabla
  • 1am-2:15am: Saraswathi Ranganathan, veena, Sruti Sarathy, violin, Rohan Krishnamurthy, mridangam
  • 2:45am-4am: Suhail Yusuf Khan: sarangi, Amit Kavthekar, tabla
  • 4:30am-5:45am: V.K. "Flute" Raman, flute & Rohan Krishnamurthy, mridangam
  • 6:15am-7:30am: Manik Khan, sarod, Hindole Majumdar, tabla

Saturday, October 1

Global Peace Picnic
Humboldt Park Boathouse
1301 N. Sacramento Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
2 stages, 8 bands

Global Stage

  • 1-2pm: Tamburica Haus Bend (Chicago, IL)
  • 2:30-3:30pm: Shanta Nurullah (Chicago, IL)
  • 4:00-5:15pm: Natty Nation (Chicago, IL)
  • 5:45-7:00pm: Jina Brass Band Chicago (Chicago, IL)

¡Súbelo! Stage

  • 1:30-2:30pm: Sones de México Ensemble (Mexico/Chicago, IL)
  • 3:00-4:00pm: AfriCaribe (Puerto Rico/Chicago, IL)
  • 4:30-5:45pm: ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat (Chicago, IL)
  • 6:15-7:30pm: Bazurto Allstars (Colombia)

La Chica (Venezuela/France)
Beats y Bateria (Chicago, IL)
3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
Chicago, IL
9pm doors, 10pm show

Sunday, October 2

Paolo Angeli (Italy)
Surabhi Ensemble (Chicago, IL)
University of Chicago
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Monday, October 3

Gili Yalo (Ethiopia/Israel)
Juan Pastor’s Chinchano (Peru/USA)
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
6pm doors, 7pm show

Additional support for Gili Yalo provided by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest.

Tuesday, October 4

Seffarine (Morocco/USA)
The Arab Blues (Egypt/USA)
Sleeping Village
3734 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
6pm doors, 7pm show

Wednesday, October 5

Eva Salina (New York, NY)
Ana Everling (Chicago, IL)
Schubas Tavern
3159 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
6pm doors, 7pm show

Thursday, October 6

Al Bilali Soudan (Mali)
Tuvergen Band (Mongolia/USA)
The Promontory
5311 S. Lake Park Ave. W.
Chicago, IL 60615
6pm doors, 7pm show

Friday, October 7

Son Rompe Pera (Mexico)
Malafacha (Chicago, IL)
Reggies Chicago, Reggies Rock Club
2105 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60616
8pm doors, 9pm show

Saturday, October 8

Kaleta & Super Yamba (New York, NY)
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International (USA)
Chop Shop + 1st Ward Events
2033 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
9pm doors, 10pm show

Sunday, October 9

World Music Festival Chicago Finale!
Cha Wa (New Orleans, LA)
Héctor Guerra (Spain/Bolivia)
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

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About Chicago Cultural Center
Drawn by its beauty and the fabulous free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions, and family events. In 1991, the building was established as the Chicago Cultural Center by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the nation's first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue. Every year, the Chicago Cultural Center presents hundreds of free international, national, regional, and local artists, musicians, and performers, providing a showcase where the public can enjoy and learn about the arts.


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