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Media Credentials for August 29-September 1, 2019

Media credential requests to cover the 2019 Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park must be received by Thursday, August 22 for consideration.

To apply for press or photo credentials for Millennium Park only, please send your request on media letterhead via

  • fax at 312.744.8523
  • or mail to:

Chicago Jazz Festival Media Credential Requests
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602


Press and Photo Credentials

Media credential requests for the Chicago Jazz Festival must be submitted by Thursday, August 22. Acceptance notifications will be sent accordingly. Press access is complimentary. Each media outlet is limited to one press and one photography request as space is limited.

*Submission of a request does not guarantee admission.


Freelance Media

Freelance writers and photographers must submit requests for the outlet he/she is representing on the company’s letterhead with the assignment editor’s signature and contact information. Eligibility will be determined case-by-case and you will be notified if you are approved or we require further information. We will not accept any applications from freelance photographers or writers who are not on confirmed assignment.


Social Media, Websites, Podcasts, eNews, etc.

Press admittance is open to journalists working with a commercial news or industry-related website. The website or platform must be established and updated regularly with relevant original and current content. Please provide a link of past Chicago Jazz Festival coverage or similar reportage with your request. Web designers, editors, marketing and PR representatives do not qualify for media credentials.



Media credential requests from bloggers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Bloggers must host professional, industry-related blogs with original content. A link to the blog must be submitted along with the number of unique visits per month and how often it is updated.


Video/Audio Recording

Video and audio recording for broadcast is allowed a total of 5 minutes for non-commercial use only. Any commercial use is prohibited without artist consent and written authorization by the Chicago Jazz Festival and the City of Chicago – please note, fees may apply. Drones Are Prohibited In Millennium Park.

Please note before making your request:

  • Press credentials and photo passes are limited and you must be on assignment from a media outlet to cover the Chicago Jazz Festival. Applicants will be notified by August 1 and no later than August 22.
  • Applicants should be prepared to supply copies of recent and relevant coverage (links are sufficient). Clippings can be from previous year’s coverage or coverage of similar types of concerts and festivals.
  • College newspapers and photographers will have limited access. Each case will be reviewed and requests must be accompanied by a letter from a faculty advisor on college or University letterhead.
  • Because you are working, if credentialed, there are no opportunities to bring a guest.
  • Some Artists’ management will have final decision on credentialing.
  • Photographers: We appreciate the offer but do not contact us to offer your services. We have photographers in place with the City of Chicago.


Corporate Partnership Opportunities

To partner with the Chicago Jazz Festival, visit our Corporate Partnership Opportunities page.


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