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Media Credentials for August 29-September 2, 2018

Media credential requests to cover the 2018 Chicago Jazz Festival must be received by Wednesday, 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

For all media inquiries about the festival please contact


Press and Photo Credentials

Media credential requests for the Chicago Jazz Festival must be submitted by Wednesday, 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.


New Media (websites, podcasts, eNews, etc.)

Press admittance is open to journalists working with a commercial news or industry-related website. The website must be established and updated regularly with relevant original and current content. Please provide a link of past festival coverage or similar reportage with your request. Web designers, editors and creators 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 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. Cases will be reviewed and each request 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.


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Press Releases

June 28, 2018: City of Chicago Announces the Schedule of Free Chicago Jazz Festival Performances at Jazz Clubs and Music Venues Throughout Chicago and the Lineup for the Year of Creative Youth Rooftop Performances in Millennium Park August 24 – September 2

April 18, 2018: City of Chicago Announces 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival at Millennium Park and Jazz Music Venues Across Chicago

Aug. 10, 2017: The Chicago Jazz Festival will be Heard for the First Time in China, the United Kingdom, Austria and Other European Countries through the WFMT Radio Network

July 12, 2017: The 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival Announces the Complete Lineup Featuring Jason Moran Presents In My Mind: Monk At Town Hall 1959, A Centennial Tribute to Theolonius Monk and More Than 30 Performances by Renowned Chicago Artists

April 21, 2017: The 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Fesitval Announces Centennial Celebrations For Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center August 31 – September 3


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