The Hyde Park Jazz Festival adapted to the times last September and hosted a series of outdoor shows. The beloved neighborhood jazz festival typically takes place at venues throughout Hyde Park, but most performance will once again take place outdoors this year—with the possible exception of a couple of shows inside the Logan Center. Local drummer and bandleader Makaya McCraven will debut a new piece commissioned by the festival on Saturday, September 25. Other highlights of this year's programming includes sets from saxophonist Isaiah Collier, violinist Tomeka Reid, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and vocalist Dee Alexander accompanied by the Metropolitan Jazz Octet. As ususal, all performances are free to attend.
September sends off months of summer festivals in Chicago with a bang, closing out the season with some of the city's most beloved street fests, concerts and parties. This year, watch for the return of annual standbys like the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Printers Row Lit Fest, North Coast and Riot Fest, plus a retooled, month-long version of Chicago Gourmet. There's also no shortage of things to do outside in Chicago this month—be sure to catch the end of the Park District's Night Out in the Parks programming and a lineup of Chicago In Tune concerts. Make the most of the city's last summery month of the year with the best things to do in Chicago this September.
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