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HYDE PARK JAZZ FESTIVAL
A rollicking September bookend to Labor Day weekend’s Chicago Jazz Festival, this free South Side affair bops harder with each passing year. On the bill for year 5, three capital W’s: Willie Pickens, Corey Wilkes (right), and a hopping set at Wright’s Robie House.
9/24–25 Why did we declare this now-two-day affair the city’s best neighborhood music fest in Chicago’s August issue? Foremost, for staging top-notch local acts, such as the pianist Willie Pickens, the drummer Paul Wertico, the trumpeter Corey Wilkes, and dozens more in venues of all shapes and sizes (the DuSable Museum, the Midway Plaisance, a midnight jam session at Mandel Hall) across the South Side enclave. A rent party at Wright’s Robie House? Count us in. Schedule, locations: hydeparkjazzfestival.org.