The Next LIVE Festival will be on JUNE 12, 2022 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. See You There - It Will Be Great To Come Together Again!

2022 GCJF

We are excited to bring the community together again on June 12, 2022 for the largest Jewish cultural event in Chicagoland and the longest running Jewish Festival in America!
Plan on joining in with family and friends from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm at our outdoor site in the Cook County Forest Preserve on Oakton St. west of Lehigh with free parking available from Oakton.  $5 suggested donation.  Call to arrange bus parking.

It will be great to be together again in song, to see and purchase art, to enjoy Kosher food, see all of the Organizations of Chicago and to enjoy family activities from the Jewish day schools of our community.

See you at the Festival!

Michael M. Lorge


Rabbi Joe Black
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
Kol Sasson
Listen Up!
The Internationals
Tracy Friend

Stream our 2020 VIRTUAL Festival with live performances from David Broza, Peter Yarrow and lots of Festival favorites.

Some of those who have appeared on our stages since 1980 include:

  • Theodore Bikel
Crain-Maling Foundation
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Israeli American Counsel
Chicago Jewish Day School
NorthShore University Health System
Double Tree by Hilton
Evanston Subaru
Chicago Israeli Film
Bass Foundation

Maurice S. Surlow Memorial Fund

Joseph & Helene Lachman Foundation

SB Wolf Foundation

The Festival’s budget is raised through foundation grants, corporate sponsorship; private donations, entrance donations and co-sponsoring organizations.  We appreciate donations of all amounts.  Please help.

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The Festival is a community event, not a commercial event.  It is produced by the Jewish Production Organization for Cultural Events and Theater (Jewish P.O.C.E.T.)  The Jewish P.O.C.E.T. is run by an all-volunteer Steering Committee which consists of individuals in all fields necessary to produce the Festival.  All of these funds are treated as “community funds” and are exclusively to produce the Festival and other Jewish music events.