The largest free blues festival in the world brings living legends and local 12-bar regulars to Grant Park for three days of music. Those expecting Blues Brothers cover bands should steer clear (though you're likely to hear a few renditions of "Sweet Home Chicago")—past editions have brought artists such as Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland and Syl Johnson to the stage. 2016's lineup is yet to be announced, but we're expecting something special.
|Venue name:||Grant Park||Contact:|
337 E Randolph St
|Cross street:||at Columbus Dr|
|Opening hours:||Daily 6am-11pm.|
|Transport:||El stop: Red to Monroe; Blue to Washington; Orange, Green, Pink, Purple (rush hrs), Brown to Randolph. Bus: 3, 4, 6, 10.|
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Where the House of Blues let me down, the Chicago Blues Festival more than made up for it! I was fortunate enough to be traveling to Chicago during the Blues Fest in June and really stumbled across the festival more than planned the trip for it. I was shocked that this enormous festival in Grant Park is a completely free. In true Chicago fashion, the crowd was lively, the park was clean, the weather was gorgeous, and the music was fantastic. It broke my heart to leave the festival to catch a flight before I could see Buddy Guy perform. Only complaint: having to purchase food vouchers.