Chicago Blues Festival

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Chicago Blues Festival
Patrick L. Pyszka
Chicago Blues Fest

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"). This year, headliners include singer Shemekia Copeland, trombonist Fred Wesley & The New JB's as well as an all-star tribute to Chicago musician Otis Rush.



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Monica L

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.