The largest free blues festival in the world brings living legends and local 12-bar regulars to the city's front yard for three days of music. This year, the main stage moves to Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, leaving behind the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park that has hosted the festival for decades. Headliners for the 2017 edition of the festival include Texas blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., Stax Records soul singer-songwriter William Bell and Che “Rhymefest” Smith (who will highlight the influence of blues on rap and hip-hop).
|Venue name:||Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion||Contact:|
205 E Randolph St
|Cross street:||Michigan Ave and Columbus Dr|
|Transport:||El stop: Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Randolph; Red to Lake. 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.