Chicago Blues Festival

Music, Music festivals Millennium Park | Chicago, IL , Millennium Park Friday June 8 2018 - Sunday June 10 2018 Free
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Chicago Blues Festival
Photograph: Max Herman

Chicago honors its history as a destination for musicians by hosting the largest free blues festival in the world, bringing living legends and local 12-bar players to Millennium Park. This year, Pritzker Pavilion hosts headlining sets from Mavis Staples and Fantastic Negrito, as well as a tribute to blues harpist Little Walter and Chicago label Delmark Records. During the day, local acts perform on side stages, giving you plenty of time to snag a spot on the lawn.



By: Zach Long


Venue name: Millennium Park | Chicago, IL
Address: 55 N Michigan Ave

Cross street: at Washington St
Opening hours: Daily 6am–11pm.
Transport: El stop: Blue to Washington; Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Randolph; Red to Lake. Bus: 3, 4, 14, 124, 157.
Price: Free
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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.