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Blues By The Lake

Bettye Lavette Aaron Neville (Photo credit: Sarah A.) Dr. John

The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.


Information and Resources

Grant Park  (View Map)
Jackson & Columbus
Chicago, IL 60602

11am-9:30pm daily

FREE Admission

Chicago Blues Festival 2014 Flyer

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Millennium Garages

Parking Details: Park right below the music! Garage locations are Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave. and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave.

Packages: $30 parking /Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage (regular rates apply at Grant Park North & Grant Park South Garages)

Purchase Options: pay at parking location; call 312.616.0600



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Chicago Blues Festival Press Room

Blues Festival Press Room

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June 13 - 15, 2014 • Grant Park • FREE Admission


Chicago Blues Festival Preview Schedule

May and June are blues months in Chicago! Enjoy a number of Chicago Blues Festival preview events throughout the City at the Chicago Cultural Center, Daley Plaza and other locations. Click here for a complete schedule.


 Friday, June 13 Schedule (Billy Boy Arnold pictured)

Friday, June 13

The Chicago Blues Festival kicks-off on Friday, June 13 with Billy Boy Arnold (pictured), The Siegel-Schwall Blues Band with Sam Lay, Marcella Detroit and more.


Sunday, June 15 Schedule (Dr. John pictured)

Sunday, June 15

The festival closes on Sunday with headliners Dr. John (pictured), Aaron Neville and Nikki Hill.


Lil' Ed performing at the Chicago Blues Festival (Photo credit: Michael Jackson)

Chicago’s Front Porch: Blues Fest Through the Years

A photography exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center celebrating blues musicians.


 Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Helpful information for planning your visit to Chicago for the Blues Festival.

Saturday, June 14 Schedule (Bettye LaVette pictured)

Saturday, June 14

Bettye LaVette (pictured) headlines the Chicago Blues Festival on Saturday, other headliners include Willie Clayton and Theo Huff.


Performer Bios (Carolina Chocolate Drops pictured)

Performer Bios

Read about the many performers that will be performing at the 2014 Chicago Blues Festival.


About The Festival

About The Festival

Helpful information on the Chicago Blues Festival.



Chicago Blues Festival Map

Festival Map

2014 Chicago Blues Festival map.