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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.


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Grant Park
Jackson & Columbus
Chicago, IL 60602

11am-9:30pm daily

FREE Admission


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: $35 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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June 10-12, 2016 • Grant Park • FREE Admission

Saturday, June 11 (Fred Wesley pictured, Photo by: Marcos Hermes)

Saturday, June 11

Headliners on Saturday include, Fred Wesley (pictured) & The New JB's, Irma Thomas and Wee Willie Walker & We "R".


Preview Events and Performances

Preview Events and Performances

May and June are blues months in Chicago!


Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

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




Friday, June 10 (Shemekia Copeland pictured) 

Friday, June 10

This year's festival kicks-off with Shemekia Copeland (pictured), Curtis Salgado, Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials, Corky Siegel and more.


Sunday, June 12 (Otis Rush pictured)

Sunday, June 12

The festival closes on Sunday with a Tribute to Otis Rush.


About The Festival

About The Festival

Helpful information on the Chicago Blues Festival.









































Don't Miss these other Summer Festivals:


Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Chicago Gospel Music Festival

June 3 & 4, 2016 • Millennium Park • FREE Admission

Taste of Chicago

July 6-10, 2016 • Grant Park • FREE Admission

Chicago Jazz Festival

September 1-4, 2016 • Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park • FREE Admission