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Statement from Mayor Emanuel on the passing of B.B. King

B.B. King"B.B. King brought blues from Mississippi to the mainstream. Through his velvety voice and his guitar, Lucille, he influenced the most famous musicians in the world, but more importantly, his music comforted people when they needed it most. Anyone could sing a song about falling in love, but only Mr. King could sing a song about heartbreak. Today, everyone's hearts are heavier with the passing of the greatest bluesman in history. May he and Lucille continue to play on in eternity."

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Chicago Legend Buddy Guy will headline
32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival

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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 AdmissionDownload Festival Map

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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: $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 12 - 14, 2015 • 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.


 Chicago Blues Festival Saturday, June 13 schedule (Buddy Guy pictured)

Saturday, June 13

Buddy Guy (pictured) headlines the festival on Saturday, other headliners include Shemekia Copeland and Toronzo Cannon.


FREE Kickstart by Mountain Dew Bike Valet

FREE Kickstart by Mountain Dew

Bike to the Chicago Blues Festival and enjoy a complimentary Kickstart by Mountain Dew Bike Valet.


Chicago Blues Festival Map


Download the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival map.


Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

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

Chicago Blues Festival Friday, June 12 schedule (Zora Young pictured, photo credit: Christelle Rama) 

Friday, June 12

The Chicago Blues Festival kicks-off on Friday, June 12 with Zora Young (pictured), Clarence Carter, Syl Johnson,  John Primer and more.


Chicago Blues Festival Sunday, June 14 schedule (Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon pictured)

Sunday, June 14

The festival closes on Sunday with Centennial Tributes to Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters (pictured). Forget Me Not

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About The Festival

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September 3-6, 2015 • Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park • FREE Admission