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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.
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.
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.
The festival closes on Sunday with headliners Dr. John (pictured), Aaron Neville and Nikki Hill.
A photography exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center celebrating blues musicians.
Helpful information for planning your visit to Chicago for the Blues Festival.
Bettye LaVette (pictured) headlines the Chicago Blues Festival on Saturday, other headliners include Willie Clayton and Theo Huff.
Read about the many performers that will be performing at the 2014 Chicago Blues Festival.
Helpful information on the Chicago Blues Festival.
2014 Chicago Blues Festival map.