Chicago Blues Festival

June 8-10, 2018 • Millennium Park • FREE Admission • 11am-9:30pm

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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 four stages, blues fans enjoy free live music in the "Blues Capital of the World." Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, the late Ray Charles, the late B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, the late Koko Taylor, Shemekia Copeland, Gary Clark Jr, Rhiannon Giddens, Lil Ed and the Imperials and Bobby Rush.



Headliners (Mavis Staples pictured)


This year's festival celebrates Chicago's music legacy with Mavis Staples (pictured), a Little Walter Tribute, a special tribute to Bob Koester and 65th Anniversary of Delmark Records and more.


Around Town

Around Town

Celebrate Chicago's black music legacy as birthplace of the urban blues - plus house music, gospel music and more.


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About The Festival

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Chicago Blues Festival

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601

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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