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Now Accepting Submissions for the 2017 Chicago Blues Festival

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is accepting submissions through December 30th, from performers in the Chicagoland area or a 300 mile radius surrounding Chicago, for consideration to perform at the Chicago Blues Festival. More information on how to apply.

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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.




June 10-12, 2016 • Grant Park • FREE Admission


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.

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".

Sunday, June 12 (Otis Rush pictured)

Sunday, June 12

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

Preview Events and Performances

Preview Events and Performances

May and June are blues months in Chicago! Enjoy a number of FREE events.

Festival Map

Festival Map

2016 Chicago Blues Festival map.

Southwest® Blues Porch

Southwest® Blues Porch

Meet the artists, hear their stories, and enjoy impromptu performances.

About The Festival

About The Festival

Helpful information on the Chicago Blues Festival.

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

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

Information and Resources

Grant Park  View Map
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


Chicago Blues Festival Press Room

Blues Festival Press Room

Find information about obtaining media credentials for Blues Festival.


Chicago Blues Festival Sponsors


Sponsors of the Chicago Blues Festival.



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Don't Miss these other Summer Festivals:

Chicago Air and Water Show

Chicago Air and Water Show

August 20 & 21, 2016 • North Ave. Beach • FREE Admission


Chicago Jazz Festival

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