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June 9-11, 2017 • 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 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.



Friday, June 9 (Billy Branch pictured. Photo credit:  B Charvolin)

Friday, June 9

This year's festival kicks-off with Billy Branch & The Son of Blues with special guests Lurrie Bell, Freddie Dixon, J.W.S. Williams, Carlos Johnson, Carl Weathersby, Bill McFarland and Chicago Fire Horns and Mae Koen & The Lights.

Saturday, June 10 (William Bell, Photo by: David McClister)

Saturday, June 10

Headliners include William Bell (pictured), Theo Huff and the New Agenda Band, and Nellie Tiger Travis.

Sunday, June 11 (Gary Clark Jr. pictured)

Sunday, June 11

The festival closes on Sunday with headliners Gary Clark Jr. (pictured), Rhiannon Giddens, and Ronnie Baker Brooks.

Chicago Blues Festival Presents: Blues Month

Blues Month

In anticipation of the 34th Annual Chicago Blues Festival, enjoy performances by blues musicians, special film screenings of historical blues documentaries 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.

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.

Chicago Blues Festival Press Room

Blues Festival Press Room

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Information and Resources

Chicago Blues Festival

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

FREE Admission

Muddy Waters Mural Dedication 

Muddy Waters Mural Dedication

Thursday, June 8 • 17 N. State St.


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


Statement from Mayor Emanuel on Lonnie Brooks
Lonnie Brooks

Lonnie Brooks was a Chicago blues legend with a towering talent and soulful style that won him legions of fans across the country and around the world. His celebrated career inspired generations of music lovers, garnered numerous awards and brought him from the clubs of Chicago's west side to the concert halls of Europe and beyond. Amy and my thoughts and prayers are with Lonnie Brooks' family, friends and fans who are mourning his loss and celebrating his remarkable life.



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