Chicago Blues Festival

June 9-11, 2017 • Millennium Park • FREE Admission • 11am-9:30pm

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Now Accepting Submissions for the 2018 Chicago Blues Festival!

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is now accepting submissions through December 29th, from performers in the Chicagoland area or a 300 mile radius surrounding Chicago, for consideration to perform at the 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.

 

 

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

Find information about obtaining media credentials for Blues Festival.

Sponsors

Sponsors

Sponsors of the Chicago Blues Festival.

Map

Map

Download the 2017 festival map.

 

Information and Resources


Chicago Blues Festival

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


FREE Admission


Parking:

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

Website: www.millenniumgarages.com


Public Transportation
For travel information, visit www.transitchicago.com.

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