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Chicago Blues Festival 2024

The largest free blues festival in the world and one of the greatest music festivals in Chicago

Dates: June 2024 (unconfirmed)

Chicago Blues Festival
Chicago Blues Festival
Chicago Blues Festival
Chicago Blues Festival
Chicago Blues Festival
Chicago Blues Festival

The Chicago Blues Festival is one of the largest of music festivals in Chicago. "Blues Capital of the World" is celebrated for three days straight on four stages, which in the past have hosted Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Shemekia Copeland, Gary Clark Jr, Rhiannon Giddens, and Bobby Rush.

The Festival lineup includes old blues favorites and up-and-coming artists. It is focused on blues, soul, jazz blues, and blues-rock acts. The event is organized every June by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Since 2017, the festival has been held in the Millennium Park.

Chicago has a rich history of blues, which goes back to the Great Migration from the South and the Mississippi Delta. The festival was founded in 1984, a year after the death of McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters), called "the father of Chicago blues." Chicago Blues Festival has become an amazing Chicago-born music tradition with a focus on the blues' past, present, and future!

All Chicago Blues Festival concerts on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage include American Sign Language Interpretation. on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage. Food and beverages are available at Millennium Hall, near the Cloud Gate. The special BBQ pop-up “Wally’s BBQ Pit” is located in the North Promenade Tent.

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