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Music Lovers Visit the Chicago Blues Festival


Chicago Blues Festival

Visit the Chicago Blues Festival

Chicago is known for many things: pizza, the Cubs, Oprah Winfrey, and buildings like the Willis Tower and Federal Bank of Chicago.

But, outside all the glitz and glamor of pizza slices, baseball games, and federal banking, many Windy City visitors enjoy the hot and heavy sounds of the local blues music scene.

Whether you stay in downtown or in one of the local suburbs like Dekalb, or Hillside be sure to enjoy some blues.

Summer visitors in the Chicago area are in for a treat. Head to Grant Park in early to mid-June for the annual Chicago Blues Festival, just minutes from nearby cities like Countryside, and Westmont.

Explore Grant Park with the family and settle in at the Petrillo Music Shell – an attractive site at Grant Park, just inland from Lake Michigan.

The Chicago Blues Festival began in 1984 as a way to honor local legend and “father of Chicago blues,” Muddy Waters, who had died a year prior.

Since then, the Chicago Blues Festival has taken place in June, and features a distinct, annual theme. A popular event, the Chicago Blue Festival features free admission, and hosts visitors and music lovers from around the state – some traveling from as nearby as Evanston and Rosemont, to as far west as St. Charles.

On your next summer exploration of Chicago, be sure to plan an afternoon around the soulful sounds of the Chicago Blues Festival.


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