There’s a reason blues musicians sing about “Sweet Home Chicago.” Chicago has historically been a beacon to musicians looking for bigger crowds and more places to play, and blues musicians from the Mississippi Delta have made Chicago one of the biggest spots in the country for blues music.
Fittingly, the annual Chicago Blues Festival is the city’s largest blues music festival, too. More than a half-million people flock to Millennium Park and Grant Park for the three days of free outdoor concerts that was started in honor of Muddy Waters. With lineups that have included such greats as Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor, each year the festival celebrates the genre’s rich heritage and forthcoming talents.
31st Annual Chicago Blues Festival
Petrillo Music Shell Headliners
Friday, June 13
Saturday, June 14
Sunday, June 15