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Chicago boasts a musical legacy that few cities can challenge

This is the Midwest Mecca, where urban blues, gospel and house music were born. 

Blues Festival 2013

With the arrival of summer quickly approaching, make sure to jump right into the festival season with the 31st Annual Chicago Blues Festival! Blues icons Bettye LaVette, Aaron Neville and Dr. John will all headline Chicago Blues Fest next weekend, June 13-15 in Grant Park. Celebrating "Blues by the Lake," the festival is free admission and open daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Chicago Blues Festival

One of Chicago's most treasured music festivals is set to return this summer with a trio of legendary soulful singers as the main attractions: the festival is none other than the 31st Annual Chicago Blues Festival. Bettye LaVette, Aaron Neville and Dr. John will all headline Chicago Blues Fest, June 13-15 in Grant Park. Celebrating "Blues by the Lake," the festival is free admission and open daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. A complete line-up of performers and schedule for all stages, as well as preview events, will be released later this spring.


In addition to a wealth of awesome local street festivals, Chicago summers are also generously seasoned with big scale music festivals throughout our city's parks. When you only have so much time though (not to mention money in your bank), sometimes it's hard to decide which festivals you'll enjoy the most.

Blues Festival 2013

Chicago was home to legendary blues artists like Muddy Waters, Slim Harpo, and Buddy Guy. The blues in Chicago were so different from all other genres that they earned themselves their own name, with their city proudly displayed. To this day, the annual Chicago Blues Festival (June 6-9) is the largest free blues festival in the world and the largest music festival in Chicago. This year's lineup captures the unparalleled excellence of the Chicago Blues scene, and here are the acts I'd rather break all of my toes than miss.

A Neighborhood Guide to Chicago Blues

Sunday, May 19, 2013 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz

Buddy Guy

Blues music in Chicago is legendary. Born on the city's south side, the genre now thrives in many of the city's most popular neighborhoods and culminates each summer with the Chicago Blues Festival -- the largest free blues music festival in the world. Attracting 500,000 fans every summer, this year the festival takes place June 6 through 9 in Grant Park. If you can't make the festival though, there are still plenty of spots to get your rock on all year long.

Chicago Blues Festival

Last week, Lollapalooza and Pitchfork Music Festival announced their entertainment lineups and today the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is getting in on the action. Headliners and details are in for the much ballyhooed Chicago Blues Fest and the lineup is hotter than a Wrigley Field bleacher seat in August. From June 6 - 9 tens of thousands of people will gather in Millennium Park and Grant Park to watch some of the rhythmic bellyaching industry's biggest names, including some of Chicago's most celebrated musicians.

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