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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. 

The weekend in Chicago is finally here and like always, it's filled with some of the top happenings of the year! There's endless things to do in Chicago and we've got everything you need to enjoy your visit this weekend. Looking to see some of your favorite blues musicians, eat a bunch of BBQ ribs or enjoy a craft beer festival at Navy Pier? Well we've got it all and more. Create your Chicago weekend itinerary — here.

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It's summertime and things are heating up in Chicago. We've got sports (witness soccer and sailing history this weekend!), music (join 500,000 blues fans at Grant Park!), art (check out the Art Institute's opener and an art fair favorite!), and much more. We have some great weekend plans for you in Chicago.

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As the city's largest music festival and the largest blues festival in the world, the FREE Chicago Blues Festival supplies a mind-boggling array of the genre in all of its forms. From June 10-12, the city, dubbed "The Blues Capital of the World", will celebrate its significant heritage, attracting an expected 500,000 blues fans to Grant Park over the course of 3 days. With 4 stages, plus a dedicated "street stage", its easy to get overwhelmed with all of the choices. Here's a breakdown of highlights not to miss:

Jamiah Rogers at Buddy Guy's Legends
 
It's been a long time coming but after years of playing talent competitions, all ages shows and special performances, Chicago blues young gun Jamiah Rogers will headline at the famed downtown club Buddy Guy's Legends on May 31. At 21 years old, the musician has sharpened his guitar- and song-writing skills to rival much more seasoned artists. Performing since he was three years old, Rogers injects a freshness to the Chicago blues sound that engages everyone who hears him play.

Billy Branch

Chicago blues may be defined by the electric guitar, but the invigorating roar of the harmonica is arguably the genre's second most essential instrument. Blues fans and newbies alike are always enthralled by the jaw-dropping skill of Chicago blues harp icon Billy Branch. A 3-time Grammy-nominated blues innovator who's been a mainstay on the Chicago blues scene since his arrival in the early '70s, a Billy Branch show is filled with lots of energy, audience interaction and dazzling skill.

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