The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest FREE blues festival in the world and is the largest of Chicago's Music Festivals. Three days of music on five stages in a beautiful location with more than 500,000 blues fans continues to show the world that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World."
The Chicago Blues Festival is held in Grant Park and is centered around Petrillo Band Shell, just across the street to the east of The Art Institute. One of the great things about all PPM apartments is that downtown Chicago is easily accessible and a very quick journey via public transportation or on a bicycle. Cyclists are encouraged to bicycle to the Chicago Blues Festival and there is a complimentary bike parking valet. It's easy and safe! There is a lot of car parking available around Grant Park and if you use a smartphone app like SpotHero it can be affordable. Otherwise, budget around $30 to park your car.
The Chicago Blues Festival is open from 11:00am – 9:30pm daily. This year’s lineup is amazing as usual. Headliners include Syl Johnson, Clarence Carter, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, and the festival concludes with tributes to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. If you do not know Willie Dixon or Muddy Waters be sure to be in the audience and it will surprise you how many of their songs you will know, as a lot were covered by rock bands over the years. Food, drinks, and an array of souvenirs ranging from t-shirts to LPs and CDs make it as easy to spend a day as it would an hour.
This festival is for everybody. You will find people from all over the US and the world at these shows, and from 1 year old to 100. Bring as much gear or as little as you want and set up in the grassy area beyond the seats at the Petrillo Band Shell. Amazing setups with tables, chairs, tablecloths, candles, wine, and whatever you can imagine, are hauled in by Blues fans. For the mobile and for minimalists, a simple blanket and backpack to carry your food and drinks will do the trick.
Planned Property Management wants you to have fun and there is no better way than to pack up a picnic, gather up your friends and family and head down to Grant Park for the Chicago Blues Festival. Other upcoming festivals include the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, May 29-31, Taste of Chicago, July 8-12, and the Chicago Jazz Festival, September 3-6.