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Chicago Blues Festival

Bring the family to see the Chicago Blues Festival in Millennial Park by “The Bean,” June 8-10, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel in Hyde Park!

The Chicago Blues Festival is one of the world’s greatest music festivals. Sit in a chair, lounge on a blanket with a picnic supper, and see some of the most prominent musicians of the blues persuasion. This year’s headline performers are the legendary (Bob Dylan once proposed to her) Mavis Staples, Little Walter, and Bob Koester!

Friday Lineup: Corey Dennison Band, Mississippi Heat with guests Billy Flynn and Giles Corey, Tribute to Those Who Came Before and Bob Koester: Corey Dennison and Gerry Hundt – Tribute to Sleepy John Estes, Jimmy Burns – Tribute to Big Joe Williams, Ken Saydak – Tribute to Roosevelt Sykes, Guy King – Tribute to Willie Kent, Billy Flynn and Linsey Alexander – Tribute to Jimmy Dawkins, Lil’ Ed & Dave Weld – Tribute to J.B. Hutto, Demetria Taylor and Tomiko Dixon – Tribute to Big Time Sarah, Steve Bell and Lurrie Bell – Tribute to Carey Bell, Jimmy Johnson and Dave Specter – Tribute to Magic Sam, Omar Coleman – Tribute to Junior Wells.

Saturday Lineup: 5:30-6:30pm – Selwyn Birchwood, 6:45-7:45pm – Willie Clayton, 8-9:30pm – Little Walter Tribute: Featuring harp players: Billy Branch, Corky Siegel, Rick Estrin, Sugar Blue and the Sons of Blues featuring Billy Flynn.

Sunday Lineup: 5:30-6:30pm – Fantastic Negrito, 6:45-7:45pm – Kenny Neal, 8-9:30pm – Mavis Staples.

Millennium Park is located between Randolph Street and Balboa, and Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. Admission is free. Parking is expensive. You can get to the event using public transportation.

Make your Chicago Blues Festival experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.