Chicago is known for its music - in particular its blues - and that's why the annual Chicago Blues Festival is still the most popular music event in the city.
- When? TBC June 2018
- Where? Grant Park, Chicago
- Price: free
Roses might be red but Chicago is all about blues when this event comes to town in June. Chicago Blues Festival is not only the largest music festival in the city but is also the biggest free blues festival in the world, attracting more than half a million people to Grant Park over the three days. You can't really expect anything less from the 'blues capital of the world'.
With five stages set up in one of the city's most popular spots, which each feature an amazing line-up year after year, the most surprising thing about it is that it's free. Big names such as Ray Charles, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt have graced the stage in previous years making it arguably the best blues festival on the planet.
The festival's reputation has gone from strength to strength since its debut back in 1984 and today it still attracts people of all ages, whatever the weather, who come to dance, party and enjoy the electric atmosphere.
Forget the holiday blues, you might get a case of the festival blues if you decide to attend this one. Don't say we didn't warn you.
- Get there: Fly into Chicago and use the bus and train services to get around the city.
- Stay: Find a hotel along the Chicago River for pretty views and to be close to the venue.
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