The Windy City, of course, is one of the great, formative epicenters of blues music in the country, and a visitor here can catch amazing musicians in the genre on a nightly basis. Music lovers, though, will want to make an extra effort to come here in early June, when the world’s biggest free blues festival goes down in Millennium Park.
The 2018 Chicago Blues Festival takes place June 8th through the 10th at multiple venues in the world-famous park, which lies a mere mile from our Autograph Collection luxury hotel here in the River North neighborhood. So come join us for the finest in Near North Side hospitality and some awesome live blues to kick off your summer properly!
The 2018 Chicago Blues Festival: Amazing Performers in Store
A Chi-Town tradition since 1984, the Chicago Blues Festival only moved to Millennium Park last year from longtime digs at Grant Park. A who’s-who clutch of music legends have taken the stage at the Chicago Blues Festival over the years: B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, Keith Richards, the Neville Brothers, Taj Mahal, Ray Charles, and Otis Rush, to name a few. And this year’s lineup is keeping up the tradition.
The festival’s main stage is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and on Friday, June 8th it’ll see the Corey Dennison Band and Mississippi Heat (with Billy Flynn and Giles Corey guesting) lead into a series of tributes to everyone from Sleepy John Estes and Big Time Sarah to Magic Sam and Junior Wells.
Saturday the 9th sees Selwyn Birchwood and Willie Clayton wow the crowd, then a musical salute to one of the all-time greats, Little Walter, courtesy of a slew of ace harp players.
The final day of the festival features Selwyn Birchwood and Willie Clayton at the Pavilion, followed up by an American treasure: the great Mavis Staples, taking the stage at 8 PM. Part of the legendary soul and R&B group the Staple Singers (along with her sisters Cleotha and Yvonne and her father “Pops” Staples), Mavis has also had a fabulous late-career renaissance, with Grammy-winning collaborations with Jeff Tweedy and recent tours with longtime friend (and one-time flame) Bob Dylan.
More fine music will be going down at other Millennium Park venues: the Budweiser Crossroads Stage (South Chase Promenade), Mississippi Juke Joint Stage (North Chase Promenade), Front Porch Stage (Wrigley Square), and Rooftop Lounge (Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace).
Take in the Chicago Blues Festival With Hotel Chicago Accommodations
Make your reservations at Hotel Chicago today so you’re all set for this year’s Chicago Blues Festival, the biggest of the city’s music festivals and always a scorching good time!