The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's music festivals.
The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago's music festivals. Usually lasting three days in June, past performers have included Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.
Held on Chicago's lakefront Grant Park, the festivals started in 1984, a year after the death of blues icon Muddy Waters. It's now an important part of the city's heritage and a celebration of famous blues artists past and present. Each year the organisers choose a theme, generally to honour a recently departed blues musician.
Known as the Windy City due to the strength of the wind that blows in across Lake Michigan, this great metropolis boasts a skyline of towering skyscrapers including the renowned Sears Tower.
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