All You Need to Know About Chicago Blues Fest

Chicago Blues Fest is coming up in just about a week. We put together a guide to help answer any questions you might have about the free event!

Schedule and Lineup


First things first, you probably want to know who’s performing.

Chicago Blues Fest Schedule



When Is It?


Chicago Blues Fest takes place from Friday, June 12 to Sunday, June 14.



Where Is It?

The festival is located in Grant Park.



How Much Is It?


It’s completely FREE!



What Can I Eat?

There are four food vendors that will be making appearances!

Friday: Yum Dum & Jack’s Fork in the Road

Saturday & Sunday: Harold’s Chicken & Gino’s Steaks Truck


Festival Map

Blues Fest Map 

Where Can I Park?

The cheapest parking in the area is available at the South Loop Self Park. They offer $15 for 12 hours on show days if you reserve your spot online. Here’s a link.


Where Should I Stay?

If you’re looking to overnight near the festival, check out the Essex Inn. They’re located right across the street from Grant Park on Michigan Ave. They’re also a partner for the festival, so they’re legit.


What Can/Can’t I Bring?

For starters, you won’t be allowed in with any of the following:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • BBQ Grills (Open Flames)
  • Fireworks or Explosives
  • Illegal Substances & Weapons
  • Pop-up Tents/Canopies
  • Beach/Picnic Umbrellas
  • Flag Poles
  • All Pets (except Service Animals)

However, you can bring your own folding chair and blanket. And a smile… bring that too!