Chicago Blues Festival

June 6 – 9, 2024


Thursday, June 6

Ramova Theatre, 3520 S. Halsted St.

Free with online RSVP available on May 1

Event entry will be first come, first served; and subject to venue capacity


Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9

Millennium Park • FREE Admission

Enter at Michigan Ave. & Washington St., Michigan Ave. & Madison St., Randolph St. or Monroe St. • Entrance Map

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The largest FREE Blues festival in the world, the 2024 Chicago Blues Festival features four days of top tier talent performing in Chicago’s Millennium Park, plus a special opening night performance at the historic Ramova Theatre in Bridgeport. Throughout the weekend, three stages set up across Millennium Park will welcome more than 35 performances and more than 250 artists celebrating the city’s renowned Blues legacy, including a special Sunday evening June 9th performance by Chicago living legend Buddy Guy as part of his “Damn Right Farewell” tour.

Additional headliners include: Award-winning blues, soul and Americana singer Shemekia Copeland; “The Mississippi Blues Child,” Mr. Sipp; GRAMMY-nominated Memphis-based Soul and Roots band Southern Avenue; and Centennial Tributes to Jimmy Rogers, Dinah Washington and Otis Spann and many more.

American Sign Language Interpretation is provided for all concerts on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage. For more accessibility information about Millennium Park visit our Accessibility page.

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Schedule (Buddy Guy pictured)


Buddy Guy headlines this year's festival, one of his final Chicago performances.

Wally’s BBQ Pit

Wally’s BBQ Pit

Delicious BBQ fare in the North Promenade Tent of the Park.

Citywide Blues Events

Citywide Blues Events

Select dates.

Festival Merchandise

Festival Merchandise

Apparel, Drinkwear and More!

Chicago Blues Festival Map and Program

Map and Program

Download the 2024 festival map and program.

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Helpful information when visiting Millennium Park.

Press Room

Press Room

Request media credentials, download photos and videos – and view current news releases.


Stay Connected

Visit us:

Millennium Park

Admission is FREE
Open Daily 6am–11pm
Welcome Center, open 9am-7pm (open until the end of the performance on event nights)

Plan Your Visit Attending An Event

Find us:

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Millennium Park Google Map
Millennium Park Google Map


Nearby parking garages are located at Grant Park North Garage (25 N. Michigan Ave.), Grant Park South Garage (325 S. Michigan Ave.) and Millennium Park Garage & Millennium Lakeside Garage (5 S. Columbus Dr.).

Pay in person at each garage location or pre-pay online for discounted parking. Visit or call 312.616.0600 for 24/7 customer service.


Public Transportation:


Take CTA to Millennium Park

From the elevated lines: exit at Washington/Wabash and walk east.

From the subway: exit at Lake (Red Line) or Washington (Blue Line) and walk east.

Served by buses 3, 4, 6, J14, 20, 56, 60, 124, 146, 147, 151, 157

For travel information, visit For fare information or to purchase fares in advance, visit




The Chicago Blues Festival is curated by DCASE in partnership with a programming committee comprised of 25 blues experts. The committee includes a mix of journalists, record label owners, musicians, presenters/promoters, academics, historians, museum curators/presidents, and other knowledgeable blues enthusiasts. The 2024 committee members are: Aaron Cohen, Barry Dolins, Billy Branch, Bruce Iglauer, Chandra Cooper, Dan Bindert, David Whiteis, Dick Shurman, Jacob Schulz, Janine Judge, Jackie Dixon, Jeff Pinzino, Jennifer Littleton, John Boncimino, Julia Miller, Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, Linda Cain, Melody Angel, Michael Frank, Michael Freeman, Michael Wheeler, Rick Kreher, Robert Terrell, Tom Marker, and Tony Mangiullo.