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Chicago Blues Festival Returns in Full Force, Showcasing Stellar Lineup of Artists

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Chicago expects over 180,000 fans for the Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free blues festival in the country, held at Millennium Park Thursday through Sunday
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After a hiatus of three years due to the pandemic, the highly anticipated Chicago Blues Festival is set to make a triumphant return. The free four-day event, known for its star-studded lineup and electric atmosphere, will kick off on Thursday at Millennium Park. Local blues legend Wayne Baker Brooks will headline the opening night, marking a momentous occasion for both performers and fans alike.

The Chicago Blues Festival, often hailed as the largest free blues festival in the world, was canceled in 2020 and 2021, and scaled down in 2022. However, this year's festival promises to be back in full force with over 250 acts and almost 50 performances spread across three stages.

The main stage, located at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, will host renowned artists such as John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band, Los Lobos, and Sheryl Youngblood while the Rosa's Lounge stage will showcase local musicians and emerging talents including Stephen Hull and Melody Angel. The Visit Mississippi Juke Joint Stage will feature artists from Mississippi, paying homage to the roots of the genre including Lightnin' Malcom and Eddie Cotton.

Organizers are expecting approximately 180,000 attendees throughout the festival, which runs from Thursday to Sunday. This year's event has been meticulously planned to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. With decent weather expected, fans can look forward to experience the soulful sounds and vibrant atmosphere that define the Chicago Blues Festival.

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