Located in Grant Park, the Chicago Blues Festival is the largest blues festival in the world. Over 500 000 fans of Blues music travel to Grant Park to partake in the three day festival, which includes performances by artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and many more. With free admission and food and beverage tickets available upon arrival, the Chicago Blues Festival is a fantastic place to visit for travelers in Chicago exotic rental cars.
History of the Festival
Originating in 1984, Chicago has always been linked to jazz music. The first ever Chicago Blues Festival in 1984 was held on simply 1 stage and attracted 165 000 people over the course of three days. Over time, the popularity of the festival has skyrocketed, and in 2007 over 800 000 people attended to watch the festival, having the option of watching from one of the six stages. The Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, Lois Weisberg started the festival after the death of Muddy Waters, who was also known as the father of Chicago Blues. 2011 will mark the 28th annual Blues Festival, which is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, as well as other commercial supporters. Mainly organized around Blues Music, the Festival will also include acts of blues-rock, jazz, and soul all genres that have greatly influenced the genre of Blues music. The Blues Festival has now developed into the largest of the city’s music festivals, with more than 60 performances on 6 stages over the course of the weekend.
Visitors in Chicago exotic rental cars are able to hear the music of many famous blues artists, both those who have passed as well as present-day blues musicians. In the past, performers have included B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Calvin Jones, Carey Bell, Eddie Boyd, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson, Keith Richards, Memphis Slim, Otis Rush, Ray Charles, Willie Dixon, Johnny Moore, and many more.
Located at Grant Park
Grant Park is home of the Chicago Blues Festival, which spans over 319 acres, often coined the city’s front yard. Home of Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus, Grant Park is an exquisite place to visit. While visitors in Chicago exotic rental cars are exploring the Chicago Blues Festival, they are able to discover all that the exquisite park has to offer, including the beautiful landscaping throughout the park. The Petrillo Music Shell is the venue for the Chicago Blues Festival, which is similar to an outdoor bandstand. Visitors in Chicago exotic rental cars are sure to have an unforgettable experience at one of the most beautiful venues in the city.
Spend the Night!
If travelers in Chicago exotic rental cars are wishing to stay the entire three days of the festival, they may want to look into accommodations nearby! Popular hotels include Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile, Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile, Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, or the Hilton Chicago. All of these hotels are located near the Magnificent Mile, very close to Grant Park.
Traveling to the Chicago Blues Festival
After travelers in Chicago exotic rental cars have picked up their vehicle from Global Exotic Car Rentals, they should start out west on Madison Street towards Canal Street. Take the first right onto Canal Street then the first right onto Washington Street. Turn left onto Wacker Drive, and then continue to follow North Wacker Drive. Next, take a slight right onto Wacker Plaza, then the second right onto Upper Michigan Avenue. Turn left onto Randolph Street, keep right at the fork to continue onto Randolph Street, and you have reached Grant Park, where the Chicago Blues Festival is located!