Chicago Bluesfest FAQs

Chicago Bluesfest is the largest Blues festival in the world, attracting over 500,000 people and showcasing world-renowned Blues legends. If you are headed to Bluesfest this year, here are the answers to some FAQs for navigating Chicago’s largest music festival.

Also, read the Chicago Bluesfest Event Guide.

1- When is Chicago Bluesfest?

Festival dates are June 9-11, 2017

2- What are Bluesfest hours?

Millennium Park is open from 6am-11pm, and festival hours are 11am-9:30pm, rain or shine.

3- Is there an admission fee for Chicago Bluesfest?

Chicago Bluesfest is and always has been free admission.

4- Can I bring food to Millennium Park?

Outside food is allowed in the park so pack a picnic; it’ll be nice to save a few bucks.

5- Can I purchase food in the park at Bluesfest?

Yes, try out the Bluesfest food vendors- Chicago cuisine does not disappoint. Food options will be available in the concessions tent at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, as well as Chase Promenade and McCormick Tribune Plaza.

6- Am I allowed to bring chairs to the festival?

Of course. Get comfy and bring a folding chair, which is allowed everywhere except Pritzker Pavilion

Chicago Bluesfest 2017
Photo by Darshan Simha

7- What items are prohibited from the festival grounds?

Prohibited items include outside alcohol, animals, and recording devices

8- How do I get to Millennium Park?

There are some shuttles constantly leaving to the venue.  Also, Public Transportation, biking or walking are nice options as the weather is typically mild.

9- Where should I stay if I’m going to Bluesfest?

Stay at the official Bluesfest hotel and be within walking distance of the park. Or, explore other hotel options nearby.

10- When do the festival headliners go on?

Headliners go on every evening at 5 pm at Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

11- What is there to do after the festival ends? Is there an afterparty?

The party doesn’t end when the festival does. Check out some of the local Blues clubs and venues in Chicago

12- Where can I get more information about Chicago Bluesfest?

Read the Chicago Bluesfest 2017 Guide for everything you need to know about the festival this year

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