The Chicago Blues Festival is a free annual event hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Always occurring in June, the festival features three days of performances by talented blues musicians, including old favorites and those emerging onto the scene. Although the event had always been held at and around Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, it changed venues to the nearby Millennium Park in 2017.
With the event being held at the modern and spacious Millenium Park, festival goers can expect state-of-the-art facilities and amenities to keep them comfortable during their time here. These include restrooms (including multiple wheelchair and ambulatory stalls), a Patron Services tent, two Welcome Centers, Lost and Found, free WiFi, and more.
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Across 5 areas, attendees can expect an impressive lineup of musical acts, including Charlie Musselwhite, Bill Boy Arnold, The Jimmy Johnson Blues Band with special guest Rico McFarland, Bobby Rush, Latimore, Don Bryant, Bettye LaVette, Larkin Poe, Ruthie Foster, and more. These big names have been confirmed so far, but the full festival lineup will be announced later.
If you fancy making the trip to Chicago for this iconic festival, why not do so in an RV? Whether you own one yourself or choose to rent an RV through RVshare, this allows you to make the most of your festival stay whilst soaking up the sights of Chicago.
The Chicago Blues Festival doesn’t offer on-site accommodation, so staying in an RV can be much more affordable than booking a hotel or Airbnb. Plus, there are plenty of reputable RV parks within driving distance to the event, including those listed below:
Chicago McCormick Place Marshalling Yard (2 miles)
Camp Bullfrog Lake (24 miles)
Camp Sullivan (27 miles)
Woodland Village RV (41 miles)
Whether you own your RV or use an RV rental, RVing is a great idea when visiting the Chicago Blues Festival. Not only will you have your own bathroom, a comfortable bed, and a fully-stocked kitchen to come back to at the end of the day, but once the event has come to a close, you can simply hop in your RV and enjoy the road trip back home!
There are some campsites within the vicinity of the event in which you can stay in a tent. These include:
Camp Bullfrog Lake (24 miles)
Camp Sullivan (27 miles)
Unfortunately, other campgrounds are a minimum one-hour drive away from the event.
If tent camping isn’t your thing, then there are also plenty of hotels located near the festival, including those offering discounted hotel rates for guests attending the event. Find out more or make your reservation here.
From Lake Shore Drive - Southbound (Route 41):
Using the Grand/Illinois/Navy Pier/Wacker Drive, exit and continue on the exit ramp. Upon crossing Illinois Street, stay to the right for the Wacker Drive exit. Once on Wacker Drive, immediately merge right driving up ramp to the upper level. Turn left on Columbus Drive (First stoplight) 1 ¼ blocks. The Fairmont Chicago will be on your right (Immediately after South Water Street).
From Interstate 290/Interstate 88:
I-88 to I-290 East to Congress Parkway merge. Remain on Congress Parkway 6 blocks to State Street. Turn left on State Street. Proceed on State Street 1 mile to Wacker Drive. Make a soft right turn on Wacker Drive. Drive 4 blocks to Columbus Drive (Second stoplight after Michigan Avenue). Turn right on Columbus Drive. 1 ¼ blocks. The Fairmont Chicago will be on your right (Immediately after South Water Street).
The two closest airports are Chicago International O'Hare Airport and Midway Airport. For detailed driving directions from either of these airports, click here.
Via Public Transport
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates a network of buses and elevated / subway trains throughout Chicago. 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.
If parking, Millennium Garages are located at Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave.Pre-purchase parking online and save up to 50% off drive-up rates.
The best part about this festival (other than its amazing lineup of talent) is that it’s free to attend! No tickets are necessary.
At RVshare, we love helping people merge their love for the great outdoors with fun, family-friendly events. Staying in an RV for the Chicago Blues Festival doesn’t just give you peace of mind, but also allows you to enjoy your travels to the Chicago area as you soak up the sights.
Regardless of whether you choose to visit the Chicago Blues Festival in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your trip! Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share details and tips about your visit. Your adventures could even be featured on our blog or social media!
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Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.