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Every summer music fans of all ages gather in Chicago, the capital

of summer music festivals, to treat their souls to the music that

fills the air. A major music event occurs almost every weekend

between May 22


and September 13


. During this time, the city

is home to dozens of annual music festivals including Summer

Camp, Chicago Blues Festival, Ravinia, Windy City LakeShake,

Lollapalooza, Chicago Jazz Festival, and more.

The Chicago Department of Cultural

Affairs and Special Events produces

and promotes music festivals along the

lakefront, downtown, and throughout

the city. Regardless of your music

preference, the lineup of festivals has

something for everyone. In the event

you already have plans to visit Chicago

this summer, or need an excuse to head

to the “Windy City,” in an upcoming

summer, here is a quick overview of

highlights from this summer’s schedule:


* May 22-24

Summer Camp was the first festival of

the season, hosted in Three Sisters Park,

Chillicothe, just north of Peoria and

about a two and half hour drive from

Chicago. Since the first Summer Camp

Music Festival was held in 2001, the

Festival has grown to more than 20,000

attendees, hosting more than 100 bands

on 7 stages over 4 days. The list of

performers this year included The

Steve Miller Band, Umphrey’s McGee,

Widespread Panic, Moe., John Butler Trio,

and Krewella. Make sure to remember a

tent if you plan to attend this festival!


* May 29-31

The 30


Chicago Gospel Music Festival

was held in Millennium Park (which

is located within the city’s larger Grant

Park) and showcased the best in local,

national, and international Gospel Music

performers. Musicians included Ricky

Dillard & New G, Anita Wilson and

Jonathan McReynolds, Brian Courtney

Wilson, The Brown Sisters, and many more.

Admission to this outdoor festival is free!


* June 13 - September 12

The Ravinia Festival, 111 years old this

summer, is North America’s oldest

outdoor music festival, presenting more

than 140 different events throughout the

summer. Ravinia will attract about

600,000 attendees, and events will cover

all genres from classical music, to jazz,

to theater, done over the course of three

months. Over the years, this festival

has been a destination for some great

artists, including George Gershwin,

Louis Armstrong, and Yo-Yo Ma. This

year will highlight performances from

Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Steely Dan,

Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Blondie,

Melissa Etheridge, and Santana. For a

complete schedule of events visit:


* June 12-14

Celebrating its 32


year, the Chicago

Blues Festival is the largest free blues

festival in the world. It remains the

largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. This

three day festival was held on five stages

in Grant Park, and this year’s headliner

was Chicago legend, Buddy Guy. The

list of other performers included Zora

Young, Syl Johnson, Taj Mahal Trio,

and Toronzo Cannon. The legacies of

Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon were

celebrated during this year’s festival.

RAVINIA has been

a destination for

great artists like

Louis Armstrong,

Tony Bennett, and

Lady Gaga... just to

name a few.