Celebrating "Blues by the Lake," the world's largest free blues festival showcases performers on five stages playing to over 500,000 blues fans proving that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." Renowned artists such as Betty Lavette, Aaron Neville, Nikki Hill, the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Dr. John are among the list of headliners at this year's festival.
Festival kicks off with a Fitness Boot Camp for mom,
followed by a Mr. Bubble's Bubble Show for the kids. At
Noon, indie-family musician Justin
Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players will hit the stage,
head-bopping and performing all their silly-clever songs from their
Grammy-nominated CD, Recess. Both days have a full musical
line-up from Chicago-area indie-musicians as well as activities for
the kids, including art activities, art demonstrations and
gardening work shops
Event features parade, carnival, music, craft fair, family
activities, horse-drawn wagon tours, tour of the 1907 Hydraulic
Power Plant, food and entertainment.
Features food, music, arts and crafts, carnival rides and
more. On Saturday the fest is the end location of Chicago's annual
Puerto Rican Day Parade on Division Street.
Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with family and friends and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire while watching the full moon rise over Lake Michigan.
Sample the action without having to invest in a fishing permit. On Friday, receive a voucher good for a free one-hour boat rental (excludes paddle boats); on Saturday, receive a box of night crawlers; and on Sunday, receive one free fishing pole rental. Regular rules and regulations still apply on boat rentals, such as a cash deposit and valid driver’s license.
The evening includes full access to the Museum, special activities, snack, and a movie.
Features the beloved Daddy-Daughter Dances, Parent-Child Dance-Offs, Dancing through the Years and more musical fun. Plus photo portraits for each participant, photo frame decorating, catered dining and more.
Enjoy a catered dinner, games, geocaching, roasted marshmallows and a sing-a-long. Awake in the morning to a continental breakfast and tour of select historic buildings before the gates open to the public.
Invent your own chalk colors, see artists at work on their designs, and create your own masterpiece.