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TRA 163 Chicago Blues Festival

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Chicago, a northern city with plenty of sass, is the home of the blues! The migration of African-Americans from the deep South in the 1900's (in search of work in the prosperous North) brought a rich and diverse musical culture. And today, Chicago is the home of the Chicago Blues Festival: the largest free blues festival in the world. Three days on five stages, and more than 500,000 fans in attendance, have made Chicago the "Blues Capital of the World." The festival has always attracted the very finest performers of this genre, including Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor. So bring a folding chair (with canopy) and get ready to "get down", because Chicago's got the blues!

We will stay in the Lake Michigan waterfront district. Visit Chicago's major attractions and cultural icons, and be charmed by this beautiful city where the architecture has been proudly woven around the rivers, canals, and lakefront (rebuilt after the Chicago fire in the late 1800's). As Frank Sinatra sang, "Chicago, It's My Kind of Town"!

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