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Chicagofest Chicago Button Museum
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World's Greatest Music Festival! CHICAGOFEST
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Illustration of yellow sky with blue text and an orange music note on blue water over a white bottom edge with red text

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Chicagofest was an annual music festival in Chicago that ran for two weeks every year from 1978-1983. It was the vision of Mayor Michael Bilandic and was held on the Navy Pier that had been reopened. The festival featured 16 different stages that were separated into different music genres. Over 600 performances were conducted during every festival. Some of the musicians who performed at the festival include: Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, The Blues Brothers, the Charlie Daniel’s Band, Alice Cooper and Aretha Franklin. The logo of a red music note swimming in blue water against a yellow background is from the very first Chicagofest that was held from August 4-21, 1978.

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