Bars, Festivals

Top Blues Stops in Chicago

Blues Fest is June 9-11 at Millennium Park:
201 East Randolph Street (Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.)

The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world. Chicago is “Blues Capital of the World.”

Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor have all performed at Blues Fest.

Chicago Blues Festival presents “Blues Month” at the Chicago Cultural Center (free admission):
78 East Washington Street
Randolph Square (1st Floor North)
Claudia Cassidy Theater (2nd Floor North)

Featuring performances by blues musicians, film screenings of historical blues documentaries, and Blues Fest auditions.

May 8 & 15, Randolph Square, 12 Noon – Performances
May 22 & June 5, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 6pm – Film Screenings
May 30, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 5-9pm – Blues Fest Auditions

Where to get your blues fix before and after Blues Fest … in other words … anytime.

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Buddy Guy’s Legends

700 South Wabash

Mon-Tue 5pm – 2am
Wed-Fri 11am – 2am
Sat 12pm – 3am
Sun 12pm – 2am

Buddy Guy’s Legends was opened in 1989 by Buddy Guy. He makes regular appearances, performs all month in January.

Legends hosts the annual Chicago Blues Hall of Fame induction celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kingston Mines

2548 North Halsted Street

Sun 6pm – 4am
Mon–Thu 7:30pm – 4am
Fri 7pm – 4am
Sat 7pm – 5am

Since 1968, Kingston Mines is the largest and oldest operating blues club in Chicago.

 

Both of its stages have showcased Magic Slim, Koko Taylor, Sugar Blue, Billy Branch, Junior Wells, Mike Wheeler, Joanna Connor.

 

 

 

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B.L.U.E.S. CHICAGO

2519 North Halsted Street

Sun-Fri 8pm – 2am
Sat 8pm – 3am

Music starts at 9:30pm.

Chicago B.L.U.E.S. offers good music in a friendly, intimate environment.

 

 

 

 

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Blue Chicago

536 North Clark Street

Sun-Fri 8pm – 1:30am
Sat 8pm – 2:30am

Since 1985, Blue Chicago has been home to authentic Chicago blues, an electric style of blues music.

Blues legends, such as Koko Taylor, Bonnie Lee, Karen Carroll, Willie Kent, Johnny B Moore, Magic Slim, Eddie Clearwater, Eddie Shaw, Buddy Scott, and Eddie Lusk have performed at Blue Chicago.

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