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.

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.








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.


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.


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.


Bars, Places

Secret Bars In River North You Have Never Been To

Chicago is the place to be when you’re looking to drink. You are probably so used to going to the same places every weekend and want to try something new – something special.

The Windy City is always full of surprises. How could you get bored of this place? If you want an adventure, just walk down the street!

We have a list of secret Chicago bars that you should make your way to if you’re ever in the mood. Below are secret bars in River North you have never been to…and should visit!

1. The Library
The Library

This beautiful intimate space is hiding below Gilt Bar. It has a lot of books of the leather-bound, gold-lettered, antique variety. The perfect bar to feel like your back in college…except you’re actually drinking at the library which is way more fun.

2. Jimmy

This secret bar is located past the sandwich counter of David Burke’s Bacon Bar. The door is unmarked and guarded by a men dressed in tuxedos. The bar the is inspired by 1970’s cinema. This is one bar you will love being at.

3. The Drifter
The Drifter

The Drifter is located beneath the The Green Door Tavern and is all about the vintage vibe. Why? Because it’s an actual speakeasy from the Prohibition. This awesome bar offers burlesque shows and a great menu of cocktails.

4. Watershed
The cocktail lounge is located below Pops for Champagne. The theme gives you a lovely 1986 Holiday Inn feel. Cocktail prices are only $10 and includes different concoctions with them on the side. Sounds amazing! It’s like you’re in a time machine when you visit Watershed.

5. Double A

This secret bar is located below Mercadito. What makes this bar special is the environment because you get to stand next to the bartender. See – you can easily make friends here in the open space.

If you have any free time and a few bucks to spare, hit up one of these speakeasy bars and have yourself some fun.



5 Best Irish Bars in Chicago

Indulge in the Irish holiday and get out to your local pub! St. Patrick’s day is the world’s best excuse to drink a little too much beer and spend the day with you buddies. Feeling stuck? Go on a pub crawl! There are plenty of options, so don’t limit yourself this weekend. 

1. O’Shaughnessy’s Public House – 4557 N Ravenswood Ave 

“A Ravenswood neighborhood hangout, open since April 2008, our authentic Irish pub is a comfortable place where everyone is welcome to relax, enjoy a great meal or refreshing drink and have a good time. We hope to see you soon! SLAINTE! O’Shaughnessy’s is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.” Call: 773-944-9896

2. Lady Gregory’s – 5260 N. Clark 

“Welcome to Lady Gregory’s! Named after the passionate, complex Irish author. We built her soul into our Andersonville nook and hope you stop by to experience our special spot. Floor-to-ceiling windows beckon you in … whether you’re just walking by and feeling peckish or bringing your whole brood in for a night of food and fun, our cozy and sophisticated atmosphere will entice you. Our menu, filled with distinctive specialties, will comfort and delight you. And, you might be pleasantly surprised to see our emphasis on farm-to-table, sustainable, local ingredients.” Call: 773-271-5050

3. Brehon Pub – 731 N. Wells


“Brehon Pub in Chicago, IL has been a River North favorite since 1980. Deriving its name from the ancient Irish legal system (Brehon Law), it was started appropriately by two Irish-American brothers practicing law in Chicago. Look for the “Burke” coat-of-arms over the front door. We serve delicious food and alcoholic beverages to ensure that the merriment never stops. Don’t forget to join us for our famous St. Patrick’s Day Party!” Call: 312-642-1071

4. Mrs. Murphy’s & Sons Irish Bistro – 3905 N. Lincoln

“Opening it’s doors in September 2005, in the heart of Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro has been serving up gastro-pub fare with traditional Irish pub favorites, complemented by a thoughtful assortment of craft beers, a friendly wine list and a deep selection of Irish whiskey for more than 11 years.  As important as great food, music and drinks, Mrs. Murphy & Sons offers the warm family welcome, that makes a great Irish pub. Join for us for the run up of St Patrick’s Starting March 1st with a Whiskey tasting and continuing through St Patrick’s Weekend. Plenty of Irish Music, Culture, Drinks and Pub Plates to go around!” Call: 773-248-3905

5. The Kerryman – 661 N. Clark Street

“Drenched in history, the Kerryman’s location was once a notorious gangster hangout known as the McGovern Saloon, where the young Dion O’Banion got his start as a singing waiter.  In 1978 the location became home to one of the “original” punk clubs and was considered to be the zenith of the original Chicago punk movement. Now known as Chicago’s liveliest Irish bar, located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s River North Neighborhood, The Kerryman is a little piece of Ireland.  The 3 owners all hail from Co. Kerry Ireland and the Head Chef Damo Moloney from Co. Limerick, Ireland who creates an upscale authentic Irish menu. Whether you are stopping by for lunch, dinner, an after work pint or late night dancing the staff at The Kerryman are here to make you feel welcome and at home.” Call: 312-355-8121