Blues Bars in Chicago

THE 10 BEST Chicago Blues Clubs & Bars

Blues Clubs & Bars in Chicago

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  • ScottD58
    Kirkland, WA1,696 contributions
    I came of age in Chicago and the Blues is in me. But it wasn’t until I moved away that I realized the Blues wasn’t in most cities. I had just taken it for granted, that Blues music would be easily available.

    I tell my friends that in Chicago it doesn’t matter what night of the week, the Blues are playing. So on Sunday night we made the easy walk from the Hyatt regency to Clark street to catch Sheryl Youngblood. $12 cover and inexpensive drinks, it’s the easily one of the best values in Chi-town!
    Written 7 November 2022
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  • mylesfire
    Austin, TX231 contributions
    Super fun on a Thursday night while on holiday in Chicago. $15 is very reasonable cover for two good bands each playing full hour sets. It is set up as two separate, adjacent rooms, each with a stage for bands which rotate sets through the night, so we just went from one room to the other for three plus hours. The music was very good, starting with singer/guitar slinger Joanna Connor supported by very capable young band, playing blues but not the usual limited three chord changes. Keyboardist was very talented. Song "People Get Ready" was superb showcase for her voice, while other tunes were more upbeat. Vance Kelly band was a larger group playing funk, soul and R&B in the larger room (e.g. James Brown, Kool & the Gang, and Ike & Tina) and there was a lot of orderly audience dancing. Sax player was outstanding. Some folks ordered food which looked good; I had only a large, heated pretzel which hit the spot. Location felt safe with police car parked across street as we exited at midnight. I did not know to ask so I missed the senior discount when ordering tix at the window. does not matter. Highly recommended.
    Written 28 May 2022
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  • David B
    Orefield42 contributions
    Great Blues, Great food and friendly service!
    If you want to have some real fun, go to BGL when he has a jam night...FUN!
    Written 25 October 2022
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  • Angelsinthesky
    Barcelona, Spain234 contributions
    We enjoyed a funny night with real blues music. Food and service were quite Good. I recommend nachos and pudding as a dessert.
    Written 6 March 2022
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  • Peter G
    3 contributions
    Once one of the best blues clubs in Chicago, I passed by on 8 October. It was closed, with a "For Sale" sign posted on the door. Sad to see it go. One hopes for a second coming.
    Written 10 October 2022
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  • Odette O
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands10 contributions
    Visiting Chicago and had the most amazing night at Rosa’s Lounge. Intimate lounge with out of this world artists on the stage. Absolutely LOVED it!
    Written 4 September 2022
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  • Mollie R
    52 contributions
    Dive - good music- just so Chicago bouncer extremely nice didn't charge me drinks were ok but go for the bands- arts & for the love of music
    Written 13 December 2014
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  • Bob Y
    Toronto, Canada2 contributions
    I'm a blues fan, and I've been to Chicago several times. I usually go to places like Kingston Mines or Buddy Guy's, but my wife and I decided to try something a little farther out. Are we glad we did. Lee's Unleaded is just so much more authentic. The music is FANTASTIC, the people are amazingly friendly (the doorman, the bar staff, and practically every person who walked by), and it doesn't feel like a tourist trap (which KM has become). Sure, it's a little more out of the way, but just hop in a taxi to get there, and call for one when you're leaving. If you're a fan of the blues, and blues music culture, you won't regret it.
    Written 21 July 2014
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  • SouthsideEddie
    Dublin, Ireland84 contributions
    Linda's Place is one of the best Blues Bars in Chicago. Linda is a gracious host and makes all her patrons feel welcome. The houseband on Monday Nights is The Bullet Proof Band and singer L-Roy. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to see and hear Chicago Blues in a bar setting
    I dont know the neighbourhood of the bar so it might be advisable to travel by car or taxi
    Written 19 June 2018
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