Chicago Blues Clubs & Bars
Chicago Blues Clubs & Bars
Known as the “Blues Capital of the World,” Chicago swings, grooves, growls and jams with blues music and the most legendary blues artists in the world. Hear the soulful sounds of Chicago blues at hot blues clubs like Blue Chicago on Clark, Kingston Mines, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Lee’s Unleaded Blues and BLUES. If you’re in town in June, head over to the Chicago Blues Festival – the largest free blues festival in the world!
- 2519 N Halsted St, Chicago, 773-528-1012 – Located in the Lincoln Park area, this intimate, smoky blues club is one of the best spots to hear live blues in Chicago. The club features local artists (think Otis Clay and Magic Slim) who sing and swing to crowds of Chicago blues lovers. Get a CD of nightly and past performances on your way out!
Blue Chicago on Clark
- 536 N Clark St, Chicago, 312-661-0100 – Blue Chicago on Clark showcases Chicago blues performers and female vocalists who can really sing the blues. The soulful sounds that emanate from this legendary blues spot will leave you breathless. Enjoy a drink at the bar or hit the dance floor near the stage.
Buddy Guy’s Legends
- 754 S Wabash Ave, 312-427-1190 – This mellow Chicago blues joint is popular with younger crowds. The Chicago blues club offers local blues acts Sunday through Thursday, national artists on Friday and Saturday and jam sessions on Monday nights. Cool memorabilia, pool tables and a Southern kitchen make this Chicago blues club a blast.
- 2548 N Halsted St, Chicago, 773-477-4646 – This Northside Chicago blues club is a favorite spot to hear live blues and drink booze until 4am. Kingston Mines features 2 stages with local blues and jazz artists who often swing by after sets at other clubs. The only Chicago blue club with a 4am-liquor license, this swinging Chicago blues club is packed nightly, offers a late night kitchen and has been the joint for 40 years.
- 5201 S Harper Ave – Students, tourists, locals, and die-hard fans make the pilgrimage to this Southside blues venue offering live blues nightly. Established in 1972, Junior Wells calls the blues lounge home.
House of Blues
- 329 N Dearborn St, Chicago, 312-923-2000 – HOB features live blues every night at 10pm, and a line-up of national, international, and local bands of all musical genres. A blend of funky juke joint meets opera house, this intimate concert hall has perfect acoustics and opera boxes with great views of the stage. Hear live blues, gritty guitar sounds and slurp down spicy gumbo at the Back Porch at Chicago’s House of Blues.
Underground Wonder Bar
- 10 E Walton St, Chicago, 312-266-776 – This tiny and eclectic music venue founded by Lonie Walker, who still plays three nights a week, features live blues, jazz, acoustic guitar and piano music. This Chicago blues and jazz club is a true classic!
Lee’s Unleaded Blues
- A real live juke joint, Lee’s Unleaded Blues presents pure blues to R& B and reggae, with unexpected guest musicians sitting in. The swanky club, with mirrored walls, red carpeting and cushy seating, is shakin’ on Thurdays with blues and R& B singers. For over 30 years, Lee’s has been no secret to music loving Chicagoans and well-seasoned travelers.
- 1540 W. North Ave., Chicago, 773-360-8046 – This Wicker Park blues club showcases local and international blues and jazz artists. Sets start at 7:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. seven nights a week, but stick around and enjoy a free two-hour late-night show at 11:30 p.m. The menu offers wine, whiskey, beer and pizzas.
- 7313 S. Halsted St., Chicago, 773-723-0592 – Check out this authentic, storefront Chicago blues joint. With plush red carpeting and faux wood-paneling, this Chicago blues room hasn’t changed in a long time, but the music is some of the hottest in town.
- 712 E. 83rd St., Chicago, 773-723-6700 This longstanding Chicago jazz and blues venue is a fun place to hang out and hear live music. Check out Tre & the Blue Knights every Monday night!
Redhead Piano Bar
- 16 W Ontario St, 312-640-1000 – This sultry piano bar draws an upscale crowd with its blues, swing, jazz, pop, and rock music and signature martinis. The room is stylishly decorated with sheet music on the walls.
- 2020 E. 83rd St., Chicago, 773-375-1348 The South Side blues bar offers free sets during the week and has a cover charge on the weekends.
Chicago Blues Festival
- June – The largest free blues festival in the world and the largest Chicago music festival, the Chicago Blue festival features three days of blues on five stages. Swing your heart out in Chicago – the "Blues Capital of the World."