Chicago’s Favorite Blues Venues


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“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Berthold Auerbach

Oh, the Chicago blues. One of the greatest musical genres of all time. (No bias here…) Though the underground blues scene may not be what it once was in this city, there are still plenty of great venues churning out timeless music every night of the week. So, if you’re in need of a little ‘dusting off’, check out these local favorites around town.



Lee’s Unleaded Blues
Location: 7401 S. South Chicago Ave.
Phone: 773.493.3477
Website: leesunleadedblues.com
Kingston Mines
Location: 2548 N. Halsted St
Phone: 773.477.4646
Website: kingstonmines.com
Rosa’s Lounge
Location: 3420 W. Armitage Ave.
Phone: 773.342.0452
Website: rosaslounge.com
Self-proclaimed “friendliest blues bar”
B.L.U.E.S on Halsted
Location: 2519 N. Halsted St.
Phone: 773.528.1012
Website: chicagobluesbar.com
Blue Chicago
Location: 536 N. Clark
Phone: 312.661.0100
Website: bluechicago.com
Checkerboard
Location: 5201 S. Harper Ct.
Phone: 773.684.1472
Website: checkerboardhydepark.com
Artis’s Lounge
Location: 1294 E. 87th Street
Phone: 772.734.0491
(Jam session) – Monday nights for more than 20 years
Buddy Guy’s Legends
Location: 754 S. Wabash Ave
Phone: 312.427.1192
Website: buddyguys.com

Annual Chicago Blues Festival
The Chicago Blues Festival is also a great place to enjoy live, authentic Blues music. As the largest free Blues festival in the world, this giant concert has been taking place in Grant Park for more than 20 years. For four days every June, some of Blues’ greatest legends take to six stages to celebrate the music that calls Chicago home. Among those who have performed are Bo Diddley, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. For more information about the Chicago Blues Festival, check out chicagobluesfestival.org.



The UPchicago team is out busily reviewing each of these great blues joints, so check back soon for more info and our own insights on the best of the Chicago blues scene.



Jackie Berkery

About Jackie Berkery

With a strong phobia of cubicles and those three little words (“nine to five”), I am thrilled to be working on UPchicago from the comforts of my own couch at three o’clock in the morning. I love to write. I love Chicago. Hello, dream job!

One Comment

  • Mike Hollis
    July 22, 2010 | Permalink | Reply

    ohhhhhhhhh one thing i definitely want to do but havent done is see a blues show in chicago. im coming back specifically for this…and the zoo.

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