Blues Clubs

 
7313 Club :Authentic, blues joint in Chicago.

Artis's Lounge: You want an authentic Chicago blues experience how about cramming into a tiny South Side bar with a six-person band jamming two feet away from you.

B.L.U.E.S. Some of the best Chicago artists are here every night. This club remains unequaled for blues ambiance.

Barn Of Barrington The music room at The Barn Of Barrington features the best in regional blues, jazz, reggae and acoustic music every weekend

Bill's Blues Bar This small bar and live music venue located in downtown Evanston.

Blueberry Hill: Not strictly a blues club, this St. Louis landmark occasionally provides blues music. Bo Diddley lives nearby and plays here often. There is even "The Duck Room" named in his honor.

Blue Chicago Still the best bet for blues near Rush & Division.

Blue Chicago on Clark The younger sibling of Blue Chicago is now something of a misnomer since that club has also moved to Clark Street.

Blues Bar It's all about the blues at this Mount Prospect bar inspired by the Blues Brothers

Blues Island Pub Blues Island Pub features live music five nights a week with no drink minimum and no cover charge.  The club is open Tuesday through Sunday with daily drink specials.

Blues on Grand : Blues on the Grand is the home of the Blues in Des Moines, Iowa. The club books Blues music five or more nights a week and takes pride in a balance of national, local, and regional acts. In 2002, Blues On Grand received the Blues Foundation's Keeping The Blues Alive Award for best Blues club in the nation!

Buddy Guy's Legends At this blues club (one of Chicago's best) located amongst the dorms and fast-food restaurants of the South Loop

Celebrity Lounge The South Side blues bar is free during the week and requires a cover charge during the weekend.

Checkerboard Lounge After much ballyhoo over the Checkerboard's move from Bronzeville, the Mecca of blues has finally reopened in well-to-do Hyde Park.

Chicago Legends Live blues are played some nights.

Chord On Blues: Located in St. Charles Illinois and known for its quality talent.

City Life This longstanding Chatham jazz venue has now ventured into the blues scene as well

Clearwater Theater The restored vintage theater features music concerts by local and national acts, comedians and specialty nights such as single nights, movies and sporting events.

Club Eniquity Come to this South Side club for blues and more.

Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket Cocktail Lounge Koko Taylor used to play this Southwest Suburban lounge during the mid-'80s, before the "Chicken Basket" decided to concentrate on the dinner market. Now, the blues is back on weekends, though the names are a little smaller.

FitzGerald's Fitzgerald's timeless decor makes it an ideal setting for Hollywood crews, but also a comfortable watering hole for anyone looking to escape the confines of the city

Frankie's Blue Room The Chicago blues scene tends to neatly confine itself within city limits, which is why Frankie's Blue Room is such a find. Step through the entrance of this heart-of-downtown Naperville club and you'll discover a hazy atmosphere.

Harlem Avenue Lounge Only about 100 can fit in this west suburban lounge, but there's a huge bar in the center of the room. Blues nights (usually Tuesday, Friday and Saturday) feature local performers as well as visiting bands.

House Of Blues This house is more than a home of the blues; it's a cultural museum where music, food and art collide. Immerse yourself in it by starting with a meal at HOB's resident restaurant, The Back Porch. It has its own stage (separate from the larger concert hall) that hosts live blues music every night of the week (starting between 9:30 and 10 p.m.).

Katerina's The live music kicks up around 9 p.m. Eclectic bands tuck away in the rear corner and the tiny space is filled with gypsy jazz, passionate Latin or smoky blues nightly.

Kingston Mines Chicago's most notable blues clubs. The no-frills music house has two modest stages, both of which are large enough to accommodate a full band but small enough to keep the musicians connected to the audience.

Kryptonite All's not lost for music-lovers when they leave Chicago's city limits. Located about an hour's drive from Chicago, this club hosts everything from funk to jazz and blues five nights a week.

Lee's Unleaded Blues Ranging from R&B to reggae to pure blues, the sounds get bigger throughout the night as unexpected guest musicians are invited to "sit in" for a few numbers.

Rosa's Lounge The best of local talent plays here, in an intimate space, which gives back to the blues community with birthday parties for elder statesmen and a yearly sequence of classes about various blues-related topics.

Reservation Blues: Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater's Reservation Blues Club in Chicago.

Smoke Daddy Catch earnest, earthbound blues any night of the week and late-night crowds that stick around for the music. Mostly local musicians play from a tabletop-size stage that's crammed in alongside the diners, so there's not a bad seat in the house to see and hear the tunes.

The Slippery Noodle: An Indianapolis favorite.

Underground Wonder Bar True to its title, the Underground Wonder Bar is an underground wonder of the Gold Coast. While it books itself as a jazz / blues club, you're likely to hear anything from reggae and rock to blues and jazz, all in the same night.

Wallace's Catfish Corner A Chicago classic fried seafood spot. In the summer you can listen to live street Blues while you eat your fried catfish tail.

Walter Payton's Roundhouse West suburban bar has live music (mostly blues with a little rock and jazz) Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30-10:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Great stuff compared to much of what you usually get in the suburbs: Koko Taylor, Otis Clay, Lonnie Brooks, etc.


 

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