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Blue Chicago

536 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL (Near North Side)
312-642-6261
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Ranked #2 of 496 nightlife in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Blues Bars
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Idaho
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I went to this club and Buddy Guy's during my recent trip to Chicago and expected Buddy Guy's to be better due to the name alone. Blue Chicago was much better, I saw the Tenry Johns Blues Band with Claudette Miller and they rocked the house! Their version of Mojo Workin was great and had the whole place dancing, and... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We went in hear last sat night around 9pm the music started soon after, Charlie live and silky smooth where on with Aretha weathersby, it was so cool and they got the place rocking and everybody enjoying themselves, really good place and good vibe I would recommend it to anyone who visits chicago with a interest in blues.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I almost always spend an evening here when I'm in town. The band is always very good, and they usually seem to be having fun. My take is that they get local musicians to come play for tourists who love the blues, and they find really good talent. The audience is usually very appreciative, so it makes for a fun... More

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Saline, Michigan
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Yep, never been to a blues bar. This rating stands alone in-spite of my lack of experience, and in part is based on a comparison with another place in the Windy City. Blue Chicago was a great intro for a rookie and given conversation with others there, the place for veterans as well. Doorman was pleasant so the $8 cover... More

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New York City, New York
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Great blues bar. I came here twice on my recent trip and had a ball. Drinks are cheap. The bands are legit. The crowd is lively and diverse. A little touristy, maybe, but just as many locals in the mix. I'll be back.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is a great, authentic blues bar. Get there on time to get a seat near the stage to soak up the atmosphere. We saw Peaches Staten and she and the band were incredible. Would highly recommend a trip for blues lovers and novices alike!

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Galway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

My wife and myself ended up here on a Friday evening while in town for a few days. We got there before the music started and got seats easy enough. This place is not very big by any means, but there was a great atmosphere once it filled up. I'd say it was about 80% tourists from out of town... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Love this hole in the wall blues spot. No fluff, no gimmicks, just drinks and blues! My only gripe is that when we got there it was standing room only.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Hole in the wall - CHECK Old - CHECK Great music - CHECK CROWDED - OFTEN NOISY - VERY OFTEN TONS OF FUN - NIGHTLY I love love love live music, especially fast & upbeat boogie blues & every time I have been to Blue Chicago (4 or 5 times now) I have left wishing there were a few more... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Not well versed in live Blues music, but really enjoyed myself at Blue Chicago. Went 3 times in 5 days as I enjoyed it so much. Great music, good beer. It is a small intimate venue, but it contributes to getting to know others who are also enjoying themselves. The bands encouraged audience participation, people danced, Peaches even danced with... More

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