Blue Chicago

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Blue Chicago
4.5
8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
Thursday
8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
Friday
8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
Saturday
8:00 PM - 2:30 AM
Sunday
8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
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Address
Neighborhood: Near North Side
How to get there
  • Grand • 4 min walk
  • Merchandise Mart • 6 min walk
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JLeslie22
Milton, MA216 contributions
Great music the night we went. Cash only. Friendly and accommodating bartender, although the bar offerings are limited. Don't expect anything but the basics -- no "fancy" cocktails or multiple imported beer options! We almost went back a second night because the $12 entry was reasonable and the entertainment was good. Great artwork, too. I should have bought a t-shirt with one of the pictures while I was there!
Written July 16, 2022
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tryingtohelp
Derbyshire, UK75 contributions
We chose here because it was too far to travel across town to the place that had been recommended. So glad we did, Blue Chicago is the real deal, the $15 cover charge, was a surprise for a small bar but the atmosphere was great; blues lovers from all over the world not just the US, having a great time. Fabulous musicians supporting a powerful female singer. We went for an hour and stayed for well over 2. Drinks prices fair, water glasses topped up regularly for non drinkers. Seating very limited. Would highly recommend for a perfect night of Chicago blues.
Written May 30, 2022
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sdgold09
3 contributions
Solo
I love the bands and singers at Blue Chicago. In my ~ 45 years going to live blues shows, I don't remember ever having both the bands and the accompanying singers sound so good every time. Super friendly folk also. The other night a bunch of people from Buddy Guy's Legends club came in late and everyone had a ball!
Written January 26, 2022
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Netti
Brookfield, IL34 contributions
Best place in Chicago for real blues. You are not forced to reserve a table and consume food - just drinks for a very reasonable price and 10$ cover. Atmosphere in the bar is unbeatable, a little run down, service is great, you are close to the artists, enough space to move your body if you feel like it - great crowd of people!
Written February 12, 2020
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Andes B
DeBary, FL22 contributions
Couples
I had a great experience here. The live band and singer was fabulous and great. They put on a great show. Thw drinks was good. The staff was great as well. The only thing is the club deal with cash 💸 only. The bands are great, the cover charge was $12 @ the door. You get your money worth and more.
Written June 19, 2021
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LuckyFilly
Louisville, KY50 contributions
Fun night at a Real Chicago Blues Bar! Small, intimate. Wonderful musicians and singers. Cash only for cover charge and drinks. Reasonable prices. Don’t forget your vaccination card! They are very strict about this. We will be back!
Written August 15, 2022
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majz1
Waukesha, WI16 contributions
I went to Blue Chicago at about 1am with some friends. We seemed to be annoying the bouncer that charged full cover even though they closed shortly after we arrived. The bouncer was VERY RUDE. In the 15 minutes we were there I saw him:
Tell a couple that was hugging to get a room (they were not doing anything obscene).
Tell my friend to get her feet off the barstool, she was the only one sitting at the bar, and then he sat on a stool and put his feet up.
Then some people went there in a cab and he turned them down even though the band was still playing.
The band was great, but I will never go back because of the rudeness .
Written August 15, 2005
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jeffreyk6868
Windsor, Canada78 contributions
I arrived at the door and was notified that we had to pay a $10 cover charge. My sister in law, who is very pretty, simply asked him if she could kiss him on his cheek while we were paying. Before I could get my money out of my wallet, he told us that we weren't welcome there. I am not kidding. We visited many places that night with no issues. Hey, door guy. You are an idiot. Nice personality. You lost alot of money that night when patrons saw what an idiot you were. Don't waste your time. That dude needs to be fired. Blue Chicago bosses, it was April 6th around 10pm. Fire that moron.
Written April 8, 2013
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brodarte
Toluca, Mexico304 contributions
Couples
Dropped by for a few drinks and some good music after a long day touring Chicago. Hadn’t really heard about Blue Chicago before but saw it had good reviews. What a treat! A more intimate experience compared to Kingston Mines (where I have been multiple times). Music was awesome. Good service. Size of the venue is perfect to create that “closeness” to the band. Get there early to find a place to sit.
Written July 22, 2019
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Journeywizard
Vancouver, Canada659 contributions
Business
On my first night in Chicago I made a point of going to Blue Chicago as I love music.

I was travelling alone at this point and wanted to go somewhere where I could sit and listen to the music and mind my own business.

I walked up Michigan Avenue and then west on Ohio Street until hitting Clark. Blue Chicago is just south of Ohio Street so my ten block stroll took 30 minutes or so from the Sheraton.

I paid my $10 cover charge to Lorenzo the doorman and sat at the end of the bar.

There is a one drink minimum and they will let you use your credit card for tabs $20+....I just paid cash as I was only planning to stay for the first of three sets.

I had a Goose Island beer and it was really refreshing and tasty. The staff suggested that I move closer to the stage which I did.

The band started promptly at 9 and the lead singer came on shortly after 20 minutes or so. The band was basic and solid and played the best blues I've ever heard. The guitarist also sang and he has a warm and soulful sound. But Nellie "Tiger" Travis is a force to behold. Wow! Powerful voice doesn't even begin to describe it. Sweet, sassy, electric, and with a great range with a touch of gospel.

Well my intentions as a single middle aged female were to sit through one set and then call it a night but I just couldn't leave. I ended up staying for all three sets and then taking a cab back to the Sheraton.

What a great introduction to Chicago. This blues club wasn't fancy and glitzy but it gave me the real deal and yes, at one point I just had to join the crowd on the dance floor.

Great staff, great price, good location and amazing music.
Written August 30, 2015
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Blue Chicago is open:
  • Sun - Sun 8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
  • Thu - Fri 8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
  • Sat - Sat 8:00 PM - 2:30 AM


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