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Blue Chicago

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Amazing live music

The performances are very high level and the cover charge is not high at all. The place is casual... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Larnaca, Cyprus
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Love the small room intimacy

Part of its appeal is that you can see and hear he music without he big auditorium atmosphere... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
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536 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654-7136
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Got an extremely bad attitude from the bartender for no reason. Even when I tried to explain that he probably misunderstood the situation he replied that there was no need to change the story. Real pro. Not very much.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank nikomarsic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The performances are very high level and the cover charge is not high at all. The place is casual, inimate and welcoming. Shared tables encourage making friends and having more fun (if you like them).

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank CyprusEffie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Part of its appeal is that you can see and hear he music without he big auditorium atmosphere. There is an intimacy being so close to the band hat adds to the music's enjoyment. Well worth the $15 cover charge; different bands nightly, all seem...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank RonWamberal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

$12 per head cover charge was well worth the 3 hours of entertainment. The music was amazing. Not really appreciated Blues music before but an intimate bar like this was a great introduction. Bottled beers at $6 was good value and brought to you. Loved...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank paulfR7887HN
Reviewed February 24, 2019 via mobile

Be prepared to wait outdoors if you don’t get there early. It’s a small venue with enforcement on capacity and not standing to block the doors for fire codes...actually heard the boss man say to a guy, “you gotta clear this spot cause if there’s...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lynne A
Reviewed February 20, 2019 via mobile

The city of blues, and we enjoyed a delightful Tuesday night show. All I could wonder was how many people had been here before me, how much wonderful blues talent had been here, and how this one small blues venue had changed so many performer’s...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Laura W
Reviewed January 16, 2019

I recently went to Blue Chicago with some friends and we had a lot of fun. The place is small and you should get there a little earlier to secure a seat if you want one. The music was amazing and the atmosphere authentic. I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank funtravelforever
Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

I'm not a blues fan but enjoyed what was clearly good music. The bouncer might have been my favorite part. If you could describe a Chicago Blues bar bouncer he would be it. I probably won't be back but not because the place isn't cool....More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank JustinC289
Reviewed November 6, 2018

The evening that we visited had a great Blue's band. Be sure to get there early to get a good seat up front. The place gets PACKED. Enjoy!!

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

First night in Chicago. This place came highly recommended as a dive bar with great music. I wouldn't call it a dive bar at all. While it's "no frills" it seemed like a place where locals go for blues. The drinks were good and very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Vicki V
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November 11, 2017|
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Response from joebQ4638JF | Reviewed this property |
I agree with Traveler_Monster about circulation, we got there a few minutes after 8, got seated right away and stayed about 3 hours, drinking and dancing. People do come and go and the place is so small there's no bad... More
Mike P
July 29, 2017|
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Response from ybhk19 | Reviewed this property |
drinks only; but hey, the main thing here is the blues which is fabulous.
August 8, 2016|
Response from Brenda S | Reviewed this property |
Don't know about Sundays, but there was a $10.00 entry fee (not a cover) when I was there last month.