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Blue Chicago

Closed Now: 8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
Open today: 8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
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A true Blues joint!

I recently went to Blue Chicago with some friends and we had a lot of fun. The place is small and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Chicago, Illinois
Fun and seemed authentic

I'm not a blues fan but enjoyed what was clearly good music. The bouncer might have been my... read more

Reviewed November 22, 2018
Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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
Thank Connie H
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
Thank Vicki V
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

Had a great time at this Blues club.. performance by Luke Pytel with Laretha Weathersby was energetic with great vocals and amazing guitar playing.. get there early though.. doors opened at 8.. we arrived there at 8:30 and got some of the last few seats.....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 125charlotteo
Reviewed October 20, 2018

We had a great evening here. Good music Good prices Convenient location Good atmosphere Even the toilets were very clean

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank tuneh2014
Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

We found this place almost by accident and had a great time. The night we were there, we heard the Luke Patel band - they were so good! The doors open at 8pm and the place was completely empty when we first stopped here. But...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DimakCanada
Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

Blue Chicago was definitely one of the highlights of our one week trip to Chicago!! Very unique and authentic live blues music, however the restrooms were unusable.... more disgusting than any public toilet I have seen in my life :(

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 962minam
Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

Blue Chicago is a very little place, pretty dark and old. For ten dollars you are going to experience real spirit of blues. My second time, first was on 2013, same feelings, same impressive ambient. A must, in my oppinion.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ignacio Javier O
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

We absolutely loved our night here! The band was incredible and even though the place is crowded and smells musty, it has great character! We got there just after 8:00pm and got a good seat, any time after that and you’d struggle to get a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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.
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Los Angeles, California
Comedy & Football- also Blues & Jazz "Just in Case" (1 Replies)
Hi everyone, I'm bringing some Californians in to the city for a few days. Couple of questions please... 1) What are a few of the most fun bars/pubs to watch the game on Sat. 27th. Mix of fans (Bears/Opp team) I like D4 food, but it isn't always rocking for games. 2) Comedy Clubs! Any suggestions? I went to a place in or north of Lincoln Park (Improv) but can't remember the name and Google has not been helpful. How is UP Comedy or Zanies? The Comedy Bar? It's really the ONE request of...More
September 26, 2014|
Night Life Suggestions... (3 Replies)
In addition to my other post I am also curious about a good place to go on Friday evening after we arrive. We heard about these Blues / Jazz places and I am wondering which is best for a first time visit? Blue Chicago Buddy Guy’s Legends House of Blues Andy’s Jazz Club Green Dolphin Street Green Mill Jazz Club The Back Room I was also wondering about Bars / clubs. We don't want to get into anything too crazy. I have read about these places and was wondering if someone could...More
April 12, 2007|
Response fromDave148|
For the blues/jazz places - check to see who's playing on the evening of your visit. There's no reason to visit a club if you're not going to enjoy the music. Check metromix.com and chicagoreader.com for current music lisitngs. Also, location might be a factor in your decision. The Green Mill is a great club, but the area surrounding it is a bit iffy.
Vancouver, Canada
Walking from Blue Chicago to Sheraton Towers (8 Replies)
What is this area like for walking around at night? And do cabs frequent the area? I'm a good walker and will likely go there on foot as long as it's safe
August 12, 2015|
Response fromshallow_shoals|
It's very safe. Cabs a readily available around the Clark/Lake station depending on what hours you consider "night". It's the Theatre District so cabs are all around until midnight. After midnight they are fewer in # but still available. The most direct walk would be to take Upper Wacker Drive to Columbus Drive and cross the river (turn left onto the Columbus Ave Bridge). That puts you in direct sight of the Sheraton on the north bank of the river. Do not take the Michigan Ave Bridge. Not...More