B.L.U.E.S.

B.L.U.E.S., Chicago: Hours, Address, B.L.U.E.S. Reviews: 4.5/5

8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Monday
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Friday
8:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Sunday
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
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Popular Blues club located in Chicago's North Side has hosted such great musicians as Sunnyland Slim and Pinetop Perkins.
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justnotherjoe
37 contributions
No better blues venue in Chicago.
Jan 2019
Small, but just what you would expect. Now, granted this isn't the Checkerboard Lounge or Wise Fools Pub of yesteryear. This North side, doing South side best as it can.
Written December 9, 2019
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Eric K
Cary13 contributions
The greatest dive bar in Chicago!
Oct 2019
The greatest dive bar in Chicago! When you think blues, you should think B.L.U.E.S on Halsted.
They opened in 1979, and have been in the same location ever since. If you love live music, this is the place!
Written October 15, 2019
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TripPhotographer52
Cincinnati, OH1,438 contributions
Great Chicago blues music
Aug 2019
I had not been here before but heard about it. near Kingston Mines on Halsted. I went there fairly early but it was not crowded. It is rather small and nothing fancy. I was talking to some friendly people and we enjoyed Lil Ed and his band. I even bought one of his CDs. Friendly staff...
Written August 25, 2019
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E A
London, UK59 contributions
The greatest drug money cannot buy - music!
Jul 2019 • Friends
As authentic as it gets! I was lucky enough to meet a local who told me about the charm of this bar, where the decor has not changed and neither has the LIVE music... authentic Chicago town blues 💙 what a great introduction to the musical heritage and talents of this city!
Written July 28, 2019
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Jerry S
5 contributions
Blues seeker
Apr 2019 • Couples
Nice little bar. Very friendly bar staff. The entertainer was a bit crude with his remarks, sexually explicit. It took alot away from the music and the experience. We arrived around 2100 and there were a few patrons feeling no pain.
Written May 23, 2019
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lauriebchicago
Chicago, IL1 contribution
BLUES joint for blues lovers
Aug 2018
Favorite blues joint in Chicago. Very divey, very intimate, very authentic - just as it should be. They never have a wait, and you typically can negotiate cover. Just come before 10 and if you can avoid weekends I would. Thursdays, or whenever Vance Kelly is playing are the best nights to come.
Written January 29, 2019
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Grigol M
Ozurgeti, Georgia221 contributions
live blues with cover charge
Oct 2018 • Solo
During my stay in Chicago, I experienced the best live blues music experience in B.L.U.E.S. Cover charge was $10 and it was full, there were no enough chairs for everyone, but the band and music was great. Location is very convenient for public transport
Written December 7, 2018
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JohnS1001
26 contributions
Fun evening of live blues
Aug 2018 • Couples
Since live blues in Chicago is a must-do, would definitely recommend spending part of your evening here. Found the live music to be great, was very full but we found chairs fairly soon to sit at. Fun atmosphere and crowd.
Written September 17, 2018
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Steven R
Chicago, IL12 contributions
Favorite live music venue in the world!!!!
Aug 2018 • Friends
I’ve been all over the world listening to all sorts of music but I always come back to B.L.U.E.S. I grew up coming here and still come today because it’s one of the most authentic, interactive and amazing experiences every time. I highly recommend Carlos Johnson(usually on Saturdays). Please go support this blues bar- not many left today. Part of American history.
Written August 28, 2018
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robracing
Los Angeles, CA28 contributions
Good, but not great.
Aug 2018 • Friends
Chicago is the greatest city on Earth for live blues. I have been visiting the city for years, and out of literally dozens of nights out, I have never seen a bad band.

B.L.U.E.S books great acts and they play long and loud in a very intimate/claustrophobic environment.

Cover charge is only $10 and the wait service is great.

However, there appears to be no attempt to keep the crowd at a manageable level. The guy on the door just keeps grabbing $10 bills and jamming more and more people in. I would be curious to know what the fire safety limit is on the venue, but it must have been significantly exceeded when I was there this week.

Another major problem is the toilets which are in an outrageous state, with no locks and broken glass and unpleasant fluids all over the floor.

Final gripe is the extremely limited choice of bottled beer available. I expect better in Chicago these days.

Despite the above, I still had a good night!
Written August 28, 2018
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B.L.U.E.S. is open:
  • Fri - Fri 8:00 PM - 3:00 AM
  • Sat - Thu 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM