Step back into 1950s Chicago, to the music of Muddy Waters and Jimmy Reed drifting out the doors of clubs across the city, to the emergence of a jazz and blues scene with a unique Chicagoan identity and far-reaching influence across the globe and experience an important part of this city’s rich musical history.
Established in 1978 and named after its owner’s Italian immigrant mother, this blues haven is an authentic and much loved part of Chicago’s blues scene. Expect old-fashioned friendliness in an environment which caters for the die-hard jazz fan. The graffiti in the bathroom poses as a feature rather than an eyesore, with rich debates between fans and musicians scrawled across the walls. Oh and did we mention, this humble spot has been voted one of the best blues bar in Chicago by both the New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine.
Buddy Guy’s Legends
If you happen to be a blues fan, this bar needs no introduction. Owned by Buddy Guy; blues legend, pioneer of ‘Chicago Blues’ and ranked thirtieth in the Rolling Stone’s list of the ‘100 Greatest guitarists of all time’, this particular bar is home to blues royalty. Opened in 1986, the stage here has played host to a long list of incredible performers, from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Van Morrison and more. Although a legendary music venue, Legends sticks to its roots by featuring both international acts and an impressive array of local talent seven days a week.
“Hear blues, drink booze, talk loud, you’re among friends” is the Kingston Mines motto, and trust us, it holds true here all week long. Considered one of Chicago’s oldest blues bars and consistently voted best blues club by the Chicago Music Awards, this little venue has a pretty impressive pedigree. With two stages devoted to playing the best in Blues Rock and a menu that boasts mouth-watering chicken and ribs, the Kingston Mines is determined to get you deep into the toe-tapping rhythm of blues culture.