Jazz It Up at the Best Blues Bars in Chicago

August 8, 2019 | Around Town | Arts & Culture | Dining
Jazz It Up at the Best Blues Bars in Chicago

Chicago has a storied history with blues music that goes as far back as the beginning of the 20th century. Musical greats such as Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy often played at clubs around the city. In fact, they helped to establish Chicago as a base for urban blues. You can still find classic blues bars near OneEleven. For some of the best of the blues, here are some legendary blues bars in Chicago to visit:

Kingston Mines

Open since 1968, Kingston Mines is one of the best blues bars in the city. Located in Lincoln Park, Kingston Mines has an old school bar feel with low lighting and small tables tightly packed around the room. There are two stages that showcase blues music seven nights a week and have been home to acts such as Koko Taylor and Junior Wells. In addition to bar service, patrons can also enjoy customer favorites such as Southern Fried Okra, Catfish Fingers, and BBQ Wings. 

Rosa’s Lounge

Nestled away in Logan Square, Rosa’s Lounge is a Chicago mainstay. Family-owned and operated, Rosa’s Lounge has been around since 1984 and has hosted legends such as David Honeyboy Edwards and Billy Branch. A mix of traditional and modern blues acts perform each week in an intimate and festive setting. 

Buddy Guy’s Legends

Founded by the legend himself, Buddy Guy’s Legends is one of the premier blues clubs in the country, let alone one of the best blues bars in Chicago. Located in the Loop, Buddy Guy’s Legends has had everyone from David Bowie to Eric Clapton perform on its stage. Indeed, legendary acts from all over the world have performed here nightly since its opening in 1989. Music lovers can enjoy stellar music while tasting a variety of New Orleans-inspired dishes such as Louisiana Style Gumbo and Fried Oysters. 

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