“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Berthold Auerbach
Oh, the Chicago blues. One of the greatest musical genres of all time. (No bias here…) Though the underground blues scene may not be what it once was in this city, there are still plenty of great venues churning out timeless music every night of the week. So, if you’re in need of a little ‘dusting off’, check out these local favorites around town.
|Lee’s Unleaded Blues
Location: 7401 S. South Chicago Ave.
Location: 2548 N. Halsted St
Location: 3420 W. Armitage Ave.
Self-proclaimed “friendliest blues bar”
|B.L.U.E.S on Halsted
Location: 2519 N. Halsted St.
Location: 536 N. Clark
Location: 5201 S. Harper Ct.
Location: 1294 E. 87th Street
(Jam session) – Monday nights for more than 20 years
|Buddy Guy’s Legends
Location: 754 S. Wabash Ave
Annual Chicago Blues Festival
The UPchicago team is out busily reviewing each of these great blues joints, so check back soon for more info and our own insights on the best of the Chicago blues scene.