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Blue Chicago

Nightlife, Bars, Arts & Entertainment, Entertainment, Restaurants
Tuloko-Friendly

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Parking

Street, Private Lot

Price

$$$

Attire

casual

Groups

Yes

Alcohol

Yes

Good for

Lunch

Wheelchair

Yes

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279 Reviews

279 Reviews

Kevin K

9/20/2014

Love this place. And the good news is that they now have added toilet seats.

Michael F

9/20/2014

Been going here for years, I have never had a bad time. Even if you are a casual fan of blues, its spot you need to check out. Think of the cover as price of admission to a concert.

Collin S

9/20/2014

Great place, got here at 830pm, music started at 9 and still got a seat! Staff was great and music was better!

Joelle H

9/20/2014

Lezbehonest! its awesome

Todd C

9/20/2014

A little touristy, but the music still holds up.

Robert S

4/1/2015

Caught some live blues here and, yeah, it was a little pricy at $10 entry but drinks were not too expensive and the band and act were both great! I'd definitely come back if I had some guests in town.

It gets pretty packed in the evening, so I recommend showing up around an hour after opening (music will be going or at least close to going by then but you should still be able to catch a table or seat at the bar).

Laurel M

4/1/2015

Stumbled upon this place accidentally, and so glad we did! Had a musician friend in from out of town and this was just what the doctor ordered. Incredible musicians. Cheap cover ($8 on a Sunday night). Highly recommend!

Manuel D

4/1/2015

Awesome (but the 10$ cover)

Ron T

5/6/2015

$10 cover well worth it. Drinks are inexpensive for a Chicago club, so easy break even.

Tenry Johns has incredible energy. Not just a musician, but a real entertainer.

Claudette Miller is a dying breed. They don't make blues singers like her anymore. I went to school in Chicago from 78-82, and one of my big regrets is that I didn't go to the Blues clubs more, since Chitown Blues scene is unique. Get your butt of the couch and enjoy some Blues if you are in Chicago.

Chris K

8/17/2015

Why did I give this Chicago institution 1 star? Because this is the first bar I have ever been to that charges a ($12) cover AND a 2 drink minimum AND a $20 min for credit cards. Now honestly....maybe im overeacting because id obviously had bought two drinks anyway. But the sheer fact that they have the 2 drink min sign on the table makes this place feel cheap. What would they have done if I paid the cover, sat down, and didnt order anything? And said "oh I don't drink alcohol"- then what? I really wanna know how that conversation would have gone...given that they didnt state the two drink minimum when I came in and paid the cover

Rich H

8/17/2015

One of those "must dos" in Chicago, but the place could use a bit of an upgrade. Not what it used to be. Nevertheless, it's all about the talent, so check it out. I'll never forget seeing Willy Kent here my first time in town, about 10 years ago.

I'd suggest a stay at the bar, get there by 8 for the 9pm show.

Chris S

9/22/2015

Love this downtown live Blues venue. Interactive, fun and great talent. Head here, spend a few hours and a couple dollars enjoying great music! No better value then live music venues. I'll be back!

Valery L

9/22/2015

The venue is tiny and somewhat dingy, but it's a lot of fun. It felt authentic and we really enjoyed ourselves. It was a bit hard to dance in here since it was so packed, but there's not much that can be done about that. Both artists, Demetria Taylor and JW Williams were really great and the band was excellent. My one gripe is that there is not nearly enough seating so most people had to stand. My feet started hurting so I couldn't stay as long as I would have liked to. Cover was reasonable at $12 a person. I would definitely come back for some blues.

Ken O

9/22/2015

Awesome music... took our 22 year old son and we all had a blast hearing Charlie Love and his group. Going back again tonight for another good time before we head back south tomorrow.

Pedro O

11/28/2015

Nice quaint little place. Charlie Love's band was great. The only issue was the $20 min. for credit cards at the bar.

Pt H

1/4/2016

Love authentic blues music??? Any bar you go to you're going to blow some $$. Blue Chicago does charge a cover and min drink required BUT it's downtown, you'll find an intimate environment with local blues musicians. We had a great time chatting with the lead singer. Friendly people all around. Greatb experience.

Alexander C

2/8/2016

WARNING! (read below)

This place is great. It gives you a genuine feel of chicago blues. If you vidit chicago and are a blues enthudiast then its s must go.

Yet to give you my full story i dint get a good first impression. When you walk in there is "bulldog" at the door (a.k.a. the host). His manners are kinda rough (you will get a better fel of him at his introduction before the band starts) but don't let that intimidate you or break your mood. Take it as part of the bar's overall feeling. Now to the money issue and my WARNING: the entrance fee is CASH ONLY (no credit csrd accepted). so they have an "ATM" in the bar to pull cash with a fee of $2 per transaction. I got a $20 and overall (with my banks exchange fee) i was charged around $25 in my account. Now after the entrance there is a TWO DRINKS MINIMUM rule that you don't know until you sit down. That is a bit sneaky but anyway... the beers & drinks are cheap ($5-8) BUT pay as well with cash because there is a $20 MINIMUM FOR CREDIT CARD. So unless you anyways drink more than $20 use cash!

I bet you have a picture by now. My suggestion: don't miss it but pay CASH and have them already with you

Teresa H

7/7/2016

Love small intimate consistent I feel safe

Mihai M

7/7/2016

Nice music (@blues lovers), many drinks to choose from, great atmosphere.

Kati M

11/9/2016

Friendly staff, great crowd, AMAZING blues, fantastic experience! Was only in Chicago for one night and as far as I'm concerned there wouldn't have been a better place to spend the evening.

Place was packed around 11pm on a Friday. There was a small line/short wait, but the staff did a great job getting people in and making sure the crowds weren't too obnoxious. As long as you don't mind standing room only, it's fine.

Cover charge was $12 (cash only) but worth every penny. Definitely bring cash. There's a $20 minimum for cards at the bar. There is an atm, but it charges a $2 fee. Bartender gave me a soda on the house, though, after I had to spend money at the atm to pay for my first drink.

Small dance floor was perfect for grooving, and creating an intimate atmosphere between the performers and the audience. The sound blew me away. The talent of the band was phenomenal. Would have paid $50 to see them in concert.

Overall, a really excellent venue. If you love blues, stopping here is a must!

Leonardo M

11/9/2016

What a wonderful time we had here. The band played great blues. Beer is just the right kind of cold. Crowd was great. Fun is guaranteed.

Dania P

11/9/2016

Here is a late review, I went in June and July! I was asked to upload more pics and maybe write a review since I am in love with this place!

The first time I came here, I saw John Primer and he blew my mind away! The following time I went back to see John Primer again!! Such an amazing talented musician. This place is so amazing and has a great vibe, I love music so when I go I get lost listening and watching the artist play. I do not pay attention to my surroundings, but just the stage and the artist. So far I am not disappointed! I highly recommend checking this place out if you like live music and love The Blues!!!

Alfonso B

11/9/2016

One of the best places of hearing my favorite music (The Blues)... An amazing place

Eduardo O

11/9/2016

Eat before entering, be there between 8-9, otherwise will be full. Music 10/10, service 10/10!! Had a great night!!

Matthew C

12/24/2016

This place is great. It's rather small, but that's one of the things that makes it great. The only thing that I didn't really appreciate is the $10 cover and $20 drink minimum; the cover is fine when there is a band, but the drink minimum is cheesy. The band (BTW Express) is awesome! You will have a good time.

Laura F

12/24/2016

Amazing place! Great music and cool staff

Mark H

3/3/2017

Live authentic blues in intimate bar setting. Very reasonable prices. Cool crowd of tourists and locals.

Derek K

3/3/2017

Awesome music great time, tight squeeze gets warm but good times

Paul K

3/3/2017

Great live music in this intimate blues bar.

Michelle M

4/3/2017

Bouncer is rude. inpolitely told me to take my feet off the chair . It was a chair at our table . Smells like cigar smoke in here . Avoid this place horrible service , decent music but not worth it with rude staff

Geoff L

5/4/2017

What a great experience. A true blues bar. Beer/drink selection was limited, however you are there for the music. This is a "must go back" next time I'm in Chicago.

Na. H

5/4/2017

Great staff and good music. We had a perfect Saturday night!

Tarun C

6/4/2017

This place is really fun. It opens a little later (8pm I believe) and my wife and I showed up around 8:20. We were able to snag barseats before the place filled up entirely and became standing room only. The performers played some excellent classic blues style music and really knew how to work with the crowd to keep songs fresh and engaging. We had a few drinks and the bartenders were friendly and quick to refill us when we were ready for each round. This is pretty much my staple blues place to visit and I consider this the blues version of Andy's Jazz Club - with engaging performers that even folks who don't listen to blues often should find entertaining.

Korie R

7/4/2017

Blue chicago has to be one of the best blues bars in the area the live music was amazing there was such talent. Drinks are very affordable and mixed very well. The bartender and waitresses are quick and amazing. I will be definitely be visiting blue chicago every time I'm in the area

Kelsey W

7/4/2017

I absolutely love visiting this spot for some good drinks and great music! I love the personal feel.

Tadhg B

7/4/2017

Great place had an awesome time here, small venue fills up fast, generates a great atmosphere.

Sarah I

8/6/2017

Chicago blues at its finest. Great atmosphere, interesting crowd. Love it every time we go!

Flux P

8/6/2017

Perfect Live music. Drinks are not expensive. Performance and music was soooo NICE!

Sherrie P

9/8/2017

Enjoyed every second of being here. The $12 cover charge is well worth it. Non-stop funky good music. And ask for juice in your drink if u like, you won't taste it. They are definitely not stingy with the alcohol. I'm 37 and never liked blues until I visited this place. I will definitely be back.

raptor r

9/8/2017

Great resident band. Basic bar but gets the job done, the music is the main attraction. Definately show up early if you want a seat.

Roger M

11/10/2017

True Chicago blues bar with great energy. Nothing fancy; No fruit in your drinks. Great blues every night by a rotating mix of local band. Took 1 star away for having a tourist crowd and being a little pricey (both the cover charge and well drink prices). Would appreciate a lower weekday cover at least a couple days so locals could frequent regularly.

Elvin E

11/10/2017

Cozy place with a Great vibe and blues music. Great place to visit if you're touring the city

Marlo P

11/10/2017

Amazing blues bar! Would have got 5 stars but the stools and tables need to be replaced.

george m

12/14/2017

Wow wow wow this place has the most amazing music of any where I've been. $10 cover to get in the door but it is worth 50 I have to get in the door. And this was just for Wednesday night God knows what kind of music they have got going on there on the weekends

Dan F

12/14/2017

Nellie's Tiger's and Travis Oh My!

NTT was the headliner tonight and what a show! She's amazing. This bar is no frills, no food, no fricken excuse not to check out.

Drink Dance Debut.

F A N T A S T I C

Jordan C

12/14/2017

Great music. Get there on time because it fills up. Drinks leave much to be desired.

Galina F

1/14/2018

This place stole my heart! Just wonderful! Have to pay cover charge, but it is so worth it. Live music, great, fun, cozy atmosphere, stiff drinks - you can find it all there.

Lauren N

1/14/2018

Had a great time sitting at the bar listening to live blues on a Thursday night. Great vibe and incredible talent. Would definitely visit again when back in town.

Adam C

1/14/2018

My Favorite tourist trap in Chicago. Good music, fun vibe to watch out of towners try to dance to blues rock. No frills make it all the better.

Alessandro P

2/15/2018

In my opinion for sure in the top 3 jazz bar in the city. It is in a strategic spot in the loop and offers always high quality live music.

Sebastien H

2/15/2018

have to say that we were a by disappointed. we’re blues lovers but this wasn’t the best vibe, to be honest. went there on a Wednesday night and it seemed like the band playing didn’t give a damn. it’s a shamed because we were looking forward to hearing good chicago blues on a mythical place like this! hope this isn’t always the case!

Adam H

3/15/2018

Awesome"hole in the wall" bar with amazing live music. Cover was $12 on a Saturday night and the band said they had 2 more sets when we left at around 11:30pm. Varied crowd from fancy attire to people with Blackhawks jerseys that had come straight from the game. Either way, everyone was friendly, social, dancing and enjoying the band. Definitely a recommended place to hit up if in town

Edith N

3/15/2018

Amazing talent, Sheryl Youngblood!!! Highlight of our visit to Chicago. I would recommend this place to anyone who likes a small intimate venue where you can really hear and enjoy the band.

Angela H

3/15/2018

Love this bar. The band is always great. Like the best house party youll ever go to. Nick the bartender is awesome.

Marcela L

4/18/2018

I love this place. Tuesday is my favorite day. Great music, simple and honest place. Great entertainment.

Gary H

4/18/2018

great music and atmosphere. definitely will go back. Just FYI, no food at all.

Denis C

5/18/2018

Old fashion premier service. Was very impressed with everything food Ambience and decor was Great but the staff were amazing. I had the Prime rib wow.

Piersimoni L

5/18/2018

It is always a pleasure to spend the night there. The only problem is the closing time, it does not always correspond on what it is written online. We went there Saturday night at 00:30 and it was already closing; far away from 2 AM showed online

Steven R

6/19/2018

Amazing night here last Saturday. $12 cover charge but well worth it. Beers are about $5 a bottle of domestic. Sheryl youngblood was on and it was fantastic. We went about 11pm and they had already been on for 2hrs. They didn't finish until 2am. Was packed full and all members of the band had incredible talent. Not to be missed.

James H

6/19/2018

Skilled blues performers! Lots of talent. BUT.. Somebody tell the sound engineer to turn down the voice so we can hear the music! It was SO SO unbalanced. Delicate guitar riffs get lost. U have to fix that!

Egemen Ö

6/19/2018

One of the best places to listen to blues. There is usually a cover for 10-15 dollars, depending on the day. I have not seen a bad performance to this day and I have been there about 6-7 times each time I visit Chicago

Sudha P

6/19/2018

The music is great. Fun place to be. Difficult to get seats, usually on a Friday night. There's a cover charge of $11/15 I guess.

X G

6/19/2018

2018: Cover $12 totally worth it for amazing live blues. Great beer selection at fair prices. However Pinogrigio in a whisky tumbler is not stylish. Worth another visit.

Andrea M

7/19/2018

For my first trip to Chicago I insisted on seeing a local blues bar and this is where everyone recommended. It was small and perfect. Exactly everything I wanted it to be. The band was fantastic and everyone in the bar was happy and having a great time. I really enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to anyone visiting Chicago that loves blues music

Dave B

7/19/2018

I requested Bartender to make a girl drink for my wife. She is not a drinker, he could not recommended anything or make anything. He say " You have to be more specific" normally any real bartender makes something upon request. The band is made up of senior citizens. Overall great atmosphere.

michele m

7/19/2018

Cute little place. Great Blues. Cover on Saturday $12.00 with a 2 drink minimum, I found reasonable. Basic bar drinks and beers. If you like love Blues in a smaller setting, this a place for you.

Pico D

8/20/2018

If your are looking for authenticity, this is it. Top spot for live blues music. The decor is original. Nothing fancy or trying to be modern. Pure authentic; it’s getting rare to find especially in River North. Affordable drinks too. Bring cash for the cover charge.

Irina S

8/20/2018

Come Thursday nights for live Chicago blues music and pay a modest cover. Menu is limited but then you don't go there for the drinks and food. A beer or two, or a whiskey or two, will help you appreciate the music without the distractions of fancy food and cutlery.

Andrew M

9/21/2018

This was such a cool bar! The music was completely legit. Granted, it was mostly white folk in this clearly traditionally black bar, but I didn't think that took anything a way from the quality of the music or the feeling that you were sitting in a piece of music history. Plus the drinks were fairly affordable, relatively speaking, which was pretty nice. The cover charge was a bit steep, though.

Markos O

9/21/2018

Love this place. Down to earth, always great bands, musicians and singers. A bit annoying only, that there are spots in the bar where they don't let you stand. They say it is for the waitress to get through... pretty much "it's the law"- style as the waitresses do get through even on the fully packed dance floor. Not very guest minded, who are paying to get in (on weekends) and want to feel the rythm...

Terry H

10/21/2018

The Mike Wheeler band was fantastic. Each musician - acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard - all masters. Each was engaging with the audience. Service was friendly and efficient. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Dmitrij T

10/21/2018

Good Blues music for relatively cheap 10$ cover. However prepare to have some cash on you. Was a bit of a disappointment that you couldn't pay cover sum with a card and minimum purchase with card for drinks was 20$. That was a bit shady, it's 2018

Jason S

11/22/2018

Very fun blues club. No frills, just drinks and live music. Impressed by the acoustics, but not the HVAC. Band that played was phenomenal. Great time.

Aaron G.

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12/27/2017

-Great old-school place to see some Chicago blues downtown.

-Opens at 8pm nightly and they have different blues bands each night.

-Bar is gritty and...read this and 205 more

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