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B.L.U.E.S.

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Address: 2519 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614-2307
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Fri 20:00 - 03:00
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Popular Blues club located in Chicago's North Side has hosted such great...

Popular Blues club located in Chicago's North Side has hosted such great musicians as Sunnyland Slim and Pinetop Perkins.

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NO FRILLS, NO DANCE, ONLY PURE BLUES...

when in chicago area i use to go to the most famous kingston mines... well B.L.U.E.S. is definitely different: much smaller, more intimate but great music. traditional blues to be... read more

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Mendrisio, Switzerland
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Mendrisio, Switzerland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

when in chicago area i use to go to the most famous kingston mines... well B.L.U.E.S. is definitely different: much smaller, more intimate but great music. traditional blues to be enjoyed with the soul having some good beers. NO FRILLS BUT BLUES. probably not modern and actual blues but traditional chicago blues. i'll be back for sure!

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Macon, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Intimate setting -- not large, you feel very close to the stage. Volume was fine, sound quality pretty good. Blues show was very good. Not a fancy place at all -- this is where you go to listen to blues, not to see and be seen. You have to get there quite early if you hope to have a table.

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Stonington, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Happened to be Big Ray's birthday so there was a jam going on. For a $5 cover I had the chance to hear a variety of recording artists from the Blues Hall of Fame playing about 10 feet away, get great drink service and eat some home style Southern Blues food that was there for all in celebration of Big... More 

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Alameda, California, United States
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7 reviews
Reviewed 17 January 2017

The Saloon in San Francisco is our gold standard for live blues bars and we were delighted to discover this place while in Chicago for a weekend. Good music, good pours, good company. All you could ask for.

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Golden, Colorado
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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This place was so much fun and the music was incredible. The bar isn't that big so it can be really crowded but the we had an absolute blast watching people come out of the crowd to play with the band. I feel like most of the staff can play something or sing?

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Greece
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Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We went at friday night with a company. There are two stages in the same bar and when stop playing the one band the crowd move to the next stage and a second band start playing! I enjoyed and I danced with all my spirit! Don't know if bands were knowns or not but for me were so good. Their... More 

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Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

I love it. Very cosy, a lot of history with lots of soul, best relaxed blues. Good people on stage, behind the bar. You can bring your own food. Thanks for having us!

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Thank Susanne L
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

The 10 dollar cover charge was nothing in comparison to the wonderful blues we heard. The band played for 3 whole hours with a short break. Even the singer from the club across the road sang a couple of numbers. Its a very friendly place, where many locals and foreigners gather alike. Drinks are cheap. As other reviews say there... More 

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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Went there while they were in their August festival, each day a different band. Got to see Eddie Shaw and the Wolfgang. They were absolutely amazing. The club had a very welcoming atmosphere. The waitresses were very nice. If anyone wants a real blues experience definitely check out the B.L.U.E.S

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Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Everyone seemed to know everyone else but yet we were made to feel incredibly welcome. The band playing Were amazing. So talented and what a memorable "non-tourist" thing to do. I am not a huge Blues or jazz fan but the music was accessible and the atmosphere of This run- down authentic club was outstanding. It would rank as in... More 

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Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.
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