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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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Authentic!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Glenn B
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Alameda, California, United States
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Alameda, California, United States
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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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60 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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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Thank Afroditi V
Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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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Thank Neil V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Amazing local talent and jam night for anyone on Wednesdays. $5 cover for an authentic Chicago blues experience.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

I have been to this place so many times over the years I could not begin to count them. You never know who you might see but the acts on stage are always entertaining and worthwhile. Drinks are reasonably priced and the wait staff is attentive even when the place is S.R.O. which happens frequently.

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Versoix, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

I had not enough time in Chicago but wanted to have a blues bar experience. It is a must to do in Chicago, right? This place is one of them. It was just I was expecting. We paid 10$ per person at the entrance. It is a small, cozy bar with great blues music. I would go if I visit... More 

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Staying in Lincoln Park

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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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