Chicago is dubbed “Blues Capital of the World” and even has the largest in the world Blues festival held every summer for three days to back up its claim. There are many Chicago venues that keep this music genre alive. However, which ones have the best atmosphere, food, and choice of the Blues? Well, I have narrowed my choices down to three Blues bars that you will not want to miss out on. Keep reading to discover why I believe it’s sometimes not bad to have the blues.
#1 Buddy Guy’s Legends
With over 50 years in the blues music business, Buddy Guy is known as the king of Chicago’s electric Blue’s scene. Since June 1989, Buddy Guy’s Legends Blue’s club in the South Loop has had many world-known musicians on the stage. Even Buddy Guy is known to make an appearance with the crowd.
Displayed along the walls is Blues memorabilia that includes the history of Buddy Guy and Blues history in rare photographs, artwork, and Grammys. There are even signed guitars over the bar. Dig in to southern comfort food with Legend’s amazing Cajun menu.
#2 Kingston Mines
Nicknamed the “Chicago Blue’s Center” this Blues joint is one of the windy city’s oldest and largest, established in 1968. Kingston Mines was the first club to appear on the north side of Chicago in Lincoln Park. Featuring all Chicago-blues styles, Kingston Mines offers variety, from traditional to the new. Two alternating stages play until 4am and 5am and host the best Blues musicians nationally (and internationally) known.
Also enjoy a full barbeque menu. Eat excellent ribs, wings, catfish, and more at “Doc’s Rib Joint.” “Doc” Pellegrino insists, “If you’re not having fun, you’re not at Kingston Mines.”
#3 Rosa’s Lounge
A staple Blues venue in Chicago, Rosa’s Lounge makes you feel at home. With the slogan, “Chicago’s Friendliest Blue Lounge,” this South Side Blues bar has been open since 1984. Family owned and operated, an Italian immigrant named Tony came from Milan in 1978 and named the joint after his mother Rosa, who came to America to help work behind the bar.
Rosa’s has the traditional Blues spirit, but includes many styles. It has had performers ranging from conventional to Chicago modernists to second generations. Experience amazing authentic Italian dishes like the house specialty Pasta Nonna and baked pasta. Book a private party and enjoy the Blues with friends.