Jazz/Blues in Chicago

Chicago is the home of the blues, and continues to be a leader in producing quality blues and jazz. In almost every neighborhood, maybe in a dark corner, you can find amazing musicians riffing on old and new tunes. If you love the rawness of the blues and jazz, then you will be happy every night of the week in Chicago! In the downtown area you can find several hot spots. The Jazz Showcase, a classy spot operating since 1947, hosts some of Chicago's finest, and is known for bringing some of the world's best. Enjoy an upscale night out at Pops for Champagne, where you can sip champagne while listening to small jazz combos. You can also catch larger acts at the House of Blues, who bring acts of all genres. On the outer edges of downtown, Buddy Guy's Legends will bring you the feeling of being in an old-school blues dive bar with some great musicians. Andy's Jazz Club, also in the downtown area, is a lively restaurant/bar that brings acts to appeal to old and new jazz listeners. If you are into experimental jazz, the Velvet Lounge is the place for you, with easy parking right downtown! On the north side, dance the night away to funky blues at the ever-popular Kingston Mines, or head down the street to B.L.U.E.S, a smaller bar, but still boasts quite a crowd. Even further north, spend your night at a the famous former speakeasy, the Green Mill, that hosts some of the city's best musicians every night of the week. On the west side, check out Rosa's Lounge for authentic Chicago blues in a low-key neighborhood hangout.

Jazz Showcase

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59 West Grand Avenue

Classic Chicago jazz club... read more

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Green Mill

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4802 North Broadway Avenue
At Lawrence

Swinging former speakeasy... read more

Velvet Lounge

67 East Cermak Road

Smooth!... read more

Andy's Jazz Club

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11 East Hubbard Street
Between State St. and Wabash Ave

Jumpin' jazz joint... read more


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2519 North Halsted Street

Terrific blues joint... read more

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Kingston Mines

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2548 North Halsted Street
Between Wrightwood and Fullerton Aves

Down 'n' dirty blues... read more

Buddy Guy's Legends

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754 South Wabash
Northwest corner of 8th Street and Wabash

Feeling kinda blue... read more

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Pops For Champagne

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601 N State St

Upscale River North Champagne Lounge and Jazz Club... read more

Rosa's Lounge

3420 West Armitage Avenue
At Kimball Ave

Where real die-hard blues fans go... read more

House of Blues

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329 North Dearborn Street
At Kinzie St

Dine with the blues... read more
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