Party Earth Review Located just down the street from Kingston Mines, another famous Chicago blues joint, B.L.U.E.S. has been living true to its name since 1979, hosting live music every night. An intimate room decked out with string lights... ... read full review
2519 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Brown, Purple Express, Red Lines: Fullerton
M–F, Su 8pm–2am, Sa 8pm–3am
Music starts at 9:30pm
Lincoln Park, Chicago –
Located just down the street from Kingston Mines, another famous Chicago blues joint, B.L.U.E.S. has been living true to its name since 1979, hosting live music every night.
An intimate room decked out with string lights and sad stories, the venue attracts everyone from wealthy young professionals to broke post-grads, all eager to share their love of the genre and listen to great musicians who regularly interact with the audience.
Hundreds of photographs and CD covers act as testament to the impressive number of performers who have graced the small stage over the decades, harkening back to the days when blues was a way of life in edgy Chicago.
The inclusive, welcoming atmosphere never wavers, and even on weekends – when seating is scarce and the bar is packed shoulder-to-shoulder – outgoing couples and energetic blues fans find a corner to dance in, tap their feet with martinis in hand, or strike up conversations with strangers between sets.
With a dedicated fan base and a strong emphasis on local artists, B.L.U.E.S. is the kind of music venue that clearly lives by its motto: “If you don’t have the blues when you come in, we'll make sure you have them when you leave!”
Sundays are best for a full night of blues music. Head to B.L.U.E.S. for the 9:30pm show, and when it’s over, just hop across the street – your cover from B.L.U.E.S. will get you into Kingston Mines for free .
Lively mix of young couples, post-grads, hipsters, Lincoln Park yuppies, older blues lovers, and friends of the band, mid-20s to 40s+.
Live blues music nightly from 9:30pm, with bigger name bands on Fridays and Saturdays. Check the website for specific listings.
No food. Validated parking with paid admission (Su–Th) at Children’s Memorial Hospital.
Cover charge $0–$10. Beer $5–$6, wine $5, cocktails $5–$10. Valet $10.
Anything goes: jeans, t-shirts, flannel, baggy pants, leather jackets, slacks, cocktail dresses.
Weeknights for a smaller crowd and more opportunity to meet the band, or Fridays and Saturdays for bigger-name musicians and a packed scene.
Kingston Mines (2548 North Halsted Street) offers more live blues, as well as a full menu.