Buddy Guy's Legends

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Buddy Guy's Legends The brainchild of Buddy Guy himself – who returns to play sold-out shows every January – Buddy Guy's Legends has hosted some of the biggest players in the industry since 1989, and features local performers and celebrity... Chicago United States 41.8719861 -87.6262217
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Buddy Guy's Legends - Blues Club | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review The brainchild of Buddy Guy himself – who returns to play sold-out shows every January – Buddy Guy’s Legends has hosted some of the biggest players in the industry since 1989, and features local performers and celebrity... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 11am–2am, Sa 5pm–3am, Su 5pm–2am
    Kitchen closes at midnight daily

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

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The brainchild of Buddy Guy himself – who returns to play sold-out shows every January – Buddy Guy's Legends has hosted some of the biggest players in the industry since 1989, and features local performers and celebrity...

The brainchild of Buddy Guy himself – who returns to play sold-out shows every January – Buddy Guy’s Legends has hosted some of the biggest players in the industry since 1989, and features local performers and celebrity blues acts alike on its spacious stage every night.

Young professionals and local businessmen in the market for southern soul food stop into the lounge for lunch and a free acoustic set during the week, while on Fridays and Saturdays the main room and two bars are usually brimming by 6pm with everyone from post-grads, conventioneers, and hotel guests to local residents, hipsters, and die-hard music lovers hungry for a good show.

A scattering of café tables in front of the stage provides space for well-dressed couples to dine before the music starts, as blues buffs check out the music mementos on the walls, which range from Buddy’s Grammys and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame statue to a world-renowned guitar collection signed by the likes of B.B. King, Carlos Santana, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Although few patrons need a break from the music, those who do can head upstairs to shoot a few rounds of pool or, on busy nights, grab a drink at the second bar.

A mainstay on the city’s music scene, Buddy Guy’s Legends offers high-quality acts that blues aficionados won’t want to miss.

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Tip from Jonah:

Don’t know much about blues? Keep in mind that it’s a varied musical form that embodies a number of styles. So varied, in fact, that Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes, David Bowie, ZZ Top, and Slash have all graced the stage here!

  • Crowd

    Hip music lovers, convention-goers, upscale hotel patrons, older South Loop residents, young professionals and finance types, post-grads, and eager tourists, mid-20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live blues music nightly. Four TVs downstairs tuned to sports, or off during performances. Three pool tables upstairs.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Southern fare featuring favorites like fried okra, catfish, and fried chicken. Seating for performances is first-come first-served. Reservations not accepted.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $10/Su–Th, $20/F–Sa. Appetizers $4–$8, sandwiches $8–$10, entrées $9–$14. Beer $4–$6, wine $5–$6, cocktails $4–$8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to dressy: business attire, slacks, collared shirts, cocktail attire, jeans, t-shirts, polos.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest acts, or any night for a bustling bar scene.

  • Close By

    Jazz Showcase (806 South Plymouth Court), a top Chicago jazz destination since 1947.

Buddy Guy's Legends User Reviews

Average rating:
Just Okay
Ashley K. May 4, 2013
It's a nice place to go to if you are a first timer or enjoy the blues tourist atmosphere, but if you're a serious blues fan I would suggest looking into other places. I enjoy live music, but I would not consider myself a blues expert so the atmosphere was a nice enough experience. The food was nothing to rave about. I liked the signed guitars but it all seemed a little too crammed and cluttered. I have only been once and I am not planning on returning. I will check out some other live venues before I consider coming back.
Nothing to write home about
Craig B. Dec 9, 2012
Buddy Guy's Legends is pretty close to the major hotel/convention centers, so the clientele is inevitably going to be more of a business crowd. It's fun, and the music is good, but don't go here expecting to really dig into the Chicago blues scene. The signed guitars that cover the walls are pretty impressive, I'll admit, but the whole place just feels tacky to me. The layout is like a cavern, a single big room with bars on the edges, a stage in the middle, and high ceilings (which means that snare hits from the drum kit are going to reverberate much longer than they should), but it does lend itself to dancing. All in all, it's a great place to throw down some beers and watch business professionals dance like idiots, but I don't plan on going back. Feels like it's more for show. For a real Chicago blues experience, go to B.L.U.E.S.
Good music, laid-back atmosphere
Christina W. Nov 20, 2012
This is the place that most people recommend for blues music in Chicago, and rightfully so. I personally prefer B.L.U.E.S. in Lincoln Park (I think it's far more authentic and "local" feeling), but the quality of music at Buddy Guy's is seriously top-notch. Also, it's pretty sweet to sit in a giant room whose walls are covered with the famous guitars of rock and blues giants. I mean, you can sit there and stare at Carlos Santana's guitar. It's pretty cool. Unfortunately I haven't had the pleasure of eating there, but I've heard the food is good. And if you get there on an upbeat night, the crowd will be whooping and clapping and just grooving along with the band. So again, if you're looking for the gritty, authentic Chicago blues experience, this probably isn't it. But the music certainly doesn't disappoint, and the place has a pretty awesome atmosphere.
Red Hot and Bleu
Richard H. Oct 4, 2012
Some of the best food and music in the city. The new location (as of 2010) has great atmosphere. and friendly waitstaff. All the food is outstanding, I personally reccomend the Red, hot and Bleu Chicken sandwich! P.S. don't forget to order cajun fries!
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