Chicago Jazz and Blues Clubs

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Chicago was one of the most important cities in the development of jazz and blues. In the 1920s Chicago became the center for hot jazz. At the same time blues was starting to come to life in Chicago. As time progressed Chicago remained a center for jazz and blues making it place that any big jazz and blues fan must visit.



Jazz and Blues Clubs

Andy's Jazz Club

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  • Address: 11 E Hubbard St
  • Phone: 312-642-6805
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Andy's Jazz Club is a great jazz bar. No mater the time of day Andy's has great jazz on the stage. The food is better then the standard bar food. Therefore sit back and enjoy some good food while listening to good music.


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  • Address: 2519 N Halsted
  • Phone: 773-528-1012
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B.L.U.E.S. is located in Lincoln Park and is a bit dingy and crowded making it a great place to listen to blues. Most of the people in this club are aficionados and really know their blues, which can make the shows very interactive. It is possible to buy recordings of past nightly performances.

Blues Chicago at Ohio

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  • Address: 536 N Clark St.
  • Phone: 312-661-0100
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Blues Chicago at Ohio is the place to go if you want to see amazing women singers. This place as a reputation of having soulful singers that impress. There is a small dance floor that attracts the costumers to dance in their smart casual dress.

Buddy Guy's Legends

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  • Address: 754 S. Wabash Ave
  • Phone: 312-427-0333
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Located in the South Loop Buddy Guy's Legends is a more tourist/yuppy friendly joint. Monday nights can be fun as jam session rule, while Sunday through Thursday local artists pump out the music. Friday and Saturday usually showcase national artists. With a kitchen open till midnight and non-shady atmosphere can make this place a great place to listen to music in comfort.

Checkerboard Lounge

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  • Address: 5201 S. Harper
  • Phone: 773-684-1472
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Located in the south side neighborhood of Hyde Park this place is popular with students, tourists, locals and die hard fans. This venue was opened in 1972 and has different music on different nights. Some say the best music is on Sunday and Monday night.

Green Dolphin Street

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  • Address: 2200 N. Ashland Ave
  • Phone: 773-395-0066
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Green Dolphin Street is located in classy ballroom in Bucktown and has different kinds of music on different night. This place has great seating and a large dance floor. It also has a great international seafood restaurant and it is possible to buy fine cigars here.

Green Mill

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  • Address: 4802 N Broadway Ave
  • Phone: 773-878-5552
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The old hangout of Al Capone, Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson the Green Mill is a great place. Considered the best jazz venue in the city the Green Mill will never let you down. It was also a speakeasy during prohibition making it a place in history. Tuesday and Thursday is for swing music, Sunday night features intense poetry slams and the rest of the nights feature jazz. Although jazz music usually pops up most nights for a little bit from the house band.

Kingston Mines

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  • Address: 2548 N. Halsted
  • Phone: 773-477-4646
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Kingston Mines, located in Lincoln Park, lives up to its mantra of Hear the music, drink booze and talk loud. The place also has a 4 am liquor license making it a party spot till very late into the night. There is also nice kitchen making it possible to enjoy food at both of the stages.

Pops for Champagne

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  • Address: 601 N State
  • Phone: 312-266-7677
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Pops for Champagne is a sleek and stylish bar and is a good place to sip and mingle. There is a full bar here but the main draw is the more than 125 champagnes on the menu. This is a great place to catch some great jazz and drink some wonderful champagne.

The Underground Wonder Bar

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  • Address: 10 E. Walton
  • Phone: 312-266-7761
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This Gold Coast establishment is a tiny venue were the founder still plays three nights a week. The makeshift stage at The Underground Wonder Bar features jazz and blues but don't be surprised to see some guitar or piano. The size of the venue allows for very interactive shows and outside food is fine.


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