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House of Blues

Music Venue
Near North Side, Chicago
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  • Frankie C.
    "The Sunday gospel brunch must be experienced"(3 Tips)
    ErnestoAustria
    "A must for Blues live Music addicted People (like me)."(14 Tips)
    Hiedi E.
    "One of the best places to catch some Blues in Chicago."(11 Tips)
    Veronica C.
    "Great venue, smaller and intimate."(3 Tips)
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  • ✞CONSTANTINE ✞
    ✞CONSTANTINE ✞March 27, 2014
    I've had the chance to party in the foundation room a couple times and it's really unique !!! There is a private lounge in the back which would be the ultimate party spot for about 10 people...
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraOctober 21, 2015
    The balconies are placed quite steeply and it can be particularly difficult to see the performers at the highest level. The floor in front of the stage is ideal.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureMay 29, 2012
    Lines for Music Hall performances can be very long; avoid the wait by dining at the restaurant, where you can enjoy Southern favorites like buttermilk fried chicken and bourbon bread pudding. Read more
  • Laubla V.
    Laubla VillaverdeJanuary 12, 2015
    We had lunch and it was empty, so I guess it's the dinner kinda place. Don't remember the name but make sure to order the appetizer that has corn bread and shrimps. A winner
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathJuly 24, 2012
    They have a lot of 18+ shows (usually earlier in the evening) so you don't have to worry about not getting in. Check online to be sure though. Tickets are cheaper online too!
  • Digital Tour Bus
    Digital Tour BusMay 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Take public transportation when going to HOB Chicago! Parking can be a killer on the wallet. Just think about how much more drink money you'll have if you don't have to pay $15-$40 for parking!
  • Crystal C.
    Crystal CarrazcoJune 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Beware of scalpers outside the venue! I've seen kids get kicked out due to bad scalped tickets. Also, if ya don't want to be in the pit I suggest the steps that lead to the pit. Perfect view.
  • Wayne S.
    Wayne SilverMay 18, 2013
    For apps choose the Shrimp tacos. For entree if you like burgers, you must have the "Juicy Lucy". Non burger lovers order the Jambalaya !!!
  • House of Blues
    House of BluesMarch 7, 2012
    Want a reserved seat? Purchase a dinner package for an upcoming show and the price of the ticket goes towards your dinner and drinks and includes a reserved seat in the Music Hall. Call 312-923-2000
  • Nicholas N.
    Nicholas NickersonApril 1, 2016
    Great live music, fun place and friendly staff. The bartender Jennifer, staff members 64 and 58 were nice. Drinks are too pricey to be so small.
  • Jacque T.
    Jacque TertanyJuly 24, 2013
    Get table in front of band and food is really good along with great blues music :)
  • Ms. B.
    Ms. BucksMay 25, 2015
    Jambalaya to start, the Juicy Lucy & the Fried Crab Po Boy. The food was DELICIOUS!!! The service was nothing to be excited about.
  • Eliane v.
    Eliane vdBOctober 12, 2012
    [Bertrand Goldberg, 1959-67] Visit the exclusive club where each of the three separate rooms is devoted to a deity and combines 11th-century artifacts with present-day treasures.
  • Kyle N.
    Kyle NavinNovember 24, 2012
    My burger was great, the experimental drink menu is... Just don't order the Blackberry Jack, the cranberry and blackberry liquor absolutely ruined my whiskey.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SchlesingerJuly 13, 2016
    Ive only seen a couple bands here. The venue is waaay better for smaller crowds.
  • Tim
    TimJune 4, 2015
    It is a nice small venue with some great acoustics. Great place to see smaller indie or alternative bands.
  • Brad L.
    Brad LeegeSeptember 17, 2016
    General Admission seating is VERY minimal. In fact whole place is designed to get you to upgrade / spend more money than originally planned to get decent seats.
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BeckerFebruary 18, 2011
    The foundation room is amazing! The bartenders make great drinks - very pricey though. Bring extra money
  • Julia S.
    Julia StylesOctober 11, 2011
    This is a great venue. Consider going to some of the smaller shows. They are reasonably priced and the acoustics are great.
  • Kristin C.
    Kristin ColleenJune 13, 2013
    Barry the security guy is the nicest. Something scary happened and they helped me a lot. Be careful in line ladies!!
  • House of Blues
    House of BluesMarch 7, 2012
    Every Tuesday is Ticket Giveaway Tuesday! Come for lunch between 11:30am & 4pm and leave with FREE tickets to a select show.
  • Candice E.
    Candice ElizabethAugust 7, 2013
    beautiful venue&great sound! better 4 smaller shows. went here for a lollapalooza event &there was no room to move! sat @ 1 of the empty tables to eat a pretzel &was told the tables were 4sale.no thx!
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaApril 11, 2015
    The live band has a great (if loud repertoire) and it's danceable from the minute to walk in
  • Eroc
    ErocFebruary 18, 2014
    Great happy hour! Nice selection of Craft beers and the Voodoo Shrimp is killer!
  • House of Blues
    House of BluesMarch 7, 2012
    Join us for our World Famous Gospel Brunch every Sunday at 10am & 12:30pm. Live entertainment and all-you-can-eat buffet!
  • Eduardo O.
    Eduardo O.June 25, 2013
    Beautiful look, but impractical for some types of music. There were few seats and they were all reserved.
  • Paige K.
    Paige KrzyskoJune 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you want to be in front, see if the artist has a deal for early entry or else eat in the restaurant beforehand for pass the line.
  • Todd W.
    Todd WMay 14, 2016
    Ice cream sandwich sprinkled with Oreos is great for sharing.
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoJanuary 29, 2010
    Track down the sound that evolved from the Blues at the House of Blues' Gospel Brunch on Sundays, complimented by a Southern-inspired buffet and blues memorabilia on the walls. Read more
  • Pablo D.
    Pablo DDAugust 18, 2015
    Great for music. Before 9pm free, after 9 you have to pay 10 usd each
  • Darryl B.
    Darryl BakerSeptember 18, 2015
    Awesome concert venue. Just waiting for the main floor to cave in! Lol. Crazy deflection. I am sure it's by design.
  • Dave G.
    Dave GamblinApril 5, 2010
    Came for the Gospel Brunch, which is a really nice splurge, since you get entertainment and unlimited mimosas. Go back early and often for seconds and thirds.
  • Tony A.
    Tony AldridgeAugust 8, 2011
    The sounds is fantastic no matter where you are, best to drink before you come. The drink prices are so high
  • Hiedi E.
    Hiedi EMarch 15, 2015
    Wonderful atmosphere. One of the best places to catch some Blues in Chicago.
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay TemplemanAugust 7, 2014
    Great music venue, small in size so you are always close to the stage.
  • Mark G.
    Mark GoldenDecember 23, 2014
    Great music venue. The Gospel Brunch is a real sprit fill event. Check it out!
  • Betony K.
    Betony KellyAugust 24, 2014
    Great live music and a relaxed atmosphere. Really diverse crowd.
  • Eddy G.
    Eddy GonzalezNovember 2, 2015
    Get here early if you want to be first row, big venue that fills up quick
  • Jamie M.
    Jamie MackOctober 25, 2013
    Leave your lip stick and Chapstick at home, it will get confiscated. Apparently the young-ins are hiding drugs in there nowadays.
  • Julie M.
    Julie MestlingMarch 6, 2012
    TICKET GIVEAWAY TUESDAY- Come for lunch and leave with FREE tickets to select shows! Every Tuesday from 11:30am- 4:30pm.
  • Zulfiya
    ZulfiyaFebruary 23, 2014
    Great place to listen to good music and have some weekend's fun
  • Teresa
    TeresaDecember 17, 2014
    Great venue, smaller than expected, but that makes it an intimate concert setting.
  • Guillermo B.
    Guillermo BxSeptember 2, 2014
    Really good blues bands and atmosphere, bud bad table attention.
  • Brian W.
    Brian WhitakerJune 16, 2012
    Great place for lunch. Usually no wait.
  • pOps &.
    pOps 'April 28, 2015
    Great for a beer to the sound of live music
  • House of Blues
    House of BluesMarch 7, 2012
    Why wait when you can pass the line for a show? Spend $20 in the restaurant or company retail store and get priority entrance. Call box office at 312-923-2000 to purchase.
  • Jan E.
    Jan EngleMarch 20, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Bartenders in the Foundation Room Bar are awesome and will totally take care of you. Great place to hang out before shows or anytime.
  • VH1
    VH1July 21, 2010
    Bet you didn’t know - HOB Chicago has mud from the Mississippi Delta buried under the Music Hall stage as a reminder of the blues roots of all the music gracing the stage. – Team Live Nation
  • Douglas B.
    Douglas BondOctober 8, 2014
    The VooDoo shrimp is delicious. This is an awesome spot.
  • Bekah L.
    Bekah LaFountainFebruary 5, 2012
    Ask Neil for the Effin Bluecumber Martini!! Yummmm!! (I helped him establish it, but he perfected it!!)
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MulvihillAugust 4, 2013
    The manager Kelly is awesome! Give her a high five when you see her!
  • ErnestoAustria
    ErnestoAustriaOctober 5, 2011
    A must for Blues live Music addicted People (like me). Try Bud!
  • Ruben S.
    Ruben Serrato jrAugust 12, 2014
    Make sure u get in early to get a good spot!:)
  • Cherry 🍒
    Cherry 🍒September 1, 2015
    Nice burgers and wings! Love this place with cool music 🎶🎶🎼🎼🎹🎻
  • Kyle J.
    If you get balcony seats, get there early because there is close to zero room.
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsJune 20, 2011
    Exclusive for our guests: Complimentary entry to most House of Blues Backporch concerts. Just present your Sax Chicago room key.
  • Tracy C.
    Tracy CrystalMarch 3, 2010
    Amazing venue for a concert! Small and intimate (at least compared to Northern California venues!) There's even a great view from the bar area!
  • John T.
    John TJune 8, 2013
    The Steepwater Band is great! High and Humble.
  • Lisa F.
    Lisa FowlerMarch 24
    Great concert with great atmosphere and location!
  • Ms. B.
    Ms. BucksMay 25, 2015
    The shows are great & the food is a plus!
  • parker j.
    parker jaydenDecember 18, 2013
    New Year's Eve 2014 Party at House Of Blues Chicago - Chicago, IL early @ Tuesday December 31, 2013.Grab Your Tickets @ http://tinyurl.com/mdauegb
  • Adrienne
    AdrienneFebruary 13, 2012
    The food itself is just okay but the choir is AWESOME!! Go if you love gospel music but if you just want brunch then I'd go someplace else.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Just the right size venue to get up close sand still rock hard!
  • Aaron M.
    Aaron McDanielsDecember 11, 2015
    Awesome venue! Ribs are tasty too.
  • Amari G.
    Amari GordonJanuary 13
    I really enjoyed the show put on by The Prince Experience last night.
  • Magda B.
    Magda BorgesJune 9, 2015
    Great place, great food, amazing music!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SantiagoJune 27, 2015
    I have never been to the restaurant. I've only gone to see bands play.
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KemperSeptember 3, 2014
    Blues, beer and good vibrations! You don't need more.
  • Kristina T.
    Kristina TriplettDecember 26, 2016
    Very nice atmosphere...just took pictures...going back at 3:00 pm for live show
  • Joseph D.
    Joseph DelhommerJanuary 31, 2010
    The ribs and the cornbread are amazing. It's definitely one of the best places to get these in Chicago.
  • Kristopher W.
    Kristopher WeissDecember 10, 2014
    Good atmosphere, good service, marginal food.
  • Ali U.
    Ali UnholyAugust 19, 2010
    GREAT venue. Often by the merch you can chat with the musicians.
  • Alberto A.
    Alberto AyonOctober 7, 2016
    Music, environment, people.
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MercadoApril 5, 2016
    Love's this show💖💖💖💖Gilberto Santa rosa March 5, 2016
  • Brian Thomas d.
    my boy Alex told me about this spot, and he was right nice atmosphere
  • Erin
    ErinOctober 25, 2010
    beautiful venue. splurge on a balcony box with friends if you can.
  • @jason_
    @jason_April 4, 2014
    I checked out the band and had a great time.
  • Robert R.
    Robert RhodesAugust 23, 2010
    Fun time at the Gospel brunch. Choir was excellent. Good food and all you can eat.
  • Scott K.
    Scott KahleJanuary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Cornbread. Amazingly good
  • Shawna W.
    Shawna WilliamsApril 21, 2011
    If you are coming for a show, and buy gifts from the gift shop for a pass the line stamp, they only stamp 15 tickets!
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CanzonaAugust 31, 2010
    Sunday gospel brunch is a fun one when you're playing tourist when guests come to town.
  • StreetWise_CHI
    StreetWise_CHIAugust 6, 2012
    Enjoy the show then find a vendor to help us out! :)
  • Gustavo H.
    Gustavo HüningSeptember 9, 2015
    Good sound, good beer.
  • Abban N.
    Abban NuñezFebruary 16, 2015
    Good music and tasty chicken wings
  • Frankie C.
    Frankie CorralAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Sunday gospel brunch must be experienced
  • Samir N.
    Samir NazirAugust 1, 2016
    great place to catch a show
  • Lydia H.
    Lydia HallNovember 30, 2014
    Love the gospel brunch!
  • Ann F.
    Ann FreierNovember 27, 2011
    The Gospel Brunch is excellent!
  • Heather D.
    Heather D.May 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best fresh popcorn around:-P
  • M M.
    M MWDecember 10, 2014
    This place is maybe 1/8 full; cornbread was warm, not hot, and tasted a bit like old grease. Underwhelmed. Stick with the Cleveland location.
  • Mag S.
    Mag SullivanAugust 31, 2014
    This place sucks!!! Drunks too much and being a smoker you can't go have a smoke and come back in like at other places in chicago...won't come again
  • Aukse K.
    Aukse KronasApril 20, 2014
    don't piss off security.
  • Timothy A.
    Timothy ApplebyFebruary 1, 2010
    great place to see up and comers and established vets right on the river
  • Tanakila
    TanakilaSeptember 7, 2014
    Great place for music.
  • House of Blues
    House of BluesMarch 7, 2012
    Be a VIP for a show and upgrade to an opera box. http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/chicago/promo/operaboxes/
  • Laura G.
    Laura GamboaDecember 22, 2014
    Lobster mac & cheese... Delicious
  • Christy W.
    Christy WithamMarch 8, 2015
    Loved the Gospel brunch.
  • Gabriela B.
    Gabriela BarruetaSeptember 14, 2013
    They don't respect the promotion for checking in!!!
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtMay 28, 2015
    Saw the Blues Brothers play here! Great venue.
  • Dan. M.
    Dan. MastrettaFebruary 1, 2012
    Loved the interior design and the store.
  • Andrey B.
    Andrey BagdasaryanFebruary 24, 2015
    Каждый вечер,в заведении играют местные рок/блюз команды.Хорош выбор местных пив.Часто проходят выступления известных банд(на 2ом этаже). Интерьер выдержан в хипстерко-шаманская.Хорошее заведение.
  • Denis P.
    Denis PlatonovMay 10, 2013
    Обычно, билеты продают на концерты проходящие в большом зале, но если Вы хотите просто послушать блюз заходите в зал, где независимо от шоу, всегда играет блюз. От входа сразу прямо.
  • Alexandre H.
    Alexandre HausenOctober 9, 2014
    Ambiente alegre, cervejas variadas, restaurante com música ao vivo à noite. Shows de blues/rock no music hall no andar superior.
  • Murat Timur A.
    Murat Timur AkçamMay 17, 2015
    Merkezde güzel müzik dinlemek için ideal bir mekan. İki katında da canlı müzik var ve mekan 3 kay balkonu olan eski tiyatro yapısında görülmeye değer.
  • Zira
    ZiraMay 24, 2014
    Las alitas buffalo están deliciosas, el staff es muy amable y servicial. Muy rico ambiente
  • Alex S.
    Alex Suslin3 weeks ago
    Очень интерьерное место, как музей. Шикарный магазинчик с ништяками и приветливый персонал
  • Eduardo T.
    Eduardo TovarSeptember 11, 2014
    La música y el ambiente. Un lugar para disfrutar Chicago cerca del río.
  • Patricia A.
    Patricia AlonsoMarch 20, 2013
    Muy buena la cena y la musica en directo es una pasada. Recomendado 100%
  • Luisa M.
    Luisa MarquezJune 29, 2012
    Sitio perfecto para conversar y escuchar buen blues
  • Irma D.
    Irma D NMay 26, 2014
    Pidan de comer las quesadillas! las sirven con una salsa verde muy sabrosa!
  • Xime M.
    Xime MVJanuary 5, 2015
    Hamburguesas de champiñones😱😱😱 y te regalan el vaso con algunos tragos😉
  • Edson Luiz B.
    Fantástico. Música da melhor qualidade. Recomendadissimo
  • Guner B.
    Guner B .December 3, 2014
    Şikago da blues dinlemek için ideal
  • Cah F.
    Cah FlorencioDecember 15, 2014
    Cheese cake triplo chocolate, simplesmente divino!
  • Sonia T.
    Sonia Traverso 😗December 17, 2014
    Tremendo ambiente y la decoracion brutal
  • ˙·•● עלי👁 ●•·˙
    Bu mekanı seviyorum , harika müzik çalıyorlar ...
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