Kingston Mines is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

1. Kingston Mines

8.9
2548 N Halsted St (at Wrightwood Ave), Chicago, IL
Jazz and Blues Venue · Lincoln Park · 111 tips and reviews

Soul TrainSoul Train: This spot is one of the oldest blues clubs in Chicago and was rated "Best Blues Club" 13 years in a row. If you're not having a good time, check your pulse.

Paul S.Paul Schulz: Best blues in the city

Jessica B.Jessica Bush: Amazing! Try the doc' swings and the nachos, they are amazing. The live music and the all around atmosphere is great. Another great Chicago blues club!

Buddy Guy's Legends is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

2. Buddy Guy's Legends

8.7
700 S Wabash Ave (at Balbo Dr.), Chicago, IL
Music Venue · South Loop · 140 tips and reviews

Lina G.Lina Gonzo: Great Blues Music, Buddy Guy shows up, food are his personal recipes, this is heaven!

Niels Christian M.Niels Christian Møller: One of Chicago's best blues joints. Great Music. Great atmosphere.

Luis L.Luis Lopez: Good live blues music, friendly crowd. Enough said.

Blue Chicago is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

3. Blue Chicago

8.6
536 N Clark St (Bt W Grand Av & Ohio St.), Chicago, IL
Jazz and Blues Venue · River North · 57 tips and reviews

Wendy C.Wendy C,: One of my favorite blues house in Chicago! Can buy a ticket and listen to Blues in two locations per night if you prefer.

Michael L.Michael Lorenzen: Hidden gem in River North. Amazing live blues.

Luke S.Luke Stanley: This place is great; feels authentic. A great place to chill and listen to some bopping blues.

Rosa's Lounge is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

4. Rosa's Lounge

9.1
3420 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL
Rock Club · Logan Square · 18 tips and reviews

Tracy C.Tracy Crystal: AMAZING place to go for live Blues music. Light crowd, excellent atmosphere, good drinks and a pool table!

Men's Health MagMen's Health Mag: You walk in and Rosa’s there hanging out. Her mostaccioli is on the menu. She’s tapping her foot to some of the best blues this side of the Mason Dixon. Now that’s style. Grab a domestic and dig in.

Nikita T.Nikita Turkin: Great little blues bar, and Angel behind the bar really is an angel. Very local taste of the Chicago blues!

House of Blues is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

5. House of Blues

9.0
329 N Dearborn St (btwn Kinzie St & Wacker Dr), Chicago, IL
Music Venue · Near North Side · 197 tips and reviews

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: 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.

ErnestoAustriaErnestoAustria: A must for Blues live Music addicted People (like me). Try Bud!

Jacque T.Jacque Tertany: Get table in front of band and food is really good along with great blues music :)

Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation, Historic Site of Chess Records is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

6. Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation, Historic Site of Chess Records

8.5
2120 S Michigan Ave (bt E 21st St & Cermak Av), Chicago, IL
Historic and Protected Site · South Loop · 10 tips and reviews

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: One of the most important sites in blues history, nearly every blues great passed through here when it was home to Chess Records. Almost any song you associate with Chicago blues was recorded here. Read more.

Ana S.Ana Silva: Check out the Blues Heaven Foundation's website or FB page for lots of summer dates of FREE shows here! :D

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: One of the most important sites in blues history, nearly every blues great passed through here when it was home to Chess Records. The building now houses the Blues Heaven Foundation. Read more.

Chicago Blues District is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

7. Chicago Blues District

8.3
708 E 47th St, Chicago, IL
Jazz and Blues Venue · Grand Boulevard · 11 tips and reviews

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: Download our free Chicago Blues History tour for more information, www.downloadchicagotours.com

Aryo G.Aryo Gutomo: I'm still got the blues for us..

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: This used to be the landmark 708 Club, one of the birthplaces of the Chicago blues. It was here that the instruments and style that defined the highly-charged electrified blues really came together. Read more.

Blues Brothers Mural / Shelly's Loan & Jewelry Co. is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

8. Blues Brothers Mural / Shelly's Loan & Jewelry Co.

8.7
300 E 47th St (47th & Prairie), Chicago, IL
Plaza · Grand Boulevard · 7 tips and reviews

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: You might recognize this mural created for the filming of the original Blue Brothers movie, where Ray’s Music Exchange stood. It remains today as a testament to the blues’ Chicago roots. Read more.

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: You might recognize this mural created for the filming of the original Blue Brothers movie, where Ray’s Music Exchange stood. It remains today as a testament to the blues’ Chicago roots. Read more.

Shelly's L.Shelly's Loan: You can also like our store on Facebook or come see our blues brothers memorabilia wall. We also have a 2 ft tall Jake and Elwood statue on display in our window. www.facebook.com/shellysloanco

Victory Gardens Biograph Theater is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

9. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

8.7
2433 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Theater · North Side · 14 tips and reviews

Robert H.Robert H: Use your ticket stub to get into B.L.U.E.S.2519 N. HALSTED. FREE...Sunday/ Friday! Live Blues Nightly!!Just 200 yards North.....

Casey V.Casey Vickers: The American Blues Theater does great shows at this location, including RIPPED: The Living Newspaper

Samantha A.Samantha A.: Get there at least 10 mins early, grab a drink at their bar, and don't be the last in line to get in the theater. It's an intimate auditorium and usually open seating!

Location of Historic Maxwell Street Market is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

10. Location of Historic Maxwell Street Market

7.5
Maxwell St & Halsted, Chicago, IL
Historic and Protected Site · University Village - Little Italy · 12 tips and reviews

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: The interior of Nate's Deli (now closed), was replicated on a Hollywood Set for Aretha Franklin's scenes in "The Blues Brothers" (1980). Read more.

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: Blues singer & guitarist John Lee Hooker was filmed live singing "Boom, Boom" in the middle of the bustling Maxwell Street Market, outside of Nate's Deli (formerly at 807 W. Maxwell St, now closed). Read more.

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: Two scenes from "The Blues Brothers" (1980) take place at or near the historic Maxwell Street Market. Read more.

Historic Site of Vee-Jay Records is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

11. Historic Site of Vee-Jay Records

7.9
1449 S Michigan Ave (bt E 14th & 16th Sts), Chicago, IL
Historic and Protected Site · South Loop · 7 tips and reviews

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: Situated on this stretch of the former 'record row,' Vee-Jay Records was the largest, most successful R&B label of its time, and recorded blues greats like Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker and others. Read more.

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: Situated on this stretch of the former ‘record row,’ Vee-Jay Records was the largest, most successful R&B label of its time, and recorded blues greats like Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker and others. Read more.

Christy Boyce G.Christy Boyce Get Up Go Travel: Its for sale! Yes you can buy an historic building!

Grant Park is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

12. Grant Park

9.4
337 E Randolph Dr (at Michigan Ave), Chicago, IL
Park · Grant Park · 133 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: The Chicago Blues Festival lasts for three days and has featured the legendary B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Etta James in past years.

Alice GraphixAlice Graphix: People watching by the Bean or fountain is always great for sparking new ideas

IFCIFC: Chicago: Any park that plays host to a Barack Obama victory speech and a Radiohead show in the same year deserves to be at the top of this list. -IFC Viewer

Historic Site of State Street Stroll is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

13. Historic Site of State Street Stroll

8.3
(at Calumet Ave.), Chicago, IL
Historic and Protected Site · 6 tips and reviews

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: In the 1920's and '30s, this is where you’d come strut your stuff as music poured from the theaters, cabarets and nightclubs, like the Pekin Theater where the top blues singers of the day performed. Read more.

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: In the 1920’s, this is where you’d come strut your stuff as music poured from nightclubs. The Meyers Ace Hardware store used to be the Sunset Café, a legendary jazz club where Louis Armstrong played. Read more.

Explore ChicagoExplore Chicago: The hardware store at the corner used to be the Sunset Café, a legendary jazz club where Louis Armstrong and others played. Look inside at the historic clippings in front, and the mural in back. Read more.

Goodman Theatre is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

14. Goodman Theatre

8.9
170 N Dearborn St (at Randolph St), Chicago, IL
Theater · The Loop · 60 tips and reviews

songie A.songie A: Pullman Porter Blues was awesome!

Scott L.Scott Lebin: Great production of Brigadoon. Wonderful voices, terrific music, and creative sets. Lerner and Loewe brought to life better than ever.

Aaron H.Aaron Holland: Come see A Christmas Carol!

Chicago Cultural Center is one of The 15 Best Places for Blues Music in Chicago.

15. Chicago Cultural Center

8.9
78 E Washington St (btwn N Michigan & N Garland Ct.), Chicago, IL
Museum · The Loop · 153 tips and reviews

S. Veronika M.S. Veronika Mann: Check out the Mecca Flat Blues exhibit ... Meow!

Angelica D.Angelica Dongallo: Love love loved this building (both inside and out) and the exhibits/art. Check out the Mecca Flat Blues exhibit on the beautiful fourth floor through May 25.

Erica M.Erica McKeehen: The Small Ordinary Shop has many beautiful handmade items from local artisans. Clothing, candles, bags, prints, and jewelry -- I wish I could just buy it all.