4 Spots for Live Blues and Jazz in Chicago

Buddy Guy. Photo by Anthony Moser

Buddy Guy’s Legends

Founded by Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy, this club has hosted everyone from Eric Clapton to David Bowie. Today, local and national touring blues players grace the stage every night. If you want to see Guy play in his own club, plan a visit in January for his annual string of concerts.

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

Once operated as a speakeasy during Prohibition. Today it’s a thriving `40s era cocktail lounge where anyone can enjoy a few drinks and listen to some of the best jazz this side of anywhere.

Kingston Mines

This Lincoln Park blues club has an amazing setup featuring two different bands in two different rooms on two different stages meaning you’ll be be treated to multiple sets from local acts and, on occasion, a few touring bands.

Winter’s Jazz Club

For a classy night of time- less jazz in an intimate setting that places the focus firmly on the music, this is your place. Just a short walk from Navy Pier, this newer jazz club brings straight-ahead and classic jazz performers to the stage six night a week.

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