Ask ChicagoNow: Where is the best place to hear live blues in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: Where is the best place to hear live blues in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

Where is the best place to hear live blues in Chicago?

“Everyone seems to love Buddy Guy’s!” — Bonnie Mcgrath, Mom, I Think I’m Poignant!

“My favorite blues clubs have long since closed (Checkerboard, Theresa’s) and I don’t know if there are still clubs on the South and West Sides that have the same atmosphere as those joints. On the North Side I remember having the most fun at B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted. It had the best who-gives-a-s#@t-anything-goes feeling. Other places seemed to me to be too … how should I put this … academic? With audiences too damn respectful of the ‘art form’ instead of just whooping it up and having a good time. But then, I’m old and retired and can’t stay up late enough to whoop it up anymore. The Checkerboard didn’t start cooking until after midnight. Maybe Buddy Guy’s Legends heats up, but I have never been in the new one late enough!” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

“Take a walk down State Street or Michigan Ave to hear live street bands. Don’t forget to leave a dollar in their buckets.” — H. Van Howe, Pizza For Breakfast

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