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Blue Chicago

View Map736 N. Clark St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 642-6261
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Formerly: Still the best bet for blues near Rush & Division. The roomy '20s-style club's lineup is heavy with meat-and-potatoes local blues men and women (who are, probably, the house specialty -- even featured in a Delmark Records collection entitled The Women of Blue Chicago) like Willie Kent, Eddy Clearwater, Gloria Hardiman, and Big Time Sarah. Dancing is actually encouraged here -- and at the sister club Blue Chicago on Clark. By the way, one admission gets you into both Blue Chicago clubs! There are roomy booths and cool posters advertising concerts from the days of yore. Check out the John Doyle paintings of blues scene, which not only bedeck the club's brick walls, but also are available for purchase in the form of posters and T-shirts. A large number of blues performers can be seen here, and you'll seldom pass an evening without hearing Sweet Home Chicago!

On weekends, the cover tends to be a bit outrageous and there's usually a two drink minimum.

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Open 8 p.m.-2 a.m Sunday-Friday; 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday

Music nightly at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

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