Best of Chi-Town’s Jazz Scene
Best Chicago Jazz Clubs
Whether you’re a local jazz connoisseur or just a tourist looking to have a good time, Chicago is your haven. Known for spearheading the jazz movement in the ’40s and ’50s, Windy City visitors today can still expect the same great music and authentic vibe. So much live music, so little time. Read on to figure out what spot will work best for you.
Best Blues Jazz Clubs & Events Chicago
Rub elbows with the locals at B.L.U.E.S., a small club on Chicago’s north side, that promises great music from great local talent. With small tables and intimate seating, the ambiance and atmosphere at this club fit the bluesy bill. If you live close by, swing on over to the bar on a Tuesday and take advantage of the “Proud to be a good neighbor” deal, which offers free admission to those living in the neighborhood. 2519 N Halsted
Andy’s Jazz Club
Founded in 1951, located several blocks north of the Loop, Andy’s Jazz club is a staple of the Chicago music scene. The club provides patrons with live bebop, swing and blues music all day and night, and its five o’clock performances helped popularize the city’s phrase: “Jazz at Five.” Remember to come here with an appetite, as Andy’s also has an extensive food menu.
11 E. Hubbard St.
Close Up 2
Want to experience smooth jazz up close and personal? Head on over to Close Up 2, a hidden gem of the city’s Loop District, that serves as both a jazz club and an awesome locals hangout spot. The club is known for its talented musical acts, as well as its friendly and welcoming staff. The blue hues, brick walls and art décor lend themselves to the relaxed atmosphere, which is the perfect setting for a date or small group. 416 S. Clark St.
The perfect spot for tourists and locals alike, Blue Chicago offers up reliable entertainment at cheap prices, seven days a week. Get there early to ensure a seat for yourself in this oft-crowded jazz spot, or perch at the bar to catch the tunes. Blue Chicago is located in the River North entertainment district of Chicago, and is within walking distance of major hotels and restaurants.
536 N. Clark
Chicago Blues Festival
June 6 -9, 2013
If you’re looking for an authentic Chicagoan music experience, or you just have an insatiable appetite for jazz and blues, be sure to check out The Chicago Blues Festival. This event is the city’s largest music festival, hosting around 500,000 people annually, and taking place over the course of three days. With absolutely free admission, it’s hard not to love this festy that has hosted the likes of B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and Ray Charles.