Buddy Guy's Legends

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Buddy Guy Legends
South Loop

If you want to see Guy perform at his own club, stop by in January when he takes over the schedules. If you show up the other 11 months of the year, you may well see him sitting at the bar, overseeing the whole operation: he’s more than just a name on the sign outside. There are acoustic blues sets on Fridays and Saturdays at 6pm. And if you like Louisiana cuisine, the kitchen has just what you need. The club had been due to relocate ever since the land was granted to Columbia College in 1999. More than a decade later, the move finally happened, with Buddy moving his joint into the former, bi-level digs of the HotHouse.

Venue name: Buddy Guy's Legends
Address: 700 S Wabash Ave

Cross street: at Balbo Ave
Opening hours: Mon, Tues 5pm-2am; Wed-Fri 11am-2am; Sat noon-3am; Sun noon-2am
Transport: El stop: Red to Harrison. Bus: 2, 6, 10.
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I went for lunch on June 26th and they had a fantastic acoustic set. Though I do not recall his name, not only could he play guitar exceptionally well, he had a great voice and nailed it. Other than a pretentious group who decided to hold a business meeting over lunch at the table next to us, it was great. Word to the a$$holes that thought it wise to hold a business lunch at a blues club; show some respect for the artist and the guests who actually enjoy live music. Keep your business at the door, the world does not revolve around you.