House of Blues

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House of Blues

Presenting some of the best national and international touring acts through one of the city’s finest sound systems, the Chicago edition of this chain is especially beautiful (check out the lush bathrooms). Purists scorn the place, but any venue that runs the gamut from B.B. King to Crystal Castles to Tech N9ne must have something going for it. The majority of bands featured on the smaller Back Porch stage are blues acts, playing in a well-lit setting meant to look like a juke joint but actually resembling a modern art museum. Every Sunday the venue hosts a “Gospel Brunch.”

Venue name: House of Blues
Address: 329 N Dearborn St

Cross street: between Kinzie St and Lower Wacker Dr
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand. Bus: 22, 29, 36, 62, 65.
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Madeline N

I went to the house of blues gospel brunch and had the best time. Not only was the spread for the buffet amazing, but it was great to be able to watch such a fun performance while eating. They give you a good amount of time in the beginning of the brunch to chat and settle in and then spend about 45 mins singing. If youre looking for a unique way to spend your sunday I's definitely recommend giving the brunch a try!

Monica L

Chicago has such a rich musical history and I was excited to pay homage to Chicago-style blues by making the requisite trip to House of Blues on my first trip out there. Unfortunately, I found it to be a big let down. I showed up around 10pm on a Thursday night for a beer and appetizer. The live blues band was, of course, great. However, the crowd was entirely made up of tourists who seemed to be there to check off a sightseeing to-do list item, rather than enjoy some great music. The decor was kitschy which was only a turn off when paired with the ambivalence of the crowd. Shrimp appetizer was terrible, and the beer menu lacked even a single Chicago brew. Not a venue for a traveler looking to veer off the beaten path.