When I think Chicago, I think blues music. And in Chicago, no one does it better than Buddy Guy. So yesterday I headed over to Buddy Guy’s Legends Restaurant and Bar. After more than 20 years turning out great blues music in the South Loop, Buddy opened up a brand new location in June of this year just a few doors down from the old location at Wabash & Balbo. This new building is much larger and even has a second floor for private events and parties. But the real draw of Buddy Guy’s Legends is of course the music. Seven nights a week you can catch some of the best names in blues. The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and B.B. King have all graced the stage at Buddy Guy’s. When I visited, I was lucky enough to see Harmonica Hines jamming away.
In addition to the great music, Buddy Guy’s also has some great food. They are open every day for lunch and dinner and feature delicious southern style cooking. The fried okra and jumbo gumbo go together perfectly with the sweet sounds of the Chicago Blues. And don’t worry if you’re traveling with the family. Every monday through friday they have kid-friendly acoustic sets in the afternoons, as well as friday and saturday evenings. So if you’re looking for a fun way to experience real Chicago Blues, no one does it better than Buddy!