Where to Stay: Hotel Sax
The former House of Blues Hotel was reflagged as a sort of Hard Rock-of-the-blues after a $25 million renovation, but it's location near the Chicago River more than makes up for any cheesiness in its attached Crimson Lounge.
Where to Jam: Buddy Guy's Legends
There's a reason this is the most loved and most famous blues venue in town: Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy brings genre heavyweights almost every night of the week, often for just a $10 cover. And there's no charge for the tunes when you drop in for an acoustic dinner set on Friday or Saturday.
Where to Shop: Jazz Record Mart
From jazz to blues to R&B, digging through the crates at this Near North Side institution is bound to net you some gems. With a list of former employees that's a who's who of the blues recording industry, you know the staff knows its stuff. And if you're having trouble finding that 78 you've been looking for--or don't know what a 78 is--they'll set you straight.
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