Buddy Guy's Legends

700 South Wabash Avenue
312-427-1190

History:

Since its opening in June of '89, Buddy Guy's Legends has built a reputation as the nation's premier blues club. Mr. Guy's personal reputation as the crowned king of Chicago's electric blues scene and his 50+ years in the music business have made Buddy truly a legend himself. As a blues club, Legends is distinguished for its innovative scheduling of local, national, and international blues acts. In the twenty-one years that Legends has been open, the stage has been graced by some of the world's most talented musicians. Van Morrison, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes, Dr. John, Lou Rawls, David Bowie, ZZ Top, Junior Wells, Slash, John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Greg Allman, and The Pointer Sisters are just a few examples of the talent that has graced the stage. Buddy Guy himself takes the stage every January, selling out over a dozen shows year after year, delighting crowds that have traveled from all over the world.

While the Legends stage has played host to a myriad of true blues legends, the walls themselves talk, filled with pieces of Buddy's and Blues history. Where else can blues fans find original artwork painted on the wall, records, rare photos and Grammys, along with personal items from some of the world's most influential performers? You'll see two of Buddy Guy's Grammys and his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame statue; a photo of Buddy, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan taken at Vaughan's final concert. A world-renowned collection of guitars can be found over the main bar, signed by B.B. King, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, as well as Jimmy and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

In November 1994, Eric Clapton graced the stage with three sold-out performances. The unprecedented concerts awed the crowd as Clapton called up Otis Rush to jam and nodded to the Who's Pete Townsend, who had stopped by to take in the show. Legends truly lives up to its name.

There is only one place in Chicago to experience the finest blues seven nights a week, enjoy fantastic southern Cajun soul food and behold a major archive of blues memorabilia. That place is Buddy Guy's Legends. Voted "Best Blues Club" several times over by Living Blues Magazine, Citysearch, and AOL, Legends continues to be a mecca for the blues.


Reviews

W Ray Jack

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Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

Chicago is rich in culture. That is exemplified by one of it's premier gems, a blues club known as Buddy Guy's Legend. When I stepped through the doors an electrifying ambience embraced me. Guest from near and far enjoying the house delights literally were treated with a Monday Open Mike that included a Buddy Guy moment backed by the Jimmy Burns Group (house band of the evening). The night featured riveting appearances by Mr G. Guy (Buddy's son), Mr Wes, Ms Holley Maxwell, and Ms Queen. The evening was rounded out with a rotation of sign in jam musicians who were not short on talent themselves ... Also, a shout out to my new friends from St. Louis, glad you had fun .... Nice spot Buddy

Pamela Shagonaby

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Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

Had an amazing time. Prices were reasonable. Service was great. Louisiana Al was fabulous. Highly recommend Legend's.

Walter Harrington

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Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

The Mike Dangerous Band was incredible. They played 2 hours nonstop. Buddy Guy sat in with the band to make it that much better. It was a wonderful experience.

Greg Whisler

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Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017

Food was very good. Entertainer was pretty good a fun place to eat and be entertained $20 cover starts at 8 p.m.

Horus Mirik

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Friday, July 7, 2017

I usually do not post or leave feedback, but this experience warrants it. The service, atmosphere, music and entrees were great. We're all from Dallas mostly, but we were treated like family! We absolutely appreciated the big guy Daryl and his hospitality; along with the rest of the staff on that 3rd of July.