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Buddy Guy’s Leg­ends, 754 S. Wabash Ave (at 8th Street): Buddy Guy is a Chicago leg­end and he’s in­volved in the day-to-day op­er­a­tion here. With a smaller blues club feel, Leg­ends fea­tures some of the best lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional bands. It is re­lo­cat­ing soon to new premises, al­though staff have been quick to al­lay fears things may change. Try the fan­tas­tic Mon­day jam night when just about any­one and ev­ery­one gets up to play. Most shows start at 9.30pm. Cover charge: $US10-$US15. www.bud­dyguys.com. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Hal­sted St (be­tween Lin­coln and Wright­wood av­enues): This club has an un­usual set-up with two stages in dif­fer­ent rooms; some of the best mu­si­cians play nightly. You can get bar­be­cue ribs to go with your beer but the Thai food at P. S. Bangkok (across the road at 2521 N. Hal­sted St) is won­der­ful and in­cred­i­bly cheap. Cover charge: $US12-$US15; stu­dents free, Sun­dayWed­nes­day. www.kingston­mines.com. B.L.U.E.S., 2519 N. Hal­sted St: Known as the other pop­u­lar Lin­coln Park venue, this club is smaller and darker than its neigh­bour, Kingston Mines. Renowned for its blues karaoke on Sun­day af­ter­noons. On Sun­days, you can get a free stamp to go across the road to Kingston Mines. www.chicagob­lues­bar.com.


The Green Mill, 4802 N. Broad­way (at Lawrence Av­enue): This up­town club is moody and at­mo­spheric, and the mu­sic just doesn’t get any bet­ter in Chicago. Plan to ar­rive af­ter mid­night for a late mar­tini. The venue has a his­toric con­nec­tion: Al Capone used to come here. Cover charge: $US4-$US12. www.green­mill­jazz.com. Andy’s, 11 E. Hub­bard St: This re­spected River North club has all-ages nights dur­ing the week (im­por­tant if you are un­der 21). There is a restau­rant as well as a bar, and the mu­sic is easy lis­ten­ing. Andy’s also of­fers late-af­ter­noon sets start­ing at 5pm. Cover charge: $US5-$US10. www.andys­jaz­zclub.com. Pops for Cham­pagne, 601 N. State St: Pops has a rep­u­ta­tion for some of the city’s best pi­anists and vo­cal­ists. Its rel­a­tively new lo­ca­tion in River North con­tin­ues the club’s tra­di­tion of high­qual­ity main­stream jazz in a swanky set­ting. Cover charge: $US10 for jazz club (cham­pagne bar no charge). www.pops­for­cham­pagne.com. Jen­nifer Con­ley

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