Buddy Guy's Legends

Coordinates: 41°52′23″N 87°37′34″W / 41.872971°N 87.626211°W / 41.872971; -87.626211
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Buddy Guy's Legends
Guy on stage at Legends in 2011
Address700 S. Wabash
LocationChicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°52′23″N 87°37′34″W / 41.872971°N 87.626211°W / 41.872971; -87.626211
OwnerBuddy Guy
Genre(s)Blues, Chicago Blues
Seating typecafe tables + SRO

Buddy Guy's Legends is a blues club in Chicago, Illinois. It was opened in 1989 by blues musician Buddy Guy[1][2] who still owns the club and makes regular appearances, performing a month of shows each January.[3][4]

Legends is one of the few blues clubs left in Chicago, a city renowned for its own particular brand of blues. The club has hosted blues greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Guy himself. Legends has developed an international reputation. It was the site for recordings such as Guy's Live at Legends, Junior Wells: Live at Buddy Guy's Legends, and Guy's live set with Junior Wells entitled Last Time Around - Live at Legends.

Each year, Legends hosts the annual Chicago Blues Hall of Fame induction celebration.


Prior to his death in 1983, Muddy Waters made Guy promise to "keep Blues alive". Guy says that Legends is part of keeping that promise.[5]

Guy, who had previously co-owned the Checkerboard Lounge on the south side from 1972 until 1985, first opened Legends at 754 South Wabash inside the Loop, behind the Big Hilton on Michigan Avenue, hoping to attract convention attendees from the Hilton. Legends moved to its current location at 700 South Wabash in 2010.[6]

Over the years, the club has been decorated with Guy's collection of blues memorabilia.[7]

In 2013 Legends became one of the only blues clubs to offer livestreaming concerts.

In 2015, the Rolling Stones visited the club.[8]

Legends is also a restaurant. It serves a menu of Louisiana style Cajun and Soul food including gumbo, jambalaya, chicken and ribs, and catfish po'boys.[9] Legends is the only place to serve Guy's craft beer "Buddy Brew".


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  2. ^ Johnson Publishing Company (September 2000). Ebony. Johnson Publishing Company. pp. 156–. ISSN 0012-9011.
  3. ^ The Editors of Newcity (26 December 2011). Newcity's Best of Chicago 2012: The Ultimate Insider's Guide to More Than 500 Things to Do, Facts to Know and Places to Go. Agate Publishing, Incorporated. pp. 25–. ISBN 978-1-57284-404-9.
  4. ^ "Buddy Guy’s Legends". Keen Chord Guitar.
  5. ^ Guy, Buddy (2012). When I Left Home: My Story. Da Capo Press. pp. 324. ISBN 0306819570.
  6. ^ Guy, Buddy &, Ritz, David (2012). When I Left Home: My Story. Da Capo Press. p. 320. ISBN 0306821796.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Fodor's Travel Guides (22 December 2015). Fodor's Chicago. Travel Distribution. pp. 264–. ISBN 978-1-101-87910-8.
  8. ^ "Rolling Stones Visit Buddy Guy's Club, Talk Blues". Rolling Stone, Patrick Doyle June 26, 2015
  9. ^ Chicago Tribune Staff (5 September 2013). Weekends in Chicago: The Best in Arts, Entertainment, Eating, Drinking and More from the Chicago Tribune. Agate Publishing. pp. 59–. ISBN 978-1-57284-465-0.

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