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About House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Chicago

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar offers made-from-scratch, Southern-inspired cooking, including iconic dishes such as New Orleans jambalaya & gumbo, Lowcountry shrimp & grits, house-smoked Carolina pulled-pork barbeque, Memphis-style baby back ribs, and Delta fried chicken. The menu also offers signature Southern-inspired recipes such as Voodoo Shrimp and Carolina Mess, as well as a wide range of burgers, sandwiches & salads. The House of Blues bar is dedicated to showcasing a unique blend of classic and contemporary specialty cocktails, spirits & craft beer.

Conveniently located near Millennium Park and Magnificent Mile, the House of Blues experience brings together authentic American food, live music, and art like no other place on Earth. The sounds are electric, the art is inspiring, and our kitchen is as rockin' as the talent onstage.

329 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Late Night: Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. or later; Friday - Saturday: 11:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. or later

Cross Street:
Wacker

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 923-2000

Website:
http://www.houseofblues.com/chicago/restaurant

Entertainment:
House of Blues Restaurant & Bar features Chicago’s latest and greatest blues artists every night on the Backporch Stage. Live blues starts weekdays at 5pm and weekends at 6:30pm until close!

Executive Chef:
John Comerford

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Host your next event with us! Whether you have a party of 12 or 1200, we have the perfect space for you. Contact Megan Herlitz, (meganherlitz@livenation.com) with any event inquiry.

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Private Dining

The entire restaurant space can be rented for special events. The maximum capacity for the restaurant is 400 for a reception and 250 for a seated dinner. We also offer semi-private rooms. All event spaces feature state of the art A/V equipment perfect for a meeting or added entertainment.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (64)
Fun (57)
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Good for a Date (41)
Vibrant Bar Scene (33)
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Special Occasion (27)
Good for Groups (26)
Bar Seating (23)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Cozy (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Spicy (18)
Authentic (17)
Late-night Find (17)
People Watching (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Romantic (15)
Hot Spot (13)
Great Beer (12)
Quick Bite (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Kid-friendly (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (3)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
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·Dined 4 days ago

We went there for the music and it was great! We weren't in any rush and enjoyed the 3 hours we were there. However, the server was probably the worst one we ever had. Her other tables around us were obviously frustrated as well. I would not count one employee against the restaurant though. We are looking forward to going back!

Tags: Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Live Music, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fun, Bar Seating
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great meal in a unique environment. Food was true to it’s roots

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was great but the menu did not mention red pepper flakes would be used generously on one item we ordered. The atmosphere was good but not nearly as fun as I had imagined. It was fun to go once but probably not again.

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

House of Blues Chicago was one of the only restaurants willing to take a reservation for our large group of 18. The staff was extremely helpful, particularly the hostess who worked hard to set up a table to meet our needs, including a high chair and being seated together at one table. Our waitress was patient and friendly. It took a little while for our food to come out, but given our size this was expected and we had drinks and live music to keep us happy. HOB is a very cool spot with unique decor. It was easy to get to and we had a very positive experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Late-night Find, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Authentic, People Watching, Spicy, Business Meals, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Food, decor, and live music were better than expected. Our waitress was polite and nice but was spread thin. This meant that we struggled to let her know when we wanted a drink refill, dessert, or our check. We also asked for a receipt after paying cash (work reimbursement) and left without one after waiting 20 minutes of waiting. Love the atmosphere, worth the patience, but I don't advise going there if you are in a time crunch.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was ok. Moreso diner food. Not really high grade. Lotta fried greasiness. Hot wings full of grease, but meat undercooked and over seasoned. Will not return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Host staff was rude. Could not find a reasonable place to sit two people and ended up putting us in a section where the poor waitress was swamped.

Food came cold, incorrect, and no one came to check our order. Until the manager came seeing we were not enjoying our meal.

Did comp the incorrect meal.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Had a great time. Waiter was just not up to par. I give her service 2 out 5.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Seeing a live blues performance while in Chicago is a must. Finding a blues-themed restaurant instantly resonated as the place to be on a Friday evening. Making reservations insures a table upon arriving, which is important since House of Blues is clearly popular. The preformer had years experience playing blues, the music set a nostalgic and immersive vibe. Excellent quality food. Helpful service. Perfect location. Excellent experience.

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

At first the waitress( I want to say her name is Tatiana) was very attentive by the end she wasn’t. We asked for our check and it took her 30 min to bring it to us and on top of that she had mentioned at the beginning of the night that she would mark our receipts so we can pass the line. Well by the time we got our bill and paid for our food I forgot about it. When we get to the line the nice usher asked us for our pass the line receipt and I told him our waitress did not give us one. He was so nice and went and got it for us and made sure to let us know for next time that they give us the pass the line receipt. The food was okay over priced maybe next time I’ll try something different. But we had a great time at the ZZ Ward concert!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went to to see the blues Travelers at the house of blues and decided to have dinner there first. The food was amazing and the service was great too! I recommend the fried chicken and the Cajun pasta. We will definitely be back for a dinner and show soon.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We came for the surroundings and to meet up with good friends. But the food was excellent! Service was very attentive but not annoying. Glasses were kept filled. Plates taken as they were emptied. Live music on stage was great. But before nine it is not overwhelmingly loud. So we were able to have fun talking and could hear each other. I had the steak salad and loved it. The salad had lettuce plus roasted Brussel sprouts and carrots. The sauce was great. I commented to my friends how much I enjoyed it. Others had a po-boy, jambalaya, and can't remember what else. Everyone was full and happy when we finished. Highly recommended.

Tags: Great Beer, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food is marginal. City Winery is better experience in this format.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I find it strange that, even with open tables, walk ins will not be seated. I booked a reservation on the spot and was immediately seated, after I was turned away as a walk in.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Horrible service before concert. We walked in with reservations to be sat immediately. The place (from start to finish) was maybe 2/3 full with reservation signs on tables that were never occupied in the nearly 2 hours we were there and with people turned away at the door. Took over ten minutes to be greeted and even longer to get a glass of water while waited for a bottle of wine to be opened and brought to table. The bottle of wine came with cork in so tightly I then had to go get bartender to remove because server was nowhere to be found. Once food was ordered, it was quick and jambalaya good. Have had way better bread pudding. Salmon dish was overpriced for the portion and quality. Live music before we went to se Blues Traveler was really good, but would have been more enjoyable if it hadn’t taken over 30 minutes just to put an order in.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We could not have enjoyed our meal more. Perfect pre-show faire! The cornbread is to die for! Excellent service and you get to "skip the line" for the evening's show. We were seated at our reservation time and out the door in time to be on the rail for Blues Traveler. Perfect night!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Casual, Live Music, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My friend and I had dinner before the Blues Traveler concert. The venue is really cool and has a great atmosphere. The staff was very friendly and we were seated quickly. The food and drinks were amazing. I had the shrimp and grits and my friend had the Cajun pasta. We also spent enough to recieve a Pass the Line voucher and were able to get a great view of the concert. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

My fiancé and I decided to dine

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Very good chicken sandwich. Love that they have live entertainment

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The service and setting was nice but a bit noisier than I remember. The food and service was great - fried chicken was nice and their version of a Juicy Lucy was incredible. The desserts were big enough to share and nicely done as well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Me and my daughter likes to eat and we always looking for a new place to go here in the city of Chicago and it's funny that I've been to a lot of restaurants but never been to the House of Blues always attended on going but for some reason never got around to it and let me tell you it was a great and wonderful experience the people were nice the food was great my waitress was lovely the bathroom was clean the Ambiance was cool they had a great band plan and it was a mixture of Blues R&B little it was great I'm definitely looking forward to going back my family will be here in town and I definitely going to be taking him back to get the jambalaya oh my God the jambalaya is to die for it was the best dish I ever had I can't believe the spices the seasoning the burst of flavors it makes me want to go to Louisiana. We arrive around bout 8:30 I made my reservations for eight thirty yet and I was like 10 minutes late and the waitress was so cool she was like oh absolutely no problem she's so be to my seed she ever really brought me water and for me and my daughter gave us me you told me her name and said that she would be right back and she will be our server for tonight and I appreciate it she said absolutely no problem she said imma let you guys start with the water imma give you guys a few minutes and then I'll be right back she gave us like 10 minutes and then she came back answers was we ready we asked her for like another 5 minutes she said absolutely no problem and she made some suggestions and she said this is great this this is great all of our dishes are great we was like so surprised to take it back that she made suggestions cuz we never been here before and we was curious about some of the things and we were talking about some of the food amongst ourselves and she picked up the vibe offered her assistance and everything else was just great I love the House of Blues and I definitely will be going back soon as my family arrives here from out of town Thanks you

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Fun, People Watching, Spicy, Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We had a wonderful evening with delicious food & excellent service! This venue really knows how to select staff members! I recommend the salmon with cucumber salad!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We went to celebrate birthdays. I called early and asked for a table close to the music. We were seated off to the side and the “music” consisted of a guy playing guitar for about 30 minutes.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My boyfriend and I were in Chicago for a fun weekend of concerts, restaurants and fun. We have both always wanted to come to the HOB and we had tickets for the show upstairs later that evening. Making a reservation was easy, we were greeted well and seated as soon as we came in. Our waitress was fantastic (wish I could remember her name) and the food was delicious. The musician playing was also great. We were disappointed in the show upstairs, way too crowded felt like a safety violation. The band was awesome but wish we would have just stuck around downstairs for the music. We left the concert upstairs early - took forever to get a drink and had people stepping on my feet constantly, bumping into us, spilling drinks. Kind of sucked!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Service, wings and brisket was amazing. Live entertainment in restaurant was great.

Tags: Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was good southern comfort cuisine. The live music featuring Joanna Connor was wonderful. She was very entertaining - a truly great guitarist. Highly recommend going to eat when she is there playing.

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Fun, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Fantastic!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went to House of Blues for my wife’s birthday. She thought we were just meeting our son and his girlfriend but I arranged to have done of her oldest friends join us. Perfect for the occasion service was great music was good and we had a great time.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Reasonably priced pub menu with addition of live jazz performance with no additional cost.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I went to celebrate a friends birthday and we had a wonderful time. The food and drinks were great !

Tags: Great for Brunch, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Took 1 hour to get food. The waitress did not check in with patrons in a timely fashion.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had reservation for 7:30pm because we were going to a concert upstairs that started at 9pm. Long story short out food took 1 hour to arrive and we missed the first 15 min of the concert :(

Tags: Fun
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Had a great time. Arrived at 6:30 but the original entertainer was late. Had a guitar / solo blues player for an hour. Cheryl Youngblood and her band were FANTASTIC. We had no idea we would stay for most of the night. Food was Louisana style and was spicy and great!. Great recommendation: NOT FOR KIDS!

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We went specifically to listen to the dinner band, made our reservations and waited 45 mins past when the band was supposed to start. We overheard a waitress tell her table that the band cancelled and they were trying to get another band to fill in. No announcements were made, no one told us. The cliché, big chain like atmosphere and bland gumbo was not worth it without music. Disappointed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I was a little bit upset about the fact that we went to the restaurant in order to bypass the line to get into the concert, just to come out of the restaurant to find the people from outside were already being allowed into the venue. I would have never wasted my time or money if I'd know I didn't have pay the extra $ just to get let in the venue that same time as people who didn't pay the extra $ to get in first.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good food, good time, good music xxxxxxxx cxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxcxxxxx xxxxxxx

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food is excellent. Love this place. Definitely one our favorite places to eat and drink.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We went for the entertainment and where pleasantly surprised by the food. The staff was attentive and we never waited for help.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Brought high school exchange students from Europe and Latin America. Loved the music. All enjoyed music, service, food, decor. Would come again but would look to come early or on a weekday to be able to have a conversation over dinner.
BUT beware of UBER pickups. We asked hostess whether cab or UBER better. She said the latter and peogrammed in the exact address as it seems there could be more than one. But the UBER driver was one minute away. Then three minutes. Then one. Then three. Then they cancelled. And then they charged me for not being there! We had been standing in the cold directly in front of the restaurant - watching many cabs pull up. Moral: of you don’t drive or walk when you leave House of Blues, take a cab.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The House of Blues never disappoints. The food and drinks and service are great. The real draw to this place, and the reason we keep going back, is The Mike Wheeler Band. They frequently play there, and you can find their schedule on the Mike Wheeler Band website. I wish I was a writer to explain their gig to you, but all I can say is that they put their flair on original and familiar songs, and to me it is all amazing, and very entertaining, and it makes for a great Chicago evening. I would encourage a reservation on busier weekend nights, or if you want to request a table close to the band.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Live Music, Special Occasion, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Hot Spot, Fun
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