Buddy Guy’s Legends
11 July 2019
Only a five minute walk from 1000M is the premier blues club in the world; Buddy Guy’s Legends is a restaurant and live blues club opened in 1989 by the one and only Buddy Guy. Here are a few things we love about our down-the-street neighbor.
Buddy Guy Himself
Buddy Guy is a blues legend, Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee and one of the Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Born in Louisiana, Buddy Guy first came to Chicago in 1957 where he recorded numerous sessions with Chess Records. He’s played alongside Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and many other legends from the label, eventually going solo. His groundbreaking style has influenced Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and more. During his time in Chicago, he was pivotal in the evolution of the city’s fabled West Side sound.
Buddy Guy’s Legends
For several years, Guy was co-owner of famous southside Checkerboard Lounge up until 1985. When opening of his own blues joint, Buddy Guy’s Legends in 1989, Guy hoped to attract the traffic of downtown with the club’s prime location behind the Hilton Hotel. Operating as both a restaurant and live music club, Legends has lunch sets starting at 12 PM Wednesday – Sunday as well as dinnertime sets seven days a week starting between 5 and 6 PM. There’s nothing quite like enjoying Louisiana and Cajun-style soul food essentials such as gumbo, jumbalaya and po’boys while listening to the music played on stage.
At age 82, Buddy Guy still frequents the club, and can be spotted there anytime he’s in town. He even performs a month of shows each January — which sell out very quickly. Prior to his death in 1983, Muddy Waters made Guy promise to keep the blues alive, and Guy says that Legends helps him fulfill that promise.
With concerts in across-the-street Grant Park and live blues always just around the corner, 1000M keeps residents close to the best music the city has to offer.