A Chicago blues institution that encourages its patrons to "hear the blues, drink booze and talk loud," Kingston Mines is a prime site for viewing celebrities out for a night on the town. Kingston Mines is a cornerstone of the Chicago Blues scene. Opened in 1968 by Doc Pellegrino, this club is still family-owned and operated.Kingston Mines is the largest and oldest continuously operating blues club in Chicago. Its two stages have been graced by the likes of Magic Slim, B.B. King, Carl Weathersby, and scores of other musical greats, and are packed with the finest nonstop blues action seven nights a week. After an ambitious recent expansion, it now encompasses three storefronts and a kitchen. Two stages in adjoining rooms present nonstop blues all night long (anticipate a round of musical chairs at the end of every set, as the crowd scrambles over to the other side). The Mines is the only blues haunt with a 4 a.m. license (5 a.m. on Saturday) -- meaning you might bump into your favorite blues artists relaxing after they complete their own gigs, and the crowd can be a bit boisterous after 2 a.m., when patrons migrate in from other establishments. J.W. Williams often holds down the fort on weekdays, while well-known names such as A.C. Reed, Jimmy Johnson, Eddie C. Campbell and Billy Branch star on weekends on the main stage. An array of souvenirs is displayed near the door. Kingston Mines has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years, including the 2014 Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Best Blues Club, the Best Blues Club award at the 2012 Chicago Music Awards, and a special Producer's Award presented to Doc at the 2011 CMAs. The Pellegrino family invites you to come on down, get comfortable, enjoy some delicious Southern-style fare from Doc's Rib Joint, and open your ears to some of Chicago's best live music.
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