Dubbed "the greatest living guitarist" by Eric Clapton, legendary Chicago blues star Buddy Guy opened his eponymous downtown live music venue in 1989. Throughout the years, the bar--considered one of Chicago's top live-music establishments--has hosted a who's who in show biz: Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Albert Collins, B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bo Diddley, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, ZZ Top, Gregg Allman, Slash, John Mayer, Sheila E. and Pete Townshend. The walls document the bar's rich history, featuring autographed photos, endless awards, retired Buddy Guy guitars and more. The menu offers Louisiana-style Cajun and soul food.
Address: 700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago
Neighborhood: South Loop
5 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Tuesday
11 a.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday through Friday
Noon-3 a.m. Saturday
Noon-2 a.m. Sunday
Cost: Cover varies
Hotels Close To Buddy Guy's Legends
Hotel Blake. The boutique, business-focused property is right off the expressway and features 162 guest rooms and suites. There is a cafe on the first level.
Hilton Chicago. Located directly across the street from Grant Park and down the street from Millennium Park, Hilton Chicago is one of the Windy City's venerable hotel properties. It opened in 1927 and has played host to every president since its debut. It is also the third-largest hotel in Chicago with 1,544 guest rooms and suites.
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. The hotel is located on the southern tip of the South Loop, and is adjacent to McCormick Place--North America’s largest convention center. There's a gym, pool, restaurants and rooms with premium views of Chicago's famed skyline. There are 1,258 rooms and suites on the property.
Renaissance Blackstone Hotel. There are 332 individually designed guest rooms or suites at this Michigan Avenue hotel boasting the Catalonia-inspired restaurant Mercat a la Planxa, plus an impressive art collection and fitness center. In 1931, Charles "Lucky" Luciano hosted the first-ever Crime Convention in the hotel's ballroom.
South Loop Hotel. The complimentary parking spot is one of the biggest attractions to book a room at this property, which features 232 guest rooms and suites. There is a gym, cafe serving breakfast and lunch, beauty salon and more.
Restaurants Close To Buddy Guy's Legends
Acadia. Restaurant serves contemporary American cuisine by an award-winning chef. There's a spacious lounge for casual bites.
Burger Bar. The craft beer-focused restaurant showcases local and national brews, plus gourmet burgers. Ingredients are locally sourced as much as possible.
Chicago Curry House. Indian and Nepali cuisine are explored at this restaurant serving them in classic and contemporary styles. It's open seven days a week.
Flo & Santos. There are few places where you may order pizza and pierogies on the same menu. Flo & Santos is that venue, offering them in a contemporary setting that includes a spacious beer garden.
Epic Burger. The original outpost is located in the South Loop. It specializes in gourmet burgers, shakes and fries at a premium.
Gioco. The fashionable neighborhood restaurant offers classic and contemporary Italian fare with flair. Gioco is located in a historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era. Its private dining room was used as a speakeasy by Prohibition-era gangsters like Al Capone.
Mercat a la Planxa. Catalan-inspired cocktails and cuisine come to life at the Blackstone hotel's one-of-a-kind restaurant.
Opart Thai House Restaurant. The restaurant serves authentic Thai cuisine, and features more than 100 dishes. The South Loop location is very popular with local residents as well as visitors to the city.
Southcoast Sushi. This lively location is one of the area's best sushi spots. There are classic offerings as well as delightful chef-driven options.
Vice District Brewing Company. The neighborhood craft brewery features a taproom for beer enthusiasts to try their beers as well as specialty releases. There are board games and televisions tuned into sports games.