The House of Blues Chicago is both a classic venue and a historic landmark in the Windy City. Established in 1996, it joined the House of Blues chain of live music venues, which is arguably the largest franchise of its type in the United States. The House of Blues Chicago has a 1,300 person capacity, ballroom style dance floor, and four stories of beautiful balconies and private boxes. There is also a restaurant one floor below the music hall available to patrons.
Upon entry into the House of Blues, security will ask you to empty your pockets and there will be a light pat down. Sold out shows will generally have long lines out the door, so get there early unless you don’t mind waiting outside for 20 minutes. Once inside security is lax and patrolling near the bars and private box balconies. They will not let you drink without a wristband and they will ask you to stop smoking upon site and give you a warning but generally will not kick people out. The venue itself is kept extremely clean, and there are almost always friendly bathroom attendants working the restrooms. Drink pricing ranges from $5-$7 for beer and $9 for a mixed drink.
The sound at HOB is always stellar, whether it’s a DJ or live band performing the acoustics are always on point and the sound is great all the way from down on the floor to up in the balconies. The venue uses an Electro Voice P series sound system. When the place is packed and getting down, one can literally feel the floor shake to the beat. Another little known fact is anyone can access the fourth floor balcony…as long as they know how to get up there. Shows generally start at 11:30 PM and go until 4 AM. The House of Blues Chicago is a premier venue in the city and is fully approved and supported by Ray John.
House of Blues Chicago – 329 N Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60654 – 312.923.2000