Of the clubs in the northern district, there are two worth of our time.
They are b.l.u.e.s. and Kingston Mines.
They are located across the street from each other and are in the
vicinity of a good cajun restaurant. Kingston
Mines has two stages and a late night license, 4 am mon-fri and 5 am on sat.
b.l.u.e.s. is open till 3 on sat. They
are popular and crowded. After
midnight, it thins out a bit. Cover
charges are reasonable, $5.00 to $8.00 for b.l.u.e.s. and $10.00 to $12.00 for
For more on b.l.u.e.s.,
go to the site below.
For more on Kingston
Mines, go to these sites.
In the central
district there is lots of activity. There
is Famous Dave’s and Blue Chicago, across the street from each other.
Down the street is Blue Chicago on Clark, one cover charge for Blue
Chicago gets you into both clubs. Close
by is House of Blues. A little
further South is Buddy Guy’s legends and Koko Taylor’s.
Though chicagofats says that Koko’s may not make it till September.
These can be done in one or two evenings, your choice.
I recommend that we stay in this area.
Though hotels in chicago are very expensive.
I will write on that subject in a moment.
Further south there
is one club that is in a rough district. Chicagofats
says that only the hardcore roomies would be comfortable at this one, though it
carries some history. It is the
Checkerboard Lounge. And, it is
quite a distance.
Below, is a map.
Getting to the clubs in the North would be by train and/or bus.
I have not figured out the public transportation system yet.
Many lines run 24 hours. I
haven’t figured out which. Both
are wheelchair ready. One, two and
three day passes can be purchased for the CTA.
However, wheelchair riders pay full price, $1.50 per ride plus $.30 per
transfer on the buses. Trains do
not require special lifts.
I looked into hiring
a bus or trolly for an evening. No
The trains run from
both airports to a central “loop” where buses dispatch to more specific
areas. I don’t think that car
rentals are necessary. In fact, due
to parking problems, a rental car might be in the way.
If Chicago is the
chosen location. I will need several volunteers. On the subject of transportation, someone needs to know which
buses to use to get from the hotel to each location. This is Chicago Volunteer #1.
Cleetus from Famous Dave’s is looking into a blues cruise on Lake
Michigan for us. We can extend our
stay and have the cruise on Wednesday so we have two nights in the central
district - or - we can have the cruise on Thursday and do all the central clubs
in one night. Sunday evening is
also a good night for the cruise. This
will be the choice of those attending. On
the cruise, we can do our jamming and initial party, though it would probably be
open to the “public” to defray costs. I
still have no information on per person costs or handicap accessibility, at this
time. This could be a high dollar
deal, but well worth it. Cleetus,
where are you?
One half block from Famous Dave’s is the newest, bestest mall in
Chicago. On Lake Michigan, there is
an aquarium, a midway, an observatory and a several other tourist attractions.
This is the tough one. Hotels
in Chicago are very expensive. I
haven’t called the Days Inn yet, but all the other hotels start at $250.00 to
$500.00 for a regular room. Among
others, I have made contact with the Homeward Suites.
This is an all suite hotel. Some
suites have connecting doors. So if
two roomies were willing, we could have a good party room by putting two living
rooms together. All suites come
with a king bed in it’s own bedroom and a queen sofabed in the living-room. Kitchens come with microwave, dishwasher, plates, pots -
fully equipped. They serve a free
breakfast until 11:00 am and a free dinner with free beer and wine from 5:00
The lobby is on the 6th
floor, the pool and gym are on the 19th floor.
This hotel is a half
block from Famous Dave’s, across the street from the new mall and close to the
Lake Michigan attractions. Cost per
night is $259.00. This is a much
better deal than the other hotels, because the room is a suite, and it is so
close to the central district. I am
trying to get the price down more, but my success is in question.
My contact says that he will know more six months before our event.
Other hotels are at
least this price and offer less. When
I called the Marriott, and told them our reason for being in Chicago, they were
suddenly booked for the month of September.
There are smaller hotels with better prices but they can not provide the
minimum dozen rooms necessary. If
we have a larger turn out this year, we will need more than a dozen rooms.
Chicago Volunteer #2
is needed here if Chicago is the chosen location. Are there other hotels in the Central District where we can
get 15 rooms at a reasonable price? And
where will we party and jam?
Chicago will be an easy place to visit and loads of fun.
I have been guided by several people whom I have met doing my research. All are looking forward to meeting us and partying with us.
If Chicago is the chosen city, there is still more work to be done for
those who plan to attend. Do we
want to try for the cruise? Do we
want more than three nights to do the sights?
We will need to get together for a discussion.
And, I am very happy to host any discussions.
PS – I have heard
bad things about the big airport, O’Hare.
You may want to fly into Midway, if possible.
Friday, January 12, 2001 06:13:56 AM