Find a Blues Jam

Blues Jams Chicago to Milwaukee…..and then some…..

Low-reen’s Live Blues List September 2022

In memory of Dirty Otis …join a Band, not a Gang…

The Water Hole- Chicago’s Juke Joint

JAM TIME! Got your picks & sticks? Gotta Go Jam? Then you are in the right place! Blues jams come & go, I started this list to try to keep up! If you hear of one that’s not on the list, or have a correction, please let me know. Low-reen’s Live Blues List is updated at least monthly. Call ahead: these things change minute-to-minute!! Also be sure to drop a few bucks at the establishments that hosts these jams: buy a drink – if you don’t drink, buy some food or buy your friend a drink – otherwise the jams go away, and NO ONE wants that!

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Here’s the Skinny:

Blues Jam: Generally a set-up for a full band including drummer, focus on Blues

Open Jam: Generally a set-up for a full band including drummer, all music types, not necessarily focus on Blues

Open Mic: Generally a set-up for individual or duo musicians, usually not a drummer, usually focused on music only, but sometimes open to spoken work ie poetry


Blues Jams (call ahead, they change frequently!)

Sundays —–”Let dat boy boogie woogie! It’s in ‘im, and it got to come out!” – John Lee Hooker

  • 03 on 83 Saloon (formerly Hawg Heaven), 10306 Antioch Rd/Rt 83, Salem, WI (262) 862-7777, 8pm
  • Back Forty, 77 N Main, Manteno, IL, host Susan Williams, Darryl Wright, & Andrew Duncanson, 4-7pm
  • Bender’s, 409 E Northwater St, Silver Lake, WI, host Mark Ricky, Ronnie 2x, 3-7pm
  • Coaches Sports Bar & Grill, 14650 Waverly Ave, Midlothian, IL (708) 629-0685
  • Cuzin’s Neighborhood Bar, 17704 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, IL (708) 633-1144, host The Fabulous Kings, 4-8pm (No jam if 3pm Bears Game)
  • Duck Inn, 15225 W Wadsworth Rd, Wadsworth, IL, host Kent Lewis, 1pm (Last Sun, Open mic)
  • Fireman Ted’s, 2771 Black Rd, Joliet, IL (815) 582-4656, host T-Bird Huck & the MVPs, 6pm
  • Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N Oakley, Chicago, IL (773) 489-5471, 9pm (Open Mic)
  • The Grove, 2008 Main St, Spring Grove, IL (815) 675-0220, host Marie Martens, 2-5pm, three season weather permitting- outside with indoor/outdoor patio
  • The Law Office Pub & Music Hall, 226 S Bridge, Yorkville, IL (630) 882-9559. Hosted by Al Spear’s Hurricane Project, 230-530pm
  • Leroy’s Hot Stuff, 333 W US Hwy 20, Porter, IN (219) 926-6211. Host Corey Dennison, 7-10pm
  • Live Wire Lounge, 3394 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL (Rock jam)
  • Main St Exchange, 25346 S Dixie Hwy, Crete, IL, host Susan Williams (2nd Sun)
  • Main St Outfitters, 513 S Main St, Wauconda, IL (847) 526-7433, 2pm (Acoustic open mic)
  • Madcats, 117 W Slade St, Palatine, IL, host Dave Levit, 5:15-9pm (last Sun)
  • Paulie’s Pub & Eatery, 8031 Greenfield, Wauwatosa, WI. Host Josh Becker & Michael James Grassman, 7-10pm
  • Pour House, 9031 N 1200 W, DeMotte, IN (219) 345-7687, host Bob Mandarino
  • Red’s Steak & BBQ, 11011 N Main St (US Rt 12), Richmond, IL (815) 678-4637, host Glenn Davis, 2-6pm
  • Rockstar Saloon, 5826 W Burnham, West Allis, WI, host Wizard hammer, 7pm
  • Sammy’s Bar & Gaming, 5506 E Wonder Lake Rd, Wonder Lake, IL, host Steve Anton, 2-6pm
  • Sollitt Tap, 11830 Sollitt Rd, Beecher, IL (815) 465-6419, host Big Dog Mercer, 8pm (Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave, Kenosha, WI (262) 652-6454, host Cy Costabile, Piano jam, 4-7pm
  • Woodlawn Tap, 1172 E 55th St, Chicago, IL, host The Woodlawn Four, 2-7pm

Mondays —–”A bad rendition of you is better than a good rendition of somebody else.” – Willie Dixon

  • Da Bar, 1902 S 60th St, West Allis, WI, host Ricky Orta Jr & Mike Bucholtz, 7-11pm
  • Drew’s On Halsted, 3201 N Halsted, Chicago, IL (773) 244-9191, host Mark Burnell, 830-1030pm (Open mic, 3rd Monday, $25 food/bev minimum)
  • Johnny’s Blitz, 20 N Cass, Westmont, IL (630) 541-9015, host Larry Mac 7pm (Open mic)
  • Rustic Road Brewing, 5706 Sixth Ave, Kenosha, WI (262) 320-7623, host Miss B Haven, 8-11pm (Open Mic)
  • The Store, 2002 N Halsted, Chicago, IL (773) 327-7766, host Garrett Lane, 8-11pm. You get a free CD of your performance (Open mic)

Tuesdays —–”I stone got crazy when I saw somebody run down them strings with a bottleneck. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree and I said that I had to learn” – Muddy Waters

  • Brewtown Eatery, 5121 W Howard, Milwaukee, WI (414) 321-3900, hosts Dave Miller, Jeff Stoll, & Joe Zarcone, 6-9pm, all ages, blues & jazz
  • Finnegan’s Pub, 1074 Joliet St, Dyer, IN (219) 865-9896, host Jack Whittle, 9pm
  • Fritzy’s 6156 N Clark, Chicago, IL (773) 743-1797, host Brian Miller, 8pm
  • Looney’s Pub, 40805 N Illinois 83, Antioch, IL (224) 788-8672, 8pm, 1/2 price pizza (Open jam)
  • Madcats, 117 W Slade St, Palatine, IL (847) 485-8093, 730pm (Open mic)
  • Mad Steintist, 200 Madison St, Waukesha, WI (262) 309-6840, host Bill Paige, 8-11pm
  • Wooden Nickel, 444 Lakeview, Highwood, IL (847) 266-0550, 7-10pm (2nd Tues Roger Sosa, 3rd Tues various hosts including Charlie Love)

Wednesdays —– “Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired” -Boethius

  • Ballydoyle, 5157 Main St, Downer’s Grove, IL (630) 969-0600, 8pm (Open mic)
  • Blarney Stone, 15400 S Cicero, Oak Forest, IL, host Mondo Cortez, 7-10pm. 1/2 price pizza (On hold July & August, resumes September)
  • Boyd’s Hideout, 25344 Richmond Ave, Antioch, IL (847) 838-9121. Host John Linczmaier, 7-10pm
  • Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S Wabash, Chicago, IL (312) 427-1190,, host Jimmy Burns alternating with Brother John, 9:00pm, $15 cover (free for jammers)
  • Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N546 Washington Rd, Cedarburg, WI, host Drew Hayes, 7-9pm (1st Wed, Open mic)
  • Celebrity Lounge, 2020 E 83rd St, Chicago, IL, host Best 2U R&B Band, 7-11pm
  • Elements Wine Bar, 23 Washington St, Valparaiso, IN, host Jack Whittle, 7-10pm
  • Evergreen Pub, 1400 W Main, St Charles, IL, host Noah Gabriel & Sam Wyatt, 7-11pm (Open mic)
  • Flanagan’s Pub, 101 S Main St, Grant Park, IL, host Big Dog Mercer, 7pm (On hold July & August, resumes September)
  • Fuller’s Pub, 3203 W Irving Park, Chicago, IL (773) 478-8060, 8:30pm-12 (3rd Wed)
  • Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N Milwaukee, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL, hosts Fury & Big Ole Lil Young Blaise 8-11pm (Open mic)
  • Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S Harlem Ave, Berwyn, IL (708) 484-3610, host Miles Minor, 830pm
  • Hogs & Kisses, 149 Broad St, Lake Geneva, WI (262) 248-7447, host Glenn Davis, 9pm-12
  • Liquid Blues, 126 N Benton St, Woodstock, IL (815) 337-7254, hosted by the Stumblers, 9pm-12:30
  • Liquid Love, Buffalo Grove, IL, host Rob Lane, 6-9pm
  • Magoo’s On Mound, 5841 W Bluemound, Milwaukee, WI (414) 837-6125, host Idle Minds, 6-9pm (1st & 3rd Wed)
  • Miss Kitty’s Saloon, 634 E Ogden, Naperville, IL, host Rich Matz, 9pm-1230 (Open mic)
  • Mr Brown’s Lounge, 2301 W Chicago, Chicago, IL, host Anna Marie, 7-11pm
  • The Point, in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1565 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, host Jared Jones, 8pm (Open mic)
  • PS Pub, 771 W Dundee, Wheeling, IL (847) 279-8919, host Earl Rosen, 8-1145pm
  • Saloon on Calhoun, 17000 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield, WI (262) 783-0222, various hosts, 730pm
  • Shanahan’s Food & Spirits, 1999 W 75th St, Woodridge, IL (630) 985-5945 host Shukin, 8-11pm
  • Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave, Kenosha, WI (262) 652-6454, host Mark Paffrath, 8pm-12 (Open mic)
  • The Water Hole Lounge, 1400 S Western, Chicago, IL (312) 243-7988, host Low-reen & the Maxwell St Market Blues Band & special guests, 8pm-12, no cover, free street parking (1st & 3rd Wednesdays)

Thursdays —–

  • Alibi Pub & Grub, 4117 E Wonder Lake Rd, Wonder Lake, IL (779) 444-2292, host Lightnin’ George, 7-11pm
  • Arlington Ale House, 111 W Campbell, 3rd floor, Arlington Heights, IL (224) 735-2450, 830pm (Open mic)
  • Black Lung Brewing, 2217 N IL Rt 83, Round Lake Beach, IL, host Stewart Antelis, 8pm (Open mic)
  • Bootleggers, 25491 W Old Grass Lake Rd, Antioch, IL (847) 395-0050, host Bobby Miller, 7-10pm
  • Candy’s Pub, 6936 County Rd W, West Bend, WI, host Rhonda Jean & Friends, 7-10pm
  • Captain Mike’s, 5118- 6th Ave, Kenosha, WI (262) 764-8889, hosts Matt Meyer, Ivy Ford, Rogers Randall
  • Copper Fiddle, Lake Zurich, host Rob Rosenberg, 7-1030pm
  • Das Barrel Room, W201 N10466 Appleton Ave, Germantown, WI, host Chuck Benedon, 7-10pm
  • Elder Brewing Co, 218 E Cass St, Joliet, IL (815) 651-4200, 730-1030pm (Open mic)
  • Fuller’s Pub, 3203 W Irving Park, Chicago, IL (773) 478-8060, 8:30pm-12 (Open mic)
  • Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N Oakley, Chicago, IL (773) 489-5471, 9pm (Open Mic)
  • Greenfield Pub, 16461 W Greenfield, New Berlin, WI (262) 202-8066, host Robert Allen Jr, 8-11pm
  • Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S Harlem, Berwyn, IL (708) 484-3610,, hosted by Miles Minor, 8:30pm-12:30
  • Jesse’s Tavern, 10501 S Ridgeland, Chicago Heights, IL (708) 499-0048, various hosts, 8pm
  • Johnny’s Blitz, 20 N Cass, Westmont, IL (630) 541-9015, host Wes, 7pm (Open mic)
  • Kief’s Reef, 3505 S Wright Rd, McHenry, IL (815) 455- 1444, various hosts, 7-11pm
  • Landmark Pub 5135 N Oriole, Harwood Heights, IL
  • Mad Steintist, 200 Madison St, Waukesha, WI (262) 309-6840, host Tallan Latz, 730-1030pm
  • Nice Ash, 323 W Main, Waukesha, WI (262) 547-9009, host DJ & the Bluesers, 7-10pm
  • The Outta Space, 6840- 32nd St, Berwyn, IL (773) 972-3307, host Aaron Mitchell, 730pm
  • Ray’s Lincoln Pub, 512 Lincoln Ave, Waukesha, WI (262) 349-9170, 6-10pm (Open jam)
  • The Rooster, 2513 Seiferth Rd, Madison, WI (608) 285-2951, host James Earl & 008 Band, 8pm
  • Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W Armitage, Chicago, IL (773) 342-0452,, James Wheeler Blues Jam hosted by Little Ed, 9:30pm-1:30
  • Shanahan’s Food & Spirits, 1999 W 75th St, Woodridge, IL (630) 985-5945 host Geoffrey Lowe, 8-11pm
  • Stretch’s Sports Bar & Grill, 200 N Green Bay Rd, Waukegan, IL host Step & Friends, Big Drew, 8-11pm
  • Stuckey’s, 4000 N Johnsburg Rd, Johnsburg, IL, host Jim Jam Jim Sieg, 6-10pm
  • The Studio, 900 S State, Lockport, IL (815) 905-0195, 7pm (Open mic)
  • Tavern On the Row, 17 N Wabash, Chicago, IL, host Susan Williams & Daryl Wright, 9pm
  • Union Park Tavern, 4520 8th Ave, Kenosha, WI (262) 652-6454, 1st Thurs Pat Garrett (Open Jam). Rhythm Dogs every other Thurs (Blues jam), 8pm-12
  • Uptown Tap & Eatery, 24035 Lockport, Plainfield, IL (815) 436-9395
  • Valpo Verona’s Pizza & Wings, 1689 Morthland Dr, Valparaiso, IN (219) 707-5429, 7pm
  • Venue OverDrive (former Motor Row) 2337 S Michigan, Chicago, IL host Freddie Dixon Band, 7pm, $5 cover includes a drink
  • Wooden Nickel, 444 Lakeview, Highwood, IL (847) 266-0550, 1st, 2nd, 4th Thursdays hosts Barry, Mark, Tom, & Danny, 8-11pm

Fridays —-

  • Delavan Lake Store & Lounge, 2001 North Shore Drive, Delavan, WI (262) 725-6747, 7pm (Open mic)
  • Kegler’s Crest Hill, 905 Theodore St, Crest Hill, IL (815) 722-1089, host Brad Jackson, 8-11pm, (Open mic)
  • Kickstand, 9622 Camp Lake Rd, Camp Lake, WI host Lightning George, 8pm-12
  • Route 20, 14001 Washington Ave, Sturtevant, WI (262) 898-7900, host Tallan Latz, 8-11pm, 1st Fridays
  • Warp Corps, 114 N Benton, Woodstock, IL, host Grumpy Old Men, 630-830pm (last Fri)
  • ZumBier, 3232 W Monroe, Waukegan, IL (847) 420-7313 hosts Low-reen & Analog Anthony, 7pm, 1st Fridays (Open mic)

Saturdays —-

  • Muggs & Manor, 437 Addison Rd, Addison, IL (630) 833-2570, host Liquid Fun, all ages (1st Sat, Open mic)

Out of the Area Jams: check with local blues societies!

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