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Kingston Mines, Chicago

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Kingston Mines is a blues nightclub in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. The club derived its name from the Kingston Mines Theatre Company founded by June Pyskacek in 1969 and located at 2356 N. Lincoln Av. The theatre was named after the Illinois town where the father of one of its actors, Jack Wallace, worked. Pyskacek allowed Harry Hoch and a partner to use the Kingston Mines name for a small eatery/café in the front of the building. Called the Kingston Mines Company Store, it was acquired circa 1972 by Lenin "Doc" Pellegrino, M.D., and renamed the Kingston Mines Café. Although the original production of Grease was written and first premiered at the Kingston Mines Theatre in 1971 before moving to Broadway a year later, the theatre company expired in the spring of 1973 while the Café, which was a separate legal entity from the theatre, survived. It was that entity that moved to its current location at 2548 N. Halsted, where it became a blues club, in 1982.
Kingston Mines showcases a variety of blues by two separate bands, every night, on two stages, 365 days a year; from delta blues to Chicago blues. Their featured bands/artists cover a broad & diverse spectrum of the genre. Kingston Mines is still owned by the Pellegrino family and it is "the oldest, continuously operating blues club in Chicago." Blues legends such as Koko Taylor, Carl Weathersby, and Magic Slim have played there; among a myriad more. The Kingston Mines has two alternating "headline" performances on its two stages into the early morning, every night. Carl Weathersby, Linsey Alexander, Eddie Shaw, Mike Wheeler, Peaches Staten, Joanna Connor, and Ronnie Hicks are regular performers.
The club was awarded the "Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Blues Clubs" by the Blues Foundation in 2014.
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  • So, whenever I'm in town I always try to make my way over here. Doesn't always happen but whenever I do I'm rarely if ever disappointed. If you are a fan of Blues music and live in or frequent...  more »
  • We had so much fun! enjoyed a really nice BLUES music. Was my first time in a BLUES bar with live music - super recommended. Is part of CHICAGO, so you have to stop by.  more »
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  • Beautiful place, I went and listened to some blues and then some country, perfect place to come any night of the week for great live music. Not to be underestimated are the bartenders, they know how to make all the classics, the old fashioned and Manhattan I had were both delicious. Elevate your music experience!
  • Excellent wait-staff (thanks Leslie)! The music and the atmosphere were exactly what you want in a blues club! So much fun!!

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