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ITINERARY IDEAS FOR MUSIC LOVERS

From performances to tours to brunch-with-a-show, discover Chicago's favorite highlights for music lovers.

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5 Itinerary Add-Ons for Music Lovers

Whether you're working with groups who love blues performances, gospel tunes or every musical genre under the sun, these fun itinerary add-ons will make them sing.

1. The Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour

Send your groups for an exclusive inside look at this famous Chicago Landmark. While they'll no doubt recognize the glittering C-H-I-C-A-G-O marquee that lights up State Street, there are plenty of lesser known aspects of the theater to explore. A few stand-out experiences for your visitors: standing on the stage where legends like Frank Sinatra have performed, going backstage to see where the biggest names in entertainment have autographed the walls, viewing a historic photo gallery and capturing their own photos of this stunning performance venue.

Group size:
10 or more

Book group tickets:
Call 312-462-6318 (for groups under 10 people, call 800-745-3000)

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2. House of Blues Gospel Brunch

Your groups can fill their stomachs and their souls at this world-famous gospel brunch. First, the live music: It's a foot-stomping, one-of-a-kind event that will get your groups on their feet as inspiring gospel singers and groups let their talents shine. Then, there's the food — the mouthwatering, New Orleans-inspired buffet. Think: Creole chicken-and-shrimp jambalaya, homemade biscuits and country gravy, and homemade fruit cobbler. Seatings are available every Sunday at 10:00am and 12:30pm.

Group size:
25 or more

Book group tickets:
Call 312-923-2015 (for groups under 25 people, call 312-923-2000)

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3. Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Outdoor Concerts at Ravinia

If you're planning a summer visit for your groups, Ravinia Park is the place to be. Every season, this picturesque concert-park fills with the sounds of summer as the Grammy Award®-winning CSO captivates concertgoers with classical performances led by icons ranging from Tony Award-winning conductor Ted Sperling to Broadway’s Idina Menzel.

Group size:
20 or more

Book group tickets:
Contact Mindy Moore at 847-266-5087 or groups@ravinia.org

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4. B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted

For decades, Chicago has had a love affair with blues, which began when the city became a magnet for top talent like Earl Hines and King Oliver. Today, the tradition continues in the numerous blues clubs in the city, including B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted. Send groups here to see local artists and hear the sounds that catapulted Chicago blues into the national spotlight. Weekends are often busy, but weeknights are great for groups. Bonus: Pay the cover on Sunday nights and get into Kingston Mines, right next door, for free.

Private parties:
Call 773-528-1012 and ask for Jennifer, or email parties@chicagobluesbar.com

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5. Buddy Guy's Legends

Owned by the five-time Grammy Award®-winning bluesman and Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Famer, Buddy Guy's is one of Chicago's true cultural landmarks. A stop by here reveals some of the best local and national blues bands, and oftentimes an appearance by Buddy Guy himself. Plus, the walls of this popular establishment are adorned with some items from Buddy's personal collection, turning the club into a miniature blues museum. Toss in a menu full of flavorful Cajun fare and a friendly atmosphere, and it's no wonder tables fill up early! To help secure a spot, tell your visitors to get there before 7pm on weeknights and 5:30pm on weekends.

Private events:
Contact Randy Hajduk at 312-427-1190 or randy@buddyguy.com

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