Founded by Doc Pellegrino in 1968, Kingston Mines is the largest and oldest continuously operating blues club in Chicago. Its two stages have been graced by the likes of Magic Slim, Koko Taylor, Sugar Blue, Billy Branch, Junior Wells, Joanna Connor, Carl Weathersby, and scores of other musical greats, and are packed with the finest nonstop blues action seven nights a week.
Kingston Mines has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years, including the 2014 Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Best Blues Club, the Best Blues Club award at the 2012 Chicago Music Awards, and a special Producer's Award presented to Doc at the 2011 CMAs. What keeps the Kingston Mines alive today, is the same thing that allowed its birth in the stormy 1960s...passion! Whether for blues music or civil rights, Doc's intensity and absolute resolve, propel things forward.
The Pellegrino family invites you to come on down, get comfortable, enjoy some delicious Southern-style fare from Doc's Rib Joint, and open your ears to some of Chicago's best live music - and remember our motto: HEAR BLUES - DRINK BOOZE - TALK LOUD - YOU'RE AMONG FRIENDS!