Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Buddy Guy's Legends has a New Building in the Neighborhood

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Buddy Guy's blues club, Legends, will be closing up shop at their current locale (754 S. Wabash and pictured below) and moving up the street to the old Hot House space (700 S. Wabash).

This is good news on multiple fronts! First, it means the club will be staying in the South Loop for the foreseeable future. As you may remember, there were some rumors that Columbia College was getting ready to kick the club out (since they owned the land) and build something new for their campus. Although this issue was temporarily resolved, it was something that lingered over the future of the club. With the move it sounds like Buddy was finally able to purchase a building and in turn makes the club less susceptible to being pushed out (assuming the club can afford the space and be profitable etc.).

Second, if you've ever been to the current club you would probably agree that it isn't the 'newest' building out there. From the outside, it sort of looks like the club could fall down if a brick was removed. Inside it's fairly dirty and rundown, which some call 'character'. We've always enjoyed going to the club for the music, but it's not the best place to see a show (unless you get a good seat in front of the stage). Anyway, from the article it sounds like the Hot House space is much better in terms of sightlines and sound quality.

We're happy to hear about this move and even happier that the club decided that the South Loop was the right spot for them:
"The more we thought about other areas, we realized that no place makes sense but here in the South Loop," says Isabelle Libmann, Legends' special events and public relations chief.

Guy is even more emphatic, stating, "I'm trying to keep some entertainment in the South Loop."

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