Chicago >Food & Dining > Crossroads At House of Blues
329 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061041.888098 -87.629431
Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30am-4pm; Dinner: Sun-Thu 4pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
Great Brunch – Each one of his books has killed him a little more, said Norman Mailer quotably. And each one of these experiences has killed me a little too. Not because I poured into them a limited life’s essence but because I eat and drink to immobility, sampling everything so you don’t have to.
They cooked up some truly truly great fried chicken. Some excellent red rice and beans. Waffles and omelets that left none to be desired and deserts – well, I wish I could have given them a thorough tasting. Perhaps if I had four chambers in my stomach I could have. But then again, the stomach chambers of my cow-gods don’t really accept the salivated product of esophagus in parallel so I’m not sure how this would be advantageous unless one simply assumes that they have bigger serial ports due to their overall bigger size. That kinda makes sense. Anyway, this is irrelevant. I was astounded with just how good buffet brunch was. So good that the most unimaginative and bland thing served was bacon. Wow. That was actually typed and not deleted. That fact carries more weight than the statement itself. My only advice would be to not fill up with the early plates of lunch.
Everyone does it. HOB is no exception. Every single AYCE buffet in the history of dining wants you to fill on cheap and not expensive. Pasta Salad = cheap. Omelets = expensive. Lox = cheap. Carving Station = Expensive. Why else do you think things appear in the order that they do? Do NOT fill up on pasta salad or the heap of bacon or any other damn thing in the communal pots. EXCEPT the fired chicken. This was not given the reverence it deserved. Every piece should have been served in a numbered case. Have you been to Table 52 on Monday night? Art has nothing on this fried chicken. Thick, crispy, delicious batter. Flesh: tender and not even dreamt of overcooked. It peels off the bone as though it were osso buco. And rides down your throat like, well, it depends, or this simile is stillborn. You owe it to yourself to try it. Just not if you’re in line ahead of me.
Of course, now we knew we were coming to an area of discomfort. It was, after all a Gospel Brunch. And Gospel, either way it is defined, is absolutely useless to me. You want to spread the good word of your savior? I’d rather see you spread your legs. You want to sing in my ear while I’m trying to hear the crunch of batter? I’m going to stick my index finger up your nostril until about the second knuckle. If you deprive me of audio I actually wish to hear, I will deprive you of some other inputs and overload them with offense. But knowing that, as social creatures, we often tend to settings with a soundtrack, I cannot knock this one. It’s the HOB and it’s a Gospel Brunch and it reminded me of a set from Glee and you know, I’m one of 2 people I know who feel about music as I do. Clearly it has some merit or you humans would not keep making it. Just as long as you keep making the fried chicken, I don’t really give a veal shank.
amazing live music – The live music and drinks makes this place a true original and Chicago landmark. Get their early in order to get good seats. EARLY BIRD GETS THE BLUE WORM
Great place to see a show, no parking – Check the website for upcoming bands and acts - they have all kinds of rad bands performing a lot and like lots o ffunny comedians to but if you go take a train or whatever cause i had my friend drive us and we got a ticket for parking on the street and it wasnt cheap
Best Gospel Brunch! – The Gospel Brunch is the best part of the Sunday experience at the House of Blues. The food is soooooooooooo good, and the simultaneous live entertainment makes the moment even more uplifting and memorable. I definitely would go back on another Sunday.
Gospel Brunch Blast – My family came to last Sundays Gospel Brunch and had the best time. Getting into the venue and getting seated was very well organized along with getting our food and Mamosas. The food was out standing along with the sweets table. The hand made omlettes where to die for along with the warm waffles. The performance took my breath away as the Gospels voice were amazing. I cannot wait to go back!
worst venue in Chicago – I've seen security act completely ridiculous at House of Blues Chicago. They are aggressive for no reason on patrons who are much smaller and causing no trouble. It's like they are just waiting to get their pent up aggression out. I was at a concert there last week and witnessed security push a guy from behind and he just went flying across the room. Seeing it was really scary and made me really sick to my stomach.
Besides security sucking, unless you are right in front of the stage you can't really see anything. I've been in the balcony, in the second row and haven't been able to see the stage at all. And that was for a show that wasn't even sold out.
I see a lot of concerts, but I will do everything possible to avoid House of Blues Chicago. THEY ARE THE WORST. I hate that place. House of Blues in West Hollywood on the other hand is totally awesome.
Terrible! Terrible, Terrible – The music venue is nice, everything else about HOB is quite miserable.
I went to a show over the summer, and the security staff is one of the worst you will ever have to deal with. These knuckledraggers were roughing up kids left and right for slam dancing. It got to the point where I literally was tempted to jump in, in defense of the kids getting beat up. The whole thing kind of ruined the night for me.
Drinks are way over priced, but what else is new.
Also, do not bring cameras because they are not allowed in, they do not print this on the tickets, so if you bring one you have to check it.
Worst concert of my life... all because of the venue and staff – House of Blues Chicago provided me with one of the worst nights of my life. Went to a punk show last weekend and got BEAT by a group of the security staff. Apparently I was too drunk in the mosh pit from the WAY OVERPRICED alcohol they served me. I have witnesses stating I was leaving peacefully with them telling my friends I'd meet them outside after the show. I was being asked to leave, no big deal even though I dont think I was deserving of even that. Next thing I know I'm in a back room, my brother gets put into handcuffs and has his head smashed against a wall and when I try to protest (vocally) I was on the ground getting stomped, punched and kicked by the security staff. Not just body shots, but hits to the head. I was in law enforcement and that is called LETHAL FORCE. And no surprise the staff had a Chicago police sargent on the team. I managed to snap a picture of one of the guys and my injuries. Eventually this place will go down. I strongly recommend going anywhere else. Even if you dont get beat up like me, your wallet will and its all gonna go to the lousy staff.
Will NEVER go again! – What a scam! Went for a concert (queensryche) and it was a joke. First off the tickets said it started at 7:30. Well no music till 10:00! When they did play it was only for an hour and new music and only two popular songs. Good way to get you in to buy their semi-cold overpriced cans of booze. If you want to go out and smoke...no way! If you leave there will be no re admittance! Sound quality sucked, packed, no where to sit all seats are reserved. I will NEVER return there! Parking was outrageous. Just plain terrible!
The people who work at HOB are so nice and welcoming. – It's just a great place to enjoy with friends. Everyone who works there, from the merchandise store to the door people and resturant are all kind and welcomiing.
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