If you go . . .
Where to stay
W Chicago Lakeshore
644 North Lake Shore Drive
Superbly located with a view of Lake Michigan. A cutting-edge hotel with a 33d-floor lounge called Whiskey Sky. $199-$295 a night. There’s also a W
Chicago City Center Hotel.
Where to eat
1437 North Wells
Traditional French dining in Chicago’s Old Town. Entrees $15.95-$28.95, from steak frites to grilled salmon filet.
Buddy Guy’s Legends
700 South Wabash
Great blues and Cajun soul food; nightly $10-$20 cover.
What to do
Blue Chicago on Clark
536 North Clark
Funky, roadhouse-style blues; nightly $8-$10 cover.
2448 North Halstead
Two stages, two bands, for six hours; nightly $12-$15 cover.
2519 North Halstead
Another beloved roadhouse; nightly $10-$15.
Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation
2120 South Michigan Ave.
The site of Chess Records, now a museum. Tours $10, Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat noon-2.