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Blues Tour Frequently Asked Questions List

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Where is the bus?
Where does the tour start?
What time does the tour start?
What does the ticket price include?
How much money should I bring?

Is there food available?

Where can I park?

How long can I stay at each club?


Where is the bus?

There are several point-to-point shuttle bus routes running continuously from 8:30 pm to 1:30am, whose routes interconnect at the participating venues. You may transfer between routes at any venue, and a map and schedule are distributed to ticketholders showing the routes and departure times at each location.
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Where does the tour start?

You may start at any of the participating venues. Your ticket will be honored at any venue, regardless of where you purchased it, although bus seats will only be guaranteed at the venue for which you purchased tickets (i.e., if you bought your tix at koko Taylor's, you will be assured a seat on the first bus to leave there, but not at Blue Chicago and vice versa). You will receive a bus route map and schedule and an admission marker upon entry at the first venue. If you are arriving by taxi or public transit, you may want to start at the venue farthest from home, and finish the evening closest to home, to make the trip home shorter. The buses for the Spring 2001 tour, 5/11/2001, will start from Blue Chicago, 736 N. Clark St., at 8pm, before they get in place for the tour, so you may start at that location if you have purchased an advance ticket (check the bluesline at 773-772-5506 on tour day to see if day-of-event tickets are available at the Music Mart); and all will-call tickets (including any TicketWeb purchases made after May 1) will be held at Blue Chicago for pick up at the "will-call" line. In order to start at the Chicago Music Mart, you must CHECK IN between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. It is strongly recommended that you start the tour wherever your purchased your tickets, since we try to balance the bus loads so everyone has a seat, and your advance ticket will guarantee a seat at the first loading. If you start on the south, northwest, or west side, make sure you pay attention to the schedule which will be given to you at the beginning of the night so that you are certain to get back there at the end of the night.
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What time does the tour start?

You may start the tour at any time (as long as tickets are available), but it is recommended to start as early as possible to sample as many venues as possible. If you start at Blue Chicago and want to get the early start that advance ticket holders receive, you must CHECK IN between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. in order to receive boarding passes and instructions. This will get you to your first club at 8:30, and in general will allow you to get to more venues during the course of the evening. To avoid becoming stranded, you should begin to consider how to get to your final destination around midnight and please pay careful attention to the bus schedules. Buses will stop running at 1:30 am., and their final destination is noted on the schedules in italics. This is the final destination, not the final departure point, if you don't see another time point after 1:30 the bus is not scheduled to go any farther.
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What does the ticket price include?

The ticket includes all admission charges to the participating venues as well as shuttle bus transportation. No drinks or food are included in the ticket price. Reserved Tickets can be purchased in advance via the World Wide Web through TicketWeb, or at any of the club locations for the eight weeks prior to the tour. Although some unreserved tickets are sometimes available on the night of the tour, IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS.
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How much money should I bring?

If you figure on one drink at each venue or the course of the entire evening, some light food and a souvenir t-shirt, you should figure on $50. If you have already eaten, buy no souvenirs and are a light drinker, you could do well with $20. Please don't forget to tip!
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Is there food available?

You will want to eat in advance of the tour, as none of the venues will be preparing food on the Spring Club Tour. If you visit the advance party and check in at 7, you could probably eat at Famous Dave's right across the street, either before or after check-in. However, make sure you are back by 8 p.m. to board buses, and that you are checked in before 8 p.m. Other recommendable restaurants in the area include Gaylord's (Indian) and Iberico (Spanish tapas). Blues U. Members should check the Network Partner listings for participating restaurants which honor the Blues U. Alumni Discount Card.
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Where can I park?

Parking is always at a premium during these events, so it is best to arrive early if you wish to find parking, or take advantage of Chicago's excellent transit system; maps of the CTA system are available online.. Blue Chicago has several small parking lots near the 736 N. Clark location ($8-10) and the YMCA at Chicago and LaSalle sometimes has paid parking available; there is ample street parking as well as a paid lot at Koko Taylor's, which is also near both the Green line and the Red Line "Roosevelt" stop. Blue Chicago is also near the CTA's Red Line "Chicago" stop and many many cabs. The remaining clubs have street parking nearby, and Reservation Blues has valet parking for $8, as well as the Damen/North/Milwaukee blue line "L" stop around the corner.
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How long can I stay at each club?

You may stay as long as you wish. Just be sure to pay attention to the time, so you can plan how to return to your car, or get to the club you wish to end the night at, which may be the one nearest your home. The buses will not run extra trips after the scheduled ones, nor will they re-route to different clubs, so if you need to make a connection to switch buses, make sure you allow enough time to get to the connection point. We remind you one last time: watch the schedule of routes...they are published here.