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Ya Buddy: Legends Finds New Home

Iconic blues club to moving to former Hothouse location



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    One of the top destinations for the city's blues lovers will soon have a new place to call home.

    Next year, Buddy Guy's Legends will move from its 754 S. Wabash location to 700 S. Wabash -- a building that used to house the world music club Hothouse, the Sun-Times reported.

    The new two-level space is bigger than the current Legends club, but the main stage will be located on the second floor, which is different than how the Hothouse utilized the building.

    Guy, 73, who still tours regularly, released the following statement to the Sun-Times:

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    "You know when I first opened Legends, people were complaining that the club was too big for a blues club," Guy said. "Now we've become too small and need more space. In the new place we'll have more room for people so when I play or my friends like the Stones or [Eric] Clapton come play, people won't have to stand outside 'cause they can't get in."

    The announcement also keeps the club in the South Loop, ending speculation that Legends would move to another part of the city.