Rosa's Lounge

Rosa's Lounge 3420 West Armitage Avenue Chicago

Beyond the Blues/Rosa's Lounge
Paul Natkin
Written By Paul Natkin

Photojournalist Paul Natkin captures his love for music through the lens of his camera; no wonder he has worked with the biggest names in music during his 40-year career.

Owner Tony Mangiullo came from Milan to Chicago for a short visit after seeing Junior Wells play in Italy. This short visit became something more permanent, and after one year his mom (Rosa) joined him in Chicago, where together they decided to open a blues club in a quiet neighborhood on the north side of the city.

There's music seven nights a week in a friendly family type atmosphere. Great sound and you can see from anywhere in the club. The New York Times has called it “Chicago’s best blues club” and, according to Rolling Stone magazine, Rosa's is "a blues mecca for true believers." 

Rosa's doesn't serve food. There are a few good restaurants nearby, but you are going there for the music! 

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