Who doesn’t need a crazy and wild pick me up in this dreary cold weather?! A few weeks ago, during one of this winter’s many blizzards, we had a super fun, foot stomping good time with Big and his friend at the Gospel Brunch at House of Blues Chicago. Now, before I go on to recommend this, you should know that you’re probably not going to be seeing Aretha Franklin personified, but embrace the world outside of your comfort zone and don’t let that stop you. What you are going to experience is a great time exposing your kids to regional Gospel talent performing a mix of traditional and contemporary gospel music set in one of Chicago’s iconic music venues. You’ll be clapping and waiving your napkin, that is, if you haven’t been called onto the stage already. Even Big was up on his feet!
Our show was hosted by Cedric, who is quite the singer himself, and captivated the audience as soon as he took the stage. He introduced the featured gospel group from an acclaimed young adult church group and together they brought the house down. Cedric seamlessly introduced each vocal number, showed off his impressive pipes with solos and group numbers and elicited audience participation that started with hand clapping and napkin waving. Soon thereafter, he got all of us on our feet. He invited many members of the audience up onto the stage for an impromptu dance contest or should I say dance-off. They included numerous folks celebrating their birthdays and a couple of eager teens. The music was uplifting, beautiful and even awe-inspiring. The picture above says it all!
The brunch, which is included in your ticket price, is an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring breakfast favorites, an omelet station, chicken & waffles, carving stations, awesome macaroni and cheese, southern fried chicken (make sure you get it from the main buffet in the back because it’s a different recipe then what’s offered at the chicken & waffle station), biscuits, and yummy desserts. There is also a Bloody Mary Bar, which my husband particularly enjoyed.
You sit at long banquet tables that run up to the stage. When you book your tickets online you can select the exact seats you would like. We sat right up front, which I recommend but it is LOUD! Another option that my husband said he would have preferred would be to sit in the boxes further back from the stage. Most Sundays have two performances to choose from 10:00 & 12:30. This is a great experience for kids 8 and up! It’s especially good for the tweens and teens and any out of town friends or family.
Tickets for adults are $46.30, children 6-12 are $31.30 and kids under 5 are free.
House of Blues: 329 N. Dearborn, Chicago,IL,60654