Just two years shy of its 50th birthday, Lincoln Park blues club Kingston Mines is getting a makeover. The legendary live music venue, which has played host to some of the biggest names in blues music since opening in 1968, is tacking on a 3,000 square-foot addition that will include room for about 150 more clubgoers, a musician's lounge, and renovated bathrooms.
DNAinfo Chicago reported Thursday that Kingston Mines obtained this week a city permit for $350,000 worth of construction. The club, located at 2548 N. Halsted St., will put the addition on the lot just to the south, where it has already demolished the previous building.
Kingston Mines owner Lenin Pellegrino says that one of the main goals of the addition is to provide some more space for blues fans who continue to pack the club every night.
"We're very busy, so the extra space will be used," Pellegrino told DNAinfo. The new construction is expected to take about six months. Lenin Pellegrino's son Frank Pellegrino, who manages the music side of the business, told DNAinfo that he does not expect Kingston Mines to close during construction, based on his experience with previous renovations at the club.