So I did some searching and the HoB is, of course a chain. There are 13 locations throughout the country. Chicago opened in 1996. The first location opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992. It's no longer open, but there is a Boston location. Obviously Chicago isn't the one and only, although this location felt authentic, not chain-y, which I appreciated greatly.
A tiny taste of the art/decor. This is from the "front porch" before you walk into the restaurant area on the first floor.
Yours truly, at dinner. This pic was originally super dark, but after tweaking with the levels, the overall vibe fits.
Crossroads at House of Blues Cornbread appetizer. Love the mini skillet and it was delicious!
Crossroads at House of Blues side of cole slaw. Red cabbage, carrots, cilantro and a light dressing.
Crossroads at House of Blues Trio of Cheese Rigatoni. I don't remember all three cheeses, but there was a hidden blanket of melty cheese in the middle of that mess of noodles. The sauce had a nice kick to it.