My husband and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary this past weekend with a short overnighter to downtown Chicago. We dumped some cash into the Illinois economy and took advantage of the sights and smells of State/Michigan Streets and beyond. We were invited to a private party at the House of Blues on Dearborn Street that included a show by the Doobie Brothers. If you have never been to the House of Blues, it's a "must do" on your next visit to Chicago. Medium-casual and moderately priced, it's a pretty affordable lunch or dinner with cocktail specials on a daily basis. There is a Sunday "Gospel Brunch" that is rumored to be pretty spectacular, as well. The "theater" area is separate from the restaurant/bar area. It's laid out in a unique and acoustically complimentary manner (said to imitate an opera house) with four(?) levels of seating that are in half-circles as balconies facing the stage down below. There is also floor seating in front of the stage, which is what we were treated to, so the Doobies were literally right in front of us. :-) I have to admit, though we have passed into the "middle ages," the Doobie Brothers were sounding mighty fine that night!