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Stanley
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Chicago

Best venues in Chicago to listen to live music?

I'm looking for some fun places to catch a live show in Chicago. I'm into more intimate settings as opposed to packed places. I'm also up for any kind of music. 


12 Answers

top answer by
Ed from Chicago

Are you looking for a concert, or just a good place to catch live music?  If you're looking for a specific band on a specific night, tons of solid venues (House of Blues, Park West, Metro, The Vic Theatre, Riviera Theatre, Double Door, Subterranean, Aragon Entertainment Center).

If you're after always-playing live music, one of my favorite spots is on the north side called Kingston Mines.  It's a dump of a blues bar with awesome music nightly, and there is another place just a bit down the street called B.L.U.E.S.Buddy Guy's Legends is also a decent place.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. House of Blues (attraction)
  2. Park West (attraction)
  3. Metro (attraction)
  4. The Vic Theatre (attraction)
  5. Riviera Theatre (attraction)
  6. Double Door (attraction)
  7. Subterranean (restaurant)
  8. Aragon Entertainment Center (attraction)
  9. Kingston Mines (attraction)
  10. B.L.U.E.S. (attraction)
  11. Buddy Guy's Legends (attraction)
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answered by
Lori from Holland, Michigan

Depends on what you're looking for. I agree with Beat Kitchen and Subterranean. If you want more of the singer/songwriter style, Space in Evanston is a short train ride/drive away and is a great venue!


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  1. Beat Kitchen (restaurant)
  2. Subterranean (restaurant)
  3. Space (attraction)
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answered by
Katie from Chicago

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Beat Kitchen (restaurant)
  2. Subterranean (restaurant)
  3. Empty Bottle (attraction)
  4. Schubas (attraction)
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answered by
Austin from Chicago

Listen to Blues Blue Chicago or Kingston Mines

Listen to lounge music at The Joynt

Check out The Green Mill or The Backroom for some Jazz


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Blue Chicago (restaurant)
  2. Kingston Mines (attraction)
  3. The Joynt (attraction)
  4. The Green Mill (attraction)
  5. The Backroom (restaurant)
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answered first by
Rob from Chicago

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Lincoln Hall (attraction)
  2. Kingston Mines (attraction)
  3. Buddy Guy's Legends (attraction)
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answered by
Kevin from Tokyo

Check out The Green Mill. Not always doing blues, but a unique old-school Chicago venue that dates back to Al Capone. 


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  1. The Green Mill (attraction)
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answered by
Adam from Illinois

I don't have a ton of experience with this, but I have loved the two places I have been.

House of Blues

The Cubby Bear


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  1. House of Blues (attraction)
  2. The Cubby Bear (attraction)
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answered by
Mary Beth from Northbrook

Kingston Mines is a great blues bar open late and very local.  It is on the north side, about 15 minutes north of the loop.


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  1. Kingston Mines (attraction)
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answered by
Joanna from Winston-Salem, Nc

Hi Stanley,

There's a sports bar, Mother Hubbard's Sports Pub that has been around for a long time and it's a great local place. Also, if you enjoy comedy clubs and improve, I really recommend going to see The Second City. 


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  1. Mother Hubbard's Sports Pub (restaurant)
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answered by
Ted from Chicago

Just about every Wednesday night at the Green Mill Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the The Green Mill They play Gypsy Jazz and cover is $6.00. The Green Mill is a legendary jazz club that dates back to the days of Al Capone and it has that 1920-1930s feel to it. If you are not here on a Wednesday, it is still a cool place to check out.


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  1. The Green Mill (attraction)
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answered by
Melissa from Chicago

My favorite live music venues in Chicago are Lincoln Hall and Metro, but you should also look into Bottom Lounge and Thalia Hall. Rosa's Lounge is awesome for blues and off the beaten path. Have fun!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Lincoln Hall (attraction)
  2. Metro (attraction)
  3. Bottom Lounge (attraction)
  4. Thalia Hall (attraction)
  5. Rosa's Lounge (restaurant)
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answered by
Teodora from Chicago

Lincoln Hall and Schubas are great intimate venues for live music. The acoustics are perfect! Kingston Mines is also great for jazz.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Lincoln Hall (attraction)
  2. Schubas (attraction)
  3. Kingston Mines (attraction)
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