For most people going to concerts is a fun activity any night of the week. Whether it’s your favorite band that’s playing, or a free show that is down the street from your house, concerts are always a fun time. Concerts are always happening in Chicago, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 cool bars to see live music in the city.
Located on Western Avenue, The Empty Bottle is always a fun spot to visit for a drink and a show. Whether you want to see your favorite rap artist or a hip indie band, The Empty Bottle always hosts a great show.
Located in the heart of Wicker Park, Double Door is a widely known and adored bar and music venue. Though Chicagoans are sad to see the days of Double Door end, as it will be closing, this bar is a great place to have a fun night of dancing and drinking with friends.
Though Thalia Hall is mainly a music venue (and we are trying to list bars that are also music venues) we had to include it. Located in Pilsen, Thalia Hall is a beautiful and very popular venue. The venue also includes a restaurant, Dusek’s, and bar Punch House which in the basement. This venue is like no other—you can eat, drink, and dance when you visit Thalia Hall.
“The Hideout is a regular guy bar for irregular folks who just don’t fit in, or just don’t want to fit in.” The Hideout has been around for a long time and is a favorite to many, many Chicagoans. Located near the Wicker Park/Bucktown area, The Hideout is definitely a spot to check out for a sweet night of music and drinks.
Located in Uptown, The Green Mill is one of the oldest running jazz clubs in the country. Not only can you go to this famous spot and sip a cocktail while you listen to jazz, you can also hear slam poetry at The Green Mill. If you’re visiting Chicago, The Green Mill is a definite “must-visit”.
Tucked away in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, Lincoln Hall is the perfect spot for dinner, drinks, and a show. If you’re going to dine before a show, make sure to always make a reservation first!
Located in Lakeview, Schubas Tavern is a great spot to visit to satisfy your music needs. From indie bands to jazz, Schubas hosts it all. For a fun, casual, and memorable night out you should definitely see a show at Schubas.
Close to Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood you’ll find Reggies. Reggies is known for being an awesome bar and grill, rock club, and record store. If you’re a serious music lover then seeing a show Reggies is definitely a must.
Located on North Halsted Street, Kingston Mines provides two stages that play live blues music all night long. Along with great blues music since 1968, Kingston Mines has a great BBQ menu—what’s better than a little blues and a little barbecue?
From dancers, to DJs, to live bands Subterranean does it all. This two-floor venue is located on North Avenue in the neighborhood of Wicker Park. If you’re in the mood for live entertainment, food and cocktails then make a note to check out Subterranean.