Chicago’s Live Music Scene
Get out of the cold and into one of these comfortable venues….
Just a short stroll from our hostel, Lincoln Hall is proving to be an excellent neighborhood addition. If you like indie music live at moderate prices (tickets are usually $15) then this venue is for you. The inside is new and is large enough to be comfortable, yet small enough to give you an intimate experience. This place also boasts a solid bar and a good food menu.
The Empty Bottle is a staff favorite here at the hostel. It’s a cozy little place that’s perfect for checking out new music/ up and coming bands. Their rich beer list sure doesn’t hurt, as well as their ability to make a very tasty open-faced pulled pork sandwich. Check this place out located on Western Ave. and Cortez.
Hands down, The Green Mill is heralded as Chicago’s best club for live jazz. Also packing a great array of Chicago’s historical content, it was a haven to live musicians since 1907. This beautiful joint is accessible off the Lawrence Red Line Stop, or a quick ride north on the #36 Broadway bus.
Here’s another tip for keeping it local. The historic Kingston Mines keeps it affordable and packs a mean punch with awesome live blues music night in and night out. Open till 4am and serving excellent chicken wings and buckets of domestic beers, its hard to resist this northside relic. In fact, we recommend you join us for our Monday Evening Blues Outing. Just meet us in our lobby at 8:45pm and here’s another perk- admission is free when you come with us.
*In need of directions/additional questions? Stop by our front desk & ask away.
Oh, but wait…there’s more…
Show-casing bands like The Tossers and The Cobraskulls, you may guess that this venue gives us a good live dosage of punk rock. You’d be right, The Beat Kitchen focuses mainly on the louder heavier side of rock, but you can also catch an occasional hip hop act as well, and most importantly, it’s usually pretty cheap. Check this place out at 2100 W. Belmont.
We love recommending The Subterranean because they probably have the most eclectic band/DJ sets. Also, if you like reggae music, they have Reggae Thursdays that feature live music as well as $3.50 pints of Red Stripe. Check this hip spot out located in Wicker Park.