Because of its central location, Chicago is a destination for live performances by popular musicians. From free summer concerts on the great lawns of Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Millennium Park to live events at classic theaters and cozy clubhouses, there are several places to hear live music in Chicago. Irrespective of your kind of music – blues, rock, hip-hop, electronic, jazz – there are places in Chicago to watch live concerts by the finest artists of your favorite genre’s. Here’s is a short list of Chicago’s best live music venues.
Located just a stone throw from the Lounge Ax club, Lincoln Hall which was opened in 2009 is one of the Chicago’s most popular live music venues. With sleek modern design, most buzz artists and bands often perform at the Lincoln Hall during visits to Chicago. Famous acts like Alex Cameron, Mumford & Sons, M83 and Beth Ditto have performed in this great sounding room.
Location: 2424 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Phone: +1 773 525 2501
A cornerstone of Chicago’s premier indie-rock venue, Empty Bottle hosts top bands and rising stars from home and abroad with free shows on Monday nights. Artists including Strokes, Modest Mouse, and Animal Collective have graced the stage. Chicago’s storied musical history is illustrated on the walls of the venue and the club’s old photo booth.
Location: 1035 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Phone: +1 773 276 3600
Tucked-away in the industrial end of the city, The Hideout is an intimate live music venue in Chicago that brings together both popular and new indie artists for concerts, comedy sets, variety shows and more. Stars like Neko Case, White Stripes, and Wilco have performed here, with Mavis Staples recording a live album at this venue. The cheap beer, master DJs, and live music are worth the stress of getting to the venue.
Location: 1354 West Wabansia Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Phone: +1 773 227 4433
Buddy Guy’s Legends
Established by Buddy Guy in 1989, this blues venue features 16-night residency performances by Buddy Guy and fellow legends every January. Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, David Bowie and other great artists have performed here in recent years. Also available are artist memorabilia such as Grammys and guitars.
Location: 700 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Phone: +1 312 427 1190
This is Chicago’s landmark music venue that hosts concerts by renowned musical acts. Designed as an opera house in 1892, Thalia hall features live performances of various music genres from psych-rock bands to Blues and hip-hop. Lake Street Dive, Ethan Gruska, Brett Dennen and others have performed here.
Location: 1807 South Allport Street, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
With over 3,500 seating capacity, this gloriously refurbished event center is a great place to see various shows and music concerts in Chicago. The Chicago Theater has played host to The Monkees, David Byrne, Avett Brothers, Nicki Minaj and Fleet Foxes among others.
Location: 175 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Phone: +1 312-462-6300