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The Green Mill - 4802 N. Broadway, Chicago 773-878-5552
The most famous bar in Uptown if not all of Chicago, the Green Mill is one of famous gangster Al Capone's (check out his photo on the baby grand behind the bar) former speakeasies form the Prohibition-era roaring 20's (they still serve a mean Manhattan and martini). It has also been a hangout of Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson. The oldest jazz club in the US, under Dave Jemilo's care, it remains one of the city's liveliest jazz venues. Once across the threshold, you step into another era. The atmosphere makes you want to kick back with a few martinis and hear some cool jazz -- both of which are superb here. Cover varies (usually $5+). If you arrive early for music, you can snag a cozy velvet booth, or grab a stool at the long bar.
The Note - 1565 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-489-0011
THE NOTE is located in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood in the Flatiron Building, just south of the Milwaukee/Damen/North intersection. Bar hours are from 8PM until 4AM nightly, 5AM on Saturday nights. The Note features live music every Friday and Saturday, some DJ's on weeknights, as well as niche-market acts on a semi-regular basis, and special holiday celebrations on St. Patrick's Day, Mardi Gras, etc.
Reservation Blues - 1566 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-645-5200
Reservation Blues restaurant and music club is open Wed-Sun 7pm-2am - Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater is a versatile, flamboyant Chicago blues man who can perform good-natured party music and original, deep, melancholy blues with equal finesse. "It's country and blues and rock 'n' roll combined...high energy music," Clearwater says of his trademark sound. "Eddy 'The Chief' Clearwater plays the blues in all its variation without losing sight of its original function as party music. Clearwater got it right, and he continues to power his music with contagious enthusiasm..." (Charles Young/Playboy)
Green Dolphin Street - 2200 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago 773-395-0066
GREEN DOLPHIN STREET: WHERE THE MOOD IS HIP AND SOPHISTICATED, THE MUSIC SEDUCTIVE, THE FOOD INVENTIVE AND IRRESISTABLE
Frankie's Blue Room - 16 W. Chicago Ave., Naperville 630-416-4898
Located in the Riverwalk area of Downtown Naperville, Frankie's Blue Room is the Suburbs premier live music venue. From the moment you walk up the steps you are treated to a decor reminesent of a 1940's night club. Since 1995 Frankie's has been host to many national touring acts including Poi Dog Pondering, Royal Crown Revue and the Mighty Blue Kings. As well as Chicago's finest blues bands like Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, and 'Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials. Frankie's boasts an ectlectic lineup of live music that includes blues, jump, rock, cajun, salsa and rockabilly. If you are hungry try one of Frankie's Pasta salads, 1/2lb. burgers or a bowl of chili. We even have fresh soups homemade daily. Indulge yourself with one of our famous Martinis! Frankie's Blue Room can also play host to your party or gathering.
Pete Miller's Steakhouse - 1557 Sherman Ave., Evanston 847-328-0399
Pete Miller's Steakhouse, all of the Pete Miller's Jazz shows are free. To make reservations for dinner at any show at Pete Miller's, call 847-328-0399. There is a cover charge for the Nevin's Live shows. Advance tickets can be purchsed for these shows.
Buddy Guy's Legends - 754 S. Wabash, Chicago 312-427-0333
Buddy Guy's Legends, another great performance on Thursday night! Great set list from Hoochie, Coochie Man to Ride Sally Ride to Strange Brew it was an awesome display of selection. Frank was smokin as usual on guitar, and I will say hi to Roscoe for you Frank. The whole band performed like a band that knows how to put on a rockin good show.Buddy you were your wonderful self playing all thru out the club and yes even outside!It was a pleasure to talk to you and I appreciate the signing of the picture. Take care and see you on the 20th!
Jazz Showcase - 806 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago 312-360-0234
We take sound seriously at the Jazz Showcase. Two of our supporters, Audio Systems Group, Inc. and Shure, Inc. have helped us put together a very nice acoustic environment where much of the music requires no amplification, and a sound system that provides just enough reinforcement so that quieter instruments balance with the rest of the band. The result is an intimate musical experience no matter where you sit, but isn't too loud anywhere. The system includes top quality loudspeakers from Renkus Heinz, with electronics from Shure, Mackie, and Aphex. Many of our patrons don't realize it's amplified. You won't need earplugs at the Jazz Showcase! We try to create a relaxed environment for jazz listeners. No one will try to push drinks on you, and we strongly encourage our patrons to do their talking only between sets. For information, call 312-360-0234. (During the day, it's a machine that provides updated information on artists and show times, but we answer it after 8 pm.) The Jazz Showcase is in the heart of Chicago just north of Chicago's Loop, four blocks west of Michigan Avenue, five blocks north of the Chicago River, and within walking distance of most downtown hotels.
The Black Orchid - 230 W. North Ave., Chicago 312-944-6200
The Black Orchid Showroom and Lounge recreates the glamour and sophistication of the celebrated nightclubs of the 1940s and '50s
The New Pipers Alley (North Ave. and Wells)
Kingston Mines - 2548 North Halsted, Chicago 773-477-4646
The Mines was first established on Lincoln Avenue in 1968 where it first began as a coffee house, but was soon converted into Chicago's Blues Center playing traditional Chicago Blues. Although Chicago Blues has its original roots in the Southern Delta tradition, Blues music in Chicago changed to reflect its bustling electric urban surroundings. Chicago Blues celebrates life in the city where people live hard, work hard and play hard. Kingston Mines was the first club to bring Blues music to the north side of Chicago. Its pioneering efforts introduced Lincoln Park and surrounding areas to the Blues culture in a place where Chicagoans and tourists alike could socialize and listen to the best in Chicago style Blues.
Chicago Jazz Ensemble - 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago 312-344-6245
Founded in 1965 as a professional jazz orchestra under the sponsorship of ,Columbia College Chicago, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble played for three years, including a full-length concert at Ravinia, an opera production at St. James Cathedral, and a Sacred Concert under Duke Ellington's supervision, before it disbanded in 1968. The Ensemble later had an underground existence, playing without a name at Columbia College graduations, until it re-entered public visibility in 1991 at the Chicago Jazz Festival. Early highlights included a 1993 collaborative production with the Joseph Holmes dance company in the Civic Opera House; and in music-with-dance productions at Columbia College's Getz Theater and New York City's Pace Downtown Theater; and a joint concert that summer with Chicago's Grant Park Symphony. In 1994 the CJE began playing scheduled seasons of concerts and workshops, and launched the Chicago Youth Jazz Ensemble.
Braxton Seafood Grill - 3 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 630-574-2155
The Braxton Seafood Grill offers banquet facilities accomodating 10 to 110 guests. Our banquet facilities are perfect for cocktail receptions, luncheons, dinners, business meetings or seminars. Our Banquet Manager, Mary Thiel, will gladly help you select a room or area that will best fit your specific needs.
Pops for Champagne - 601 N. State Street at Ohio, Chicago 312-266-7677
Opened in 1982, Pops for Champagne is the nation's most acclaimed champagne bar and Chicago's most elegant live Jazz venue. Along with a world-class selection of over 120 champagnes, Pops for Champagne also offers permium wines, spirits, beers, appetizers and desserts. With fireplaces and a beautiful outdoor garden area, this landmark Chicago night-club is perfect for year-round personal and business entertaining. Pops for Champagne is where Chicago celebrates! We provide "Sparkling Accommodations" for your special event!
The Velvet Lounge - 67 E. Cermak Road, Chicago 312-791-9050
The Velvet Lounge is the only place in the world where you can hear the Chicago sound five days a week. The Sunday night jam sessions have been an effective way to promote younger members of the jazz community. Fred Anderson opened the Velvet Lounge in 1982 after his club The Birdhouse, on the near north side, closed due to city zoning ordinances. "I got fascinated over this music, and I just wanted to make a contribution. It ain't nothing but folk music, like Hungarian folk music. It is all the same thing. That's why I think Bartok is so good. He was playing and writing Hungarian folk music."
Fred Anderson / The Velvet Lounge / Chicago.
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