Chi jazz

Kathy and I never fail to take in some jazz when we come to Chicago. Usually, it’s at the venerable Jazz Showcase in the South Loop or the much older Green Mill in Uptown, way north, sometimes Andy’s in the Near North. Tonight it was Jazz Showcase to experience the irrepressible trumpeter Victor Garcia in a quartet that featured a tiny girl singer from Barcelona with an unpronounceable name. The fun the group was having percolated to the audience and a good time was had by all.

I don’t think Kathy and I have ever had a bad time at a Chicago jazz club so we always come back for more.

Last year, realizing these Chicago trips were going to become a regular thing, I set out to see if we were covering all our bases on the jazz front. Don’t want to get into a rut. I sought out all the jazz clubs I could find and compiled a list. Seems there’s a few more. Some don’t do jazz all the time. A lot have been shut down, at least partially, by COVID, and are only beginning to emerge. Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, and Andy’s have been up and running for at least a month. But here’s the list:

Jazz Clubs in Chicago 3/10/20 (43)

Loop and near south

Jazz Showcase

806 S. Plymouth

60605

312-360-0234

http://www.jazzshowcase.com/

Buddy Guy’s Legends

700 S. Wabash Ave

60605

312-427-1190

https://buddyguy.com/index.cfm

(blues)

Tortoise Supper Club

350 N. State

60654

312-755-1700

https://www.tortoisesupperclub.com/

M Lounge

1520 S. Wabash

312-447-0201

60605

https://www.mloungechicago.com/

The Bassment

353 W Hubbard St

60654

(312) 386-5778

https://www.thebassmentchicago.com/

Roof on the Wit

201 N. State St -27th floor

60611

312-239-9502

roof top bar

loop

Bottom Lounge

1375 W Lake St

b/t Loomis St & Ada St

60607

312-666-6775

Near West Side, West Loop

Jazzin’ at the Shedd

1200 S Lake Shore Dr

b/t Field Plaza Dr & Columbus Dr

Shedd Aquarium

60605

312-939-2438

https://www.sheddaquarium.org/programs-and-events/jazzin-at-the-shedd

every Wednesday night in the summer

Near North

Bandera Restaurant
535 N Michigan Ave

60611

(312) 644-3524

https://www.banderarestaurants.com/

Andy’s Jazz Club

11 E.Hubbard

60611

312-642-6805

http://andysjazzclub.com/

Doc B’s Restaurant + Bar

100 E. Walton Street

60611

312-626-1300

Doc B’s Restaurant + Bar

55 E. Grand

60611

312-999-9300

https://www.docbsrestaurant.com/

The Signature Room at the 95th

875 N. Michigan Avenue

60611

312-787-9596

https://www.signatureroom.com/room/

top of the Hancock: high in the sky and what a view

Pops for Champagne

601 N. State

312-266-7677

www.popsforchampagne.com

(wine bar)

Winter’s Jazz Club

465 N. McClurg Court

60611-5144

https://www.wintersjazzclub.com/

Fremont

15 W Illinois St

60654

312-874-7270

Untitled Supper Club

111 W Kinzie St

 60654

312-880-1511

River North, Near North Side

Blue Chicago

536 N. Clark Street

60654

312-661-0100

http://www.bluechicago.com/

River North

The Back Room

http://www.backroomchicago.com/?fbclid=IwAR1n0IcDcOlgLoX2pSmJu7ndAd3NGms6XEehs2DFT1tgJN2uZsP-foP5I5Q

Long time high priced Rush Street tourist trap (which still featured good acts) is moving to River North.  No address yet.

Howl at the Moon Chicago

26 W Hubbard St

60654

312-863-7427

Near North Side

Lincoln Park

Elbo Room

2871 N Lincoln Ave

60657-4201

(773) 549-5549

https://elboroomlive.com/

Lincoln Hall

2424 N. Lincoln Avenue

60614

773-525-2501

Lincoln Park

way North

Green Mill

4802 N. Broadway

60640

773-878-5552

http://greenmilljazz.com/

come early and score a seat in Al Capone’s old booth

Schubas Tavern

3159 N. Southport Ave

60657

773-525-2508

https://www.schubastavern.com/

Le Piano

6970 N Glenwood Ave

60626

(773) 656-0456

https://www.lepianochicago.com/

Rogers Park

Serbian Village Restaurant

3144 W Irving Park Rd

b/t Troy St & Kedzie Ave

60618

773-478-2900

https://serbian-village-restaurant.business.site/

Irving Park

(not sure if it is still open)

Northwest

The Owl

2521 N. Milwaukee

60647

773-253-5300

http://owlbarchicago.com/

The Whistler

221 N. Milwaukee Avenue

60647

773-227-3530

The Hideout

1354 Wabansia Ave

60642

773-227-4433

(great little dive.  Been there many times to see Robbie Fulks)

Innjoy

2051 W. Division

773-394-2066

https://www.innjoywickerpark.com/

2200 N. Milwaukee

https://www.innjoylogansquare.com/

Hungry Brain

2319 W. Belmont Ave

773-687-8230

http://www.hungrybrainchicago.com/

The Kinetic Playground

1113 W Lawrence Ave

60640

773-769-5483

https://www.facebook.com/thekineticplayground

Elastic Arts

3429 W Diversey
#208
60647

http://elasticarts.org/

Logan Square

California Clipper

1002 N California Ave
60622

773-384-2547

http://californiaclipper.com/

Humboldt Park

Constellation

3111 N. Western

60618

312-555-5555

https://www.constellation-chicago.com/

Roscoe Village

Davenport’s

1383 N Milwaukee Ave

773-278-1830

http://davenportspianobar.com/

Wicker Park

Rosa’s Lounge

3420 W. Armitage

773-342-0452

https://rosaslounge.com/

Logan Square

far west

FitzGerald’s

6615 W Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn

708-788-2118

http://www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/

Oak Park

Occasional big bands

Chicago by Night

5600 W Belmont Ave

b/t Central Ave & Parkside Ave

60634

773-794-0300

https://www.chicagobynight.net/

Empty Bottle

1035 N. Western Ave. (1050N, 2400W)
60622
773-276-3600

https://www.emptybottle.com/

Dive bar in a dark part of town with mainly alt acts.  20s crowd.  Occasional jazz.  Cheap beer, they say.

Ukranian Village

south

(Jimmy’s) Woodlawn Tap

1172 E. 55th

773-643-5516

(Sunday nights)

Famous Hyde Park hangout, moved from its original location

Hyde Park Jazz Society

at The Promontory

5311 S Lake Park Ave

60615

312-801-2100 (Promontory)

http://hydeparkjazzsociety.com/

https://www.promontorychicago.com/

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

University of Chicago

915 E 60th St

773-702-2787

https://arts.uchicago.edu/explore/reva-and-david-logan-center-arts

Woodlawn

The Quarry Event Center

2423 E 75th St

b/t Phillips Ave & Yates Blvd

60649

312-259-1143

https://www.thequarrychi.com/

South Shore

(don’t write off South Shore.  Looks pretty c

Published by rike52

I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned.

5 thoughts on “Chi jazz

  1. Wish my parents were still with us. They both grew up in Chi Town and dad loved jazz.

    Some of these names of clubs are familiar, but don’t remember if my folks ever went to any of these clubs.

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  2. Jazz Showcase in the South Loop and Green Mill in Uptown are the main ones. Your dad might have gone to some that are no longer around, maybe where you had to whisper a password through the slot on the door to get in. Those were the best, I’ll bet.

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  3. What a list! How do you ever decide? Sounds like a great time, & I know you’re enjoying it all.Mrs.Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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