Aragon BallroomThe famous and historic Aragon Ballroom is a Chicago institution. It was designed to replicate a Spanish palace courtyard, complete with crystal chandeliers, mosaic tiles, terra-cotta ceilings, balconies and beautiful arches.
Built in 1926, the Aragon quickly became Chicago's premiere place for live entertainment, hosting the like of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. Its unique architecture, design and ambiance continue to make it the ideal setting for concerts, dances, and world class boxing.
Beat KitchenThe Kitchen has been entertaining those in the know with a variety of live music, food, and beer since 1994. Today, some herald the it as one of the best live music venues in the city, rivaling the more popular Empty Bottle, nearby Elbo Room, and the Double Door.
Imagine yourself in an Edward Hopper painting, lounging in the yellow light, dangling a glass of red wine or a martini at your fingertips over a shiny diner tabletop. Take away the layer of sadness and eerie mystery that the images conjure, replace it with an air of theatricality and you have The Black Orchid Supper Club.
* There is no regular calendar, so call the club for information about upcoming events.
Bottom LoungeTucked away on a quiet block in Chicago's meat-packing district, this Rock Bar is a far cry from its subtle surroundings. The music room, for one, brings in some serious noise with its full (and constant) line-up of indie bands. The space is so focused on its bands that even music jargon plays into the restaurant's menu. Instead of appetizers, be prepared to order from a list of "sound check" items including roadie's nachos, completely vegetarian unless you choose to add beef or chicken for an extra $3.
Carol's PubThe Pub has been in the neighborhood for over 30 years. It has served as a gathering place for displaced Southerners and those who love country music. Every Thursday night is karaoke night. Join in on the fun starting at 9:00 pm.
Delilah'sBesides having one of the city's best jukeboxes (Hank Williams, Sex Pistols, James Brown and local indie rock), Delilah's features DJs from Chicago's music subcultures spinning selections from their personal collections, five days a week. Local musicians spin on a semi-regular basis. Count on hearing punk rock, country, metal and Brit pop on various nights.
Double DoorOver the past nine years Double Door has been host to many diverse and incredible musical acts including local favorites The (Smashing Pumpkins), as well as hundreds of young emerging artists working their way through the live music scene.
Elbo RoomElbo Room offers one of the city's better venues to see live music and consistently books bands that don't disappoint. The interior isn't much. The upstairs is a typical neighborhood bar, but downstairs, which feels like someone's basement party, is where the magic happens.
Finn McCool'sFinn McCool's serves up Irish eats in such abundance that it has become the pub's hallmark. Expect the necessary Irish trappings (dark wood, Irish artifacts and Guinness) tempered with a little something for our homeland's sports obsession. View the game of your choice on one of 14 large screen TVs, paired with individual table top speakers that make it simple to tune in.
First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
Gigantic amphitheater for outdoor concerts and events in Tinley Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Venue features both pavilion seating as well as lawn seating. Large parking areas surrounding the entire theater including handicap spots. Tickets for events at the Theatre are available through ticket-master, and the box office.
GoodbarGoodbar is a revamped nightclub that is popular with an upscale clientèle. The decor is funky and includes impressionistic-style murals on the walls, velvet couches scattered throughout and a new and remodeled outdoor aqua lounge. DJs spin local favorites and other music Wednesday through Saturday.
House of Blues Chicago
Known around the globe as "the place for blues" in a town that made blues famous, this well-known venue showcases all kinds of musicians: rising stars, superstars and legends. Located on the banks of the Chicago River, the House of Blues rocks out all night long putting on some of the most memorable and enduring shows in Chicagoland. Eclectic artwork covers the walls and, combined with the music, you get a tremendous sense that you have entered a one-of-a-kind place.
Martyr'sThe brick-walled and contemporary interiors of this bar may be nothing special, but the nights here are live and kicking. What sets this bar apart is the fact that it has been a concert venue for thousands of acts, such as John Hammond and Los Lobos, covering varied genres of music.
MetroMetro's mission is to bring a cross-platform of the best local, regional and national emerging artists to Chicago. Since, 1982, Metro has accomplished this goal repeatedly and established itself as one of the country's premier, cutting edge new music venues.
Park WestOne of Chicago's best equipped multimedia facilities, this historic theatre has been an integral part of the entertainment scene since it opened in the 1920's. Years later the building became the Town Theater, a neighborhood movie house, until 1977 when it was transformed into into Park West.
Plan B Bar + Kitchen
Plan B Bar + KitchenLooking for a chic cocktail bar with a laidback attitude but sick of your standby spot? Try Plan B--literally. Textured wallpaper, black denim banquettes and distressed leather furniture come together in a minimalist interior where you can kick back with a beer and listen to DJs spin a range of rock, old-school hip hop and more.
Schubas TavernThis tavern is housed in one of the former Schlitz bars, but the Schlitz is gone. Instead, you will find a good collection of beer and a wonderfully eclectic variety of live music on a stage in an adjoining room. You can drink at the bar for no extra charge, but to hear the music, you have to pay a cover fee.
Both parts of the tavern tend to host a mix of locals from the Lakeview neighborhood and others from throughout the city who have come to check out the nightly jazz, rock or folk act. If you get hungry, you can sneak away to the adjoining Harmony Grill to sample their eclectic menu.
Smart BarBeginning in 1982 as a way to bring new and exciting dance music and DJs to Chicago. Since then, Smart Bar has accomplished this goal repeatedly and established itself as one of the country's premier cutting edge nightclubs. At the cusp of a quarter century of bringing new music to Chicago.
The Empty Bottle
The Empty BottleThis is arguably one of the best medium-sized performance spaces in the city. The decor is collegiate and the drink prices are fair, with the low end near $2.00. There are pool tables and pinball machines in the front room, alongside thrift store couches. The main area is large with a dance floor. Here live music every night and any of the local celebrity bands can be seen, alongside international acts on their way through town.