Live Music Venues Worth Catching


The Bassment

Douglas Pickett, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

This River North cocktail lounge screams 1960s British invasion and offers live music every night. Dance the night away or hang by the cushy couches and enjoy aptly-named cocktails like the Bowie or the Miles Davis.

Andy’s Jazz Club

Joyce Fong, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Seven nights a week, experience live jazz from Andy’s Jazz Club’s robust lineup of musicians in an intimate, loungey setting. Sip on signature cocktails like the Andy’s Jazzerac or the Summertime Blues.

Kingston Mines

Rebecca Starodub, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

For 60 years, Kingston Mines has been a Chicago staple, and you can experience authentic Chicago blues every night until 4am. Make sure to order their famous gin and tonic made with housemade tonic or one of the specialty shots like the Sizzlin’ Chicago Summer.

Empty Bottle

Marcus Hollis, Omni Hotel

This indie music venue and bar in Ukranian Village hosts a variety of bands from punk to metal to hip hop and more every night. With a full bar and a fun, friendly vibe, Empty Bottle is a go-to for many who are looking for a great time in a casual environment.


Ramon Gomez, The Gwen

Head to HVAC Pub for an unforgettable party. Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, HVAC Pub is a hotspot for live music you’ll love, plus a full menu and dozens of locally brewed beer. Cocktail lovers will enjoy the Cubbie Blue Lemonade and the Sweet Tea O’ Mine.

Testimony of Flor Sigaran, Concierge, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

“For live music venues, I really like the Concord Music Hall in Logan Square. They have unique, up and coming, and global artists in an intimate standing room stage (booths in the back). The graffiti art walls and multiple bars keep you entertained for the whole night.”

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