5 Best Places for Live Music in Chicago

With so many options for great music in Chicago, it can be a hard choice to make. Another reason it could be a tough choice is because most, if not all, are all packed every day of the week. With most cities being happy with just a couple of hopping music clubs, Chicago can seem spoiled. To give you an idea of some of the great clubs to visit for some great music, take a look at our five best we have listed here.

1. Metro
The Metro offers some of the best live band venues in Chicago. Located near Wrigley Field, There have been a numerous amount of legends that have made an appearance including James Brown and Bob Dylan. The Metro also played host to the Smashing Pumpkins in 1988, where their first concert took place. Not too shabby for a club when you add the fact that in 1982, the band REM made an awesome performance.

2. Double Door
The Double Door is a great place if you love great sounding music. Whether it’s the layout of the room or the sound system, the music’s sound is one of the best. The sound is so good that even the worst bands will sound like top performers.

But like all clubs, Double Door has some issues. Pillars obstruct the view in some places, and the location of the soundboard is oddly placed in the center of the club. So if you want a great view, your spot will have to be picked carefully. That’s not saying there is a bad spot. If you are unsure how to get there, you can choose between three buses that’ll drop you off right at their door step.

3. The Empty Bottle
In the Ukranian Village you’ll find the Empty Bottle. It is a very comfortable and cost-effective club where underground music comes to the surface. The Empty Bottle allows free cover for those that RSVP via their social media page. With a varied sound, you can listen to any and all music genre’s during their free live show held every Monday. The clubs crowd size is not too big and when the venues capacity is at 400, you still have plenty of elbow room. Although they have an endorsement from Rolling Stone, they continue to be a great spot to be at.

4. Buddy Guy’s Legends
Back in 1989, Buddy Guy opened his Buddy Guy’s Legends blues club. This popular blues club holds a residency for 16 nights straight. Buddy Guy’s Legends have hosted some of the best blues players to ever grace us with music. These included Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King and Lou Rawls. Because of these true legends playing here, you’ll have no problem checking out the many pieces of memorabilia. Some of which are Grammys.

5. Schubas
The Schubas club is considered upscale as compared to the other clubs listed here. Mike and Chris Schuba opened Schubas in 1989 where they host new talent daily. This new talent includes both mainstream and indie bands. Schubas is also well known for booking the Dave Matthews Band’s very first show. But make sure to catch them there first, that way you won’t have to visit Lincoln Hall which is Schubas sister club.

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