Chicago is a beautiful city seating on the shores of Lake Michigan in Illinois. With its skyline pierced by tall skyscrapers such as the John Hancock Center and spectacular ground level architecture such as the mired bean sculpture at the Cloud Gate, Chicago has more to offer than meets the eye. Other such sites include the Willis Tower, a spectacular skyscraper boasting city vistas, the Navy Pier, an amazing destination with shops, food and rides, and the famous Millennium Park, a green space with a theater, art and ice rink. Take a look at our article on the top 10 most recommended jazz bars in Chicago, Illinois.
1. The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge
From the jazz jamming all the way till the early dawn to the authentic 40’s service, the down to earth crowd and the warm glowing aura, the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge has it all. Designed to provide comfort to all audiences, The Green Mill brings together a perfect blend of décor, artwork, and music all in one roof, capturing a broad jazz spectrum from its root rhythm.
The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge
Address: 4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
Website: The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge
Opening hours: 12pm - 5am (daily)
2. The Whistler
You don’t have to make a fuss trying to make a reservation at the Whistler, just pop in, choose a seat and immerse yourself in the relaxation and tranquility of this amazing restaurant. The Whistler is not only a bar but also a record label, gallery and hosts live music, bringing a mix of jazz, electronic, country, and soul music on one stage.
Address: 2421 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
Website: The Whistler
Opening hours: Mon - Thurs: 6pm - 2am; Fri: 5pm - 2am; Sat: 5pm - 3am; Sun: 5pm - 2am
3. Hungry Brain
If you feel you have starved your brain and ears from good jazz music and all you hunger for is just some sweet jazz music, then the Hungry Brain jazz bar is the place for you. Featuring a perfectly concocted classic cocktail menu, superb acoustics, an ecstatic crowd, and an intoxicating atmosphere, the Hungry Brain knows exactly how to please its guests.
Address: 2319 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
Website: Hungry Brain
Opening hours: Tues - Fri: 7pm - 2am; Sat: 7pm - 3am; Sun: 7pm - 12am (closed on Mon)
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4. Bandera Restaurant
Enjoy snapping your fingers and slowly tapping your feet while listening to good live jazz music as the bass guitarist and drummers work their magic and the saxophones and trumpets join in, at the Bandera restaurant. Perfectly nested just above the Michigan Avenue, the Bandera restaurant offers breathtaking views, a robust modern art collection mounted on the walls of the lavish dining room and the exhibition kitchen gives guests a clear view of the action that takes place in the kitchen.
Address: 535 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Website: Bandera Restaurant
Opening hours: 11:30am - 11pm (daily)
5. M Lounge
From the posh cozy seat, the polished wooden floor to the amazing vibrant atmosphere, the M Lounge is a sleek and easy-going, premier live music lounge that knows exactly what the guests need. The perfectly crafted array of fine spirits and martinis is always a delight. If you need something soft, then the non-alcoholic cocktails and tasty coffee drinks will put a smile on your face.
Address: 1520 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Website: M Lounge
Opening hours: Tues - Thu: 6pm - 12am; Fri: 5pm - 2am; Sat: 7pm - 3am (closed on Mon)
6. Jazz Showcase
Come and join your fellow jazz lovers in an exclusive venue, seating 170 guests. From the best Jazz acts, perfect drink menu and an amazing crowd, Jazz Showcase continues to bring joy to jazz lovers. Founded in 1947, Jazz Showcase is the oldest jazz club in Chicago and it is definitely where jazz continues to live on.
Address: 806 S Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Website: Jazz Showcase
Opening hours: 8pm - 2am (daily)
It might be a recently opened jazz bar, but the Constellation knows how to hold its own. Founded in April 2013, this jazz lounge’s main objective is to bring together contemporary classical jazz music in a modernly renovated Viaduct Theater. Music is not the only thing that Constellation has to offer, the full bar offers an exquisite collection of cocktails and spirits for guests to enjoy.
Address: 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
8. Winter's Jazz Club
Overlooking the Ogden Slip, Winter’s Jazz Club brings together an outstanding collection of Gypsy-Jazz, sing, trad-Jazz, New Orleans-style Jazz and straight-ahead jazz all in one roof. The bars offer an exquisite collection of perfectly curated cocktail specialties and beverage selections, and it seats a total of 25 guests. The lavish vibe, cozy seats and relaxed atmosphere makes Winter’s Jazz Club the place to be.
Winter's Jazz Club
Address: 465 N. McClurg Court (promenade), Chicago, IL 60611, United States
Website: Winter’s Jazz Club
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 5:30pm - 11:30pm; Sun: 4pm - 9:30pm (closed on Mon)
9. Andy’s Jazz Club & Restaurant
Located at the red brick building at 11 E. Hubbard, Andy’s Jazz club and restaurant offers comfort, good music and food to die for. Originally, Andy’s Jazz club offered jazz sessions every Friday at noon, but after the positive response, Jazz is now played five days a week, bringing together jazz lovers from all corners of the city to this wonderful jazz venue.
Andy’s Jazz Club & Restaurant
Address: 11 E Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Website: Andy’s Jazz Club & Restaurant
Opening hours: 4:30pm - 1am (daily)
Have a good time in Chicago
Sometimes all you need is some good music, a perfect atmosphere, good food, and the perfect company. With a list of the best of the best places to visit for some enthralling jazz, you are sure to always have a good time.
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