Music Venue Reviews

Music venue reviews in Chicago.

The Burlington (Venue, Logan Square)

The Burlington is quickly emerging as one of Logan Square’s premiere music venues. Even if it’s only a small basement.

The Harris Theater at Millennium Park

The Harris Theater at Millennium Park

Situated directly behind the Pritzker Pavilion, the Harris theater is one of the gems in the Millennium Park crown and, as of 2003, one of the great venues in Chicago for viewing dance and music events.

The California Clipper (Bar & Music Venue, Humboldt Park)

Looking for a bar slightly off the beaten path that has great music, excellent cocktails and lots of red lights? Welcome to The California Clipper.

Joe’s Bar On Weed Street (Bar/Concert Venue, Lincoln Park)

Joe’s on Weed offers a great place to watch sports and drink cheap beer.

Hungry Brain (Bar & Music Venue, Roscoe Village)

Hungry Brain (Bar & Music Venue, Roscoe Village)

A great bar to catch a drink at when your feet hurt; Hungry Brain is Roscoe Village’s comfiest bar.

Reggie’s Music Joint & Rock Club (Music Venue, South Loop)

Reggie’s has earned its fame as the mid-sized venue go-to for touring punk and metal acts to stop by, but don’t be surprised to find more and more hip-hop, acoustic and even stand-up comedy acts.

The Hideout

Itching for a new spot to check out some cool local bands? Check out our review of the Hideout, an underground bar & music venue.

Subterranean (Bar & Music Venue, Wicker Park)

Subterranean (Bar & Music Venue, Wicker Park)

A solid venue for live music, Subterranean has become a Wicker Park staple.

The Metro (Music Venue, Wrigleyville)

The Metro (Music Venue, Wrigleyville)

Whatever your reason for loving this local music venue, the Metro is a great place to get introduced to Chicago’s music scene.

The Riviera Theatre (Music Venue, Uptown)

The Riviera Theatre (Music Venue, Uptown)

Owned by Jam Productions, which also owns and operates the Chicago venues of Park West and The Vic, the Riviera Theatre, colloquially referred to as “The Riv,” is the center of Uptown’s theatre district.

Lincoln Hall (Bar & Music Venue, Lincoln Park)

Without anthropomorphizing music venues or speculating on a given building’s feelings, Schubas’ little sister Lincoln Hall has quickly become the premier music venue in all of Chicago.

Schubas (Bar & Music Venue, Lakeview)

Whether it’s the nightly music, classic food menu, or the seemingly perpetual positive demeanor of the Lakeview crowd, you’ll never second guess your night should have been spent somewhere else.

The Empty Bottle (Bar & Music Venue, Ukrainian Village)

If you’re looking to catch a rock show in Chicago you’d be hard-pressed to find a better venue than The Empty Bottle. The music venue hosts excellent live music seven nights week, usually with a very affordable cover.

Elbo Room (Music Venue, Bar, Lakeview)

Known for supporting local artists, the Elbo Room is a great place to catch live music seven nights a week.