Elbo Room (Music Venue, Bar, Lakeview)

Location: 2871 N. Lincoln
Phone: (773) 549-5549
Website: http://elboroomchicago.com

In typical small music venue fashion, the Elbo Room isn’t much to look at from the outside. Located on the corner of Lincoln and George, Elbo Room has live music seven nights a week, with two stages, one on the main floor and one downstairs. The stage upstairs is small and not always used, but the one downstairs isn’t exactly huge either. The small venue allows shows to have an intimate feel, which you want when you’re going to see a local band anyway. It’s got all you could want out of a divey music venue, with lots of black lightening and a no-frills decor. They have a full bar downstairs and bartenders are usually friendly, though not chatty. Not a ton on tap, and slightly overpriced for Lakeview, but anything to keep a good music venue going. You can always get can of Old Style or PBR for $2. The vibe is a great atmosphere where you can tell everyone is there to appreciate good music.

There’s an old school Pac-man machine when you come in the front door — just awesome. The place is known for supporting local artists, and that’s really all that matters to me. Every show has a cover, most between $5-10. The band I went to see said the staff and management was friendly, but they weren’t offered any drink specials after playing, which is rare. All in all, I’d go back again to see quality music on a week night.

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Tessa McLean

About Tessa McLean

There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

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