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

Location: 940 W. Weed Street
Phone: 312.337.3486

It may not appear so from the street, but Joe’s is a 20,000 square foot building separated into different rooms, each offering a different vibe from the next. Those who would like a more intimate setting would enjoy the rooms apart from the main area of the bar. People who want to be part of the action would enjoy the main floor/stage where the walls are covered with flat screens and the floor offers two full-service bars — so you never have to wait long to order a drink. Anyone who feels like they want to experience something in between would enjoy the Red Room, a private area that features an eagle’s eye view of the main stage. Of course, if you don’t feel like being inside, Joe’s offers a spacious outdoor patio and beer garden.

Don’t forget this venue is also a restaurant offering various pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Joe’s is sports heaven, and its the place to go Monday nights during football season. Some of my favorite nights out often entail going out for some good grub before heading out to the bar. Joe’s makes it easy to do all of this under one roof.

The deals at Joe’s are great during the week. Customers can take advantage of $1 Thursdays — the choice of any well drink or longneck bottle for a buck. Tuesday deals boast quarter beers, $2 pitchers, half-price pizza from 5PM-9PM and DJ Gusto — the lights dim and the bar turns into a club similar to one you would typically have to travel downtown to find.

My first experience at Joe’s came last winter when my friends and I enjoyed a Bulls game over $2 pitchers and half-priced pizzas. As Joe’s takes reservations for big sporting events, this place is popular for playoff games. Joe’s far surpassed any expectations I had for another bar with a DJ and a dance floor. Usually, by 8:30 or 9pm, there’s a line well out the door and down the block to get in, and the dance floor is packed with people having a great time.

Yes, Joe’s offers a great environment in sports, deals and space, but what really sets this place apart is live music. Every weekend the bar features live entertainment which usually consists of local musicians and sometimes even comedians. However, Joe’s has also hosted nationally recognized music acts such as OAR, Run DMC, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Michelle Branch and the Rascal Flatts. For a calendar of events or more details, visit


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Pat Howard

About Pat Howard

Patrick grew up in Jefferson and Norwood Park on Chicago's northwest side. He spent most of his childhood playing sports, but when he wasn't holding a bat or shooting free throws he found he needed a creative outlet for his thoughts. He found he had a love of storytelling and how it brings people together. This is when he started writing creatively and talking to people... a lot. He attended college at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota where he graduated with a degree in journalism and English. He soon returned to Chicago where he is currently working at a career as a journalist.

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