The Burlington (Venue, Logan Square)

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Ok, so Logan Square really doesn’t need any more nightlife attractions, but what the hell, I’ll take it. The Burlington’s been around for a bit, but has recently emerged as one of the better, newer music clubs in the city, with a focus on underground and experimental acts. The bar itself has been kicking around since 2007, but they’ve recently been hosting more shows. Its distance from a convenient train line or 24 hour bus route may make it seem like a pain to get to, but it’s often highly worth the effort.

Let’s start with the bar. You walk in and it’s darker than the street you came in off of. There’s sparse seating to your left and the bar to the right. Admittedly, the seating really isn’t the most comfortable. The benches are often compared to church pews and the stools seem inappropriate for the body proportions of a clientele that is necessarily over 21. But the cheap drinks and variety thereof make up for it. $4 IPAs and well drinks all day, and sometimes cheaper on special. Of course there are $2 PBRs, but that really doesn’t need to be mentioned in this neighborhood. Don’t be afraid to try one of the many micro- and craft-brewed drafts, bottles or cans they provide as well. If you’re there a night that a DJ is spinning, notice the “No Requests” lite-brite. Yeah, a bit pretentious, but keep in mind this is a place that lists Amstel, Miller, and Stella under the ‘water’ category. Besides, you want to be somewhere where you can trust the DJ anyway.

Now, moving to the backroom that qualifies as the venue. It looks like it could be any unfinished basement, and is equally as dark as the front room. Cover is generally $5 with two or three bands, many of which would be just as comfortable at the Beat Kitchen or Empty Bottle. Surprisingly, the sound is actually pretty good for a small room without much acoustic treatment, and in fact may be even better than my beloved Bottle (hearsay!). From what I’ve read, the Burlington has gone through a rotation of periods of hosting events, so it’s hard to say how long they’ll keep these going for. As long as they keep booking solid locals, I’m sure they’ll maintain a following within and out of West Logan Square.

The Essentials:
Location: 3425 W Fullerton
Phone: 773.384.3243
Website: http://www.theburlingtonbar.com/

Andrew Hertzberg

About Andrew Hertzberg

If identity is an illusion, I’m a magician in training. And although Emerson was right in pointing out that “with consistency, a great soul has simply nothing to do” the one constant I don’t mind in my life is Chicago. Yes, even the boredom of her suburbs couldn’t suppress the glow of the city, my attraction as a moth to flame. The future is unwritten, the characters are ever-expanding, and the plot is a perpetual foray through rising actions, conflicts and falling actions; the setting, however, remains the same.

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