Jazz Clubs & Bars in Chicago

THE 10 BEST Chicago Jazz Clubs & Bars

Jazz Clubs & Bars in Chicago

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  • Eric B
    76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb moment. Christian Sands at his best. Loved it.
    Rythm
    Atmosphere
    Nice Cabernet
    We had the chance to be on the first line with my wife and we adored the show.
    Written May 9, 2024
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  • Jason S
    Reedsburg, WI687 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an amazing experience with both the food, the staff, and the music. The place was full and there was a lot of great energy all night.
    Written March 27, 2024
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  • Bobbie W
    Warwick, RI1,696 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our son took us to this dinner show as a treat for coming to Chicago to visit. What a treat. The show continues throughout the evening except when salad and entree are served. Food was just ok, but it’s really all about the show. Great music, great entertainment and great service.
    Written May 18, 2024
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  • Sara S
    Chicago, IL10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you're looking for live jazz music, this is the place to be. It's never crowded even when it's full, the acoustics are great they have wonderful cocktails and it's not expensive. We've been going often since they opened. We have never been disappointed.

    Written May 27, 2023
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  • Neven
    Ingolstadt, Germany67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tavern/club has superb historic ambient and at that particular night band and music were amazing. I need to admit, that only after I visited the place I found out how actually popular it is and that it's oldest jazz club in the USA.
    Only downside is that part of staff was pretty arrogant.
    Written February 23, 2023
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  • Jeff S
    Calgary, Canada70 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a cool place! Accessible down an alley; down some stairs; and into a small room - what else would you expect from a good jazz bar in Chicago? Well, actually, our concierge referred to it as a jazz bar (and maybe normally it is), but last night it was 10% jazz, the remainder Motown, a bit of CCR, a bit of disco, a bit of Doobies; all well performed by a great 8 piece band (Euphony), but all well done and great fun. Maybe 20 patrons at the most at any one time. Lots of dancing on the "dance floor" (actually the corridor connecting this club to the speakeasy next door…). Closed at 1 am. Would definitely return.
    Written November 21, 2014
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  • Mollie R
    50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dive - good music- just so Chicago bouncer extremely nice didn't charge me drinks were ok but go for the bands- arts & for the love of music
    Written December 13, 2014
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  • gefilte63
    Beachwood, OH706 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My stepdaughter brought my wife and me here on a Saturday night. None of has had ever been here before, but she had heard about it, made some calls and got us on the guest list.
    $10 cover (cheap!). Definite speakeasy vibe with the dark stairway down, through a hidden wall, and then behind a red velvet curtain. The place is pretty big, but by 8:30 it was hopping and starting to fill up. Fun and creative drinks--a little pricey but to be expected.
    The band was OUTSTANDING. We thought we'd stick around for 30-45 minutes, have a drink, and leave...but we danced for hours. The music was great. Everyone was having a great time and singing along to many of the songs (rap to Rolling Stones to Madonna to Beatles).
    I am 60 and up for unusual experiences and this one was just an amazing all around. I'd definitely come back.
    Written March 2, 2024
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  • stc5074
    Chicago, Illinois5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Romantic venue (in the design sense as much as it is romantic for a date). Gorgeous decor and lively jazz on a cobblestone street. Highly recommend if you like jazz and would like to be transported to Paris.
    Written April 22, 2023
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  • Dudley H
    Santa Fe, NM504 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visiting jazz groups from around the country and the best locally. The site is just a plain old hall where you will find 70 to 100 in attendance getting the best of Chicago tradition. If you visit Chicago do you self a favor...go. Just a short taxi ride from the center of the theater district
    Written November 18, 2018
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  • Roshana M
    Chicago, Illinois, United States5 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    I RSVP for a party that was suppose to be free before 11:30, we arrived at 11:15 and was charged anyways. Then the bathroom didn't have any tissue you gotta bring napkins from the bar. And the drinks are way too expensive we spent well over $800 in our small group on 4 bottles and a couple of drinks. Then at the end the DJ said open bar and I was still charged $11 for my last drink. Such a waste of money and time.
    Written August 10, 2016
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  • Carolyn W
    Chicago, IL1 contribution
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    This review is not based on the song Bang-Bang by Jessie J. This night club is known for hip-hop music and once in a while R&B music. We went here in September 2014. The club is located in the River West neighborhood of Chicago (just east of the upscale River North neighborhood). The difference is that River West is not upscale. River West is a residential and lively area where there are restaurants and other night life. If you want to sit down here you have to purchase EXPENSIVE bottles of alcohol. Really not worth the cost. Skip this option! However, there was a shooting here in November 2014 and one man was shot just outside the club. The people who live in this neighborhood want the Funky Buddha Lounge shut down for good. I would not recommend this restaurant despite the long lines. There are so many other fun, safe clubs in Chicago. Bang-bang all over you. No thanks. Just read the other reviews at Yelp.
    Written February 7, 2015
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