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The Underground Wonder Bar Photo courtesy of The Underground Wonder Bar
  • 10 E Walton St

    Chicago, IL 60611

  • Phone: 312-266-7761


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Established in 1989, this tiny venue is open 365 days a year, and Lonie Walker, who founded the place, still plays three nights a week. Live music is offered nightly to an incredibly eclectic group of patrons. Jazz and blues are the main focus, but acoustic guitar and piano music are often featured, as are friends who hop on the makeshift stage. It's also one of the few places one can enjoy live reggae. The limited size doesn't allows performances to be very interactive (unless you want to dance between the bar and some tables). Ordering or bringing in carryout food is acceptable. Truly a classic.

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Megy Karydes

Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"Arrive early if you want a seat at this tiny club."


Best for Jazz & Blues Clubs Because: In addition to live blues and jazz, Underground Wonder Bar hosts live reggae musicians.