Chicago has a very active live entertainment scene and while most of it happens after dark, there are plenty of options for those who prefer earlier time slots. Venues offer everything from family-friendly live entertainment to acts that are for those 21 or older.
Music fans will appreciate the earlier show times at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Schuba’s or at Martyrs’. Nearby cities like Evanston has Evanston SPACE and Berwyn has FitzGerald’s, both of which let guests enjoy early live musical entertainment and some of which don’t require a cover charge.
Spots like The Hideout have a range of entertainment from live music to literary readings. Kids and adults will appreciate the Beat Kitchen’s early weekend afternoon School of Rock Chicago which allows kids 10 or younger in free with a paying adult.
Chicago is a comedy town, too, which is why fans of The Second City will appreciate the fact that shows happen earlier in the evenings (as well as late) and early afternoons on weekends to accommodate schedules.
The best part of enjoying entertainment earlier in the evening is that parents can get back home at a decent hour, you can usually fit something else in later in the evening or have time to enjoy dinner or cocktails with friends afterward.