The power of live music is on full display at a host of Chicago clubs, music theaters and even in restaurants. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Chicago does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like relative newcomer Lincoln Hall or longtime favorites like Green Mill. While the local music scene can’t be found in one particular area, it’s not hard to find your favorite sound since hundreds of venues play live music almost every single night from blues and jazz to rock and roll and folk.
Great bands can be found playing in small, dingy venues like Martyrs’ to elegant, old-world speakeasy lounges like Green Mill. Just outside the city’s borders, fans head to FitzGerald’s in Berwyn to hear big bands and Evanston SPACE for its intimate vibe.
Most people know the Old Town School of Folk Music for its outstanding offerings of music classes but its line up of folk and world music draws sold-out crowds to its elegant and intimiate concert hall.
Whatever your taste in live music, you can easily find top-notch performers and a great venue to enjoy it in Chicago.