coolest chicago music venues

Leah Fishman

I grew up running around with friends at the Park West. I lounged while listening to ABBA cover bands from the lawn of Ravinia. The first place I drove solo was for vegan food and late night tunes at the Beat Kitchen. I feel in love with storytelling at SPACE, danced alone at the House of Blues, and not-so-smoothly chatted up Ryan Gosling at Schubas (true story folks). I don't live in Chicago any more, but its music venues are in my bones. If you're looking for live music any night of the week, this list the best place to start.

Evanston SPACE, The Hideout, Schubas Tavern, Lincoln Hall, The Empty Bottle, Thalia Hall, Constellation, City Winery, Metro, House of Blues Chicago, Vic Theatre, The Riviera Theatre, The Chicago Theatre, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Ravinia, Subterranean, Bottom Lounge, Park West, The Whistler, Concord Music Hall, Elbo Room, Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, Martyrs', Tonic Room, Cobra Lounge, Beat Kitchen