I’ve been sharing a lot of different kid-related activities recently, but truth is, I do my own fair share of adventures, too.
When my kids spend the night at their dad’s, I make every effort to go out and spend time with the 21 and over crowd. Having a couple grown-up drinks and staying out later than I would on a school night is like pushing a reset button for me. It allows me to refresh and get ready for the next round of life.
One of my favorite ways to reset is through live music. I love live music. Any kind. Anywhere. Give me some musicians who are rockin’ out their favorite tunes, and I’m game.
There are plenty of great places to hear live music in Chicago…especially in the summertime! On any given weekend during the warmer months, there are handfuls of street and neighborhood fests…each with their own supply of bands and djs.
Once the temps drop though, it’s harder to get that live music fix. But I have a few favorite spots that always provide me with that soul-filling sound that I need.
I came across the Green Mill on a random Tuesday night. This Uptown jazz club establishment has been around for over 100 years. There is so much history surrounding the Green Mill; from back to the days of Al Capone and prohibition to movie appearances. If those walls could talk…
Besides for the music and the amazing historical atmosphere, I like the Green Mill because they they actually discourage talking during performances. Staff members and other patrons will give you dirty looks if your voice gets above a whisper. Seems a bit extreme? Maybe. But, then again, if you wanted to socialize rather than enjoy great jazz, you’d go to a bar.
Location: 4802 N. Broadway Ave.
Getting in The Bassment is an adventure in itself. Located in River North under the Hampton Social, you’ll find the entry to this cocktail lounge. And not just any entry. A secret entry. The decor automatically takes you on a little time trip before you walk into this 1960’s inspired space.
I would suggest getting in early if you want a table right in front. Spots fill up quickly. The first time I went with some of my girlfriends, we snagged the first table directly in front of the band. It was so cool. It was like we had our own private concert! We sat and watched in the beginning, but after a few rounds, we were tearing up that dance floor.
Location: 353 W. Hubbard
Out of the four places on this list, I’ve gone to Untitled the most. It’s convenient River North location lends itself well for repeated visits…it’s near so many other popular restaurants and bars.
Untitled nights start off with an amazing band playing everything from old school R&B to today’s favorites. And once the band finishes their set for the evening, the dj opens up the dance floor.
Over the summer, I hosted one of my sister’s bachelorette parties there. We actually had dinner across the street, then headed to Untitled for dancing. When we got there, we sat at a table behind the band. It was the perfect spot to be at! All of us girls enjoyed the show as we got the after dinner drinks flowing. Then we danced our little hearts out once the dj got started.
Location: 111 W. Kinzie
Rosa’s is my newest favorite find for live music in Chicago. It is a family-owned neighborhood Blue’s lounge located in Logan Square that’s been around for over 30 years.
As you can tell from looking at these pictures, Rosa’s definitely has a special feel to it. It has that historical vibe like Green Mill does, except this vibe at Rosa’s is way more relaxed. People dance during the sets. People have their favorite takeout delivered. People even chitchat a little. It’s kinda like being at home, but with a live band and a room filled with interesting people.
Location: 3420 W. Armitage