4 Awesome Low-Key Chicago Music Venues

Chicago is a city known for incredible live music, both homegrown and imported from around the world. We’ve got large and small festivals, intimate clubs, and historic theaters all playing shows from every genre year-round. To help you narrow down a few places to choose from, we've picked a few of our favorites.

Rosa’s Lounge - Logan Square

Rosa’s is a blues lounge situated near the western edge of Logan Square, near Armitage and Kimball. Blink and you might miss it, but venture inside, and the atmosphere is awesome and reminiscent of blues clubs of the 60’s. Cheap drinks and good music are abundant in this place, so check out Rosa’s on your next stop in Logan Square.

The Hideout - Lincoln Park

Hidden in an industrial section of Lincoln Park between a bunch of warehouses and factories, The Hideout is a legendary venue, home to up-and-coming acts, crammed inside a no-frills atmosphere. The crowd here is a mix of locals, creatives, and other groups of people who are usually outcast by the River North nightclubs. The Hideout has gained a somewhat cult status in Chicago, and as a result, has become a respected venue within Chicago’s live music scene.

Reggies - South Loop

Reggies is the place to come for acts that are almost there. Especially artists who are from Chicago. They have a big stage (Rock Club), and a smaller stage and bar (Music Joint) in two adjoining locations, so on any given night you will probably find something to enjoy. There is even a record store if you are into that.

Andy’s Jazz Club - River North

If you’re looking for a more intimate jazz setting that also serves up great cocktails and great food, then look no further than Andy’s Jazz Club at 11 E Hubbard Street. Some of the most well-known jazz musicians from around the world come to Andy’s to perform. It’s a perfect way to impress a first date or to introduce your out-of-town buddies to the Chicago jazz scene.