Theater in Near North & Navy Pier

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Snuggled into a beautiful glass home on Navy Pier, this company is at the top of its game, presenting works from the Bard that are fresh, inventive and timeless. In summer the group puts on Shakespeare in the Parks …
Jazz in Near North & Navy Pier


This comfy jazz club programs a far-ranging lineup of local traditional, swing, bop, Latin, fusion and Afro-pop acts, along with the occasional big-name performer. It has been on the scene for several years, and its…
Blues in Near North & Navy Pier

Blue Chicago

If you’re staying in the neighborhood and don’t feel like hitting the road, you won’t go wrong at this mainstream blues club. Commanding local acts wither the mics nightly.
Live Music in Near North & Navy Pier

House of Blues

House of Blues has multiple stages and, despite the name, not all play in the minor-key groove. The one that does is the Back Porch Stage, with live blues nightly. The bands aren't necessarily big names, but they're…
Live Music in Near North & Navy Pier

Underground Wonder Bar

This live-music venue run by musician Lonie Walker features little-known jazz and blues performers, along with the occasional rock or reggae player. The club is tiny and Lonie herself takes the stage with her 'big b…
Live Music in Near North & Navy Pier

Howl at the Moon

The Guns N’ Roses covers, happy-hour specials and flirty singles scene here could turn nearly anyone into a piano-bar convert. Billy Joel? Sorry, how about AC/DC? Lots of bachelorette parties sing along at Howl (whi…
Cinema in Near North & Navy Pier

IMAX Theater

See films on Navy Pier in beyond-the-norm style via the theater's large-format, laser-projected, surround-sound technology.