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Top Choice Classical Music in The Loop

Grant Park Orchestra

It's a summertime must-do. The Grant Park Orchestra – composed of top-notch musicians from symphonies worldwide – puts on free classical concerts at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. Patrons bring lawn chairs, bl…
Top Choice Jazz in Andersonville & Uptown

Green Mill

The timeless Green Mill earned its notoriety as Al Capone's favorite speakeasy (the tunnels where he hid the booze are still underneath the bar). Sit in one of the curved velvet booths and feel his ghost urging you …
Top Choice Live Music in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Metro

For more than three decades, the Metro has been synonymous with loud rock. Sonic Youth and the Ramones in the '80s. Nirvana and Jane’s Addiction in the '90s. White Stripes and the Killers in the new millennium. Each…
Top Choice Live Music in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Hideout

Hidden behind a factory at the edge of Bucktown, this two-room lodge of indie rock and alt-country is well worth seeking out. The owners have nursed an outsider, underground vibe, and the place feels like your grand…
Top Choice Live Music in Logan Square & Humboldt Park

Whistler

Hometown indie bands, jazz combos and DJs rock this wee, arty bar most nights. There’s never a cover charge, but you’d be a schmuck if you didn’t order at least one of the swanky cocktails or craft beers to keep the…
Live Music in Lincoln Square

Old Town School of Folk Music

You can hear the call of the banjos from the street outside this venerable institution, where major national and international acts such as Richard Thompson and Joan Baez play when they come to town. Old Town also h…
Classical Music in The Loop

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Riccardo Muti leads the CSO, one of America’s best symphonies, known for fervent subscribers and an untouchable brass section. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is the group's creative consultant and a frequent soloist. The season r…
Live Music in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Schubas

Set in an old Schlitz brewery building, Schubas presents twangy acoustic artists, plus indie rock acts on their way up (like the National and Janelle Monáe in their early days). Bands play most nights in the cozy ba…
Live Music in Near West Side & Pilsen

Thalia Hall

This venue hosts a cool-cat slate of rock, alt-country, jazz and metal in an ornate 1892 hall patterned after Prague's opera house. A gastropub on the 1st floor, cocktail bar in the basement and punk piano saloon in…
Live Music in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Constellation

The producer of Pitchfork Music Festival opened this intimate club, which actually breaks down into two small venues inside. The city's hepcats come out of the woodwork for the progressive jazz and improvisational m…