Maybe it's that something special about watching musicians perform live without a filter, the interaction that they have with the audience or the acoustics of the venue that change the quality of the notes, but whatever it is, enjoying live musical performances makes for an unforgettable evening.
If you're excited about trying out the many live music venues that Chicago has to offer, we've narrowed the list down to the best 15 mighty independent ones.
536 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610
You'll fall in love with this jazz and blues bar, and the live music that is always available.
2519 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614
Very divey, this is a great spot for a casual night out with friends.
2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
The Whistler combines live music and cocktails, both presented beautifully.
1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
The Hideout is an affordable place to listen to some lively tunes.
2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614
Kingston Mines features lives music and American food, which are great to wash down with a beer.
535 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Bandera Restaurant has a fun vibe and menu that you will love.
1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
The Empty Bottle is always inviting interesting local artists who are great for keeping you entertained.
2020 N. Oakley Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Comedy club and music venue come together at The Gallery Cabaret.
700 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
Buddy Guy's Legends is ideal if you are in the mood for some Creole or Cajun food along with your music.
222 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60604
Cocktails are crafted with expertise and class at 2Twenty2.
2683 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614
aliveONE has a great deal of diversity, so you can have a laid back or more classy time.
1002 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
If you haven't been to The California Clipper yet, then you're missing out on a great experience.
2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
Lincoln Hall is best known for the live music, which is always amazing in this intimate venue.
4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640
Music is always fresh here and it's a great place to strike up a conversation, too.
2338 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Cole's is a grungy bar that makes music super fun.