Chicago Venues

Chicago has an extremely vibrant musical scene.

Small and large venues accomodate national, regional, and local acts. Venues exist for every type of music and every level of popularity. Represented styles are Blues, Classical Folk, Jazz, and Rock Music. For a complete list of venues, see Chicago Musical Venue Directory

Below is a list of venues. The seating capacity gives an idea of the popularity of the types of music. There was no information available on the blues and jazz clubs. To understand the diversity of music, visit the venue web sites. This will tell much more than can be explained on this page.

Style Venue Seating Address Web Site
PopUnited Center22.0001901 West Madison StUnited Center
PopUIC Pavilion10.000525 South Racine AvenueUIC Pavilion
PopRavinia Music FestivaloutdoorHighland Park, IllinoisRavinia
RockAragon Ballroom5.0001106 W. LawrenceAragon Ballroom
PopAllstate Arena4.300Rosemont, IllinoisRosemont Theatre
PopAuditorium Theatre3.66150 East Congress ParkwayRoosevelt Univ Auditorium
OperaCivic Opera House3.563220 South Michigan AvenueChicago Lyric Opera
ClassicalSymphony Hall2.500220 South Michigan AvenueChicago Symphony Orchestra
PopNavy Pier2.000600 East Grand AvenueNavy Pier
RockVic Theater1.4003145 North SheffieldVic Theater
RockHouse of Blues1.100329 North DearbornHouse of Blues
RockMetro1.1003730 North ClarkCabaret Metro
PopPark West1.000322 West Armitage AvenuePark West
RockAbbey Pub5003420 West GraceAbbey Pub
AltDouble Door5001572 North MilwaukeeDouble Door
FolkOld Town School3504544 North LincolnOld Town Folk Music
AltEmpty Bottle2751035 North WesternEmpty Bottle
AltSubterranean2502011 West North AvenueOld Town Folk Music
AltBeat Kitchen2252100 East Belmont
AltSchubas2253159 North Southport
BluesB.L.U.E.S.???2519 North Halsted
BluesBuddy Guy's Legends???754 South Wabash
BluesCheckerboard Lounge???423 East 43rd Street
BluesKingston Mines???2548 North Halsted
JazzGreen Dolphin???2200 N Ashland Ave
JazzGreen Mill???4802 North Broadway St

My recollection is that BLUES seats about 50 and holds 150. Kingston Mines has two rooms with 200 in one and 300 in the other room. I have not been to Green Dolphin in a long-time, but I think that the capacity is a few hundred, including the dining room. The Green Mill can hold 200-300 including standing room.
  • 2004-2005, Stephan Lau-- Chicago Illinois USA