If you're in the mood for some live music, check out any of these hot spots around the city for a memorable evening.
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St., 312-462-6300, thechicagotheatre.com
Chicago's oldest surviving movie palace theatre, this grand dame located in the heart of the Loop does not go unnoticed — the colorful sign and six story marquee that spell out CHICAGO shine brightly on State Street every night. And taking the stage? Some of the biggest acts in music. From Aretha Franklin to Alicia Keys, Lyle Lovett to The Lumineers, national and international stars of all genres pack the beautiful 3,600 auditorium.
For groups, check out the venue tour to stand on the very stage as these top entertainers, then go behind the scenes for a peek at the autographed backstage wall and explore the beautiful Baroque interiors.
Buddy Guy's Legends
700 S. Wabash Ave., 312-427-1190, buddyguy.com
A premier blues club since 1989, Buddy Guy's Legends has
distinguished itself with an innovative scheduling of local, national and
international blues acts. The stage has welcomed some of the world's most talented
musicians, including Willie Dixon, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn and, of
course, Buddy Guy himself.
Legends can also be found on the walls, which are filled
with pieces of Blues history, original artwork, records, rare photos and
Grammys, along with personal items from some of the world's most influential
Apart from the raw talent on stage and the veritable museum
of music history plastered on the walls, Buddy Guy's offers guests a fun,
vibrant atmosphere that keeps going all night long. It is one of the best
places in Chicago to enjoy the finest blues all week long, along with delicious
southern Cajun soul food and an engaging crowd of music lovers.
House of Blues
329 N. Dearborn St., 312-923-2000, houseofblues.com/chicago
Located in the historic Marina City complex on the Chicago River,
the House of Blues has been a staple of the Chicago music scene for nearly 20
years. It was modeled after the "Estavovski" Opera House in Prague, a nod to
the historical musicians that came before and a promise of high quality
acoustics for future concertgoers. The House of Blues offers a unique musical
experience, especially if you get a seat in the exclusive Opera Boxes, which
offer spectacular views of the stage and venue. The venue keeps with tradition,
openly displaying the "Crazy Quilt" and keeping a metal box of mud from the
Delta Mississippi under the stage.
The House of Blues has welcomed legendary acts like The Who
and Al Green, as well as contemporary performers like Jurassic 5. A concert at
this iconic Chicago music venue is one you won't soon forget.
3730 N. Clark St., 773-549-4140, metrochicago.com
This northside concert hall is where hundreds of alternative,
indie rock, pop and soul acts on the verge of making it big have performed over
the years. It has served as a platform for emerging artists since 1982, and has
established itself as a cutting edge music venue. It welcomes some of the best
local, regional and national artists to the city, as well as tens of thousands
of music lovers.
Underneath the Metro is a darker space called Smart Bar that
features up-and-coming electronic talent. Past performers have included Frankie
Knuckles, Paul Oakenfold and Richie Hawtin, among others.
The venue continues to evolve with the ever-changing music
scene, providing music enthusiasts with a wide variety of new talent and an
exciting vibe that keeps people coming back again and again.
2424 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-525-2501, lincolnhallchicago.com
A relative newcomer to the live music scene in Chicago,
Lincoln Hall opened in 2009 and has quickly become an elite concert venue. It
offers great viewing from all areas of the hall, as well as an excellent sound
system and acoustics. This venue hosts indie, mainstream rock and pop artists,
ranging from regional performers to national acts.
For avid, passionate fans, the floor level is the place to
be, as that gets you close to the action and within earshot of the artists. If
you're in the mood to just sit back and soak in the tunes, the balcony is the
best option, where there is less of a crowd but the stage is still clearly