Looking to get your live event fix? Chicago concerts and comedy are making a comeback. Many of the city’s most famed venues are opening back up, with new distancing measures and smaller crowd sizes. Phase Four of the city’s reopening plan allows for performance venues to operate at 25% capacity, so make sure to snag your tickets early. And don’t forget to bring your mask — all patrons must wear face coverings to enter and move about the venue.

Check out where to catch live music, concerts, and comedy (both indoors and outdoors) in Chicago this summer.

Zanies: Grab your mask and get ready to laugh. This classic comedy club has reopened their doors in the heart of Old Town. The schedule includes a full line-up of local and national comedians, plus free admission for Chicago residents on Aug. 4 and 11. Temperature checks and face coverings are mandatory for all guests.

Lakeshore Drive-In: Catch outdoor concerts with a skyline view at this new open-air venue. Located just outside the Adler Planetarium, the drive-in will offer a diverse line-up of local and national music and comedy for up to 200 cars. Tickets are on sale now.

The Wild Hare: Enjoy dinner with a side of live music at The Wild Hare & Singing Armadillo Frog Sanctuary . This Lincoln Park spot features a revamped Caribbean menu, live reggae music, and a new socially distant setup.

Kaiser Tiger: In the West Loop, this popular beer garden hangout is offering live blues music every Thursday. There’s no cover, but they recommend making a reservation online to save your outdoor seat.

CELESTE & DISCO: These River North venues are launching a Summer Music Series beginning Saturday, Aug. 8. The weekend shows will features DJs from around the world and an exclusive concert experience. Tickets are on sale now and include a three-hour open bar and seasonal bites in a private lounge.

Navy Pier: This summer, the Pier is offering tons of different opportunities to enjoy some live music on the lakefront.

Check out their packed outdoor music lineup, including:

  • Wave Wall Wax, the Pier’s free weekly DJ series
  • Live on the Lake, a free weekly live music series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden
  • Water Colors, a free live jazz music series, begins July 10 and runs through Aug. 21
  • Chi-Soul Fest returns on Sept. 18 and 19 showcasing the city’s top talent in soul music

Carol’s Pub: Enjoy a burger, beer, and some live music at Carol’s Pub in Uptown. The friendly dive bar has a full lineup of country and western music all summer long.

City Winery: Live music is returning to City Winery. The West Loop spot hosting a new series of outdoor patio concerts on Wednesday nights. Get your tickets here.

Tortoise Supper Club: Live jazz is back at Tortoise Supper Club. The River North establishment will feature live music in their elegant dining room on Saturday evenings from 8 to 11 p.m.

A band plays at Andy's Jazz Club Band
Andy’s Jazz Club

Andy’s Jazz Club: The respected jazz institution in River North will be open Wednesday through Sunday for two shows a night. Shows begin at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., make your reservations beforehand.

Schubas: While you won’t find any bands at Schubas yet, you can still enjoy live music. The classic spot will be streaming live shows from their sister venue Lincoln Hall. They’ve also got limited seating, open windows, and plenty of food and beer.

Rosa’s Lounge: Rosa’s, billed as Chicago’s friendliest blues lounge, is currently broadcasting live shows for remote viewing at home.

Reggie’s: In the South Loop, Reggie’s is introducing new acoustic entertainment on their covered rooftop bar. Stop by on select Fridays and Saturdays to catch a live show.

Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier
Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier ©Ranvestel Photographic

CHI-Together at Soldier Field: This new outdoor venue promises nightly entertainment. Each evening features live entertainment from local DJs and musicians, followed by a classic movie like Breakfast Club or Mission Impossible. Tickets ($55 for up to 6 people, plus a bucket of popcorn) are on sale now.

Jazz Showcase: This classic spot in the South Loop, known for showcasing both local and national acts, is open for weekend sets with shows Thursday through Saturday. Reservations are required.

Constellation: This progressive space on the northwest side is open for remote and in-person music. Check their calendar for details.