We’ve all been there: barred at the door to a 21 and up club. Chicago has gobs of live music to enjoy and there’s no reason you and your family’s ears should miss out during your visit to the city. It’s true, many of Chicago's venues have an age requirement, but some of our best clubs and concert halls are open to all ages. Here are a few to take note of:
Old Town School of Folk Music (4544 N. Lincoln Avenue)
Don’t let the name lead you astray. Even if you’re not a fan of folk music (or school), a night at the Old Town School of Folk Music is still an excellent addition to a family vacation itinerary. In addition to offering music classes and a top-notch instrument store, this Lincoln Square gem puts on concerts throughout the week. Check out World Music Wednesdays and Global Dance Parties every Friday. This best part: all shows are open to all ages.
Uncommon Ground (3800 N. Clark Street)
Uncommon Ground has it all: a delicious food and cocktail menu, local artist displays and near nightly live music entertainment from local and touring musicians. Both locations (in Lakeview and Edgewater) are technically restaurants and are, therefore, open to parents and kids of all ages.
Andy's Jazz Club (11 E. Hubbard Street)
It’s no secret that we’re home to some legendary jazz clubs but their legacies come with an age limit. Andy’s Jazz Club gets that. That’s why they open up their doors to visitors of all ages every Sunday evening. Things kick off around 5 p.m. when with Chicago bassist John Bany’s. Later in the night--9 p.m.--the Andy’s Jazz Jam hits the stage. All minors must be accompanied by an adult but we don’t think you’ll mind tagging along on this outing.