Jazz Musician - Blog

The New Year is a time for resolutions and that often means trying new things. I'm willing to bet that if you're a music fan (and I'm just assuming you are since you're reading this) and you've been to Chicago before. you've visited or heard about at least a couple of our fantastic North Side venues. But what you may not know is that the music doesn't stop south of Grand Avenue! Definitely not. If you want to get out and explore some of Chicago's best South Side music venues here's three to check out.

Reggie's (2109 S. State St) 

This place has a reputation for being the rock ‘n roll destination in Chicago. This multi-level complex encompasses a "music joint" with dining and an intimate stage for performers, a "rock club" concert hall that's big enough to host shows by frequent local performers (and punk legends) Screeching Weasel, a record shop and even an outdoor patio for summer days. Reggie's cut its teeth in Chicago hosting punk and metal bands but more recently it's opened up the stage to a wider array of styles including indie and rap. It's located just off the Chinatown/Cermak Red Line El stop at 2105 S. State St.

The Shrine (2109 S Wabash Ave)

Long touted as the place to be for hip hop, R&B and even reggae. This isn't a sit-down-and-listen type of joint though. Don't forget your dancing shoes! In addition to its Sunday night Rocksteady! Reggae night, The Shrine also hosts a slew of critically acclaimed performers each year. Currently their concert calendar includes shows from Musiq Soulchild, Talib Kweli and Mos Def. Also located off the Cermak/Chinatown red line stop, The Shrine can be found at 2109 S. Wabash.

The Jazz Showcase (806 S Plymouth Ct)

Though it's changed locations several times throughout its six-decade existence, that hasn't stopped The Showcase from building a terrific legacy. The interior is modest but the music lineup never is. Past performers include Lester Young, Thelonius Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. Open seven days a week with two shows a day, you won't have to work hard to catch some great tunes here.

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