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Chicago Independent Venue League is throwing a festival that funds:

  • Venue Staff & Artist Mental Health Programs

  • Venue Safety Initiatives

  • Equal Access & Equity Campaigns

Formed in 2017, CIVL represents venues that champion the Chicago performing arts community. Shows, concerts, and events at our independent venues are known to be some of the best in the world. Members include some of the preeminent independent music venues, comedy clubs, performing arts centers, dance centers, and theaters in our city. The CIVL member community consists of industry leaders and experts that inform our community impact, and advocacy.

  • CIVL acts to secure the long-term future of these and other venues for the benefit of our communities and emerging artists. Member venues have played a crucial role in the development of Chicago’s music over the last 50 years by nurturing local, national and international talent, and providing a platform for these artists to build their careers and develop their music.

  • Chicago’s independent venues provide thousands of jobs, as well as millions of dollars in salaries, revenues, charitable donations and taxes. CIVL strives to gain recognition for the essential role these venues have played in defining the music culture as it exists in Chicago today.

CIVL Member Venues:

Annoyance Theatre • Auditorium Theatre • Avondale Music Hall • Beat Kitchen • Beauty Bar • Berlin • Blue Chicago • Bub City • Cafe Mustache • Carol’s Pub • Chicago Magic Lounge • Chop Shop • Co-Prosperity Sphere • Cobra Lounge • Cole’s Bar • Color Club • The Comedy Clubhouse• Concord Music Hall • Copernicus Center • The Cubby Bear • The Den Theatre • Dorian’s • Empty Bottle • Escape Artistry • Escape Artistry II • Fulton Street Collective • Gman Tavern • Golden Dagger • Guarneri Hall NFP •  Harold Washington Cultural Center • Hideout • Hungry Brain • Joe’s on Weed • Liar’s Club • Lincoln Hall • Martyrs’ • Metro • Montrose Saloon • Old Town School of Folk Music • Park West • Patio Theater • Promontory • Prysm • The Quarry Event Center • Radius • Reggies • The Revival • Riviera • Rosa’s Lounge • Schubas Tavern • Silver Room • Silvies • Sleeping Village • Smart Bar • Subterranean • Thalia Hall • Uncommon Ground • The Vic Theater • Whistler


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