The best place for jazz in Chicago is the Green Mill Jazz Club. Run by the old Capone outfit, the Green Mill was a speakeasy ... More
Green Mill Jazz Club
The best place for jazz in Chicago is the Green Mill Jazz Club. Run by the old Capone outfit, the Green Mill was a speakeasy during Prohibition and gained nationwide notoriety as the place where comedian Joe E. Lewis got his throat slashed. The interior is dark and old. It has not changed much since Al Capone frequented the establishment, and the jazz is just as hot as ever. Come to hear the thundering Sabertooth Jazz Quintet, or head in earlier to catch one of a number of other acts, from big band to sultry torch singing. The Mill also hosts the popular “Poetry Slam,” where would-be bards read their poetry and brave the heckling of the audience.
Saw an ad for Chicago legend Willie Pickens in the Metromix and figured out how to get there from downtown on the subway($2). It's right across the street from the Red Line stop at Lawrence Ave. This place is the absolute real deal. It is exactly what you expect and want a jazz club to be. Affordable cover ($12), killer band (Quintet), great drinks and a true Chicago character that owns and runs the joint. He likes it quiet when the band plays and the place was full of respectful listeners. The decor is right out of the 40's and 50's and if you want to go where locals go for real Jazz in Chicago, this is the place. Make the effort, you won't be dissapointed.
jazz and cocktails...the lush life at the green mill.
By A Yahoo Contributor, 2/11/05
i work with alejandro escovedo and the band was in chicago for three sold out nights. after one of the gigs some of us took a cab from our hotel to the green mill for jazz and cocktails. this was my first time there. a couple of the guys in the band had been there before and said it was the best jazz club anywhere. that's all it took. we arrived about 12:30-1:00 a.m. and the place was packed. a big guy at the door greeted us and collected 5 bucks from us and we headed to the bar. the place was swinging. not just the jazz, but the talk and the energy of the people there was electric. and the jazz. dios mio, there was a quartet with a hammond b-3, two tenors and a cat on the skins. the tenors went head to head, chorus after chorus. one after the other blowing with all the force of a strong wind coming in over lake michigan. snagged a place at the bar and had excellent drinks. i mean these guys can do it right. stayed till almost closing and then a cab back to the hotel. and another show for us later the same night. one of the best clubs anywhere. hands down.
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