Chicago is known for its brutal winds, delicious food, beautiful skyline, the winning sports teams, and especially its music. With so many musicians coming from Chicago the live music scene is next to none and with so many live music bars in Chicago, the next time you go out, there is a huge possibility you find a new favorite band or artist.

Check out the best bars with live music in Chicago perfect for anyone looking to get a drink and listen to some new tunes. For more of the best bars in Chicago, 312Area is your go-to guide for all local nightlife and events nearby.

Blue Chicago on Clark

536 N Clark St , Chicago IL, 60610
Mainly showcases female vocalists who really know how to sing the blues. The mellow and soulful sounds that emanate from this spot are legendary. The room...

Gilt Bar

230 W Kinzie St , Chicago IL, 60654
Contemporary American | Classic Cocktails | Luminous + Intimate

House of Blues Chicago

329 N Dearborn St , Chicago IL, 60654
House of Blues Chicago opened in 1996, Modeled after the "Estavovski" Opera House and is located in the historic Marina City complex on the Chicago River.

B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted

2519 N Halsted St , Chicago IL, 60614
Whether you are an invested blues aficionado, or just a blues browser, you'll enjoy B.L.U.E.S. A trip here is a no-risk venture into some reliably good...

The Empty Bottle

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1035 N Western Ave , Chicago IL, 60622
n 1992 the Empty Bottle started out as a cat-ridden hole-in-the-wall bar in Ukrainian Village (just south of Wicker Park) where you could get any one of nine...

Rosa's Lounge

3420 W Armitage Ave , Chicago IL, 60647
Rosa's Lounge operates in the hallowed tradition of Chicago blues lounges, family owned and operated by an Italian immigrant who came to Chicago in 1978...

Andy's Jazz Club

11 E Hubbard St , Chicago IL, 60611
Casual dress Jazz club & restaurant serving pizza, burgers & salads while playing live Jazz music throughout the day & evening.

The Whistler

2421 N Milwaukee Ave , Chicago IL, 60647
Cocktails, live music, record label, storefront gallery. No cover charge. 21+. 2421 North Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 (773) 227-3530

The Bassment

353 W Hubbard St , Chicago IL, 60654
The Bassment is a live music cocktail lounge, located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago below The Hampton Social. Guests enter through a secret...

Jazz Showcase

806 S Plymouth St , Chicago IL, 60605
The Jazz Showcase is the oldest historic jazz club in Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1947 by Joe Segal, now owned and operated by Wayne Segal (Joe Segal’s...

Buddy Guy's Legends

700 S Wabash Ave , Chicago IL, 60605
True Blues fans know - There is only one place in Chicago to experience the finest Blues seven nights a week, enjoy southern Cajun soul food, and behold...

Kingston Mines

2548 N Halsted Street , Chicago IL, 60614
Kingston Mines is a Chicago Blues music night club with two stages, two bands and food & continuous live music all night! Doc's Rib Joint, the kitchen...

Lincoln Hall + Schubas

3159 N Southport Ave Chicago, Illinois 60657 , Chicago IL, 60657
Lincoln Hall: Located at 2424 N Lincoln Avenue, the building which houses Lincoln Hall first opened in 1912 as the Fullerton Theatre, a nickelodeon....


111 W Kinzie St , Chicago IL, 60654
Dining. Drinking. Dancing. Untitled Supper Club is a contemporary revival of a classic Prohibition-era Chicago supper club… an upscale dining establishment...

Bottom Lounge

1375 W Lake St , Chicago IL, 60607
The venue for underground music, beer & casual American comfort food (including vegetarian options).

Howl at the Moon Chicago

26 W Hubbard St , Chicago IL, 60654
Everyday: $20 domestic beer buckets; $25 import/craft beer buckets! Check website for daily specials. Get on the dance floor and join our talented...