Chicago is a great music city. Here are a list of small to medium sized venues that you can find live music almost every night for all the tastes.
Cozy little concert venue that reminds you of garage bands when you were still a kid. Always a fresh lineup of bands and good beers.
Hidden in an industrial complex, the Hideout is in a class of its own. It's dive, but then again, it's not. The stage is great for music and talk shows. It's small, intimate but also the most friendly places you can go. Music fans love the Hideout. Literature fans love the Hideout. This place is just special and definite a must visit for all Chicagoans & Nerdfighters.
Come for brunch and stay for a drink. A hippie's favorite joint with all natural & free range food.
Late night bar with live country music. Don't come here sober, way more fun as an after hour night cap.
Al Capone's famous bar that is now a fantastic jazz venue. Come here with friends to listen to music, take a step back in time and drink like the old days. If you haven't tried malort yet, this is probably one of the most appropriate places to have a shot. Check behind the counter, because Al Capone's trap door is still there.
Top notch small concert venue. From the floor to the courtyard style second floor, this is an intimate place to listen to new, old and popular bands.
My absolute favorite small music venue. Wooden interior & stage, good beer, not an obnoxious crowd and great music each night.
The Vic is an fantastic medium sized concert venue. Great views of the stage from every angle and it doesn't get obnoxiously crowded. Plus, their "brew and view" are a fun low key date.
Great medium sized venue with lots of great shows. Be prepared to line up, but you may get lucky and see the artists as they go in and out because the line is along the way of their tour buses.
Fantastic concert venue w/ Spanish decor inside and out. Lots of Mexican bands tour here along with English bands that are big and post-indie scene. Also, they have a nice beer festival here too.
Nice and clean small music venue with a fun dining area outside.
Fantastic small music venue. Great acoustics. Diverse bar and great pre show food menu.