Chicago >Bars & Clubs > Green Mill
4802 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064041.971036 -87.659738
Neighborhoods: Uptown, Far North Side
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.
Outsider view – To be fair, let me begin by saying that I haven't been to the Green Mill often, but that's partly because I'm not sure it's everything its rep says it is. I'm from New Orleans, so I agree that little bars with great, authentic jazz are gems, but there's something almost pretentious about this place. It is taken so seriously, that it almost sucks the pleasure right out of it. Bars and music are to be enjoyed, not revered -- lighten up, everyone!
Chicago classic – If you're into jazz, this should be #1 on your list of places to visit in Chicago. It's a teeny, crowded place in a grubby neighborhood, worth braving the scary intersection of Broadway and Lawrence. You'll be lucky if you get a seat, but you'll be a happy camper regardless.
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