Bands

Petrillo Music Shell (Credit: Mason Johnson)

Taste Of Chicago Music Line-Up

Great food, including food trucks, is reason enough for most to attend the Taste of Chicago (going July 10 – 14). BUT, if you need more convincing, here’s a list of bands playing over the next few days.

07/10/2013

Hip Hop lyricist Young Shade and guest at Cole's Bar (credit: Mason Johnson)

Best Bars For New Bands

All bands have to have their first show somewhere. That venue will probably be a living room, a basement, or a “co-operative event space/art incubator/creativity collective,” which is really just to say some industrial-sized living room. And these venues are fine and dandy and a lot of fun! But should you tire of playing The Spork Fort and Loveship Factory, there are real-life, honest to God licensed venues out there…

06/20/2012

Two Cookie Minimum, a reading held at the Hungry Brain the first Tuesday of every month.

Conversations: The Dog-Walking Bartender

With its beat bartop and barstools, and chairs that look like they came from a thrift shop, Hungry Brain looks like a dive. But in the good kind of way. If it looks worn down, it’s because it’s been well loved…

02/09/2012

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Best Bars to Catch Mid-Week Live Music

When you feel like casually catching some live music on the fly, but didn’t snag tickets to a show in advance, finding last-minute music plans can be tricky. Luckily, many of Chicago’s friendliest bars and coziest pubs book a diverse range of local and national acts to play during the week – often with no cover charge.

06/23/2011

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Best Chicago-Based Bands & Musicians

The range of music genres alive in Chicago is vast and this list is meant to be a quick scan of the cream of the crop from varied genres.

CBS Chicago–10/05/2010