So… you think you can sing? Instead of belting out your favorite tunes in the shower, or singing into your remote control, grab a REAL mic and showcase your inner diva at 6 of our favorite karaoke spots around Chicago (in no particular order):
Blue Frog Bar & Grill
676 N. LaSalle Dr., Chicago
This River North, blink-and-you’ll-miss it, cozy spot has something you normally would never find in Chicago: FREE PARKING! They serve cheap eats and canned beer. Sing your hearts out after 10 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays, except on Fridays, when karaoke starts at 9 p.m. Don’t feel like singing? Grab a board game and listen to others make fools of themselves, while playing Jenga or Trivial Pursuit.
1927 W. North Ave., Chicago
This Wicker Park spot has great pizza and great beer. Go on Thursdays for regular karaoke. Want to be a REAL rock star? Go on Saturdays for Live Band Karaoke. That’s right. As you sing your favorite tunes on stage, an actual live band will be playing behind you!
3216 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago
Located in Lakeview, this bar has free karaoke SEVEN days a week starting at 8:30 p.m. until the bar closes. The menu features Caribbean fare, such as Conch ‘n’ Crab Fritters and The Jerk Turk sandwich. Don’t have the nerve to sing? Try a Thirst-Quenching Tiki for $8. The pint-sized specialty drinks are made from scratch, and will have you grabbing the mic in no time!
1637 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago
This cozy Lincoln Park bar has karaoke on most Wednesday nights. Sip on $2 domestic bottles and $3 Bacardi “O” Bombs in this dimly lit, friendly place. The bartenders are attentive, and will even warm up the crowd with a song or two to start the party!
1659 W. North Ave., Chicago
Make sure you have cash before you step inside this Wicker Park dive bar. They don’t accept credit cards. Sing at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You’ll find regulars at this neighborhood bar, as well as groups who are trying karaoke for the first time. Get there early on weekends, or you’ll be waiting for a long time to sing!
3759 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago
This Irving Park dive bar isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill karaoke joint. It’s tiny, there is no stage and you may not find a place to sit. But on Saturday nights, from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., belt out your favorite tunes and the eclectic crowd will make you feel like a superstar! The karaoke MC, Chad, has a great list of songs, including top current hits, and will even sing background for you if you need a boost! Did we mention drinks are insanely cheap?
Yasmin Tara Rammohan