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Chicago’s various neighborhoods are home to a wealth of music venues: DIY house basements, grimy rock clubs, antique halls, blues lounges, and stadium behemoths.
The Chicago music scene varies by neighborhood but is all-encompassing in its acceptance of various music genres. Here are a few of my favorite rooms…
THE EMPTY BOTTLE
Down the street from my office at Flowerbooking, Empty Bottle is rich with history and programming. This inconspicuous storefront has been Chicago’s preeminent indie rock club and cornerstone of the punk rock scene for 20+ years. Shows are affordable (sometimes free) and drinks are cheap. It’s a great place to see up-and-coming touring acts as well as beloved locals. TEB’s impressive history includes shows by The Strokes, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Modest Mouse, and Yo La Tengo.
Formerly the Fullerton Theatre built 1912, Lincoln Hall has emerged as one of the city’s most vital rooms in its 6-year history. Bands like M83 and Haim, as well as genre-bending acts like Fiona Apple, have graced the stage in front of crowds looking for an intimate experience. It’s incredibly clean and the production is world-class. Whether you’re on the main floor or watching from the balcony, there isn’t a bad view in the house. As the younger, larger sister of Schubas Tavern, Lincoln Hall had a lot to live up to and has exceeded expectations.