Chicago, Illinois Music Scene: 4 Venues to Hear Live Music
Chicago’s legendary music scene includes its own brand of jazz, soulful blues and world-class orchestra in these top venues.
In bustling Chicago, Illinois, you can listen to live music any night of the week, from local artists to international stars on stages of all sizes. When the weather is warm, the music moves to the streets with outdoor performances. Be sure to add a live show at these popular music venues to your Chicago itinerary.
Andy’s Jazz Club
Founded in 1951, Andy's Jazz Club is located in downtown Chicago within walking distance of can’t-miss shopping promenade, the Magnificent Mile. One of Chicago's most famous and respected jazz bars, Andy’s offers fine food as well as feasts of music from some of Chicago's most in-demand jazz artists. The performers are varied in style, from traditional jazz, swing, bop, fusion jazz, Latin, Afro-pop and more.
A pair of jazz musicians play at Andy's Jazz Club
Buddy Guy’s Legends
Buddy Guy’s Legends is consistently named among the top blues bars in the USA. Many of the world's greatest musicians have performed here including Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and the Rolling Stones. Serving Cajun and soul food, this club in the South Loop attracts tourists from all over the world. If you’re lucky, you may see Buddy Guy perform!
If you're lucky, you could see Blues Musician Buddy Guy perform while sipping cocktails at Buddy Guy's Legends
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Across from Millennium Park, you'll see the Chicago Symphony Center on Michigan Avenue, home to the world-famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1904. Every seat is the best seat in the hall, whether you’re listening to Yo-Y o Ma or the Star Wars symphonic score. If you love classical music, don’t miss the Grant Park Music Festival at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. For 10 weeks during the summer, various symphonies play to large crowds as the sun sets over the Chicago skyline.
House of Blues
House of Blues is a premier restaurant and concert venue with locations around the USA. Attend a live show – there are performances most nights of the week – or come on Sunday for the famous Gospel Brunch featuring traditional and contemporary gospel singers. Don’t miss the signature chicken and waffles! This is a great venue for large parties and family gatherings.