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Crowded but great Jazz club. When we visited they probably should have stopped letting people in 20 or so people before we arrived, but I'm glad we did get in. Aside from being way too packed, the sound was very good and you really got the nostalgia. If I come back, I'll show up earlier in hopes of getting a table, would have been a much better time. Still, a excellent experience!
When I think of what a jazz establishment should be, this is it. The bar looks like a artifact from the prohibition days which is not far from the truth. The selection behind the bar is decent but the staff is great and will find you what you want. The best part of the night was The quartet that played into the early morning hours.
Tip: come early or reserve a table, will make your experience even better.
Warnings: They do not Visa..only American Express. So make sure you get some cash before you go. Chase and Bank of America within a block if you forget.
The Green Mill has a beloved place in my mind as it was the background for my heady twenty-something days. Whether it's Sunday night slam poetry fests in which I fail miserably, or Friday evening lounging with me doing my best ingenue face, I have never been disappointed. I first caught the Vijay Iyer Trio here in 2005, and was, of course, blown away that I returned the following night. Open 'till 4 am on Fridays and Saturdays, this spot continues to draw the craziest characters. Drinks are fine and all, but that's not the point. Stay for the vibe, with its original 1920s furnishings and gorgeous green neon sign. Uptown may never be quite as cool as it was in Capone's time, but it's still got so much to offer, so do venture a little north and don't be disappointed if a twenty-something sorta ingenue decides to recite lame poetry on stage - it's all part and parcel of this legendary institution.
I don't care who has been there, or how famous the place is, or if the jazz is really good; you don't charge 12 $ just to stand, and - most of all - you don't answer rudely when one asks if that is valid also for students. Other places have more respect for student backpackers and do not charge them to listen to some good music (see Kingston Mines for instance). However, I might have found the worst usher ever, so this is just a warning: think twice before going all the way there.
The music is awesome but the service sucks! Me and my friends wen't there to meet other friends. As we pass by the door, we missed the security guard by mistake and the guy pulled one of my friends from the jacket like he was criminal!. The security guard said he needed to see the ID (what a nice way of asking for it!). Additionally, the bartender asked to shut up! I'll never go back or recommed this bar to anyone!
coming from the city where jazz was born, this place isn't crazy special. still had a good time listening to some good traditional jazz, new orleans style. I would have rated this higher but my complaint is about the bar and our waitress. She had a pretty limited knowledge about classic cocktails one would expect to order in a classic jazz club, so it was like speaking a different language to her. She got flustered, and kind of came off snotty from her lack of knowledge and had that mood the rest of the night. I just wish they had a wait staff who seemed like they enjoyed being there. One thing is for sure, though this is a jazz club, wait staff in new orleans are much less snotty, and a ton more knowledgable about anything classic, either drinks or jazz.
Gorgeous interior and very welcoming atmosphere. will definitely be going again. One critique of the open mic slam night, it seemed odd that all the poets were white- at a jazz club- in Chicago. Perhaps these were the only people that signed up that night but maybe they should do more outreach to people of different races. Just a thought.
Oh man. Go see the original poetry slam, go get your drink on, go see a place that has more history than you do. Awesome.
This place in general is just a cool Chicago staple. But on Saturdays at 3:00 pm one of my favorite events takes place: the Paper Machete "live magazine." This blend of pop culture, news and political commentary, blended with straight comedy and fabulous live music is so, so fun and entertaining. Highly recommend. Top: Green Mill is cash only.
Incredible place, we had the pleasure of stopping by on a tour and wow this place is full of history from back in the early days. The wood work is full of craftsmanship from the old says and even the bar itself feels full of history. When you are there make sure and sit at the table that looks at the front door and back, this is where a very famous person used to have a table. You should go by and have a drink and figure out who that person was. Great place full of history and great conversation.
I would give this place no stars if I could. It's a overpriced, wanna be hipster joint, with sanitary issues... Where do I begin, it's a cash bar scam place, and they coincidentally have an ATM that will gladly rip you off with fees. They have mold on the beer tap, and I saw an employee digging (with their whole hand, wrist deep) into a cherry jar...ugh... I paid a 15 dollar cover charge to stand near the ATM in the corner, next to a mop bucket, with no view of the band and couldn't even talk to my friends.... WORST BAR I'VE EVER BEEN TO!!!!
This opened up my eyes to big jazz bands. Include the friendly staff, old school decor and history, it's a worthwhile experience for tourists.
I always recommend the Green Mill to friends coming in from out of town to get a taste of what Chicago is all about. The Green Mill has history (the piano behind the bar sits on top of a trap door that leads to a speakeasy and escape tunnels - note: these are not accessible), it has a good beer list and drink menu, but most importantly it is legendary for its weekly poetry slam nights on Sundays. The hosts of Poetry Slam night always make you feel like you belong even if it's your first time there.
Love this bar with all my heart, but I was very upset when I was asked not to dance to the wonderful house band on a Late Friday night. How can you not be allowed to dance to the beautiful music that the house band provides? There is plenty of room for a dance floor, and I think it would be more than occupied if allowed!! Other than that, I definitely recommend to any local or out-of-towner!!
Are you looking to drink back in time? Then this is the place for a straight up martini and a little jazz music. This was one of the places that Al Capone use to hang out and drink at. In fact, if you want to sit in his favorite booth then you still can because it is still here. Capone was not a great guy but he is part of the history of Chicago and the mob. He was a public enemy yet he hung out and socialized with the people of Chicago. Capone would never survive in modern America. He is one of those icons that will live on forever.
The bar is old so don't come here expecting a fancy jazz club. It probably hasn't been remodeled in over 70 years. There is a cool Schlitz Beer statue at the bar and I hear it's an original. Capone never allowed any other beer to be poured here. He might punch me in the face for drinking my Milk Stout today. I sometimes miss the times when a bar would have just one beer. It made ordering a beer easy. Now I need a book to order a beer.
So if you're looking to have a drink in a historic place in Chicago then this is the place. They also have live music but I would call them first in order to find out who is performing and at what time shows start.
I loved this place. Great music! Prices are reasonable. The only thing that kind of got us off guard was the cash only policy. Other than that a fantastic place. Highly recommended.
Le personnel de l endroit est froid et inamical, il semble reigner une attitude de snob. La place sent mauvais mais le style rococo est tres interessant. Il y a des regles strictes ne pas parler lorsque le groupe joue, ne pas prendre de photos avec flash et la plus surprenante, a mon avis, etait l interdiction de danser. Ce qui pour moi est un non sens complet. Mais lorsque la musique debute, c
There's a cover to listen to the band on Saturday evenings, and probably most evenings. My friends and I just wanted to stop in and say that we had drinks at the same bar that Al Capone used to frequent--- I mistakenly said Al Pacino when telling my out of town friend, and he kindly did not point out my blunder.
The bartender confidently told us that he could make a meaner cocktail than anyone else in the city, ad when I asked for something good, he couldn't get a concrete answer out of me because I wanted whatever was most popular, which he said meant that I didn't know what I wanted. Anyway, my roomie and friend both got old-fashioneds and both said it was the best old-fashioneds that they've ever had. The concotion I got was just okay. I thought I could say that I wanted gin or rum and something sweet and that would be enough, but apparently not. So maybe after I get it figured out, I'll go back. Maybe I should have just ordered a gin and tonic.
Lovely always have a great time & just knowing Al Capone loved this place one of his bars he liked to drink at so u know Al only enjoyed the best
Al Capone's favorite hangout! Definitely does not disappoint!
We saw this place featured on Anthony Bourdain's Chicago layover eposide, so we had to come here for a visit. We arrived at little after 8pm on a friday night and the place already had some people inside. The show started promptly at 9pm, but shortly after we arrived, the entire bar was filled up and progressively got more crowded. Luckily we got seats at the bar facing the stage and was able to sit for the entire duration of the show. That night they featured a 9 piece Jazz orchestra with 2 MC's with funny voices. It was super cool show and absolutely hysterical. There's a small dance floor in front of the stage and many folks were doing swing dancing. There's a couple of regulars that were highly skilled dancers. Music was very upbeat and lots of fun.
Drinks were reasonable, parking was pretty easy on the street. Long line to get in after 10pm, so come early!
It is shocking to me that I never knew all the history behind this strip of Chicago legendary nightlife. Like the Time Square of Chicago, Green Mill is so true to the 1940s era. It's like stepping back in time. Unfortunately, I wasn't there on an evening or during a time where any live music was going on, but there was an incredibly charming jukebox. I'd love to know more about the interior decor and how much of it is original. To be a fly on that wall!!!
I can't wait to go back and spend some serious time reflecting on all that has gone down in here. Seriously looking forward to getting back here.
The drinks are good and the music is so soulful. Just be sure to bring enough cash with you because they only take that and American Express.
All of the waiters were irrespectful. Lack of respect. Unable to take care of a group people who are just looking for a good time. No apparent reason for being asked to leave. For 6$, unacceptable. Do not go. But if you do, good luck.
I don't get the popularity of this place. Yeah it's old and iconic. Yes Al Capone use to go here. So What? It's a Jazz joint with a lot of bad seating, a lot of it with no view of the musicians playing there. Also you get shushed by the patrons and staff if you say more than one word to the people you are with. Yeah I get it, you shouldn't be having a loud conversation while the band is playing, but give me a break. You take yourself WAY too seriously. Plus your drinks are overpriced and poorly made. I know this place was around during prohibition, but do your drinks actually have to taste like they were made in a bathtub for authenticity? It is just a typical Chicago place for posers who pretend to appreciate Jazz.
Need something to do after a romantic dinner? I’d suggest taking your date to the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. It was once a known hangout of the infamous Al Capone, but you’ll find a less dangerous crowd hanging out in modern times. Enjoy delicious cocktails, a seemingly never-ending events calendar and live jazz!
The place has quite the feel to it. The drinks depending on what you order are anywhere from underpriced to overpriced. Some drinks are very well made and others leave something to be desired. Find what's good that you enjoy and you will be quite happy.
The place has a really great feel. Very classic. It would be great if more of the seating was directed towards the stage because that is what most people are doing there. They have a no talking during the performances rule. It is definitely because of the design it will carry quite well in the space and it's a place dedicated to music. As it rightly should.
Absolutely Amazing. Go and enjoy!
Went in a Sunday with a friend and his dad to have a few afternoon drinks. It's an interesting interior with plenty of drink options. Not sure if it's every Subaru but when we went they had people doing pretty funny stand-up. Hannibal Buress came out at the end and did a surprise set and really made it a memorable afternoon.
The Green Mill is a cash-only jazz club. Seating is tough to go by due to it's popularity. A good assortment of beers and all the usual wine/liquor will make sure you have a good drink in your hand as you stand and listen to the music, which changes every night, so have a look on their website's calendar to see what's going on.
A few of their reasonably priced drinks and you may even try out their dance floor, which had a few participants during the Tuesday night I visited.
Plan on paying a $5-15 cover and check their calendar for the exact cost. It looks like there are some no-cover shows.
The music is meh, definitely have seen more lively jazz houses. I came to a point where I questioned whether or not I was even listening to jazz because I almost fell asleep. Live jazz should never do that. The staff is well below average and the cover charge is unnecessary for some of the music being played. You can't even hardly whisper so best to come alone, if at all.
Classic venue on far north side of Chicago for great jazz and blues. Offers great music almost every night. Busy, crowded bar with patrons of all ages. Often open late (2 am).
I've been to jazz clubs in New York and Tokyo but this one is still my favorite. This historic venue has been around forever and was restored to its former glory awhile back. There's even a picture of Al Capone on the piano.
They only take cash or Amex so be prepared. The club is small and fills up quickly so get there early. I always tell people this and then they are shocked when they get there a few minutes early and it's packed.
Great historical atmosphere. Loved the live music, beautiful decor, friendly staff, and great drinks. This place has it all.
Green Mill is a classic spot for those who appreciate good music and old-timey vibes. Make sure you visit on Thursday as they open the dance floor for people to dance the night away to amazing swing bands. Some of my best memories were made here.
Great musicians performing great jazz, low cost admission, fun historical place, good beer. a great experience (i am from out of town and would definitely recommend the short travel there).
One of my favorite bars, the music never disappointing, the staff is very prompt despite the fact that this place is always packed, before this last visit I didn't know that they sometimes open up the dance floor for those who are so inclined. If you like live music there are few places that can do it better
Top notch jazz listening lounge. They get some of the world's best jazz acts and also have a wide array of upcoming and extremely talented cats who come into town or have residency's. Prices for entry are always affordable and the sound is usually pretty good. Come early if you want a table, but even if you don't get one, you'll be treated nicely and have drinks brought to you by the a waitress. That said, drinks are pricey, so unless you're okay with well, then get ready to spend a lot on alcohol. But first and foremost, Green Mill is about listening to and enjoying jazz, and they nail this.
Dive bar. Good music. Friendly service. Great performances. Sunday night poetry slams 👍
Good drink, incredibly cool live music and wonderful people. Mind you - only cash accepted. There's also entrance fee and be early if you want to enjoy the music sitting in front of the scene and not standing for hours leaning at the wall or at the bar.
Classic Chicago: Jazz, bluess and poetry in a vintage setting. I went here on my first date with my husband 25 years ago. Still fun.
Stunning architecture inside the building. Dark woods, warming service, and well crafted cocktails. If there's a show it'll be difficult to talk to others without shouting. Talented writers and musicians take to the stage reminding you of and inspiring one's dreams.
Heard this place was good but it wasn't at all what I had hoped for. Staff-wise, the doorman was very miserable, barman was on the verge of tears (a bit busy for him so he was really struggling). In its defense the older members of staff were really nice, the stress didn't seem to get to them. The swing jazz was so cheesy! But recognisable songs good for a singalong. It's an old place but I guess all the history is in the building as this just seemed like a silly hipster pseudo jazz bar to me. Very disappointed - go somewhere else if you're looking for a jazz bar with soul.
I was in Chicago for vacation. In the beginning my friends and I were so excited to finally meet a real jazz bar in town. We went to this place and unfurtanelly the owner was very (very) impolite with us and we left the bar. We don't recommend this spot.
Nice Jazz music. Good drinks. Crowded.
Old world chicago with great throwback vibes, live music with patrons swing dancing. grab a tasty cocktail, sit in Al Capone's seat!! I highly recommend, if you're not into clubs or regular bar settings. I always put on a button up and nice pants whenever I visit.
Chicagos best jazz club! Check out the midnight shows, inexpensive and the crowd really gets colorful. Fun bar set up too.
Place is not busy at 3pm on Sundays. Juke book is great if you know the artists. I didn't. Bartenders are solid. There's a trap door where Allen Capone used to hide but now it's a fart dungeon.
Great time! Friday has an early evening free show, featuring a soloist on electric organ, which was great. We also took in a later show that night, which was incredible. Obviously the acts change, but the atmosphere was incredible and the service was great. Our waitress was friendly and never too far away, keeping my table well hydrated through all three sets! Great historic venue, an absolute must-see in Chicago!
Really like this place. First time I went in I was just buzzed enough to fall in love with the seasonal menu and decided to drink my way through it. Wasn't disappointed. Found another page of the menu to sip through on my next visit. If you catch the bartender with the waxed statue unloading his bartender's case it's a trip. He's even got a wooden mallet.
They play a mix of music but seem to have good taste so will change it up if you suggest something better than the Mumford and Sons or the like that they sometimes play.
$15 cover per person and the management staff kept hushing and hissing at all the patrons. Not a good place to go if you want to socialize and talk with friends while enjoying the music as well. They want it as quiet as a library while the music plays. Was annoyed beyond belief. I don't expect it to be loud but don't expect not to be social at all either.
If you're looking for great jazz music along with the speak easy feel of the 30s, this is the place to go. Also, bring cash, no credit cards accepted.
Did I mention Al Capone was a frequent patron?
A true jazz bar. VERY old school, really feels like you're stepping back in time going in here. The place hasn't changed in decades, and still smells like cigars and cigarettes. Jason, the manager, is a bit rude to the customers and acts as though he knows he's the only game in town which is unfortunate, but if you can ignore him and his lack of professionalism, you'll have a fantastic time. I suggest getting there before 7:30 and catching some of the organ player (who really looks like Ray Charles!). He was a blast.
This place is wicked awesome place to see and be seen. Epic ambiance, feels like you stepped back in time! A must see on any Chicago visit!
This place was at the top of our list for our short trip to Chicago. Weren't sitting at the bar for five minutes before some grumpy grey haired lady came and basically took my seat out from under my butt and told me I was in the way for the servers and made us move. Another patron proceeded to stand right where I had been sitting for the rest of our visit. No hospitality. Total shame to pay cover for that experience. Music was redeeming. Good atmosphere if the staff weren't so rude.
This place is a classic in Chicago. I saw the manager yell at a guy for taking over a 90 year old man on stage. I can respect that. The service is good, the place is always packed, the music is great!
Hands down the best place to go listen to jazz in Chicago. Funky atmosphere, fantastic jazz groups playing every night. Go early on Fridays and Saturdays. Open until 4 AM on weekends.
Great music, fun atmosphere, and beautiful decor. Awesome jazz club that first opened in 1907 under a different name. Al Capone loved this place. However...if you're looking for a swanky cocktail...search elsewhere. Tasty beer selection though. Stays open until 4am most nights and they keep the coffee flowing after 1am.
In a word: ICONIC. A genuine, Prohibition-era speakeasy, where nothing changes but the nightly jazz bill. And even that is a rotation of regulars--world-renowned regulars--, as well as a Sunday night Poetry Slam. Get there early if you want a booth, on time if you want a rickety folding chair, or roll in any time to perch/stand at the bar. Free parking, 6PM-6AM, one block west. City smarts recommended. 21+
The staff is great and the ambiance is soothing and smooth. No riff raft here. There's a great house act with a hammond b3 organ that plays every Sunday at 11:30 pm. There's a $5 cover before 1:30 am. Definitely a place to be, ANY night of the week and the late hours and very reasonable drink prices make this a "go to" spot.
If I could leave zero, I would. This place has an amazing nostalgia and a wonderful history. Unfortunately, the management has taken the place, and butchered it. It's forbidden to even speak inside the place. You're not able to actually appreciate the environment and the story behind it. She claims her name is "Maria" she is an extremely large woman and carries no professional manors. Beware of the fat lady. Al Capone is rolling in his grave due to this obese creature.
Still going strong for more than 100 years, this jazz club delivers the goods. Patricia Barber is a regular some Monday nights and one of the best poetry/spoken word/jazz events in U.S. happens Sundays. Kitschy elegant interior matched with dirty martinis and large beer selection hit the spot.
Round-topped tables adorned with white table linens and a single centerpiece candle face the stage; leather-clad booths for a handful of people are located posterior, with diner-style booths filling the sides. The dimly lit, sensual room is saturated with velvet and deep red hues.
Before the show starts, the atmosphere is convivial and lively. Friends share jokes over drinks, families treasure their time together, and young love birds share in the romance.
As Dave picks up the microphone, a hush falls over the audience. The last few pictures are snapped, the phones are set to silence mode. Dave doesn't need to remind everyone to be quiet; we are all in the moment already. The band is ready to start the show.
The sultry, sexy notes of the saxophone fill the space. The piano kicks in with its lyrical genius. The drums maintain the beat. Let the improvisation begin.
For 4 hours, the Green Mill becomes our home away from home.
Unpretentious, relaxed yet classy jazz club that is a bit rougher around the edges but so damn smooth on the ears. Went on a quick weekend to Chicago on the suggestion of a British musician friend and it was the highlight of our trip. We were lucky we showed up two hours early as Kurt Elling was in town and we nabbed the last two seats at the bar - get there early if you intend to go. Regulars at the booth behind us had brought cards. :) The drinks were great and the Mexican food from next door hit the spot. CASH ONLY so come prepared. I can understand some of the comments on the gruff nature of the staff but our particular bartenders and doorman were the nicest guys ever.
Great place. Probably best to avoid popular nights like Saturday. Draws a huge crowd that's more about socializing and talking than listening to the music. The club had to quiet the crowd a number of times during the night just to hear the band introduce the next song.
Jazz bar. Excellent musicians. Only drinks served (no food). Bring cash! No credit or debit cards accepted. The architecture inside seems to be the original one, so I would say it's quite a hallmark for the city. ($5 admission fee)
The Green Mill is definitely a memorable place. According to my friend (jazz drummer) this is the best place for listening to live jazz. I came here while visiting Chicago in 2013 and again this year. Both times were amazing. I loved the music. This last time I saw one of the best saxophonists in the world. The place is old but it's ok because it feels you are going back in time. Drinks are reasonably priced. I had a glass of red wine for $8. My only complaint is that they only accept cash. Try to arrive early or after the first set (around 11 pm) because it gets crowded, even on Monday! This bar is a must if you like jazz. Don't expect a fancy place.
Best jazz club in the country. Come for the second and third sets (usually after 10:30 or so), after the "respectable" people go home. You'll have great seating, sound, views, and a great time. Come Fridays for the after-hours sessions that last nearly until dawn. This is the kind of place that only a world-class city can offer. Life is short. Don't miss it.
I must say I was not impressed. A $15 cover is pretty steep, but I've lived in New York, so I just shrugged it off and went in anyway. The inside of the bar is really cool and the band was awesome, but I could not get past the SHUSHing, my god! If you so much as say a WORD during a song people will literally shush you. I wasn't even being loud, just conversing like a normal person does at a BAR.
It's a bar for god's sake, not Carnegie Hall. I'll be looking for other places to go where I can enjoy the music and have a conversation while I'm listening.
One of the true hidden gems of Chicago. You can instantly tell the history and charm of a place that hasn't changed much over the last half decade. Cash only bar. But drinks are very reasonable and the jazz is good. Little bit more eclectic acts than other jazz bars, but very intimate setting. Come early to get good seating! Perfect for date night or to simply go back in time a little
One of the oldest bars in Chicago. They say Al Capone used to frequent the place back in the day. Much of the ambience from back then remains. A very warm glowing atmosphere with live music everyday that captures the broad spectrum of jazz. A place every Chicagoan or visitor should check off their bucket list.
Wow!!! Beyond amazing music and a great place to go for amazing vibe. No food :-( not even bar snacks. (The Green Mill could totally make more $ offering soft pretzels, humus and pita or other simple snacks.) Very limited seating for live music, get there early for a seat. Love this place, would enjoy going again.
Such a great experience! First of all, CASH ONLY so be prepared. The atmosphere is just so cool. This was supposedly Al Capone's jazz club and boy does it feel like it with the 1920s art deco decor and the vintage cash resister.
Drinks are also in keeping with period so don't bother with wine/ beer, go for a proper cocktail. The bar tender managed the best (and largest) French 75 I've had in ages. Drinks appeared to run $9 for almost anything. $11 for top shelf/ specialty stuff.
Last but not least, the jazz was fantastic. Worth the cover!
Overall: The Green Mill is a must-go-to destination on any Chicagoans list. Just be ready to bring cash and fight the crowds.
The good: The ambiance and atmosphere are exactly what I look for in a bar: Low ceilings, low lighting, vintage trims and furniture, and an overall cozy vibe. The servers are friendly, as were the hosts for the show that we were at (and hilarious), and the entire show was phenomenal. Will definitely be back!
The not-so-good: Cash only. Limited drink menu. Gets super crowded and hard to get into. For the show that we were at, they had foldout chairs that were uncomfortable as heck, especially after 2 hours.
We went on a very special Jazz night. We went early to get good seats. The place got packed but I could still easily get drinks all night long. The bartenders are very attentive even to short little old lady's waving a 20 dollar bill in the air trying to get seen😂🤣
We closed the place down. I'm getting too old to be having that much fun tho.
We went for the poetry slam night. Would have preferred to listen to more jazz, but obviously got to pick the correct night for that. Only drinks are served, but there are food places nearby. Toilets are clean, atmosphere is great. Cash entrance fee exists.
What a great bar and music venue. Went on Wednesday night and it was packed. The wait staff were always checking in on me and the drinks were well mixed. The music was the best part. The jazz was easy to listen to and the songs were classic hits. All of the musicians knew how to play and their solos were experimental and well done. I am glad I popped in for a few drinks and some good music.
The green mill is an amazing, cash only jazz club with great cocktails and mind blowing music. When you enter the bar, you feel like you're stepping back into the 1950s. Great service combined with an intimate stage where you are literally sitting next to the musicians, The Green Mill is a venue that should not be missed.
If this place isn't a national historic site, it sure should be.
Amazing establishment. Everything is perfect. The lighting fixtures carved from wood are incredible, lending the perfect amount of dimness to the stunning room. Great bartenders who make great cocktails. Meticulously designed decor. Amazing music. Open till 4. I literally would not change a single aspect of it. The Green Mill is perfection.
This is a great cocktail and live music bar that I would definitely return to. There is typically a cover here, but there's no drink minimum. That helps to justify the cost. The cover changes based on which band is playing that night. It's also worth noting that seating is first come, first served, so it's worth arriving in advance of the show that you want to see.
Best jazz sets, cheap drinks as well. Cash only spot but they have an ATM there so you're good. Great ambiance, comfortable seating however get there early so you can get seating. The dark lighting there adds to the surly jazz they play. Bring friends, go alone, it doesn't matter; you'll love it if you love jazz. You'll love it if you like to drink 😆😆😆
Music was so good! Definitely a great late night spot and still has all the feels and atmosphere of the 40s. Not in the best area especially for late at night so just be cautious. Cash only so come prepared. Gets busy quick so get there early.
The bar was owned/operated/visited by Al Capone. It has changed little since. Smoky green walls with era-reminiscent art and deco, a great drink menu with classics like old fashioned and army navy cocktails, plus a decent beer selection. Live music and live stand up through the week keeps you glued to the chair. Cash only, some night require a cover fee. No smoking allowed, no food served. Go for the music and the ambiance and the history behind what may be one of the oldest joints in the city.
You must visit this place at least once in your life. Be prepared to be silent during performances, this place takes jazz seriously. It appears to have not changed since being owned by Al Capone. Top notch.
On of the coolest, classic and historic jazz clubs in Chicago. Check out the booth Al Capone sat in, take a seat, enjoy a beverage and bathe in the fantastic music. This place is all cash so leave the credit cards and e-pay world behind. Bring your Benjamin's and Hamilton's or stay home 😎. One important note, there is lots of crowd standing. So if you don't get a seat in the stage area, your view could be blocked by those standing, but if you are there to listen to the music, it will not really matter. I really loved the place you should too.
Classic old school jazz bar. I've only ever heard big band swing jazz being played here, which isn't my thing, but was fun anyway. Lots of dancing going on also. Cool to just chill with a drink or two and watch people enjoy themselves. It's cash only so don't forget to hit the ATM before you go.
The door collects a 7.00 cover charge. Once inside though, you cannot beet the entertainment. We had a very enjoyable evening of great jazz music. The historical setting and art deco ambiance makes it a nice intimate space to share a late night cocktail. We will definitely visit again!
You are going to love this place if you love live jazz. FYI - This place is cash only, leave your e-pay brain behind, travel back in time and bring a wad of cash with you. Sit in the booth Al Capone sat in and soak in the history of the joint. A lot of people stand around, so sight lines are not great if you do not get a seating section in the front stage. If you enjoy live jazz, you will love this place!
This is a bit out of the city. I took the train all the way to experience this historical place. The person at the door asked me to return later when some band would be playing. I was informed of the reasonable cover charge. I left thinking I’d come back and changed my mind. Only go here if you are driving around while visiting Chicago.
Probably the worst service ever and by far not the experience I was hoping for. Both the guy at the bar and the one who shows you to your seat are complete jerks. Music was good but I never felt any fun in Patricia Barber's performance. The other members of the trio did seem to have a good time. As such I don't have any problem staying silent during the show (a rule that obviously doesn't apply to the barmen - they made as much noise as possible). I didn't feel at a single moment the joyful atmosphere of a jazz joint. Plenty of other/better places to go in Chicago.
This is a representative lounge where you can listen to Chicago Jazz. There is a LIVE performance every day and to pay an admission fee(about $15). There is a performance that is exempted from admission, see the web. It is located in Uptown, near the CTA Red line Lawrence station. The interior is relatively small, but has a traditional feel. Cash Only.
I really enjoyed Green Mill when I first arrived. The waitress was attentive and the cocktails we're reasonably priced based on the rest of my experience in the city. The decor is really cool and I really enjoyed the live band, but the bar got so packed and loud I ended up not able to hear the band. It was super disappointing because I was really enjoying myself otherwise. The reviews about being required not to talk are definitely not true. I would try to come super extra early next time to get a seat in front so I can hear.
A Chicago icon. Saw a blind guy playing a Hammond organ, and he was SICK! Crowd was a lot of fun. The decor is gorgeous and creates a really unique, classy atmosphere. Warning: they mix their drinks strong!
Band was good, but about an hour into the show it had gotten so crowded I couldn't hear them. The whole thing about people not allowed to talk during the music was 180ed. It was as loud as any weekend packed bar. you had to get in close to talk let alone hear some of the jazz. It was an Elbow to elbow crowd and felt like a dive bar with a cheap live band. Service was okay. Our server was nice and attentive but the bartender had the personality of a block of wood.
We wanted a real jazz bar and this place so recommended in huge numbers. It's a little out of town so a taxi is highly recommended (taxis wait outside the bar and the end of the night so really easy to get one back).
If you want a seat get there by 8pm at the latest as it gets packed, the main show starts at 9pm.
This bar has a really old world feel about it which makes for a great atmosphere.
There is a cover charge to get in for the evening show (we payed $15). Note that there is no talking during the show and the take this seriously.
The bar staff where incredible. Our barman (didn't catch his name but he had a gigantic and awesome beard) was amazing, very cool and calm under the mountains of drunk orders and ever sneaked us so chocolate.
I would so go again if I had more nights
The Saturday afternoon satirical troupe Paper Machete has always proven to be a thought-provoking and at times rip-roaring laughter event. Every Edition has a new first-time performer and the musical groups vary from comedic to somber. I encourage everyone to get into the Green Mill, but it is a" no talking during the performance" show so don't expect to go in and gab with your friends.
I've been to the Green Mill many times never been disappointed so if you want to take a lady out listen to some nice jazz go to the Green Mill, first show if the person performing is popular and it's definitely a cult following at the Green Mill it's best to get there an hour before the show starts for a chance to sit down otherwise you're standing at least for the first set but it's a great place recommended anytime for jazz yours truly Grover. 😎👍
Always a fun little local gem. If you get in close with someone there, they'll tell you about it being Capone's speakeasy and the tunnel for booze running is still there. They just might show you. Good luck and stay classy.
Stopped in for a glass of wine with the Mrs. Loved the neighborhood feel. A bit rundown but still has charm. The white wine we had was wonderfully chilled.
Extremely crowded, terrible bathrooms. Their musical guests are consistently decent and their comfortable status as an institution of Chicago tourism seems to allow them to get away with providing sub-par service. For those interested in a far superior choice of Chicago jazz venue, go to The Constellation.
Old style bar with great Jazz music and interesting program. Prices are descent and the service is good. Worth visiting.
Was having a good time for the first 30 minutes I was there only to have the owner, who was stationed at the front, hogging an entire booth to himself in a shoulder to shoulder bar, storm over to our side of the bar and tell everyone to "shut the f@ck up!" He proceeded to have a stand off with one person and continued harassing them, seemingly escalating the situation. The purpose of a bouncer/owner in that situation should not he to harass/escalate it. Made me feel very scared for my safety as the owner was overtly aggressive to customers in a packed bar.
I understand that they want people to not be loud, but you're the owner, grab the microphone and remind everyone to not be loud? Most people are unaccustomed to that type of protocol at a bar. Lots of better ways to handle that than storming over hurling swear words at random customers, and having physically aggressive posturing. Have never seen something like this in my life.
I've been here a few times and this experience with the owner (I confirmed who he was with the bouncer) is a complete turn off. I'll never waste my money at this establishment again.
There are plenty of other nice spots. SIP, for example has jazz on evening weekends, much less crowded and never been verbally assaulted by the owner! A win win!
Pros: interesting environment, with original decor from the 40’s, really cool. Great jazz musicians playing (if you like jazz).
Cons: cash only, rude service, not enough capacity for the amount of people that want to come in, weirdest policy of making people quiet during the music with aggressive bouncers.
They don’t know what they want to be. Is it a concert theater? But there’s a big bar and you don’t want people to talk? In the end they turn it into a dark atmosphere where people are afraid of getting yelled at, or get weird looks while they are trying to have a good time.
Life changing. This place is so special and has its very own vibe, that’s for sure. Live music, the booziest White Russian I’ve ever had, romantic ambiance with my hubby. Couldn’t ask for more. I turned 26 years old in the Green Mill and I’ll never forget that!
I was shocked that we were able to get a spot in the back room for 3 at 7:30pm on a Monday night (oh, but wait, it's Monday). LOVED the service, loved how we weren't rushed and our server knew exactly when we needed him, but not imposing. I was craving something sweet and ordered the crackerjack popcorn -- which was the perfect conclusion to my evening out with my friends!
What a great place, but if you're there for the early show, prepare yourself for a quick exit and rude service. I've been a couple times and both times the staff was very rude. That being said, the place itself is beautiful. The music is fantastic. Nice to see that they've preserved the integrity of the space!
I went to this place last week and it was definitely a really good experience. We had a get together and chose this place. Its a great place to come for a beer! The drinks are pretty good and well-priced. Some of the stuff on this menu is really good. Every city needs a spot like this!
Great funky bar. We were there on Jazz, poetry and comedy night. Very cool entertainment. Lots of regulars interacting with the entertainers. 'Most fun I had a a bar in years. Highly recommended! (Get there early for a good seat).
What is even going on, here? I feel like I stepped into the back end of a GD Dr. Seuss production. What language is everyone speaking? Where are the special thneed trees? But don't try bringing it up with any of the locals, it is NOT the most self-aware scene around. Jack and Coke was nice and strong.
A cash only jazz bar that specializes in cocktails. Some cool events every now and then and the bar itself is a cultural icon in Chicago & the Uptown neighborhood. Love the live music and atmosphere here. What an amazing place.
Historical Blues/Jazz bar in the north side.
Said to have been Al Capone's bar back in the day!
Dark, old, a bit sketchy - a classic nonetheless.
Cash only, drinks only. Decent prices, not so amazing service.
We keep going back from time to time though!
It was enjoyable to see the lounge with all of the history it has. A group of four friends went on Saturday at 8:30pm and stayed for only 30 minutes since the place was insanely packed out. We were forced to stand shoulder to shoulder with everyone. They only have seating for about half of the people in the venue. I was really looking forward to coming here but couldn’t enjoy with all the people squeezing past you every 20 seconds.
This place lived up to the hype. The jazz magic was both invigorating and relaxing at the same time.
I 100% appreciate the no talking and no phones rules. Cash only.
What can I say? Only that I'm incredibly grateful to an old coworker and friend for inviting me to this legit space/crowd.
I was there to see the Paper Machete, which turned out to be a huge blast. Funny, funny, did I mention, funny!
Bring cash, cash bar only, but it's worth it. I had two glasses of a rich red wine and it was delicious. Go, relax, laugh and definitely, get your drink on. The space begs for it. I'll definitely be returning.
Great local talent. They had a three piece instrumental group playing. Just wish they had a female vocalist, but that's my thing. My son thought they were awesome. Bartender provided good service.
While visiting Chicago we were told this joint is a must go. We went late on a Sunday night, found out we missed slam poetry (I will definitely be sure to come earlier the next time) but the jazz trio that played after was outstanding.
After reading the history of the Green Mill, I had concerns it may have a touristy vibe but this was not the case at all. You can sit and the bar, strike up a conversation with the person next to you without an ounce of pretentiousness.
Bring cash. It's definitely my kind of place.
You can catch local jazz artists every night till 1:00 am and 5:00 am on The weekends. World renowned jazz artists on tour frequent the mill.
Check out the online calendar.
This place was great. Small, but just the right size. Lively crowd. Great band. Ambiance was brilliant and authentic. Heads up: cash only. The customer service could be a little better. Doorman was cold, etc. Otherwise it would have been 5 stars. It will be a fun new addition to my social life.
This is one of the best jazz clubs in Chicago if not the world. My brother put it best during a recent visit, "we are hearing maybe the best live jazz music on the planet right now". Old school cool vibe and staff is mostly great
Very unique and quaint atmosphere. Stopped in for a jazz night last week. Performance was awesome but it was super crowded (that's a great sign though?)and there was barely room to sit... or stand without constantly feeling like you were in the staff's way... which you were. Also they only accept cash. Would be better on a night without a big band there.
This place an institution. Real Chicago history. The best local jazz I found over four years in Chicago. Always packed to the brim til the last set. Friendly bar tenders and perfect atmosphere. Just go and appreciate whatever is on stage.
If you love jazz clubs that predate Prohibition, it doesn't get any better than the Green Mill. This place still looks like it's in its 1920s heyday, presenting great live jazz, both local and touring acts for fairly low covers. There's a very chill vibe here, and you won't find staff constantly hustling patrons to buy drinks. Honestly, when drinks are this fairly priced, there's no need for a hustle. Do yourself a favor and read up on this legendary Al Capone joint, and remember that it's cash only and 21+.
I was referred to go to The Green Mill’s Paper Machete event by a co-worker, and it was honestly one of the most memorable moments I’ve had in Chicago thus far. So much local talent was displayed within those two hours and the environment of the bar elevated it. Definitely will be coming back!
We had awesome time - the band, the music and the atmosphere were great. You can feel the old jazz times in every cm in this place. We paid $8 at the entrance, for the band on Thursday. The place can easily accommodate about 40-60 people.
The music and ambience were amazing here. Went for open mic/slam poetry night, the accompanying musicians were perfect, the crowd was engaging, and the overall feel was very welcoming. I'm definitely coming back!
Always a great experience! Classic club with so much history, it's hard to go wrong with any show here, but you're especially lucky if you show up on a Monday night. If Patricia Barber is not on tour, she's behind the piano, giving up three sets of world-class performance. Oh, and for $8. What a steal.
We were here on a Monday to hear the house band. A very reasonable cover. Very reasonable prices for drinks. Nice staff. Easy to get to off the El. Come early or stay late for a good seat.
Could not be better. Top performance from Joel Paterson's trio with a nice selection of jazz and blues tunes. The place is a wonderful reminder of the era that it was built. You know it it from the minute you get inside and smell the air. The stuff was friendly and polite. Nice drinks and prices too. A "must visit" if you like jazz/blues live music , good drinks and lovely people.
While I could nitpick the bar for lackluster cocktails, I can't help but find this place a wonderfully charming, dim speakeasy with great, live jazz. It's the best 4am bar in the city, and a place of which I could see the like of a Tom Waits or Charles Bukowski fitting right into (at least when smoking inside was still allowed). For those who couldn't care less about jazz, it's ambience and coziness make for a nice date spot or just for a good conversation had with a friend.
Very nice cozy atmosphere. Brings you back to that time of 20s with a great music! There's plenty of performances on the schedule you can find online. Prices for the drinks are moderate. I loved the style of the darkened with a bright stage. Could be quite busy at the evening around 9-10
Great old world feel, cool staff and exceptional gypsy jazz on the night we visited. "No talking" required during performance, much appreciated! Decent beer selection. Beware- cash only, although they do have an ATM.
I came here very late on a Thursday after a show at the Aragon. The big band that was playing had already finished but they were still playing that era music through the speakers. This place is amazing. I love old school vibes and this place has it. When I saw the outside I immediately thought - Frank Sinatra. Everything about it is so cool. Definitely recommend checking it out. I cant wait to do it again and catch the band!
A neighborhood classic, a Chicago landmark- if you haven’t been yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for! The prohibition-era vibe is cozy and inspiring, the music is always amazing, and the dancing during swing nights is so much fun! I can’t wait to come back again!
And don’t forget: cash only! And there’s a cover fee (I think it’s $7-8 normally, sometimes more during concerts of bigger names- check their website!)
Chicago history at its finest. Cash only to hang with Al Capone, and weekend cover charges that are anything from $20 to $5 at this after 2:00 am / late night landmark. Worth every penny.
I went here to see the Vincent Herring Quartet because I was nearby and they were playing. I stayed for one set and then left. The music was good. I like...read this and 815 more