Top jazz clubs
This mainstream jazz haven runs regular, low-key residencies with some of Chicago’s most respected scene elders, Ernest Dawkins and Mike Smith among them
Mon–Fri noon–4am; Sat noon–5am; Sun 11am–4am
This jazz institution is legendary for three things: It was once a Capone hangout (with unconfirmed escape tunnels underground), it’s supposedly haunted, and the no-nonsense staff is known to shush you and the visiting friends who dragged you in during live jazz sets
Long heralded as Chicago’s leading jazz venue, the venerable club has been forced to relocate more than once since its inception in 1947
Den mother Katerina supports local jazz and world music like few others. Inside her cozy venue, you can catch Gypsy violinist Alfonso Ponticelli, jazz chanteuse Grazyna Auguscik and and Brazilian guitarist Paulinho Garcia.