Top 10 Concert Venues in Chicago

Top 10 Concert Venues in Chicago

Everyone knows that Chicago is a hot spot for live music and concerts. What comes with the experience of the music, is the venue. No matter what type of venue you are looking for, Chicago has the venue for you. Here are ten of our favorite concert venues in Chicago. 

  • Thalia Hall
    • Thalia Hall is a historic landmark located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The layout is ideal for any concert goer. A re-established beer inspired restaurant, a Punch focused cocktail bar, and a public hall fit for all types of events.
  • Park West
    • Originally starting as a neighborhood movie theater for Lincoln Park residents, in 1977 the theatre transformed into a concert venue. Since then, Park West has been giving guests a fun and amazing concert experience. Though it is an intimate setting, it’s also wonderfully spacious, seating up to 1,000 people.
  • The Metro
    • The Metro is a great venue for an intimate show with a variety of Indie and alternative bands that play. The stage is located on the second floor, which can also be viewed from its panoramic balcony. After your show, there's a variety of Wrigleyville bars to choose from.
  • Bottom Lounge
    • This West Loop venue has an awesome variety in its lineup, catering multiple genres. It’s also a well-known spot for Blackhawks fans. Before the concert, check out Bottom Lounge’s food menu and grab a bite to eat!
  • Aragon Ballroom
    • Being one of the oldest concert venues in Chicago, you have to visit the Aragon Ballroom. This venue is an expansive space for big crowds that holds multiple music genres. The Aragon Ballroom is currently open with COVID-19 restrictions. 
  • The Riviera Theatre
    • The Riviera is a historic Uptown Theatre that maintains a classic decor. Great for views and sound, the general admissions venue has an open pit for standers and a balcony for seating. If you’re looking for an intimate setting, this is the place for you! The Riviera Theatre will continue to have concert series in 2021.
  • House of Blues
    • This tri-level spot in River North might not be the biggest venue, but it’s undoubtedly the place to be when mainstream acts are in town. Not only is the sound and lightning great at this venue, but it also has a well rounded bar and food menu as well.
  • Concord Music Hall 
    • Similar to Aragon, this rustic and old venue is perfect for Chicago music lovers. This mid-size concert venue supports a variety of genres, including hip-hop, indie rock & dubstep. If you’re looking for a great night out, check out Concord Music Hall. 
  • Schubas Tavern 
    • If you like the more intimate concert feel, this is Schuba Tavern’s specialty. Aside from the live music, it’s also a fully-functional restaurant and bar.
  • Vic Theatre 
    • This luxurious venue is relatively small but laid back. Smaller artists and comedians are known to have shows here. They also have a bar that you and your friends can head to on a normal night for some cheap beer!

We can't wait for these venues to open back up! Where is your favorite place to see concerts?

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