There are a lot of nightlife options to be had in Chicago, but I’ve always been partial to live music myself. Although I haven’t been able to scope out the area as well as I would have liked, I have squeezed in some great concerts while here (and I’ve also missed quite a few).
I thought I’d list a few options for anyone coming to Kellogg interested in getting their live music fix. You can get to most of them via the rail or bus system (Google Maps is awesome for planning out the public transit commute), which is great if you don’t have a car.
I just made it out to this small venue for the first time this week, and it is amazing. The sound system was phenomenal, and the venue is located in Union Pizzeria, so you can grab a pizza and eat it during the show or just stick with drinks. It’s just a few blocks away from the Dempster L stop. It takes less than 15 minutes to get there from downtown Evanston.
This one is in Lincoln Park, and the venue itself looks pretty cool on the inside. It used to be a theater before it was converted to a concert venue. They had a lot of tables with Reserved signs when I went, but they are actually open to any group of 3-4.
This is a smaller venue that’s northwest of the loop. It’s a little harder to get here (you’ll have to use both the L and buses), but it has its own charm. It reminded me of some of the smaller places in Austin (like the Parish).
They’ve been holding summer concerts at the stadium the last few years, and I think they are going to keep doing it. Last September, Dave Matthews Band played a few shows here.
Located in the heart of Evanston, this is the place to see either of the Kellogg student bands: Captains of Industry or the Rocket Pockets.
Buddy Guy’s Legends
If you are looking for blues, then this is a good option. It is south of the loop in a part of Chicago that seems a little questionable at night, so I would consider going in a group or taking a cab to and from the venue. They charge cover at the door.
Unfortunately, I haven’t made it out to Schubas yet, and I probably won’t at this point, but it has been on my radar since moving to Evanston.