Much like the Empty Bottle, this small club books some of the best indie touring acts around, but leaning toward the acoustic singer-songwriter end of the spectrum, and month-long residencies from local groups with a national profile. You can hang out in the front bar area without paying cover for the shows; if you’re under 21, go straight to the back room, which stages plenty of all-ages and over-18 shows. The Harmony Grill serves up a mean brunch on weekends.
3159 N Southport Ave
|Cross street:||at Belmont Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 11:30am–2am; Sat 9am–3am; Sun 9am–2am|
|Transport:||El stop:Brown,Purple (rush hrs),Red to Belmont. Bus:9,77.|
|Price:||Average beer: $4|
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Simply sitting at the bar at Schuba's is a good time. While the concert schedule is varied and you can almost always find a show you want to see coming up in a month, it's also just a really comfortable, laid-back place to spend time and have a beer and a light snack before heading elsewhere in the neighborhood.
Oh, Schubas. Despite the fact the owner recently sold this Chicago icon to the people who run Lincoln Hall, not much has changed. I almost like the bar at Schubas more than I like the place as a concert venue. The quality of the music varies wildly. You could stop in one night and see a show that's downright awful and another that is the best you've seen all year—it's all a part of the Schubas aesthetic.