Al Capone and other gangsters used to hang here in the 1920s, but these days it’s all about the music. Owner Dave Jemilo, who returned the club to its original luster in the 1980s, books smart bebop and free jazz with a discriminating ear. Local favorites Kimberly Gordon and Patricia Barber both maintain residencies throughout the year (Barber’s here every Monday, if she’s not on tour). Come early, as it’s usually understandably busy.
|Venue name:||The Green Mill||Contact:|
4802 N Broadway St
|Cross street:||at Lawrence Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri noon–4am; Sat noon–5am; Sun 11am–4am|
|Transport:||El stop: Red to Lawrence. Bus: 22, 36, 81, 151.|
|Price:||Average cocktail: $7|
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The music is taken seriously at this classic Chicago club—don't try to carry on a conversation over the performers unless you want to be reprimanded.
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.
Go to the Green Mill and drink the cheapest beer that you can find. Listen to the jazz or whatever event they have going on. Whisper a comment to your neighboring bar patron like "Zip zap zoop, am I right?" Then, just waste away into a haze.