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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Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
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The music is excellent; everyone is told to shut up and listen so you can actually hear it and the atmosphere, the interior---this is the real old style Chicago, not some fake repro.
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.
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.