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The Green Mill

Bars, Cocktail bars Uptown
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
GreenMill.venue01.jpg (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsGreen Mill
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsGreen Mill

Time Out says

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 Frank Catalano 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.



Address: 4802 N Broadway St
Cross street: at Lawrence Ave
Transport: El stop: Red to Lawrence. Bus: 22, 36, 81, 151.
Price: Average cocktail: $7
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–4am; Sat noon–5am; Sun 11am–4am
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Users say (5)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

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One of my favorite places in Chicago. If you are a true lover of jazz and history, this place is truly for you. Most of the people who watch the live shows take jazz music seriously. I love how everyone pays attention to the performer and music and no one is talking during the performance. Green Mill is a Chicago landmark and I hope visitors appreciate it as much as the locals do. A couple of things to keep in mind: There's usually an admission fee and it is a cash only bar as well.

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.


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.

Had a nice time Music was great ,so much history in this place , will return for sure A.S.A.P.