Metro is one of the city’s older and more famous clubs. Formerly known as the Cabaret Metro, it hosts a variety of midsize national touring acts of all genres, from rock to hip-hop to electronica. It’s also known for larger showcases of local bands, such as the annual Chicago Rocks fest, where you can catch a slew of the city’s top hip-hop artists all in one night. A number of its shows are all-ages or 18-and-older, so you’ll likely be frequenting it. Downstairs you’ll often find excellent DJs at the adjacent Smart Bar—see Clubs listings for more.
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3730 N Clark St
|Cross street:||between Waveland and Racine Aves|
|Transport:||Subway stop: Addison Subway lines: Red to Addison Bus info: 22 Clark, 152 Addison|
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Twin Peaks + Together Pangea + Golden Daze
No longer saddled with the reputation of being a band of teenagers from Chicago, Twin Peaks have steadily become one of the city's most reliable rock acts. The group's latest, Down in Heaven, draws heavily upon the classic rock textbook, channeling the...Rock and indie Friday December 16 2016 - Saturday December 17 2016Read more
Taylor Bennett's Holiday Bash
Taylor Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper's little brother, throws an all-ages Holiday Bash at Metro. Expect to hear tracks from the 20-year-old's debut album Broad Shoulders, which matches his effortless flow with sample-free beats from Detroit...Rap, hip-hop and R&B Friday December 23 2016Read more
Into It. Over It.
The heartfelt, brainily ambitious stylings of Evan Weiss, sit somewhere between heartfelt singer-songwriter fare and crunchy post-hardcore. It might bring back fond memories of golden-age emo acts such as the Get Up Kids, which ain't a bad thing by any...Rock and indie Friday January 13 2017Read more
Title Fight + The Hotelier
Part of the latest wave of emo-influenced bands, Pennsylvania quartet Title Fight has mostly turned away form its hardcore punk roots in favor of My Bloody Valentine-style atmosphere. The group's latest album, Hypernight, wallows in wave of immaculately...Rock and indie Saturday January 14 2017Read more
Sons of the Silent Age
Industrial icon Chris Connelly leads his band of Bowie devotees, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the artist's first installment in his seminal Berlin Trilogy, Low. Sons of the Silver Age will be covering the album in full—expect an extremely reverent...Rock and indie Sunday January 15 2017Read more
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Metro is a happy medium between the huge music venues like the Riv or the Aragon Ballroom and smaller rock clubs like Schubas. It's pretty easy to get a view of the stage, and they regularly book great bands. If you're looking to keep your toes a'twinklin' after a show, you can always head downstairs to SmartBar and soak in some more beats.
Metro is perhaps the music venue Chicagoans and out-of-towners are most well-acquainted. Metro is one of the best places in Chicago to see a band before they absolutely explode onto the scene. The sound is well done and the lighting is usually spot on, but like any bigger music venue, don't expect the drinks to be cheap.