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
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|Transport:||Subway stop: Addison Subway lines: Red to Addison Bus info: 22 Clark, 152 Addison|
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Jane's Addiction + Nothing
2016 isn't just the 25th anniversary of Lollapalooza, it also marks a quarter-century since Jane's Addiction's first breakup in 1991, shortly after the release of its album Ritual de lo Habitual. The alt-rock pioneers are back in town to play Lolla (lead...Rock and indie Thursday July 28 2016Read more
James Murphy made a big show (a four-hour affair that took over Madison Square Garden) of closing the book on LCD Soundsystem in 2011. As it turns out, our musical heroes are just as bad at hanging up the cape as their comic book counterparts. So here...Dance and electronic Friday July 29 2016 - Saturday July 30 2016Read more
Ghostface Killah + Raekwon
Two of the Wu-Tang Clan's strongest rappers join forces once again on the RAGU Tour (not a reference to the pasta sauce, it actually stands for "Rae And Ghost United"). Last year Ghostface and Raekwon teamed up to celebrate the the 20th anniversary of...Rap, hip-hop and R&B Friday August 5 2016Read more
Russian Circles + Cloakroom
Local instrumental metal trio Russian Circles returns to Metro behind its new LP, Guidance—a serpentine collection of atmospheric segues and heavy anthems drenched in propulsive rhythms and sludgy riffs. Grunge-inflected Indiana rockers Cloakroom open...Punk and metal Friday September 9 2016Read more
Turntablist and producer Josh Davis has spent his entire career living in the shadow (no pun intended) of his immaculately sampled debut album, Endtroducing. Though he has long refused to simply repeat himself, 2016's The Mountain Will Fall is DJ Shadow's...Dance and electronic Friday October 7 2016Read 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.