On the corner of Belmont and Southport in Lake View, the Schubas Tavern hosts bands from across the US and the world, but still provides an intimate bar setting. Don’t feel like paying the cover? You can hang out in the front bar and soak up the music and atmosphere from a distance.
Schubas Tavern, 3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 525 2508
Another Chicago institution, Roscoe Village’s Hungry Brain actually went out of business in 2014, but soon made a comeback in 2016, offering the same improvised jazz shows that the bar built its name on. It’s a quirky and intimate setting with a relaxed vibe, and it’s great value as many shows are free, the drinks are cheap, and you can bring your own food.
Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 687 8230