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Green Mill

4802 N. Broadway Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
773-878-5552
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Ranked #10 of 499 Nightlife in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Jazz Bars
Activities: Nightlife
Description: Once a haunt of Al Capone's, this oldest jazz club in the U.S. opened in 1907, and retains the aura of the Prohibition-era speakeasies.
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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Green Mill was disappointing! After a long day and an expensive cab ride from downtown Chicago we were told rudely that we could not get into the club if we did not have a license. We were all clearly in our mid to late 30s. Instead of communicating the policy in a respectful manner the bouncer gave attitude and did... More

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

And I don't even believe in God - no offense to any and all those who do - but I do believe [nay, know] the Green Mill is one of the absolute finest places on earth to hear some great music in a magnificent setting, owned and managed by people who care about the place and the music. LONG MAY... More

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Followed Tripadvisor recommendation and went to Green Mill during the Jazz Festival. The place looks very authentic of the Al Capone era. The music and performers are fantastic, drinks simple and inexpensive. The only drawback is that this is a cash only establishment. Take $15 cover per person and plenty of cash for drinks. Add 15 min cab ride from... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place is about 20 minutes outside of Downtown Chicago. The surrounding area is a little shabby, so ladies hold on to your purses, but the lounge itself is worth checking out if you enjoy live jazz and historic venues. Rumor has it that Al Capone hung out there back in the 20's. The room is made up of dark... More

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

If you are looking for some good jazz on a Sunday night and a mature atmosphere, this is the place. Worth the trek from across town.

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Calgary, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

These people are more concerned about it's 12 dollar cover charge then they are about providing a smile and a welcoming hello to people from out of town. Maybe they think that Al Capone is still running the show but wake up people its 2014 and a smile costs you nothing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Went there for drinks late afternoon/early evening on a Friday. No cover, decent drinks, and the amazing Chris Foreman on the B-3. We sat at the bar close to the organ and just soaked it in. The ambience was terrific and the crowd's respect for the music was refreshing. Mr Foreman stopped by on a break and was terrific to... More

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Long Island City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Was in Chicago for a work conference and wanted to hear some Chicago jazz. Cab driver recommended this place, and I'm just ashamed I didn't already know it. $15 for live music, small but decent priced drinks, and a pretty cheap cab ride from touristy downtown Chicago. Check it out!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The title says it all. The guy at the door was almost enough to make me change my mind, had I not traveled a half hour to see the place. He was very rude, and $15 cover charge was too much. Add to that the pricey drinks and unhygienic toilets, and I was quite disappointed by this place after what... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Thursday nights a twenty piece jazz band playing swing music. All done like a radio station complete with commercials for DDT. It was hilarious. Great crowd and atmosphere.

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