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Green Mill

4802 N. Broadway Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
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Ranked #7 of 496 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We spent a great Thursday night at the Green Mill. It's a bit of a hike on the Red Line from the loop where we stayed, but worth the trip. There was a 16 piece big band, the Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra, who play very Thursday. The cover's only $6, the crowd diverse, and the vibe is very fun.

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Chicago, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Green Mill is a historical bar and musical venue in Chicago. I had it on my "to do" list ever since I moved to the city and I really wished I hadn't waited that long to go. From the outside, the bar looks a bit seedy, but once inside, you'll be transported back into the 1930's, complete with art deco... More

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New York City, New York
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74 reviews 74 reviews
14 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Good music. Great setting. Not much else to it. Came here on a busy Friday for the 9pm set. The bar selection is average. The staff is decent, but not trying to impress. But none of that matters. The music is just right, and the room is dripping in history. Its worth the visit.

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Chicago, IL
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40 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Hard to rate this as I'm not a jazz fan and was with a group of fans. The jazz trio performing seemed to have a real following as it was standing room only. The trio was very interactive with one another and the audience which made for an enjoyable evening. We got there early enough to get a booth near... More

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Castelnaudary, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

I was there on a wednesday and the band that was actually playing there was tremendous ... I really enjoyed the interior design wich is authentic ... a place to be when you like Jazz and you wanna have really good vibes

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I live in the Uptown area of Chicago and try to frequent as many neighborhood spots as possible. While in theory I love The Green Mill, I also find it puzzling. Surly barkeeps are never a good thing. When the surly barkeeps also shush the crowd, many who have just entered (after paying a $15 cover for the talent), things... More

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Earby, England, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

On our honeymoon from the uk and went with relatives and had a fabulous night watching and dancing along to a very authentic thirties style swing band with a "radio style" front man and great singers. Very well recommended. We went on a Thursday and I believe different nights feature alternative musical styles.

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Whitefish, Montana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We checked out Paper Machete (a live magazine, Saturdays 3-5pm at Green Mill), and had a great time. Very lively and funny entertainment, polite and timely service, great crowd. The place is beautiful on the inside. I would recommend getting there early to gets seats if you go for Paper Machete.

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Porvorim, India
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

A place which used to be the chill out place for rogues during the 1940's or so is now a wonderful place to enjoy live jazz music and chill out with some hot drinks. Everything is live here, be it playing jazz music or dancing (which gets quite wild a few times). Its difficult to find a place in here;... More

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Chambon-sur-Voueize, France
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

After being disappointed with one other place in Chicago, we went to the Green Mill. There is an easy access with the red line. We were welcome with some friendly jokes. We apologized for our French accent. The employee answered: Then we should really apologize for ours! We had excellent seating and enjoyed the drinks, very reasonably priced and the... More

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