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Jazz Showcase

806 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60655 (The Loop)
312-360-0234
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Ranked #8 of 499 Nightlife in Chicago
Type: Jazz Bars, Specialty Shops
Activities: Nightlife
Owner description: The Jazz Showcase is the oldest historic jazz listening room in Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1947 by Joe Segal, now owned and operated by Wayne Segal... more » Owner description: The Jazz Showcase is the oldest historic jazz listening room in Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1947 by Joe Segal, now owned and operated by Wayne Segal (Joe Segal’s son). Today, we continue to be a thriving Jazz club in Chicago and continues to bring in the top international & Chicago homegrown musicians. Jazz Showcase presents live music 7 nights a week. Our famous 4 pm Sunday Matinee is geared towards families (Free admission for kids 12 and under). We accept cash at the door but you can use your credit card for bar service. You can also purchase tickets online with credit card at our Jazz showcase website. « less
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Fallston, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

A friend in the know identified this as the go-to for Chicago jazz. A fun evening, saw Kevin Mahogany, a gentle and talented soul. Wine was average. Would have like some small plate or other food. Lots of history here.

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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We went to a free show on a Monday night and I was surprised by how many people were there. They have little bistro tables around the club, large bar in the back and a few Victorian style couches in a few places around the room as well. There was a show at 8 and 10. Same artists but different... More

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Highland Park, IL
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44 reviews 44 reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The Jazz Showcase has played an important role in the Chicago Jazz scene for what seems like forever. It has moved a few times and this latest venue seems to be one of the better ones ... with good sight lines and acoustics and an atmosphere that is reminiscent of earlier days when jazz was played in smoke filled rooms.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This is a real jazz venue in Chicago- comfortable, historical, and excellent cocktails. This was our second trip within 4 months and planning another soon to see Nat King Coles "little" brother, Freddie. Get there and check out the historical neighborhood.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Jazz showcase is a gem in Chicago. Owned by Joe Segal since it's founding in 1947 Jazz Showcase has hosted some of music's biggest names such as Count Bassie. Today the club brings in an impressive diversity of jazz acts including instrumental duos, trios, soloists and vocalists. There have been artists I have seen who are more avant garde and... More

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Cambridge
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We were lucky enough to see the Columbia College Jazz ensemble, with the highlight being the Big Band. WOW they were superb and the venue was very relaxed and laid back. A great way to spend a chilly Sunday afternoon for a meare $20.

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Harvey, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We recently attended the Roy Hargrove show and it was fantastic. The staff always does a great job making you feel at home. It can be a bit hectic getting in before a show , even with tickets pre-purchased but we've never been disappointed with the times we've had. It's also a great place to bring kids on Sunday afternoons... More

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Yorkville, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Husband and I had a great experience here on a Thursday night for The Roy Hargrove Quintet. The staff was friendly. Drinks were tasty. The place is not too big, not too small. Feels intimate - just right for jazz. Since we had never been before, we shelled out for VIP seats bought online in advance which were great -... More

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chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Jazz Showcase is the preeminent jazz club in Chicago. With such a long history of jazz it is truly an iconic venue. Jazz musicians worldwide know and love Jazz Showcase, and love to play here. Don't miss it.

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I have been a fan of Joe Segal's Jazz showcase for 30+ years. It's a wonderful place dedicated to keeping one of America's most vital art forms alive. Joe's current room in the south loop is probably his best ever. Nothing gets in the way of the music. Audiences are respectful and generally quiet.It's not a cheap night out (1... More

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