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Jazz Showcase

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Address: 806 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60655
Phone Number: +1 312-360-0234
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8:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon - Sat 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Jazz Showcase is the most historic jazz club in Chicago, founded in...

Jazz Showcase is the most historic jazz club in Chicago, founded in 1947 by Joe Segal, and now owned and operated by Wayne Segal (Joe's son). Segal's national and international honors include being declared a "Master of Jazz" by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). "It is a great honor to be placed in the same company with so many of the wonderful artists I have presented all of these years!" Joe Segal, 88. The greatest names in jazz have played at Jazz Showcase including the likes of Count Basie, Herbie Hancock, Sun Ra, Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, and Art Blakey. Having changed location numerous times since its founding, the club relocated again in 2008 to Dearborn Station, in Chicago, Illinois. Today, Jazz Showcase continues to thrive and bring in top local, national, and international talent.

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).

The 170-seat venue is available for group outings during any of our live performances and for private events during the day.

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I have been going to Jazz Showcase for 50 years and have never had a disappointing experience. You can listen to jazz without having to listen to audience members talk. It is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
robert c
Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been going to Jazz Showcase for 50 years and have never had a disappointing experience. You can listen to jazz without having to listen to audience members talk. It is a quiet club where people come to listen not to talk. You hear the instruments without electronics. Some of the musicians are well known others are not, but... More 

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Ankara, Turkey
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If I have not been in there and had left Chicago without seeing it, it would be very sad to me. It is chaste... very comfortable, safe, and peaceful venue for listening jazz. 20 dollars are not so much when you think about such good performance. Performance begins at 8:00 PM and repeats (I guess) at 10:00 PM.

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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An old Jazz Club, very comfortable, well managed & laid out. steeped in history, as all the greats have played there. Was privileged to hear Larry Coryell on Halloween, it was a memorable performance.

Thank John L
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Visiting Chicago to celebrate our wedding anniversary, we ended our evening at this wonderful venue watching the excellent Sean Jones Quartet weave its magic. The space is very atmospheric, intimate in a relaxed way. From owner Wayne Segal's welcome at the door -- discount tickets for our anniversary -- to all the staff's attentiveness, this was such a warm and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Charming place, wonderful music, excellent choice of artists! Jam Session on its best. We (couple and our 15-years daughter, playing drums) enjoyed very much! Drinks selection can be improved but all except this was remarkable.

Thank LevAri
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The thing that is cool about this club is that it is more living room/lounge like. Being from NYC most clubs we frequent are set up well more like bars. Not the Showcase. It is set up with couches and all kinds of funky chairs. And of course let's not forget the music. Great players are always here. if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

We went there for a couple of hours, I was amazed by the decor and the mood. We enjoyed a couple of hours of nice jazz concert, and nice staff. I do recommend you sit on the central couch, well positioned and very comfortable.

Thank Paul A
Orchard Park, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Periodically, I travel from Buffalo, NY to Chicago to visit my son and catch whoever is playing at the Jazz Showcase. The place is what a jazz club should be. You are warmly welcomed at the door, wait staff is attentive but not pushy, all prices [tickets, drinks] are reasonable and the setting is intimate. There are no bad seats.... More 

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Adana, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

We wanted to listen jazz when we Were in Chicago. We tried othe places but There Were probeye parties. We found this place music was standard not perfect but it is ok. Inside is old. Service is poor.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

If you have a vision of what a Chicago jazz club looks and feels like - this is it! Saw the Jazz Community Big Band on July 7 - awesome! Service was great. Easy to find, just a block east of the old Dearborn Street Station. Made the trip complete!

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