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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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Great evening!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2015

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65 reviews
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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 1 helpful vote
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 

Thank Seth M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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.

Thank CansunDemir
Winnipeg, Canada
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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!

Thank Trent S
Norrkoping, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is an absolutely wonderful place. I was there with my 13 years old son and he liked it very much too. (There is not age limit!) The price was 20 dollar per person and it was a very nice club feeling with a super friendly staff. I will absolutely visit this jazz club again!

Thank Jazzteffe
Palm Harbor Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Real gem of a club, retro-vintage, pleasant and comfortable. Acts change so check to see who is playing. Fine place to bring a whole family, teens would be fine here. Drinks were weak to put it mildly so order beer.

Thank Kaycee767
Uberlandia, MG
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We have been there with friends, and we had some beers listening to very good jazz music. The price is honest, the attendants are polite, the show view is very good. We could take some pictures before the show... So everything was nice.

Thank Renato P
Moline, Illinois
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157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Morris was excellent. He performed a fantastic tribute to the historic jazz figure. The music, acting, everything was exceptional. It was fantastic to be at the second oldest jazz lounge in the United States.

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