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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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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon - Sat 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Activities: Nightlife
Description: Jazz Showcase is the most historic jazz club in Chicago, founded in 1947...
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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Retro-Chic Comfortable club

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Palm Harbor Florida, United States

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Palm Harbor Florida, United States
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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.

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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.

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Moline, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I went there for the first time tonight. It is a very traditional Jazz place in Chicago. You must go if you are looking for really good live music and traditional jazz. I would recommend to relax and get a drink, that's is all you need to enjoy it. Musicians are extremely talented, I could listen to them all day... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I sat completely relaxed and enjoyed the Sounds of Bobby Lewis... Servic was nice. The Evening felt as comfy a having a Drink at home. The Atmosphere was cozy...

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is the second oldest jazz club in the U.S. (to the Village Vangauard in NYC) and a Chicago treasure. It's new location (to Chicago natives) is probably its best. The sight lines are great for all seats (the last place had dead spots) and the acoustics are terrific. The ambience is also terrific with the wonderful photos of jazz... More 

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Tahlequah, OK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

My wife is a jazz lover! This was an out of the way, slower paced and small venue. Seating for maybe 60, drinks served at your table and decent jazz. We had an enjoyable evening and would love to return.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

It's some time since I last visited the Jazz Showcase but i wouldn't hesitate to repeat the experience. Wonderful music provided and supported by the Segal family who care about jazz. This is more than a commercial enterprise and reminds me of Ronnie Scott's.where the music always came first. Don't miss if you're in town......... no matter who is playing..

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Our family loves live music and have seen some great shows in Chicago but somehow never went to Jazz Showcase til our recent trip. We read at Chicago Reader online about this jazz sax great, Chris Potter, who was playing there on a night we had to be in the city for a memorial the next day and were happy... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

It was a great experience. Definitely recommend to enthusiasts. Looking forward to more of theirs in 2015.

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Address: 806 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60655
Phone Number: +1 312-360-0234
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

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Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.