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Jazz Showcase

Address: 806 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60655 (The Loop)
Phone Number: +1 312-360-0234
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Ranked #56 of 391 Activities in Chicago
Type: Jazz Bars, Specialty Shops, Shopping & Fashion, Nightlife, Theater & Concerts
Activities: Nightlife
Owner description: Jazz Showcase is the most historic jazz club in Chicago, founded in 1947 by Joe Segal, and now...
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Type: Jazz Bars, Specialty Shops, Shopping & Fashion, Nightlife, Theater & Concerts
Activities: Nightlife
Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon - Sat 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Owner description: 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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The Jazz Showcase had been my home for the past 40 years. For the true jazz music experience by the original jazz musicians, you must go to the Jazz Showcase. They are the only venue that has consistently brought in the top original jazz musicians both living and deceased throughout the years. Their new location is the best of all... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We enjoyed our evening listening to the great music at Jazz Showcase over the weekend. The doors opened at 7:00, but we didn't get there until about 7:30. The venue was already packed and there was a line out the door. We had purchased tickets in advance on the Jazz Showcase website, so we got to skip the line and... More 

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The_Segal, Owner at Jazz Showcase, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience on this site! We're glad you had a wonderful experience. We have the online tickets available for the weekend shows. For the week day nights without the online tickets, please feel free to contact us at the door and you'll get in right away. Happy New year 2015 and We look forward to welcoming... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We attended a show recently at Jazz Showcase in Chicago. Seating was wonderful, waitresses attentive, sound was spot on and talent was fantastic! What a great, intimate venue to hear some really good jazz! Artists vary from traditional to contemporary. Parking was easy and inexpensive ($5.00!).

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The_Segal, Owner at Jazz Showcase, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review! We all work hard on keeping this place alive and create a wonderful experience for our guests. Look forward to seeing you again and Happy New year 2015! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Good honest jazz in a laid-back setting, great service and fantastic performance! Parking is only $5. We will return!

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The_Segal, Owner at Jazz Showcase, responded to this review

We look forward to your return in 2015! Happy New Year. We're glad you enjoy our venue and the music! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Sit back, order a cocktail and enjoy the music. Service is good, prices are average for the area and the music is always spot on. Plus, very centrally located and a perfect way to wind down after a busy day at museums.

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The_Segal, Owner at Jazz Showcase, responded to this review

It always makes us happy to hear that our customers had a good time at our musical home. Thank you for sharing your great experience at the Jazz Showcase on this site! More 

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I started going to the Jazz Showcase when they were in Lincoln Park. The talent is always superb. This location is the BEST!

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The_Segal, Owner at Jazz Showcase, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your great experience on this site. A Life-time fan like you makes it all worth it for us to keep Jazz alive for over 67 years. Truly appreciate this! More 

Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Perfect location (down a dead end Chicago street that could be the start of a movie), cozy, dimly lit room where every seat gives you a good view of the act and the history of the Jazz Showcase. Joe the owner is a legend going strong in his 9th decade. I sometimes go alone to chill after a long week... More 

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The_Segal, Owner at Jazz Showcase, responded to this review

I'm glad we have a place that you can come and chill out! It means a lot to us.Thank you for sharing your great experience at our musical home on this site. More 

Mundelein, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Run by the same people since 1947 and now joined by his son. This is a Chicago institution. It is the place to see jazz in Chicago. National acts are booked on a regular basis.

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The_Segal, Owner at Jazz Showcase, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience at the Jazz Showcase. We feel grateful for an excellent review from you. Your support is meaningful to our hard work on keeping Jazz alive in Chicago for over 6 decades. Segal More 

Tinley Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I have been going to the Jazz Showcase for 25 years, starting at the Blackstone Hotel, then River North, and now at the Dearborn Station. If you love classic jazz, you will never be disappointed there. On weekends they have the top names in jazz from around the world, and earlier in the week they showcase local talent and college... More 

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The_Segal, Owner at Jazz Showcase, responded to this review

Thank you so much for supporting our musical home for over 25 years! As you know, my father and I work hard to keep jazz alive in Chicago and it's fans like you that makes it all worth it! Wayne Segal More 

Country Club Hills, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Family owned. Cozy and quaint venue. There is really not a bad seat in the house and the further away from the stage you sit, the better.

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