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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 #6 of 513 Nightlife in Chicago
Type: Jazz bars, Specialty shops, Shopping & Fashion, Theater & Concerts, Nightlife
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, Theater & Concerts, Nightlife
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, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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35 helpful votes 35 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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Chicago
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Went to Jazz Showcase to see Chris Potter Underground on a Saturday night. Was able to purchase VIP tickets for will call. Glad I did, as had a great seat on a couch, right side of stage. Best seat in the house. Music was amazing, club is amazing, service was amazing. Was able to chat with Wayne Segal who's helping... More 

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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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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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
23 helpful votes 23 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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