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Jazz Showcase

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Address: 806 S Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL 60605-2002
Phone Number: +1 312-360-0234
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 8:00 pm - 12:00 am

Jazz Showcase is the most historic jazz club in Chicago, founded in 1947 by...

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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Lovely evening of Jazz

Had always wanted to listen to a live Jazz performance ... This did not disappoint. It was a riveting 90 minutes. Comfortable chairs and a select crowd, with subdued lighting.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2016
Thiagarajan G
Pondicherry, India
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Pondicherry, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Had always wanted to listen to a live Jazz performance ... This did not disappoint. It was a riveting 90 minutes. Comfortable chairs and a select crowd, with subdued lighting.

Thank Thiagarajan G
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

A great venue. A great night of Jazz at a place with an awesome vibe. I would highly recommend for any lover of music. The venue serves drinks...no food....so plan ahead.

Thank Davidnelsonscott
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The Jazz Showcase has been operating in various places in Chicago since 1947, and its current location is the best one yet. The owner, Joe Segal, recently was given an NEA Jazz Master Award for his work in jazz over the past seven decades, and his son manages the place. The sight lines are terrific, the sound is great, and... More 

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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

We reserved seating early and were given lots of great seating choices -even couches.If you love jazz or want to experience a world class jazz club-this is the place to go.It is a labor of love for the owners . An memorable night.Cant wait to go again.

Thank rebstein1945
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

This is no nightclub where you engage in loud conversation while barely listening to the music. This is for jazz lovers. Open since 1947, it's a premiere spot that attracts the best jazz talent in the world. Splurge on the VIP cover charge and sit in the sofas closest to the stage. Reasonable liquor prices and excellent service. They don't... More 

Thank Marisa B
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

We have been visiting The Jazz Showcase several times per year for many years. It is always a treat. It is a very comfortable place to be. The prices are right. The waitpersons (always women in our experience) are very cordial, and never push drinks. We go to see specific performers and also take potluck when our schedule puts us... More 

Thank Richard F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

The Jazz Showcase has kept the quality of music & musicians to the highest level for 69 years - an incredible feat of that has been accomplished by legendary great and caring management. This is no mean feat, in the world of fast buck, and fad entranced music clubs. The Jazz Showcase has stuck to it's integrity and love for... More 

Thank Lanbeat
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

My wife and I loved the ambiance of this historic jazz club. Katrina was a genuinely delightful hostess. We hope to return soon with my out-of-town music-loving in-laws!

1 Thank Aaron S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

First of all, the owner is a Chicago jazz legend that has operated Jazz Showcase since 1947. The 170 seat room is exceptionally cozy with candles on the tables and dim lighting. Seating consists of a bar at the back of the room and a mix of tables and soft furniture scattered (a sofa for goodness sake!) throughout the room.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

If you like jazz, do not come to Chicago and not visit this place. There are only three other places in the city like it, but if you're in the downtown area, this is the place to go. The acoustics are phenomenal, no loud overpowering music. It's the type of place you can go by yourself (women) and not feel... More 

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