Jazz Showcase

Jazz Showcase, Chicago: Hours, Address, Jazz Showcase Reviews: 4.5/5

Jazz Showcase
4.5
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
About
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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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
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.
How to get there
  • Harrison • 4 min walk
  • Roosevelt • 7 min walk
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Rochelle, IL830 contributions
Great Jazz Venue!
May 2021
This was our capstone event of the evening - a visit to Jazz Showcase to watch trumpeter Victor Garcia!

First off, when you enter this place (get tickets folks), it's hard not to be humbled by those who have stepped on that stage. The walls are covered with pictures of the jazz greats who have been there, and just to be there to see a show is a treat.

Sound and lighting - Excellent!

So, a little bit about Mr. Garcia - he plays trumpet with great enthusiasm and panache. We enjoyed his performance, and that of his band.

Notably, the young lady from Spain that was signing and scatting was just incredible. Not so incredible to try to upstage Mr. Garcia, but it was a memorable performance that complimented him.

The drinks were good, and water was available to help keep us hydrated. We just came from dinner.

We enjoyed our visit. The place is well-run. If you are looking for Chilis, this isn't it. This place has history, panache, and gravitas that you don't get at a chain restaurant.
Written May 26, 2021
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Steve O
Apple Valley, MN95 contributions
Great Jazz Club!
Jan 2020
A really great listening room for jazz - outstanding acoustics - and a really warm and friendly vibe, and a place with so much history (live jazz club since 1947!). The cover charge was reasonable, attentive service and a really fun musical experience with family!!! Can't wait to return!!!
Written January 21, 2020
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Galooba
Huntsville, AL354 contributions
Perfect venue for experiencing the joy of jazz
Dec 2019
The Showcase was an easy walk from the Blackstone Hotel where we stayed and its holiday jazz show was superb. A VIP ticket will get you a guaranteed spot up front though there's really not a bad seat in the house. Our first visit here but can't wait for a return visit to the big city so we can go back.
Written December 28, 2019
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springbreakdad54
New York City, NY133 contributions
Creole Christmas was FUN
Dec 2019
On a three day visit to Chicago with my engineer son I wanted to go to a variety of musical performances (to try to get him interested in music), including Hamilton, Creole Christmas and Merry Merry Chicago by the Symphony. All were superb and the innovation and small club atmosphere of this place were perfect.
Written December 21, 2019
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Jay L
Minneapolis, MN122 contributions
Great Place to Hear Jazz
Dec 2019
My wife and I have been to a lot of jazz clubs and this one ranks near the top. In fact we both smiled as we walked into the room because the layout is perfect for listening and getting close to the musicans. It's in downtown (south loop) so it's easy to get to if you're in the Loop or West Loop. There's a lot of comfortable seating without any obstructions and the admission tickets and the drinks are very reasonably priced. We will definitely go back the next time we're in Chicago.
Written December 20, 2019
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Professor Fish
4 contributions
Excellent venue, real jazz, and the friendliest people
Jul 2019 • Solo
This was my highlight to Chicago. I’m not very knowledgeable about jazz, and had spent previous evenings at some of the more famous (and touristy) blues clubs. This was much better, more authentic, and very ambient. There is an entrance fee, but well worth it for a very friendly welcome (Jonathon behind the bar is awesome), and opportunity to listen to jazz played by world leading exponents, who will come and chat with you in between sets. I will definitely come back here if I get the chance to visit Chicago again.
Written November 30, 2019
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Lynn F
Miami, FL26 contributions
Great time/wonderful music
Oct 2019 • Couples
We had an amazing time at Jazz Showcase. It was a great venue and the music provided by Chuchito Valdes & his band was fantastic! Highly recommend this spot if you’re in Chicago.
Written November 3, 2019
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Gunther S
6 contributions
Jazz at Showcase
Oct 2019
We saw Saxophonist Rajiv Halim Quintetv together with several vocalists. Afterwards Jam session. Was excellent, very nice place
Written November 1, 2019
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Monia Veive
Chicago, IL333 contributions
Jazz night!
Oct 2019 • Couples
Great place to spend a lovely evening with friends or partner. We truly enjoyed our evening there and the performance was outstanding. Very intimate place and quiet.
Written October 29, 2019
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pureblueskies
Arlington Heights, IL252 contributions
A Chicago treasure
Aug 2019
The Jazz Showcase is a must-see for anyone who cares at all about jazz, music, or culture in general. The performances are uniformly excellent and the ambiance only adds to the great experience.
Written October 9, 2019
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Jazz Showcase is open:
  • Sun - Sun 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Mon - Sat 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM


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