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Jazz Showcase

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Address: 806 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60655
Phone Number:
+1 312-360-0234
4:00 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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This was my first time visiting a Jazz club and I enjoyed it! Nice and cool to enjoy music . I do recommend it

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first time visiting a Jazz club and I enjoyed it! Nice and cool to enjoy music . I do recommend it

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Antioch, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

This is the best jazz club in Chicago for two reasons. One- it presents the finest jazz talent that you can see in Chicago. Two- it offers no pretense or nonsense. Joe Segal has been presenting great jazz entertainment in Chicago for decades now. He offers something simple and he has not strayed from that: great jazz music for a... More 

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Northbrook, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

My college son introduced me to this place with Roy Hargrove's quintet. Go to the early show and arrive a bit earlier than they say the doors open, because you can get great seats up close. Order your tickets online, and owner Joe Segal will check your name on his list. With so many posters and photos on the wall,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

This was our third time to the Jazz Showcase in 3 years, and we enjoy it more each time. The venue is easily accessible by taxi, public transportation, or automobile (there is inexpensive parking at $7.00 right behind the building which is a plus in downtown Chicago). The sitting is comfortable and the drinks are inexpensive. We look to return... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016 via mobile

Great, phenomenal venue with big name jazz performances. A perfect venue for jazz in the heart of Chicago. There's history on the walls and the atmosphere is perfect. It's everything you expect a great jazz club to be. Just make sure you order tickets online before hand or bring cash for the cover charge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

Classy without the snobbery. Become a new fan of some fantastically intimate organ by checking out the Joey DeFransesco Trio. Staff was pleasant and attentive. It was like going to a spa for the music lover in you. Room is cozy and welcoming with tons of photographs of musicians...Inspiring! Will definitely return. They have their own parking lot, or take... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

I recently visited the Jazz Showcase to see Ravi Coltrane, Great player and of course the son of John Coltrane. I've been to jazz clubs all over the world and consider the Jazz Showcase to be the best place to listen and see great Jazz!! First of all, there are no obstructed views. Grab a VIP seat for a little... More 

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Wheaton, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

I had attended the Jazz Showcase many times in the 80's and 90's when it was located in the Blackstone Hotel. This was my first opportunity visit in their new location at the landmark Dearborn Station. This is a wonderful room to hear live jazz. The Jazz Showcase has a history of presenting the very best in jazz. Tonight we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

This is an amazing place we saw Ravi Coltrane and his quartet, they were amazing , and I am not a huge jazz fan but this place and the band converted me. The place is very relaxed, with sofas and chairs. Recommend getting a seat on the stage if you can, if not everywhere else is excellent (the sofas on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

My good fortune in NYC is having access to very special jazz clubs. The Jazz Showcase is a special room. I don't think there is a bad seat in the house even at the bar. Take note other clubs. It feels good and sounds great. Drinks are fairly priced. Great table service. Cover is reasonable. They don't serve food, but... More 


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