Chicago For Music Lovers

Chicago is famous for singing the blues, not in a bad way, though. The music genre got its start here during the Great Migration of African Americans from the south to big cities of the north like Chicago. Musicians often played on street corners or at the famed Maxwell Street Market, then would graduate to real stages at blues clubs, most of which were housed on the city's South Side. Now, the blues are still an important part of the city's culture, with clubs all over the city. Plus, Chicago's live music scene stretches to all neighborhoods and all types of music. Whether it's an up-and-coming local band or a Billboard pop star, a nightly piano man or a rotating roster of blues musicians, Chicago stages host them all. Find the right tune for day or night with our top picks for live music venues, concert halls and performance bars all around the city.