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Mar 26, 2011 11:09 AM

great food and live music?

My boyfriend and I are coming to Chicago on the weekend of April 8-10. Trying to find a place that has both great food AND some live music....any suggestions? Staying at the Lakeshore W, and would prefer to stay within a 20 minute cab. Thanks!

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  1. It doesn't get any better than that...great food and live music, together as one! Unfortunately, it's more easily accomplished in New Orleans or maybe in Austin, Tx. There are plenty of great restaurants and music venues here. What kind of live music do you like?

    Fitzgeralds in Berwyn (20-25 minute cab ride from downtown), a near west suburb of Chicago, has a lot of character (been around since the 1920's or so), plus they serve decent food from their adjoining Cajun/Southern-ish restaurant, Wishbone). The food, music, atmosphere, and crowd is eclectic, you should check it out for sure!!

    A few other must see/hear music venues are:

    Martyr's: Check out Browntrout, Sola, or Deleece for dinner, prior to the shows.
    Yep, Martyr's usually has 3-5 bands per night. Many famous musicians have played here. A neighborhood gem and it has a very intimate feel!!!! They serve typical bar food...maybe a little above average. Also stop by The Globe for a drink, a very fun dive bar with an eclectic European crowd. It's 1 1/2 city blocks away.

    The Metro in Wrigleyville is an uber important venue with the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, U2,,,,,plus too many other bands that have played there. Stop by Rockit Bar and Grill or The Raw Bar for a unique American/Persian menu. All are located within a few doors of eachother.

    The Double Door in Wicker Park. Takashi is a must stop prior to the show, it's just accross the way.

    Estelle's is Wicker Park has live music upstairs and an 80's dance floor on the first floor, what a blast!

    4111 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

    1. Buddy Guy's Legends Blues Club has great music with okay food. The better option (but it's outside your comfort zone) is Pete Miller's in Evanston; great steakhouse with Jazz played pretty much every night.

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      1. re: ferret

        Yeah, Pete Miller's is always great, a bit pricey though. Evanston is a nice area for exploration.

        Also check out Smoke Daddy's on Division Street in Wicker Park. Pretty decent BBQ and live Blue's bands, NICE! Their BBQ sauces are incredible....don't forget to order some to go!!

        Smoke Daddy Restaurant
        1804 W Division St Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60622

        1. re: StreetFed

          As steakhouses go, Pete Miller's is pretty fairly priced. And you can also sit up front where the bands play and get a $10 burger or $15 steak sandwich, as well as a variety of salads/appetizers. Pretty good for no cover charge.

      2. If you're up for jazz, I recommend the Green Mill in Uptown, which has the best atmosphere of any jazz club in town. While they don't serve food, there are three good restaurants on the same block, so you can walk from dinner to the club: Silver Seafood (authentic Chinese seafood), Demara (Ethiopian) and Marigold (upscale Indian). Also in the jazz vein is Andy's on Hubbard. The music is tops, and the food is O.K. I would eat elsewhere and go to Andy's, but if you must have food and music together, that's your best bet for jazz and its within walking distance of your hotel. The Green Mill is a 15 minute cab ride.

        The Green Mill
        4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

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        1. re: jjo

          The Green Mill is one of the very best Jazz Clubs on the planet!!

          I'm not sure if it is still there, but ask the bartender if they still have the Green Mill Scrap book that sits under the grand piano! There are all sorts of cool pictures and newspaper clippings, all about the Green Mill and the spectacular adjoining Uptown Theatre...from opening day to featured articles from newspapers from around the globe.

          The Green Mill
          4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

          1. re: jjo

            Another excellent place to eat before the Green Mill is Magnolia Cafe, just two blocks south on Wilson, for contemporary American cuisine.

            1. re: nsxtasy

              Fantastic - thanks everyone. Sounds like some great options to check out!