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Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

Jazz Club
Uptown, Chicago
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  • Laurie W.
    "Awesome talent, the best jazz & the historic Al Capone signature."(10 Tips)
    Melvin M.
    "Great live jazz music, CASH ONLY so hit the atm before you go"(7 Tips)
    David H.
    "Patricia Barber is amazing."(4 Tips)
    An P.
    "Sunday Night features the Uptown Poetry Slam."(3 Tips)
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  • Patrick B.
    Green Mill is great for jazz, but be sure to check out the Paper Machete every Saturday from 3-5pm! It's a live magazine performance w/ music, storytelling, and more.
  • Ninah R.
    Ninah RandolphFebruary 4
    Very nice jazz music scene. Really busy on weekends so see a show during the week if you can
  • Jeff E.
    Jeff EarlyNovember 24, 2015
    Must go here. Poetry slam great. Historic must see bar in a great diverse neighborhood.
  • Chulses S.
    Chulses SmithSeptember 5, 2015
    Dirty and dingy which is supposed to be part of its charm. Acoustics are okay. Get there early if you want to be able to see the band. Seating is not well placed.
  • David H.
    David HeiserAugust 2, 2015
    Patricia Barber is amazing. Go on a weeknight when the cover is only $7.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittApril 28, 2015
    An excellent and authentic place for jazz, but get here early as the place fills up fast.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoJanuary 16, 2015
    This is the encyclopedic definition of an old-school jazz bar, minus the cloud of cigarette smoke and with the addition of a topless Roman statue. The ambience is worth the cover charge. Read more
  • Elsa H.
    Elsa HNovember 13, 2014
    Like a time machine that transports you back in time! Great atmosphere, people, décor and the greatest jazz you'll hear. Don't ask the bartenders which booth is Al Capone's, they'll cut you off ;)
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyNovember 8, 2014
    Owned by gang member Machine Gun Jack McGurn, Capone frequented here often. A must visit Chicago establishment with excellent cocktails, fantastic live jazz music, and a rich history.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WilsonSeptember 11, 2014
    Slam poetry and live music go well with bartenders who aren't too shy to tell people to quiet down.
  • Dav
    DavSeptember 3, 2014
    Green mill is awesome laid back...great place to converse and listen to live jazz...
  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    During Prohibition, Al Capone had a favorite booth, which still seats patrons. Today the Uptown club books some of the best jazz artists in the world & the Green Mill hosts a poetry slam every Sunday. Read more
  • An P.
    An PhanAugust 3, 2014
    Sunday Night features the Uptown Poetry Slam. Get there early to secure a seat!
  • Samuel F.
    Samuel FrankelApril 6, 2014
    Capone's table is preserved behind the bar. Art Deco interior is intact. Be sure to check the schedule so you're not stuck listening to acid jazz.
  • Bethany M.
    Bethany MinorFebruary 17, 2014
    They only take cash or AMEX so be prepared. Cocktails are in small glasses so I initially thought it was a bad deal, but the Manhattan I had was perfect (and I am hard to please.)
  • Katharine M.
    Katharine MatsumotoJanuary 23, 2014
    Great music! The atmosphere is really cool too. Don't expect a soundtrack - the performers are front and center. Talking is kept to a minimum during sets.
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.December 22, 2013
    The Paper Machete on Saturdays from 3-5PM is a live magazine and boasts some of the best poets, musicians, and journalists commenting on the week's current events while in Chicago. So so good.
  • jonas
    jonasDecember 19, 2013
    Step outside or into the bathroom if you need to use your phone - the bright light is distracting. And PLEASE don't be the douche that records the entire show.
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShackletonNovember 2, 2013
    Seriously the rudest and most unnecessarily pretentious bartenders I've ever met....and I'm a huge asshole who thrives on pretension.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BoniOctober 14, 2013
    One of the coolest jazz clubs I've ever been to. Amazing atmosphere.
  • Cris D.
    Cris DiazAugust 13, 2013
    This place is a throw back to the Capone days. If you want to listen to pure jazz, this is your place!
  • Derek D.
    Derek DahmerMay 13, 2013
    Don't be fooled by the stage when choosing seats - sometimes the band plays behind the bar
  • Haydee V.
    Haydee ValdesMay 11, 2013
    Came here because of Anthony Bourdain tip. Great Cosmo and Great music. But why o' why do jazz musicians Always have to do solos in every song?
  • Misha K.
    Misha K.May 4, 2013
    I love the 20's era vibe and decor. I also love the old school cash registers, which explains why it's a cash-only spot. Added perk that Capone used to hang here.
  • Mon B.
    Mon BenMay 1, 2013
    Really cute place but it was crowded, we couldn't find a seat for a while, and once we did ,we couldn't see the stage. You can't even whisper one word 'cause everyone shhhhhh's you.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WheelerApril 8, 2013
    The place is a little quite, but it definitely has that classic jazz club feel, minus the smoke. You'll actually get in trouble for talking too loud.
  • Amir A.
    Amir A.November 18, 2012
    Very cool music, show up early if you wanna get a good booth.
  • Azahara P.
    Azahara PalomaresNovember 16, 2012
    Nice atmosphere. Get there soon so you can have a seat, unless you prefer dancing. Women, check the ladies' room and all its writings.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithOctober 29, 2012
    In Michael Mann's "Thief" (1981), the title character (played by James Caan) owns the Green Mill. Go rent it to see what happens to the bar at the climax of the film.
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsOctober 16, 2012
    From its flickering neon facade to its horseshoe bar, and sunken, velvet-lined stage (not to mention its status as a one-time Capone hangout) it’s as credible-looking as a jazz lair you’ll find. Read more
  • Laurie W.
    Laurie WinkelmannOctober 16, 2012
    For the past 20 years, Sunday night's poetry slam is the hottest venue for the spoken word. I participated a few x when I lived close. Awesome talent, the best jazz & the historic Al Capone signature.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    This jazz institution is legendary for three things: it was once a Capone hangout, it’s haunted, and the no-nonsense staff will shush you and the friends who dragged you in during jazz sets.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 23, 2012
    This jazz institution is legendary for three things: it was once a Capone hangout, it’s haunted, and the no-nonsense staff will shush you and the friends who dragged you in during jazz sets. -ASK Read more
  • Crystal N.
    Crystal N.March 31, 2012
    Bring cash, they don't take plastic. Go on Sundays for an old school poetry slam! Winner gets 10 bucks! :-)
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJanuary 25, 2012
    This institution is legendary for three things: it was once a Capone hangout, it’s supposedly haunted, and the staff is known to shush you and the chatty friends who wandered in during live jazz sets. Read more
  • Drunken History
    Drunken HistoryNovember 22, 2011
    This place oozes history and 20's era coolness. Get here early and ask for the Capone booth (it isn't just a label, he really sat there.) Know what you want to drink though, there are no drink menus.
  • InterContinental Chicago
    InterContinental ChicagoSeptember 22, 2011
    Chicago gangsters used the Green Mill as a headquarters back in the Prohibition days. Today it is frequented by young hipsters and fervent jazz lovers.
  • Whitney
    WhitneyAugust 11, 2011
    Ladies, take a break in the powder room and enjoy the POETRY on the wall. Interpret what you'd like ignore the rest.
  • Richard G.
    Richard GregoryMay 5, 2011
    Way back in the day, Al Capone was a regular at this Chicago cocktail lounge - make sure that you check out the secret passageway behind the bar that allowed him an easy escape all those years ago. Read more
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    A Chicago landmark (Al Capone purportedly hung out here), this renovated Uptown jazz club evokes the '30s and '40s but features jazz from all eras.
  • interactiveAmy
    interactiveAmyMarch 6, 2011
    Make sure you catch Sabertooth's late night jazz sets every Saturday night! Amy Beth is my favorite cocktail waitress, take good care of her!
    Upvoted May 30
  • Simon & Schuster
    Simon & SchusterMarch 4, 2011
    Capone’s man Machine Gun Jack McGurn spent a lot of time here. Now some of the best jazz musicians in the world play Green Mill. The bar touts a pic of Capone & a trapdoor leads to an escape tunnel. Read more
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Great jazz and a superb martini. Order yours with vodka, extra dirty. Read more
  • Billy P.
    Billy PooreJuly 12, 2010
    If you like live jazz and a huge dash of history, this is the place to go! Prohibition bar.
  • Showtime Network
    Showtime NetworkJune 4, 2010
    Chicago is also a music town. Stop into The Green Mill for cocktails and jazz and keep your fingers crossed that Patricia Barber is playing that night. Wow, what a voice. - Nikki
  • Diana
    DianaMarch 17, 2010
    Love this place. Order Dirties extra dirty. Get there early for a seat up close. Read more
  • James G.
    James GustinMarch 13, 2010
    Only place to see Laurence and Kurt and all that they are bringing and bringing and bring...as good as the tacos from next door!
  • Mark W.
    Mark WilhelmsFebruary 23, 2010
    Wednesday nights are especially good with Jazz from the30's ala Django Reinhardt at Le Hot Club in Paris,just before and during the Nazi occupation. -"Swing Gitan will take you back to 1939,France. Read more
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DrinkaFebruary 22, 2010
    On Sunday nights this is THE place to be. 7-Open Mic, 8-Featured Performer, 9-Poetry Slam. This is the home of the original slam. You've got to see this :)
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoFebruary 2, 2010
    In the movie "High Fidelity" (2000) Rob (John Cusack) reminisces about his ex-girlfriend Laura over drinks at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. Read more
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