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Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

Jazz Club and Bar
Uptown, Chicago
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  • This place is famous for their jazz music. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • 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)
    Simon & Schuster
    "Capone’s man Machine Gun Jack McGurn spent a lot of time here."(2 Tips)
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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 ;)
  • 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.
  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Misha K.
    Misha K.May 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BuggyMarch 4, 2016
    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.
  • 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?
  • Allan M.
    Allan MarshallFebruary 4
    You can get free wi-fi, via connecting Crew Bar and Grill's(next door) wi-fi network. Picked that network up while inside here on my phone, w/o any issue. And I <3 jazz tunes on old school jukebox!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittApril 28, 2015
    An excellent and authentic place for jazz, but get here early as the place fills up fast.
  • 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.
  • David B.
    Love The Green Mill! It's the best way to travel back in time — complete with original bathrooms and trap doors leading to the underground tunnels of Chicago!
  • Ninah R.
    Ninah RandolphFebruary 4, 2016
    Very nice jazz music scene. Really busy on weekends so see a show during the week if you can
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jeff E.
    Jeff EarlyNovember 24, 2015
    Must go here. Poetry slam great. Historic must see bar in a great diverse neighborhood.
  • David H.
    David HeiserAugust 2, 2015
    Patricia Barber is amazing. Go on a weeknight when the cover is only $7.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Dav
    DavSeptember 3, 2014
    Green mill is awesome laid back...great place to converse and listen to live jazz...
  • An P.
    An PhanAugust 3, 2014
    Sunday Night features the Uptown Poetry Slam. Get there early to secure a seat!
  • Nerija S.
    Nerija SlotkusNovember 14, 2014
    Really neat place to hang out on a Saturday night, sipping wine & listening to some great live jazz.
  • Derek D.
    Derek DahmerMay 13, 2013
    Don't be fooled by the stage when choosing seats - sometimes the band plays behind the bar
  • Scott B.
    Scott BoniOctober 14, 2013
    One of the coolest jazz clubs I've ever been to. Amazing atmosphere.
  • 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
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyNovember 1, 2015
    Get a Templeton rye with a splash of Sprite and enjoy that cool jazz.
  • 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 :)
  • Nick G.
    Nick GDecember 3, 2011
    Great Jazz. Al Capone used to live here? Work here? Frequent here? They have a B3 organ that is amazing.
  • 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! :-)
  • Travis D.
    Travis DavisMay 26, 2013
    The oldest jazz club in America and Al Capones old hangout...many of the greats have been here.
  • 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.
  • Amir A.
    Amir A.November 18, 2012
    Very cool music, show up early if you wanna get a good booth.
  • 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.
  • Melvin M.
    Melvin McenteeApril 29, 2016
    Great live jazz music, CASH ONLY so hit the atm before you go
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Francisco P.
    Love The Fat Babies on Tuesday nights. Staff is not so friendly.
  • Little Fawn P.
    Little Fawn ProvostApril 13, 2013
    Love the show!...such a great time! I recommend this to everybody!!!!!!!!!
  • Shannon H.
    Runner up for Best Chicago Mainstay at the 2017 Time Out Chicago Bar Awards.
  • 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!
  • Bri J.
    Bri JordanFebruary 27, 2015
    Small but good for intimate jazz shows and date night
  • Chulses M.
    Chulses MacSmithsSeptember 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.
  • 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.
  • Doug C.
    Doug CouchSeptember 3, 2015
    The home of Slam Poetry. Stop in and say hello to the Ghost of Christmas Expectation.
  • Giulia Shosanna
    Giulia ShosannaAugust 7, 2014
    The Best jazz club ❤️
  • Perelman J.
    Perelman JérômeAugust 6, 2013
    Come early to get a seat nearby the stage.
  • 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
  • Andy S.
    Andy SloanMay 26, 2014
    Great, classic music venue here!
  • GQ Magazine
    GQ MagazineAugust 22, 2012
    Go in a couple hours before the sun comes up if you really want to experience it.
  • Drunken History
    Drunken HistorySeptember 5, 2012
    Check out the story of the Green Mill.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oHCAYX8-Iw
  • Chad F.
    Chad FalkDecember 13, 2014
    Cool dive but beware, it's cash only.
  • Zach S.
    Zach SmithApril 7, 2016
    Sunday night jazz organ trio was incredible.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DanfordMarch 18, 2014
    Nice club....just check the bands before going. The one we saw there really sucked....it was the Patricia Barber Quartet.
  • Wayne M.
    Wayne MaJuly 18, 2010
    Bar tenders are really nice! The guy who recently went to Greece was cool.
  • Hillman P.
    Hillman PhilistiaAugust 7, 2014
    an icon, crowded, get there early or very late.
  • Shinji K.
    Shinji KuwayamaDecember 7, 2014
    Go on Sunday after the poetry's done
  • Andy B.
    Andy BanickiApril 28, 2012
    Get there early to get a good seat.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrizicJanuary 10, 2012
    Arrive about an hour before the set and possibly two hours more popular events
  • Alex F.
    Alex FrederickNovember 29, 2011
    Bring Cash or AMEX. Grab better seats at set-breaks
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoFebruary 2, 2010
    This Chicago landmark presents jazz nightly, from traditional to experimental, amid a "speakeasyesque" décor. Read more
  • Amanda J.
    Amanda JonesApril 13, 2015
    Poetry Slam every Sunday evening at 7. Legendary.
  • 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.
  • Kent B.
    Kent BoweryNovember 10, 2016
    Possibly? the best jazz bar in America
  • s p.
    s pJune 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    come for the jazz, just shut it and listen.
  • Kirstjen L.
    The music is always good; the service always sucks.
  • Bluelantern
    BluelanternOctober 27, 2012
    Enjoy some jazz, sip some wine... Perfect for a crispy Chicago night!
  • An P.
    An PhanJune 13, 2010
    Get to the Green Mill around 6:30pm and sit in the front. Judge the Uptown Poetry Slam!!!
  • Diana
    DianaMarch 17, 2010
    Love this place. Order Dirties extra dirty. Get there early for a seat up close. Read more
  • SaraElin
    SaraElinJanuary 1, 2013
    Get there early if you want a seat
  • Nirav S.
    Nirav SanghaniFebruary 13, 2013
    Go for the music, not the drinks.
  • Lidia M.
    Lidia MartinAugust 9, 2014
    Amazing music, rude bouncer..
  • Jay M.
    Jay MartinJuly 24
    Dancing and classic jazz
  • Mark S.
    Mark StefkoFebruary 21, 2015
    Capone was not here. Cool jazz club
  • Sayumi K.
    Sayumi KawashimaDecember 31, 2016
    Awesome music
  • Roberto D.
    Roberto De PaivaFebruary 24, 2013
    Al Capone used come here. Nothing else to say!
  • Emily B.
    Emily BastenApril 8, 2012
    This place is for the jazz enthusiast...I'm honestly just not sure I'm mature enough
  • Jordan H.
    Jordan HirschMarch 31, 2014
    Al Capone's old Chicago hang out
  • Anna B.
    Anna BokunJuly 28, 2014
    There's a trap door that leads to an escape tunnel, in case anyone doesn't know Al Capone was here.
  • Jono F.
    Jono FerrerOctober 23, 2015
    Live jazz and late nights
  • 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
  • Garrick S.
    Garrick SFebruary 10, 2010
    Get the Long (strong) Island Iced Tea....esp late on a saturday when sabertooth is playing....
  • Lia
    LiaJuly 19, 2013
    Thursday nights: Swing orchestra :)
  • Catherine B.
    Catherine BuryOctober 5, 2013
    Here for the music. :)
  • Ayse Ruya A.
    Ayse Ruya AltayJuly 23, 2015
    I hope you miss the poetry night
  • Ross W. B.
    Ross W. Berman IVMarch 17, 2013
    This isa funky place, in all the right ways.
  • Rew V.
    Rew Van WyckDecember 4, 2016
    Jazz police and $15 cover charge where you better not talk or get kicked out.
  • Roberto G.
    Roberto GallegosSeptember 30, 2016
    El concierto de jazz es muy entretenido y ampliamente recomendado. Sin embargo, aquí se toman muy en serio la apreciación musical, por lo que no se puede platicar durante el concierto.
  • Rodolphe P.
    Rodolphe PelosseAugust 16, 2016
    Le lieu est sublime, chargé d'histoire (c ici que Al Capone venait régulièrement), le problème c'est que le personnel est odieux. aucun sens du client dont ils se foutent royalement
  • La Guía Raspberry
    La Guía RaspberryMarch 10, 2013
    Uno de los lugares favoritos de Al Capone para pasar las noches. Un lugar histórico.
  • Jae Eun K.
    Jae Eun KimJuly 5, 2016
    사람이 많을 땐 합석! 음악 듣느라 시간 가는줄 모르고 들었네요. 좋은 명당은 일찍 자리가 차니 미리 가는게 좋을 것 같아요.
  • Lisa
    LisaSeptember 8, 2011
    Si vous avez la chance de vous rendre à Chicago, voici certainement un endroit à ne pas manquer! Vous verrez pourquoi par vous-même...
  • Paloma Z.
    La musica; ven comido porq no venden nada para comer! Y temprano porq se llena! Fan fan
  • Ingrid L.
    Ingrid LimaMay 17, 2013
    Com transmissão ao vivo numa rádio local. Quinta as pessoas dancam loucamente. Era o bar favorito do Al Pacino.
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