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Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

Jazz Club
Uptown, Chicago
  • 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)
115 Tips and reviews
  • jazz music
  • al capone
  • cocktails
  • patricia barber
  • uptown poetry
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  • 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
  • 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 ;)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ninah R.
    Ninah RandolphFebruary 4
    Very nice jazz music scene. Really busy on weekends so see a show during the week if you can
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittApril 28, 2015
    An excellent and authentic place for jazz, but get here early as the place fills up fast.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyNovember 1, 2015
    Get a Templeton rye with a splash of Sprite and enjoy that cool 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.
  • Nerija S.
    Nerija SlotkusNovember 14, 2014
    Really neat place to hang out on a Saturday night, sipping wine & listening to some great live jazz.
  • Melvin M.
    Great live jazz music, CASH ONLY so hit the atm before you go
  • 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
  • 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! :-)
  • Amir A.
    Amir A.November 18, 2012
    Very cool music, show up early if you wanna get a good booth.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Travis D.
    Travis DavisMay 26, 2013
    The oldest jazz club in America and Al Capones old hangout...many of the greats have been here.
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Doug C.
    Doug CouchSeptember 3, 2015
    The home of Slam Poetry. Stop in and say hello to the Ghost of Christmas Expectation.
  • Bri J.
    Bri JordanFebruary 27, 2015
    Small but good for intimate jazz shows and date night
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