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Schubas & Lincoln Hall

Lincoln Hall

Music Venue, Bar, and Rock Club
North Side, Chicago
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  • Geoffrey Z.
    "Great intimate venue to see a wide range of artists and musicians."(6 Tips)
    Sam S.
    "Best music venue in chicago, or at least my favorite."(3 Tips)
    Sam O.
    "If there's a wait for the bathrooms downstairs, go to the balcony!"(9 Tips)
    Lisa W.
    "Great view anywhere and wonderful sound system."(2 Tips)
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  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Clear sightlines from wherever you decide to stand and an amazing sound system make attending shows a total pleasure. The warm interior is complemented by a friendly staff and a quality food menu. Read more
    Upvoted Sep 16
  • C R.
    C ReyNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Arguably the best place in the city to catch a live show. Food is good, beer selection is solid and the acoustics are second to none. If you see an artist you like on the calendar, don't think twice.
  • Bill I Am T.
    Bill I Am TDecember 17, 2012
    Come for one of the many top notch bands that stop here for the high quality sound, or one of the '3Penny was Here' movie nights, and feel at home with the amazingly friendly staff.
  • William D.
    William DickinsonDecember 5, 2014
    The balcony was the only place with seats for the Shakey Graves show 12/3/14 and it filled first, so it was good we got there before the doors opened
  • Susan A.
    Susan AnaterOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place in Chicago to see a show. Get there early to grab a chair in the balcony for a great view. Easy parking. Great beer selection also. Love this place.
    RCRD LBLJune 29, 2011
    This is a fantastic place to see up and coming artists like The Dear Hunger or Lost in the Trees. If you're looking for more of a laid back night, you can reserve a table on the second floor.
  • Angie T.
    Angie TrigilioApril 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is great. The beers are even better. And the view from the Mezz cannot be beat. But best of all, the bathrooms are clean! Love this venue 😍👍
  • Amy G.
    Amy GraffMarch 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The best sound system of any music venue in Chicago. Wildly clean, two levels, and multiple bars make Lincoln Hall a complete joy for enjoying live music.
  • Kelli S.
    Kelli SullivanNovember 17, 2013
    Lincoln Hall is in Lincoln Park near De Paul's campus. It is a great place to go on any given night to listen to your favorite band or be introduced to new music.TIP: buy tickets online;they sell fast
  • R. S.
    R. ShethApril 7, 2012
    Center seating in balcony (near railing) is good as any seat if not better. You can order food and drinks up there and there's no pushing or shoving. My favorite venue in Chicago. Acoustically awesome
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SimonAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely one of the best concert venues in the city. Arrive a little early and get a seat along the balcony upstairs.
  • Dulce A.
    Dulce A.December 12, 2015
    So many phenomenal underground artists play here. The size is perfect for a concert, especially for a date night. Great drinks too!
  • John T.
    John TaoSeptember 28, 2014
    My favorite venue in Chicago by far. It's a very cozy and intimate setting no matter how far back you are in the room.
  • Digital Tour Bus
    Digital Tour BusMay 11, 2011
    There is a great view and tons of booths to sit at on the balcony. So, if standing during a show isn't your thing, head up to the balcony and hope that a booth is still open!
  • Bing
    BingAugust 2, 2012
    I’ve played this little place before and it’s a great spot to see music and play music. I’ll definitely be back here soon!” – Andy Grammer
  • Jenn J.
    Jenn JarmulaJuly 9, 2012
    LH is the younger, but bigger brother of Schubas....The sound is just as good, the food is similar and the shows are quality...downfall - the parking SUCKS!
  • Geoffrey Z.
    Geoffrey ZuHoneNovember 17, 2014
    Great intimate venue to see a wide range of artists and musicians.
  • Marc
    MarcMarch 15, 2015
    Great venue with wonderful sound. And the wait staff I s great as you're watching the show
  • Julia S.
    Julia StylesOctober 11, 2011
    You will find many up&coming bands at this venue. The place is clean and has good sound. The menu isn't bad either.
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly CantonJuly 12, 2015
    You cannot beat this place for intimate music good crowds and excellent sound.
  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonJuly 23, 2015
    Gorgeous venue in an interesting part of town. Nice intimate size for smaller acts.
  • Drew B.
    Drew BennettOctober 6, 2014
    Great sound. Even have good beer/shot specials for a music venue.
  • Lex W.
    Lex WisniewskiMarch 12, 2012
    Come for a show, stay for the food! Great venue, and the burgers are fantastic.
  • Amy D.
    Amy DittmeierOctober 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Lincoln Hall has one of the better sound systems in Chicago. If your ears are damaged like mine are, make sure to bring some earplugs!
  • Angelina S.
    Angelina S.June 30, 2014
    The live rock bands are gems and the Music is very good.
  • Carlos M. R.
    Carlos M. Rodríguez VegaSeptember 22, 2015
    Best sound quality that I have ever heard in a music venue.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    The main floor gets a little crowded, but there always seems to be plenty of elbow room up in the balcony, even at sold-out shows.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SullivanNovember 6, 2016
    My favorite concert venue - very clean and intimate.
  • Tall Dave
    Tall DaveApril 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Always watch the opening acts. Chances are if they open here they have the ability to headline in most other cities.
  • Eddy G.
    Eddy GonzalezNovember 2, 2015
    Balcony seats give a great view of the stage. Staff is friendly
  • KT Z.
    KT ZFebruary 10, 2011
    This place has kick-ass customer service, amazing acoustics, and overall it's just a fantastic venue.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaMarch 4, 2015
    The best venue in Chicago? Possibly. Certainly better than the movie theater that was here.
  • David S.
    David StepanekMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Best music venue and chicago! Also the cleanest! Always have a good time!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MosesNovember 18, 2011
    Similar feel to the Bowery in NYC, but much more intimate. Run, don't walk, to any concert here.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezJanuary 31, 2015
    Amazing venue that has coat hooks to the left and right of the stage instead of a coat check!
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WOctober 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great view anywhere and wonderful sound system. One of the best venues in the city.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SvitaJanuary 15, 2015
    Best music venue in chicago, or at least my favorite.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TwinemMay 29, 2010
    Great venue. Always go for the opening bands - you'll get close to the stage and hear amazing up-and-coming artists.
  • Andrea O.
    Andrea OjedaDecember 9, 2012
    Lots of room upstairs. Nicest bartenders in town.
  • baxter s.
    baxter sarahFebruary 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a lot of fog machine no matter what type of show it is. And if you're coming for Delorean Nights get ready to rub elbows with some shot-out high school kids.
  • Steph M.
    Steph McGSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome venue, even nicer staff & a solid rail.
  • Lea N.
    Lea NunezJuly 7, 2013
    Love Lincoln Hall with all my heart. Always a good time.
  • Jesse R.
    Jesse RayaNovember 20, 2011
    My favorite concert venue in Chicago, hands down!
  • Caryn B.
    Caryn B.March 27, 2014
    Easily the best place I've seen a show in Chicago.
  • Paige K.
    Paige KrzyskoAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing venue. Sound & sight lines are great no matter where you stand.
  • Avi S.
    Avi SchwabFebruary 15, 2013
    It's a music venue in Chicago... With good beer... And my feet aren't sticking to the floor. #soconfused
  • Mandy H.
    Mandy HumphreyDecember 29, 2010
    great venue! try the macaroni and cheese! its delish!
  • Liz W.
    Liz WalkerMay 29, 2010
    Eat dinner before-hand and order a ginger and jack! Be nice to the interior bar tenders!
  • bridget d.
    bridget dickeySeptember 2, 2010
    One of my favorite venues in Chicago! Have seen Camera Obscura & Kate Nash there. Looking forward to someone still love you boris yeltzin tomorrow night!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchAugust 7, 2014
    One of my favorite venues in Chicago. Easy to get up close.
  • caleb h.
    caleb hanlonDecember 1, 2014
    Cozy venue. College kids 👍🆒
  • Javier Z.
    Javier ZamudioApril 1, 2015
    Best place to watch a live show.
  • Sam O.
    Sam O'RamaMarch 16, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    If there's a wait for the bathrooms downstairs, go to the balcony! Twice as many stalls and usually no wait.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MorrisonJanuary 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    No worries coming late here, you can see great from the back steps.
  • Drew B.
    Drew BennettOctober 6, 2014
    Good sound.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SupertApril 11, 2015
    The kitchen isn't always open for food in show nights.
  • Todd B.
    Todd BradleyApril 25, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The alley behind Liz Fehr's place is great for a sesh!
  • John
    JohnFebruary 5, 2011
    Modern music venue - great sound!
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MontwillJanuary 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great new venue. Premium beer selection and no plastic cups. Hope that lasts.
  • Glynn R.
    Glynn RankinMay 16, 2011
    Best sound system in town. Did you hear the BOOM of James Blake. One Love
  • Mat C.
    Mat CollisAugust 13, 2015
    Cool little venue
  • Al L.
    Al LarcherSeptember 19, 2010
    Great place to watch the bears just don't drink the toilet water. Yuck!!!
  • Jenn K.
    Jenn KeatingNovember 22, 2014
    Fantastic venue!!
  • Claudia P.
    Claudia PerryFebruary 20, 2012
    Alabama Shakes playing here soon!
  • Spencer B.
    Spencer BrownellDecember 7, 2014
    Great Venue!
  • Adam B.
    Adam B.January 17, 2013
    I want to move in. Pretty please.
  • Massimo R.
    Massimo RomanoAugust 26, 2014
    Concerto incredibili!!!
  • Kurt O.
    Kurt OsterbuschMarch 12, 2010
    The cleanest venue in all of rock & roll.
  • Ross D.
    Ross DeFilippisAugust 30, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Bring earplugs. Last time I was here I blew out my eardrum. Aural assault.
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HigleyDecember 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to a concert here!
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MartinezAugust 24, 2015
    Sound is just awesome 😍❤️
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