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- 98%History Buffs
- 71%Nightlife Lovers
- 64%Local Culture
- 64%Art & Design Lovers
- 58%Adventure Travelers
- 58%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (10)
- Green MillMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Jan 23, 2014
If you are a poet or a poetry lover, you owe it to yourself to visit The Green Mill the next time you're in Chicago. Home of the Uptown Poetry Slam, a weekly event that got started in 1986, The Green Mill has seen many of Chicago's--and the world's--best poets on stage. Even if spoken word poetry isn't your thing, it's worth the $6 admission just to see what's going on.
The bar itself is over 100 years old, and has a rich and varied history as a speakeasy and a jazz bar. The neighborhood today still has a bit of a reputation, but I always feel safe on my way in and out of the Green Mill.
- Green MillMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Jan 20, 2014
The crown jewel of historic-Chicago bars, this classic spot has been around under its current name since 1910. It’s hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Charlie Chaplin, and today continues to attract talented jazz musicians who keep the music blaring way past midnight. You can tell that people here care about the music, because the conversations are generally kept to a hushed tone. Patrons also keep coming back for poetry-slam events and a popular Thursday-night swing-dance shindig.
- Green MillAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Feb 17, 2013
Not quite sure why this is classified as "ice cream & desserts" unless it wants to throw people off and thus maintain its speakeasy vibe. This jazz club has a history with Chicago's mob and was one of Al Capone's faves. In fact, if you're nice to the bartender, they might show you the trap door that led to the alcohol storage areas and doubled as Capone's escape route during Prohibition times. Jazz enthusiasts flock here and will shush you if you dare speak during a set, and swing will come up at least once a week. Sundays feature slam poetry as well...so overall this is the perfect place to explore a part of Chicago that stood still through time.
- Green MillJul 05, 2012
If you are from out of town, the Green Mill is a good place to get a larger serving of true Chicago culture in one outing. The music is great, it's classic Chicago and you'll see people from all walks of life here.
The doorman is almost always a terrifying-looking person who isn't into jokes or smiling, but that's part of the charm.
Go for the history and the culture, stay for the jazz, stay even later for the drinks.
- Green MillOct 19, 2013
This former Jazz Age speakeasy bar is the kind of place that out-of-towners look like insiders for knowing about. They're serious about the live jazz cats who play here -- so much so that the bouncer might come over to the bar and shush you for talking even in a stage whisper while the music is going on. Never mind that annoyance because the drinks are this stiff and the tunes golden. Try to catch vocalese maestro Kurt Elling here when he's in town.
- Green MillMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 04, 2013
This was once a speakeasy and you can still see the bullet holes in the wall if you look carefully. A must-visit for great jazz and the ambience you dream of when you think of old Chicago.
- Green MillMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersLuxury Travelers+ 2Jul 04, 2012
Thrilling, it is absolutely the most original and best place to swing, dance and jazz in Chicago! The club started off in 1907 as a retreat for friends to mourn their dead, to become a casual meeting bar/lounge by 1910. In the 1920’s one of the Al Capone's crew member gained significant ownership of the club and transformed the site into the vibrant show house that the ‘Green Mill’ is today.