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Best Cheap Live Music Venues In Chicago

Okay, so you're not in the mood to a see a concert with a billion dollars worth of lights, a soundstage that costs a fortune and a huge crowd. All you want is a nice night out with your friends where the music is awesome, the service is great and the crowd is lively. These smaller, more intimate venues give you a better feel for the band that's performing, which leaves a big impression on many. A great night out doesn't need to cost a lot. Chicago has an enormous amount of low-priced live venues, and these are among the best. Come and see new and established artists perform at these inexpensive hot spots.

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2011 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-6600

Every wonder why there is often a line outside of Subterranean on North Avenue? That's because a diverse lineup and inexpensive tickets make locals flock there every week. It also has drinks specials for every night of the week. Subterranean has a menu that includes food, so you can get a meal while you're there. Subterranean is a great place to spend an evening supporting both established and emerging artists.

Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 276-3600

Looking for a place that has energetic live performances for a very low price? Empty Bottle is a terrific place to view established and emerging artists live. The crowd is lively and the lineup is so extensive that music fans will always have someone to come back and see. Bring your friends or come by yourself and make new ones when you enjoy a live act at Empty Bottle.

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1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 227-4433

Hideout has been a Chicago favorite for decades, and that's because it has a loyal fan base. Find out why crowds of people make this venue a regular stop when you check out some of its reasonably priced acts. A long lineup of new and established bands are ready for you to enjoy their live performances. After a night at Hideout, you may find yourself becoming a regular.

Schubas Tavern
3159 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-2508

Schubas always has a great performance lined up. Enjoy a terrific night out without spending a lot of cash. Live music as well as open mic comedy are always drawing crowds. Have a stop at the bar too, Schubas has an excellent drink menu. Along with a variety of performances as well as daily drink and food specials, Schubas is a great night out for an amazingly low price.

Old Town School of Music
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 728-6000

Old Town School of Music may be known for its classes, but many regulars know that they can see some terrific concerts at surprisingly low prices. Musical genres vary here, but you may find yourself enjoying a multitude of different styles you didn't expect. World music and kids' concerts are part of the lineup at Old Town School of Music. Low prices and a variety of performance choices make for certainty that there is fun for the entire family.

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Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at

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