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Best Live Band Karaoke In Chicago

By Marcherie Davis

Anyone who remembers rocking out into their mom's microphone/hairbrush in front of the bathroom mirror when they were little knows a thing or two about working hard on their stage presence in private. Now that you're all grown up, it's time to take your passions out in to the open. Live band karaoke gives you the opportunity to perform like a true rockstar--with a live, energetic band behind you to back you up. Check out these live band karaoke spots and rock on.

Nightlife & Music Open Mic, Stanley's Kitchen and Tap
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Stanley's Kitchen and Tap
1970 North Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-0007

Any other night of the week, Stanley's is a full service restaurant specializing in American comfort food with a Southern twist. On Sunday nights, however, this home-style eatery transforms into a karaoke lover's dream. Stanley's hosts live band karaoke every Sunday night from 10:30 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning. You won't find any pre-recorded music here, folks--brave performers can fully immerse themselves into their favorite songs while being backed by a live band.

Nightlife & Music Live Band Karaoke, Mic
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3356 North Halsted St.
Chicago, IL  60657
(773) 281-3355

Roscoe's is traditional a bar that caters to the LGBT community, however, anyone interested in unleashing their inner hair band can come out and enjoy all this bar has to offer, including Monday night live band karaoke from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Roscoe's has an outdoor café where patrons can enjoy the night air and a bite to eat as well. If you need some liquid courage to get up on that stage, take advantage of $2.50 Miller Lite drafts and $5 Smirnoff Bombs to help stave off stage fright.

Nightlife & Music Open Mic, Reggies Live
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Reggie's Music Joint
2105 South State St.
Chicago, IL  60616
(312) 949-0120

Reggie's is a 17 and up venue where concerts and other events typically take place. But come Wednesday night, this venue morphs into an outlet for music lovers to turn the tables and become the main act. Wednesday night live band karaoke takes place from 9 p.m. to midnight. This is a great place for older teens and young adults to live out their rockstar fantasies for the night.

Nightlife & Music Open Mic, Clarke's
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Clarke's Bar & Grille
2445 North Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 472-8306

Clarke's Bar is located next to Clarke's 24 hour diner, whose bar counterpart features great drink specials and bar food.  Friday nights at this popular Lincoln Park destination are deicated to live band karaoke for the entertainers at heart. Live band karaoke is from 10 p.m. and runs until 1:30 a.m. every Friday night.

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Nightlife & Music Live Band Karaoke
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1927 W North Ave.
Chicago, IL  60622
(773) 772-4422

While pizza and beer have been a popular pair for a very long time, adding live band karaoke into the mix makes this a threesome combo you don't want to miss. Every Saturday night, the Karaoke Dokies, a local band who loves backing up wanna be rockstars, plays along as you sing your way to stardom. The fun starts at 11 p.m. and goes runs well into the night.

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Marcherie Davis is a freelance writer who enjoys arts, culture, and most genres of music. In addition to CBS Local, she writes for and Gapers Block. She is also a single parent who enjoys occasionally dabbling in crafts such as crochet and knitting. Her work can be found at

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