List of Chicago jazz jam sessions & open mics

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(Please note - this page is merely a resource for the Chicago area. I do not run any of the the jam session listen below.)

11 E. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL
  5 PM
Hosted by Charles Heath (drums)
11 E. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL
  9 PM
Hosted by Pharez Whitted (tpt)
Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap
1172 E. 55th St.
Chicago, IL
9:00 PM
Hosted by Curtis Black (tpt)

Norman's Bistro
1001 E. 43rd St.
Chicago, IL
Hosted by Ernest Dawkins (sax)


Bucktown Pub
1658 W. Cortland
Chicago, IL
9:00 PM to 1 AM
Hosted by Mike McCulloch (drums)

Serbian Village
3144 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL
9 PM to 1 AM
Hosted by Tom Muellner


Underground Wonder Bar
710 N Clark
Chicago, IL
11:30 PM
Hosted by Lorna Boston (vox)

Arrogant Frog
1365 W. Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL
10:30 PM
Hosted by Bonzo Squad

Hunter's Restaurant & Lounge
7232 W Diversey Ave
Elmwood Park, IL
8:00 PM
Hosted by George Aparo (drums), Tom Muellner (piano), and Steve Hart (bass)

Manhattan's American Bar and Grill
300 S. Schmale
Carol Stream, IL
7:30 PM
Hosted by Bruce Oscar (piano)

Velvet Lounge
67 E. Cerrmak
Chicago, IL
7:00 PM
Hosted by David Williams (bass)

1415 W 22nd St.
Oakbrook, IL
(630) 990-1993
6-10 PM
Hosted by Mike Walters (piano)


Green Mill
4802 N. Broadway Ave,
Chicago, IL
1:30 AM
Hosted by Eric Schneider (sax), Steve Hashimoto (bass), etc…

Stage Left Cafe
125 W. Van Buren
Woodstock, IL
7:00 PM
1st & 3rd Fridays of the month. Hosted by Jazz on the Square


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