Free/Low Cost Live Music Shows in Chicago

Updated June 19, 2017

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Metro Chicago is a live music venue featuring indie and alternative bands. Most shows require tickets.

Free/Low Cost Live Music in Chicago

Jazz clubs, concert halls, festivals, coffee shops are all venues for a good bevv and live music. Chicago is known for its blues and jazz clubs and lively outdoor music festivals, but there are even more options for live music in your local bar or coffee shop that are either free or under $20. Support local artists, find a new vibe, or listen to an album release with a good drink in hand.

If you're looking to explore jazz talent, the Fulton Street Collective hosts a bi-weekly Jazz Art Collective event with live jazz, art and drinks. Performances are curated by Chris Anderson, house manager of The Green Mill, with help from Joe Lanasa, director of FSC.

Wise Owl has live music and BBQ on Friday nights:

Fado Irish Pub in River North has live music Friday and Saturday nights to prepare you for their early morning European futbol coverage.

The General Logan Square bluegrass brunch

The General in Logan Square hosts a weekly bluegrass brunch. Enjoy a smoked bloody mary or craft beer from a little glass boot. Thursday is cowboy jukebox night, and you can bring in your own vinyl records to play.

Monty Gaels has live music Friday nights at 9pm, accompanied by their all you can eat fish fry.

Merkle's in Wrigleyville has live music performances on Friday and Saturday nights.

La Palapa mariachi BYOB restaurant

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If you're looking for a mariachi band, La Palapa has an outdoor patio that will make you feel like you're in Puerto Vallarta. The restaurant is also BYOB.

Blue Frog's Local 22 hosts live music brunch on weekends, as well as evening live music acts:

If you're walking around downtown today, stop by Blue Frog and hear me sing with @thelocalgroup

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Peruse the Bevver music map for more notes. Click filter and select 'Music' to find (mostly) free and low cost music shows in Chicago.

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