Open Mic Nights in Chicago

Updated June 19, 2017

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Get ready to hit the stage at these bars, coffee shops and other venues hosting open mic nights in Chicago. Read more about windy city open mic or skip to the list by day of the week.

Open Mic Comedy, Music, and Artistic Performances

The Store in Lincoln Park has open mic every Monday at 9pm and records a free CD during the show. Nearby Lilly's is a cash bar with a piano that takes open mic sign ups Tuesdays at 9pm.

Goldie's Pub in North Center has stand up comedy and open mic on Sundays and Wednesdays, and an acoustic music open mic night on Thursdays.

The Jam Gym is a recreational jam night venue for musicians of all levels. Located in the Music Garage, The Jam Gym has open jam sessions every night in up to 3 rooms. Professional equipment is provided, and memberships are available.

Irving Park is a hotbed of open mic nights! The Globe has open mic comedy nights every Monday, and Sidekick's has open mic on Wednesday - the only night of the week not focused on karaoke. Fuller's Pub has open mic night on Thursdays, but artists are welcome to come in and jam any night Monday through Thursday after 8pm.

The Edgewater location of Uncommon Ground holds its open mic on Tuesdays. The Mutiny in Bucktown has open mic on Wednesdays.

In Lake View, head to Uncommon Ground on Mondays and Vaughan's Pub on Tuesdays, and Will's Northwoods Inn on Sundays.

The Tavern on Little Fort in North Center has open mic night the last Thursday of the month with a featured performer.

Special Events

Before you perform, consider practicing with friends, family, or your local public library. Chicago Public Libraries have creative events such as Edgewater's open mic night.

Bourgeois Pig in Old Town hosts open mic nights from time to time:

Open mic tonight @7. @danaalsamsam might not be there, but also she might be and that's a good enough reason to come I think.

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Chicago Open Mic Nights by Day of the Week

Monday Open Mic

Chicago Joe's, North Center

Fuller's Pub, Irving Park, after 8pm

The Globe, Irving Park

The Jam Gym, Every night

The Store, Lincoln Park, 9pm

Uncommon Ground, Lake View

Tuesday Open Mic

Fuller's Pub, Irving Park, after 8pm

Lilly's, Lincoln Park, 9pm, have a piano

The Corrib Irish Pub, Jefferson Park

Uncommon Ground, Edgewater

Vaughan's Pub, Lake View

Wednesday Open Mic

Fuller's Pub, Irving Park, after 8pm

Goldie's Pub, North Center, Comedy open mic

Sidekick's, Irving Park

The Mutiny, Bucktown

Thursday Open Mic

Fuller's Pub, Irving Park, 8pm

Goldie's Pub, North Center, acoustic open mic

Tavern on Little Fort, North Center, (last Thursday of the month)

Sunday Open Mic

Goldie's Pub, North Center, comedy open mic

Will's Northwoods Inn, Lake View