Despite the rad gangster history here, this is first and foremost a jazz bar. Don't let that, or a potential cover charge for the live music, stop you from visiting, though. The experience of being in a crowded, gorgeously ornate historic bar with a crowd of people of all ages, all fixated on the incredible music and charismatic performers, was so incredibly special. I watched a millennial shush other patrons to hear the music better! If there's no seating, just wait for something to open up; it'll happen sooner than you think, just be polite. And even though the drinks are no-frills, they're tasty... although I went with a beer, an Eliot Ness, for Al Capone reasons.
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“A Famous Chicago Speakeasy”
The Green Mill is sophisticated informality, warm glowing atmosphere steeped in the heady sounds of the early ’30s and ’40s; it was actually patterned after Clark Monroe’s Uptown House in Harlem (as it was during the ’40s). Uniquely comfortable to all audiences from the sequined Saturday night date to the progressively dressed offbeat student, the magic of the Mill is that the audience commingles in its mutual respect for the music. And, in the far corner, in all her alabaster glory, stands Ceres, Goddess of Harvest, rechristened Stella by Starlight by the house musicians. Stella was salvaged from the lower depths of the Green Mill, dusted off, and returned to complement the authenticity of the art deco/art nouveau décor in the light fixtures and artwork, embellished with lavishly scrolled frames. Shades of Al Capone’s heyday are found in the wall memorabilia as you enter and in the famous booth where he and his henchmen could keep a cautious eye on both doors. Today, the Green Mill, in keeping with owner Dave Jemilo’s philosophy for a proper mix of down-to-earth friendliness and class, maintains an authenticity of the ‘40s in service, price and music, perfected upon with the steady Sunday night performance of the internationally acclaimed Uptown Poetry Slam which Marc Smith began at the Mill in 1986. Featured on Drinking Made Easy!
This place is one of my favorite places in Chicago. I go there every time I visit. It has a cool vibe and every show there is top notch. Make sure you bring cash because it is cash only. There is... Read more
Really planned on a great night but thanks to Jason, it was ruined. My friends took me from out of town to visit such an iconic spot that they love and frequent. We had bought drinks, were... Read more
If the bartender that looks like Jimmy Fallon is working don't plan on drinking much. Especially if there is a football game on the tv above the door. If his eyes aren't on the tv they're on his... Read more
- Sun - Thu: 4:00 pm - 1:15 am
- Fri: 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
- Sat: 1:00 pm - 2:00 am
Credit Cards Accepted
- Does not take