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Green Mill

4802 N Broadway St, Chicago, Illinois 60640 USA

1,045 Reviews
$$
Reasonable
Closed Now
Opens Thu 4p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
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  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating
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Historic Treasure

Our Take

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!

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Lina W.

Saw Andrew Bird and other late night jazz concerts at the Green Mill. The intimate setting makes the experience fun. Our table server was attentive, and we didn't experience a thirsty moment! The... Read more

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Darren B.

For better or worse, stepping foot into the Green Mill is a trip back in time: cash only (there's an ATM in the corner), narrow paths (not the most ADA-friendly, but I imagine they can... Read more

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Ryan K.

Went here with my girlfriend and her family. Venue itself is beautiful and that's the old reason it gets 2 stars. For starters, it's cash only which is wild in 2024. There's very little seating... Read more

Green Mill

4802 N Broadway St
Chicago, Illinois
60640 USA
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  • Sun - Fri: 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Sat: 2:00 pm - 1:00 am

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