Open Mic Nights in Chicago
Open Mic Music, Comedy and Artistic Performances
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 below, or scroll to the list by day of the week at the end. Some open mic nights are strictly for one genre like music, while others are for any sort of live entertainment. We've tried to note open mics that are just music/comedy versus general open mic nights.
Gallery Cabaret is one of the best places in Chicago for open mic. This Bucktown spot hosts Wednesday night musical open mic at 9pm, Thursday Cupcake Comedy open mic from 7-8pm followed by a comedy showcase from 8-9 and finally a musical open mic at 9:30pm. Gallery holds Friday open mic from 7-10pm followed by live music, and Saturday open mic from 7-9 followed by live music.
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 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. As a side note, if you're into pianos, check out Chicago piano bars.
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. Also in North Center, Chicago Joe's hosts open mic on Mondays, the same night kids eat free. The Edgewater location of Uncommon Ground holds its open mic on Tuesdays. The Mutiny in Bucktown has open mic on Wednesdays. Drums, electric guitar, electric acoustic, bass and two microphones are provided but you can also bring your own instruments.
In Lake View, head to Uncommon Ground on Mondays and Vaughan's Pub on Tuesdays. Wednesday night open mic at Elbo Room starts promptly at 9, but sign ups start at 8. Wednesday, sign up starts at 8pm, open mic performances start at 9pm. Will's Northwoods Inn is a Lakeview option on Sundays.
The Tavern on Little Fort in North Center has open mic night the last Thursday of the month with a featured performer.
Pop-Up Open Mics and Special Events
Before you perform, consider practicing with friends, family, or your local public library. Chicago Public Libraries have creative events such as Edgewater Library's open mic night. Bourgeois Pig in Old Town hosts open mic nights from time to time.
Chicago Open Mic Nights by Day of the Week
Monday Open Mic
Tuesday Open Mic
Wednesday Open Mic
Fuller's Pub, Irving Park, after 8pm
Gallery Cabaret, Bucktown, musical open mic 9pm Thursday Cupcake Comedy open mic from 7-8pm followed by a comedy showcase from 8-9 and finally a musical open mic at 9:30pm. Gallery holds Friday open mic from 7-10pm followed by live music, and Saturday open mic from 7-9 followed by live music.
Goldie's Pub, North Center, Comedy open mic
Sidekick's, Irving Park
The Mutiny, Bucktown
Thursday Open Mic
Gallery Cabaret, Bucktown, comedy open mic 7-8, musical at 9:30pm
Friday Open Mic
Gallery Cabaret, Bucktown, 7-10pm
Saturday Open Mic
Gallery Cabaret, Bucktown, 7-9pm
Sunday Open Mic
Gallery Cabaret, Bucktown, musical open mic 7-9pm
Former open mic locations:
The Jam Gym was a recreational jam night venue for musicians of all levels. Located in the Music Garage, The Jam Gym had open jam sessions every night in up to 3 rooms. Professional equipment was provided, and memberships were available.