CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL SEASON IS HERE ONCE AGAIN...
Come out for the Jazz Institute of Chicago's Annual Jazz Club Tour on Wednesday August 27, 2014. The JAZZ CLUB TOUR kicks off the Chicago Jazz Festival festivities by giving visitors and hometown folks an opportunity to sample a wide range of music and venues before the free festival feast to come. Starting at just $25 in advance/$35 Day of ($5 discount for JIC Members), patrons can purchase a Jazz Club Tour button providing access to all participating clubs as well as trolley transportation between the clubs. Buttons can be bought online here or are available at any of the Tour venues (see below).
You can start the tour at any of the venues BUT the Meetup will begin at Andy's Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard. Andy's has food available and is just north of the Loop so it should be convenient for most folks. The trolleys don't begin until 7:00pm but you can listen to straight ahead jazz at Andy's until the busses start.
Based on experiences the last few years we know that it will be very difficult for all of us to leave at the same time and to stay together (the first few trolleys are generally full and thus very difficult for a larger group to ride together). Accordingly, let's meet outside Andy's starting at 6:30pm. We'll try to split into groups that are interested in following the various routes - North, South, and Central. We will not all be able to stick together the entire evening but you may be able to find a few kindred spirits who want to follow the same route. Hopefully you will see some clubs that you might not ordinarily visit.
If you need to start at another venue, text or call me at[masked], and I will let you know where we are.
The Tour is over at midnight but of course you can drop off at anytime you need to do so.
Here's a list of the venues:
Andy's Jazz Club - 11 E. Hubbard
City Life - 712 E. 83rd St.
Close Up - 2416 S. Clark St.
NEW THIS YEAR!! Constellation - 3111 N Western Ave.
The Drake Hotel1 - 40 E. Walton St.
50 Yard Line - 69 E. 75th St.
Green Mill - 4802 N. Broadway St.
Jazz Showcase - 806 S. Plymouth Ct.
NEW THIS YEAR!! Kingston Mines - 2548 N Halsted St.
M Lounge - 1520 S. Wabash Ave.
Norman's Bistro - 1001 E. 43rd St.
Red Pepper's Masquerade Lounge - 428 E. 87th St.
Reggie's - 2105 S. State St.