Every year the Jazz Institute of Chicago's Annual Jazz Club Tour officially kicks off Chicago Jazz Fest
The JIC gratefully acknowledges the support from its new presenting sponsor - The Drake Hotel ...and its media sponsor - 90.9fm WDCB.
The promotional button grants attendees access to all 14 participating venues as well as trolley transportation between the jazz venues which include venerable jazz clubs, small joints, and community centers throughout Chicago. Explore and enjoy the longstanding bebop traditions of the Jazz Showcase in the south Loop, the upscale environs of the Drake Hotel’s Palm Court and Coq d’Or, and everything in between.
2013 Club Tour Pricing:
Ticket price through August 27: $25
Ticket price on August 28: $35
Buttons are also available at each of these participating clubs beginning August 1:
Andy’s 11 E. Hubbard St.
Jazz Showcase 806 S. Plymouth Ct.
Close Up 2 416 S. Clark St.
Reggie's 2109 S. State St.
Marmon Grand 2230 S Michigan Ave.
M Lounge 1520 S. Wabash Ave.
The 50 Yard Line 69 E. 75th St.
City Life 712 E. 83rd St.
Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse
The Drake Hotel 140 E. Walton St.
Norman’s/Room[masked] E.43rd St.
South Side Community Arts Center 3831 S. Michigan Ave
Red Peppers Masquerade Lounge 428 E. 87th St.
Here is the website for the Jazz Institute-
There is a link to a PDF file on this site that has all the clubs and trolley routes.
I did this last year and it was great fun. (and very safe no matter where you go) Although known for the blues, Chicago is also a well known jazz destination.
As online sales have closed, I will be going downtown on Tuesday to buy tickets. If you would like me to also buy your tickets to save $10, please contact me.
A great center location to start is the Marmon Grand, as you can jump on any trolley route from there and it serves food. I plan on being there shortly after 6 p.m.
Some information from the Club Tour pdf map-
Enjoy the Music from 6-7pm, the Trolleys Roll at 7pm
50 Yard Line, Norman’s Bistro, Mayne Stage & MARMON GRAND are clubs where you can make a
quick crosstown transfer.
Pick the clubs you’d like to visit and plan your route accordingly. Best bet is to pick 4 or 5 clubs.
Trolleys stop at each club approx every 30 minutes starting at 7pm.
LAST TROLLEY leaves each club at Midnight! After that you’re on your own!
Hope to see you!