Green Mill
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Monday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Friday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Sunday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
About
Once a haunt of Al Capone's, this oldest jazz club in the U.S. opened in 1907, and retains the aura of the Prohibition-era speakeasies.
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  • Louise D
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must go place!
    After reading the reviews, especially around tourists, I was very sceptical but I’m so glad we went! We were made to feel very welcome by the doorman and locals. The drinks were so cheap compared to a lot of places in Downtown Chicago and the music was fabulous. This is a must visit!!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 October 2023
  • VancityGal
    Vancouver, Canada68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great venue, cheap drinks
    We had to check out the jazz scene in Chicago and my husband wanted to check this particular place out. He has a few jazz albums of artists where they recorded here. Drinks were reasonably priced, being outside the downtown core. The band was terrific and I’m old and grumpy but didn’t find the music too loud that it left my ears ringing or that I needed to yell to talk to my spouse. Would definitely come back again if we’re back in town.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Johnny Trekkie
    San Diego, California10,783 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    JAZZ!
    A Chicago institute for decades, the Green Mills is a classic American jazz club. Its got a great ambience with warm romantic lighting, leather booths, a long art nouveau bar that curves around the place, art covered walls and columns, and nice stage for a live music and a small but dedicated dance floor. Once prolific across America decades ago, this is now an endangered species, perhaps the only one left of its kind in Chicago? Thursday nights Alan Gresik's Swing Orchestra plays all the jazz classics. A regular group of local swing dancers dance away. Cocktails are flowing all around. All around a great scene that's hard to find in this modern age. Cash only, and it does get crowded!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 November 2023
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Maria Paula R
Cancun, Mexico3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Don’t go there, it’s overrated. The service is really awful and music it’s good but you definitely can find better places to visit around Chicago.
Written 11 April 2024
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Santiagoos88
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Bartenders are rude. Stay away from this place. There are way better jazz places in Chicago where you will not be mistreated.
Written 11 April 2024
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andrea s
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The place was packed, standing room only by 8pm. The doorman said people get there two to three hours early just to get a seat. My husband and I, momentarily, were mad at ourselves for not having arrived earlier. Then we realized that even if we'd gotten a seat at the bar or a table, they allow so many people in that there would have been people, two deep, standing inches from us and blocking our view. The band was good, but you could barely see them past all the people and those dancing on the tiny dance floor which was big enough for three couples to dance comfortably. We took the $40 loss, and went elsewhere.
Written 29 December 2023
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Johnny Trekkie
San Diego, CA10,783 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
A Chicago institute for decades, the Green Mills is a classic American jazz club. Its got a great ambience with warm romantic lighting, leather booths, a long art nouveau bar that curves around the place, art covered walls and columns, and nice stage for a live music and a small but dedicated dance floor. Once prolific across America decades ago, this is now an endangered species, perhaps the only one left of its kind in Chicago?

Thursday nights Alan Gresik's Swing Orchestra plays all the jazz classics. A regular group of local swing dancers dance away. Cocktails are flowing all around. All around a great scene that's hard to find in this modern age. Cash only, and it does get crowded!
Written 21 November 2023
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VancityGal
Vancouver, Canada68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We had to check out the jazz scene in Chicago and my husband wanted to check this particular place out. He has a few jazz albums of artists where they recorded here. Drinks were reasonably priced, being outside the downtown core. The band was terrific and I’m old and grumpy but didn’t find the music too loud that it left my ears ringing or that I needed to yell to talk to my spouse. Would definitely come back again if we’re back in town.
Written 15 November 2023
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Louise D
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
After reading the reviews, especially around tourists, I was very sceptical but I’m so glad we went!

We were made to feel very welcome by the doorman and locals. The drinks were so cheap compared to a lot of places in Downtown Chicago and the music was fabulous.

This is a must visit!!
Written 23 October 2023
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Natalie A
CHICAGO11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The place is great-not the customer service. We were profiled as soon as we walked in. ..

The manger kept eavesdropping in our private conversation making snide comments while walking by us .

When I asked the staff who I could speak to regarding the rude comments and disrespectful behavior - they kept referring me to the manager, stating there was no one else to talk to.

I did my research and found the owner. Dave Jemilo

I approached him and asked him if I could give him constructive criticism about my experience and without even hearing my side he said and i quote "I can listen but I support her , without even hearing what I had to say . He then continued to cut me off and didn't want to be bothered . Such a dissapointing experience. Read the google reviews on this place - seems like there a lot of negative comments .
Written 18 September 2023
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Nina M
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The service at this place is a nightmare. A very rude guy at the entrance charged us $15 for entrance fee even though there were no available bar or table seats. As a consequence, we had to find a spot where we wouldn’t be in everyone’s way or obstructing peoples’ view (since the bar is very narrow between bar and table seats), so we went all the way to the left end, where an extremely horrible man (probably the manager) started yelling and hissing at us. When I opposed this behavior, he threw us out! Never ever going back to this awful place!!!
Written 28 July 2023
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Tony R
Birchington, UK115 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Unless of course you’re a regular, then that’s fine. As a UK visitor we ventured out of town & after reading reviews decided to visit here.
That was a mistake.
Barman was miserable & unfriendly. When my wife dared to move a chair along the bar his sarcastic comments were not appreciated.

Music was pretty good but we left after 30 minutes so can’t really comment further on that.

Oh and it’s cash only, no cards accepted.

Not a venue for tourists or visitors to the area.
Written 25 May 2023
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Neven
Ingolstadt, Germany67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
The tavern/club has superb historic ambient and at that particular night band and music were amazing. I need to admit, that only after I visited the place I found out how actually popular it is and that it's oldest jazz club in the USA.
Only downside is that part of staff was pretty arrogant.
Written 23 February 2023
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