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    Default Chicago venue for amateur open mic (9/26/15) - Any suggestions?

    I am looking for a venue in Chicago to host an Amateur open mic event on September 26, 2015. This would be associated with a large water and wastewater conference (WEFTEC). Last year we did this as a fund-raiser in New Orleans at House of Blues and donated $17K to various water charities. The big name places in Chicago seem much steeper in pricing. Anyone with any suggestions? Most of the conference hotels are downtown, so the closer the better, but we're open. Looking to have around 400 people.

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    Old Town School of Folk Music? They have a good concert venue. If you're looking for a club environment, wouldn't suit you.
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    Default Re: Chicago venue for amateur open mic (9/26/15) - Any suggestion

    We're definitely looking for a club environment with a bar atmosphere. Thanks, though.

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    Default Re: Chicago venue for amateur open mic (9/26/15) - Any suggestion

    If you're looking for a club environment with a bar atmosphere, you need to look in the neighborhoods for most of your options.

    Reggie's Rock Club
    Logan Square Auditorium
    The Hideout
    Schuba's
    Double Door
    Beat Kitchen
    FitzGerald's (in the near western suburb of Berwyn)
    Wire (also in Berwyn)

    Of course Chicago has its own House of Blues.

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    I've played Schuba's before. Very nice bar with a great stage.

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    Default Re: Chicago venue for amateur open mic (9/26/15) - Any suggestion

    Thanks for the list, Steve!

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