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1. Lincoln Hall Opened in 2009 and claimed by streaming execution purveyors Audiotree, Lincoln Hall has rapidly become one of the city's most essential settings. 

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2. Empty Bottle Don’t be fooled by its unassuming exterior: This is Chicago’s premier indie-rock club, hosting cutting-edge bands from home and abroad

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3. Hideout Once known primarily as a ramshackle roadhouse of country-rock in an industrial stretch of the city, the Hideout has become a place where new musicians,

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4. Thalia Hall Housed in a historic bohemian public hall that dates back to 1892, Thalia Hall reopened as a music venue with the help of the team behind local rock club the Empty Bottle.

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5. Chicago Theatre The Chicago Theatre is best known for its iconic marquee, a remnant of its past as an opulent French baroque-style movie palace. 

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6. Metro Metro is one of the city’s older and more famous clubs, hosting a variety of midsize national touring acts of all genres, from rock to hip-hop to electronica.

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7. Schubas Tavern Emblazoned with a Schlitz Brewery emblem that designates the historic building as a former tied house, this quaint club books smaller indie touring acts and local bands,

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8. Constellation Formerly known as the Viaduct Theater, this nondescript building overshadowed by the Belmont overpass is home to some of the city's most progressive jazz, contemporary classical and improvised music.

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9. Vic Theatre Known to Chicagoans as the Vic, this large club is easy to get to via train and hosts a variety of rock acts (we’ve seen everything from the Breeders to Jeff Tweedy here).

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10.The Green Mill Al Capone and other gangsters used to hang here in the 1920s, but these days it’s all about the music. Owner Dave Jemilo, who returned the club to its original luster in the 1980s