On Wednesday August 30 from 6pm – midnight, explore the diversity of Chicago’s jazz scene during our annual Jazz Club Tour. For one low price you can experience everything from Chicago style blues at Rosa’s Lounge on the west side to the longstanding Bebop traditions of the Jazz Showcase in the South Loop to the Green Mill’s 1930’s ambiance on the north side with many musical styles in between. The Jazz Club Tour includes trolley transportation and club admission; a great way to meet up with other jazz lovers! You must be 21 or over to participate in this event.
NEW THIS YEAR! Want to have your own trolley? Take advantage of our private trolley service! For more information or to book a private trolley, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advance Purchase (through August 25): $40/ $30 (JIC members) Day of: $50/$40(members). Purchase your tickets by August 25 online to get the advance rate.
All proceeds from this event support our concert and education programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the tour start?
Anywhere you want! You can start at any of the clubs listed and travel to any of the clubs listed throughout the night. Keep in mind that the greater the distance between the clubs, the longer your travel time will be.
What is the route for the evening?
Since participation varies, we develop a new map each year. You can check out the 2016 club tour map to get an idea of how the routes work.
How often do the trolleys arrive at the clubs?
Trolleys start moving at 7pm and are on a constant loop until midnight. The trolleys stop at each club approximately every 30 minutes.
Where do I get my button?
Your button will be available for pick up at your selected starting club.
Are there group rates available?
Yes! Groups of 10 or more get our current member rate. Your group must pick up their buttons from the same location. If you are interested in coordinating a group, complete this form.
Can I rent an entire trolley?
NEW THIS YEAR!! Yes you can have a private trolley! For more on our private trolley service email email@example.com.
Are there any other restrictions?
You need t be 21 years or older–other than that, just purchase your button and plan to have a great evening!
2017 Participating Clubs (list is subject to change)
Andy’s Jazz Club – 11 East Hubbard Street
Constellation – 3111 North Western Ave
Hungry Brain – 2319 West Belmont
M Lounge – 1520 South Wabash Avenue
Norman’s Bistro – 1001 East 43rd Street
Old Town School of Folk Music – 4544 North Lincoln Avenue – performance ends at 10:30 p.m.
Red Peppers Lounge – 428 East 87th Street
Reggie’s – 2105 S. State Street
Rosa’s – 3420 West Armitage Avenue
Some Like it Black – 810 East 43rd Street
The Green Mill – 4802 North Broadway
The Jazz Showcase – 806 South Plymouth Court
V75 – 125 West 75th Street
Winter’s Jazz Club – 465 N. McClurg Court
* List is subject to change and additional clubs may be added