Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lolla's Encore

Three epic new spots for live music


The ringing in your ears doesn't have to stop.

Just because Lollapalooza is over doesn’t mean things are about to go quiet in Chicago’s music scene.
From two new venues to a renovated old standby, August is a time to look forward to three game-changing new additions to Chicago’s live music scene.

Best New Venue: Concord Music Hall (pictured)
This glistening new 1,600-capacity venue offers a warehouse feel over two levels with LCD flatscreens, large garage windows, a sleek club-style bar, and shiny hardwood floors. From circus punks Gogol Bordello (August 17) to EDM superstar Boys Noize (Oct 18), this strobe-lit new space from the folks behind Spring Awakening and North Coast Music Fest is easily the best new addition to the scene in years.
Opening Sat Aug 17. 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square. No phone.
Best New Venue/Butcher Shop/Restaurant: Chicago Chop Shop
Like your venues with a little more meat? Head to this two-story former auto body garage which is being converted to a 500-capacity music venue called the 1st Ward. The space will also house a deli-style butcher shop serving housemade sausages, hand-rolled meatballs, and steak cut on site from whole cattle. On the second floor, a new restaurant with rooftop patio will focus on small plates, craft beers, and artisanal spirits.
Opening end of Aug. 2033-35 W. North Ave., Bucktown. (312-342-1909)
Best Renovated Old Standby: Door No. 3 at Double Door
The old basement bar at Wicker Park institution Double Door has been converted into a new lounge-style speakeasy called Door No. 3 featuring leather seating, new blue-hued lighting, and a new steel staircase. The new DJ-focused space will also feature a dance floor with a separate admission charge for events, with more dance-oriented acts playing shows in the speakeasy as more rock-focused acts perform upstairs.
Opening Mon Aug 12. 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park. (773-489-3160)

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