Chicago may be a town best known for over-the-top eats like Italian beef and deep-dish pizza, but the true soul of the city resides within its music venues. And while blues might be the first thing that comes to mind when conjuring up the sound waves of the Windy City, there’s no denying the crucial role that rock music has played in shaping today’s live music landscape. With an ever-expanding cultural impact and a wealth of top-quality venues to choose from, we dug beneath the city’s clogged arteries and layers of cheese to uncover five iconic music venues in the Second City that are second to none.
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Jay Gentile is the publisher of music magazine Chicago INNERVIEW and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications including SPIN, VICE, Chicago Tribune, Thrillist and Consequence of Sound.