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Green Mill

View Map4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago
Tel: (773) 878-5552
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Editorial Review of Green Mill

The long and storied history of the Green Mill is a well known tale to most Chicagoans, and needs no repetition here. Suffice to say, that having a Chicago address on your mail isn't enough to be called a true Chicagoan – a journey to the Green Mill is an absolute requirement in anyone’s quest to be one with the city. Like Mecca, if you haven't made the pilgrimage, you’ll never be complete in your Chicago-ness until you do.

That, however, does not necessarily make it a good place to go. It's the fact that it continues to be one of the best places to hear live jazz in Chicago, the home of the modern "poetry slam," and a hell of a good place to have a cocktail makes it a good – nay, great – place to go for drinks and entertainment.

Certainly, the Green Mill lacks the extensive beer lists of other bars, or the huge trendy martini menu of still others, or any food, but the Mill needs none of these. It's easy to imagine that it could coast on its reputation and its long lifespan, but you can still get an affordable pint of cheap beer or an old-school cocktail (the Brandy Alexander I had there at 4 in the afternoon eternally changed my outlook on cream-based drinks).

Remarkably, you can thank the passage of time for one of the most recent improvements to the Mill. Before the smoking ban, the Mill was often too hazy and unbreathable for many patrons and one of the few complaints you ever heard about the Mill was its constant smokiness. Now that the air is crystal clear, there's no problems either seeing or breathing. Sure, sometimes it costs you a few bucks cover at the door, but it's a small price to pay to support the continued existence of one of Chicago's true gems.

Centerstage Reviewer: Karl Klockars

Centerstage's Tips

Before the show, jazz up your palate with modern Indian fare at Marigold.

After the music's over, continue the Capone vibe at Fat Cat.

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