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Legendary Jazz at The Green Mill

Chicago is known for its celebrated jazz history, but no place more than The Green Mill. In its time it’s hosted Charlie Chaplin and Frank Sinatra, as well as jazz legends like Von Freeman. The venue is known just as much for its association with the mob: in the 1920s, it became the establishment of choice for Al Capone, who had his own favorite booth here. The pianist was under order to stop whatever he was playing and immediately play Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Capone’s favorite song, whenever the man walked in.

These days, the atmosphere at the Mill is a lot more friendly. Billed as “sophisticated informality,” the ambience is welcoming, with a kind of 1940s hospitality, and a stylish art deco/art nouveau decor which includes a full-size nude statue of the Greek Goddess Ceres. Enjoy bebop, traditional, and contemporary jazz—whatever the genre, it’s the cream of the crop.