Chicago - Piano Bar

Apr 16th, 2007, 11:58 AM
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Chicago - Piano Bar

Going to Chicago this weekend and I am trying to decide between Jilly's and the Redhead Piano Bar. Two ladies in their 40's. Any recommendations? Should we try another venue for live entertainment? Thanks for your help.
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Apr 16th, 2007, 01:15 PM
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Last time I went to Redhead it was boring. They had a pretentious piano player and a singer on the side. They did requests only when they felt like it. Jilly's has a bald guy who does a lot of Sinatra. It gets pretty crowded in there- it's okay. I had a much better time at another place with this insanely crazy piano player and I can't find the name, darn it. I'm a pro piano player, so I'll give you a hint. Ask a musician where to go, not the hotel concierge!
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Apr 16th, 2007, 01:24 PM
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Okay, Donna, I contacted a friend of mine who's a musician in Chicago and will get back to you. I know that the Redhead alternates entertainers, so that will make a huge difference in the atmosphere.
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Apr 16th, 2007, 03:08 PM
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Thanks LLindaC - the night we will be going, the Redhead has Thomas Linsk and Lisa McClowry performing. Jilly's will have Bob Thornton. thanks for your help.
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Apr 16th, 2007, 06:51 PM
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uh oh....that was the 2 I saw last time, for sure. They really were NOT playing to the crowd, IMO. I've had more fun at a sports bar. Bob Thornton is good, but he's about 80 % Sinatra, and he has a group of "regulars" who take turns singing. It's more of an ego room than a piano bar at times. I'm still waiting for my friends' response...I'l call him tomorrow if I don't hear.
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Apr 16th, 2007, 08:36 PM
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Try the Green Mill. It's a blues bar, but more local.
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Apr 16th, 2007, 10:45 PM
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With all due respect to the previous poster, the Green Mill is a jazz bar.

Take a look at Grape Street and Vine on E. Ontario, a couple of blocks east of N. Michigan.
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Apr 18th, 2007, 06:49 AM
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We have decided to have dinner at the Chicago Chop House and it looks like Grape and Vine are just down the street. I will stear clear of the Redhead. Thanks for the help.
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Apr 20th, 2007, 01:43 PM
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I've been to Davenport's once and had a really nice time. The location is a little west on Chicago avenue, but it's a cheap cab ride.

Maybe other Fodorites can offer their insights/experiences???

http://davenportspianobar.com/
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