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The Chicago Traveler

Gallery Cabaret

by Matt B on May 9th, 2007

In Bucktown, Gallery Cabaret is a classic corner bar that dates back several decades and is much more than the dive-bar it may appear to be. Don’t let the outside features scare you off. It’s become a forum for rising artists to display paintings, drawings, and musical talent. It took some time for the bar to build rapport with the community, but after receiving the attention of the Smashing Pumpkins and Liz Phair, this pub soon found plenty of business.


Visual art litters the walls and is changed up monthly to feature new artists. Plus, there’s some kind of live talent every night. Jazz, blues, folk acts, improv comedy, you name it. The popular open-mic is Thursdays and Sundays, with free food on Sundays. WooHoo! Drink specials are great too, especially during the Thursday open mic: $4 pitchers and $1.50 pints. Tuesdays offer $2 pints of Blue moon and $5 pitchers of Miller Lite.

Gallery Cabaret ($): 2020 N Oakley Ave; 773-489-5471
Sun - Fri: 5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Sat: 5:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Street parking available
Public Trans: Bus #49, 73 or Blue Line train (Western)

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