Andy’s began its life in the early 50’s as a hangout for local newspapermen. In the late 70’s, the area was bought out by investors, but Andy’s held on to its name and its original vibe. Local jazz promoters Penny Tyler and John Defauw saw an opportunity in Andy’s and began producing lunchtime jazz sessions, which soon expanded to three shows a day, every day of the week.
Today the club offers “Jazz at 5” and “Jazz at 9,” seven nights-a-week, drawing in an avid local crowd and some of Chicago’s hottest jazz musicians. Cover charge is usually around $10 and there is a two-drink minimum for non-dinner guests at the bar. The drinks prices can be a little steep, so we recommend just going for dinner and getting a little more bang for your buck.
Andy’s Jazz Club & Restaurant Information
- Public Transportation: Very Good (steps from buses 29 and 36 at East Hubbard Street/North State Street; a 2-minute walk from bus 22 at West Hubbard Street/North Dearborn Pkwy; a 3-minute walk from bus 65 and the Red Line at the Grand Station; and a 5-minute walk from buses 2, 3, 10, 26, 66, 120, 121, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151, and 157 at North Michigan Avenue/East Hubbard Street)
- Handicapped Accessibility: No
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 700 performances are presented each year. Two sets nightly (5 p.m., 9 p.m. or on occasion 9:30 p.m.)
- Ticket Prices: $5–$15. Discounts are available for Chicago Jazz Institute members (call ahead for information).