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The Velvet Lounge

67 E. Cermak Rd.

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(NOTE: Upon the death of founder Fred Anderson in 2010, the Velvet Lounge was closed. The club plans to reopen sometime in 2012.)

While the Velvet Lounge was forced out of its original location by encroaching condominiums, the club has lost very little of the classic vibe that helped shape the face of modern free jazz. The new location is just around the corner and is still owned and operated by the indomitable Fred Anderson, a noted tenor-sax player and seminal figure in the 1960s’ jazz scene. The club has played host to a variety of local legends, such as Anderson, Hamid Drake, Art Taylor, and Jim Baker. The cover charge is in the medium price range ($10–$20 usually) and can be a real bargain if you plan ahead for the bigger names.

The Velvet Lounge Information

  • Public Transportation: Fair
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: Approximately 300 performances are presented annually. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday shows are at 8:30 p.m.; Friday–Sunday shows at 9:30.
  • Ticket Prices: $5–$20.