Cole's Bar - A True Midwestern Vibe

Cole's Bar 2338 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago

Indie Rock Exploration/Cole's Bar - A True Midwestern Vibe
Mac Blauner
Written By Mac Blauner

The Beating Heart of Chicago Indie Music 

In Logan Square’s indie music scene, all roads meet at Cole’s Bar. Located just a short walk away from the Blue Line California stop, the bar comes alive on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights as a vibrant epicenter of the up-and-coming neighborhood. While it plays host to a variety of different musical acts, the bar’s main attractions are its cheap drinks (almost all craft beers are under $6!) and its energetic house-party atmosphere. Locals come here to drink inexpensively and to meet people. Cole himself can often be found behind the bar pouring drinks. 

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Up and Coming Music 

If The Empty Bottle is where bands go to take their victory lap, Cole’s is where they go to get their wings. What the local bands that play here might lack in polish, they make up for in youthful exuberance. The energy at Cole’s is infectious, and if you take a walk to the back room where the stage is, you will find yourself drawn towards the performers, drink in hand, nodding your head along. 

A Night at Cole’s 

Cole’s feels straightforwardly and earnestly Midwestern, like something out of the ‘50s. There’s something charming about its direct presentation; plain wooden booths and kitschy rock ‘n’ roll decor. The crowds, especially on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, are friendly and enthusiastic, trending towards people in their mid 20s. The venue is best-known for hosting an eclectic variety of mostly-local musicians, but there’s a free comedy show on Wednesday that popular comedians Hannibal Buress and Tim Meadows are known to drop by to work out new material. Come by - you never know who might show up. 

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