“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
Constellation has only been around since 2013 and is owned by the local drummer Mike Reed, who is also a talent buyer for Pitchfork Music Festival. The venue, which was once the Viaduct Theater, is frequently called unassuming and is somewhat hidden under the Belmont overpass.
What it holds inside, though, is much more than its outer shell would suggest: a bar and two performance spaces, both small but entertaining. One fits only 50 to 75 people, and the other can hold up to twice that, at 150 maximum. The space’s goal is to host acts—jazz, avant-garde, improvisational musical, and contemporary classical—that are too weird for the rock halls, and many unlikely to be seen anywhere else in Chicago. Because of that, Constellation is definitely the place to go for something unique. The venue is also building partners and sharers of a common goal with Links Hall, a performing arts organization that furthers developments in dance, music, and film as well as performing arts. The Constellation blog “Think of One” also features videos and some posts by musicians if you are looking for new music.
The bar at Constellation offers beer, wine, and cocktails ranging from $3 to $9. They also do Happy Hour Specials from 6-10 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. All drinks can be brought into performances.