The legendary lounge is back and ready to jazz up your evenings!
Now that Chicago has entered Phase 4 of the reopening allowing museums and venues to reopen its doors, many are choosing to remain closed until further notice. Luckily for us, the famous Green Mill Lounge isn’t one of them! Starting Friday, June 27, the lounge will be opening its doors to the public for nights full of some of the best jazz music in town.
During the stay-at-home order the lounge opened its doors to sell its supply stock and while customers lined up to get their goodies they got to enjoy a lovely outdoor concert organized by owner Dev Jemilo. This isn’t the first pandemic for the 113-year-old lounge, but it is the longest shutdown the place has had to endure since it first opened in 1907. “This might be the only place left in Chicago that survived two pandemics 100 years apart,” said Jemilo to ABC7 News.
Green Mill Lounge will be opening every day from 3 pm to 11 pm and will feature live music every night starting at 8 pm. Abiding by city rules, the venue will run at 25% capacity and social distancing will be observed by closing every other booth and placing only half of the usual tables on the dance floor. Patrons will also be required to wear a mask at all times, except while sitting down at their tables.
Performances will be divided into two sets lasting until 10:30 pm with a break in the middle allowing servers to turn over the house in order to comply with the 2-hour-per-table time limit imposed by city officials. Cover fees for Friday and Saturday will be $15 per set while the cover fee for Sunday through Thursday will be $10 per set.
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