November 2021 by Scott C.
For the last 10 years, every time I visit Chicago (at least once a year) I try to make it to the Green Mill. My first experience was amazing - a piece of Chicago history with great jazz and good drinks! ... and that's where my positive experience ended. Unfortunately, every visit since has been terrible. I don't mind paying cash. I don't mind it being crowded, I don't mind having to be quiet while people perform. It all boils down to one thing.... The staff is unbearably rude. Bottom line, this place gets by because of the legacy of Al Capone and the Chicago Jazz scene. The problem is, Al Capone is long gone and you can find great jazz all over Chicago. These days, the only thing left at the Green Mill is a pretentious staff that is slowly destroying their customer base by excessive,unnecessary, rudeness.
November 2021 by Samantha F.
After driving 1.5 hours to get here, my family and I were so excited to experience the bar we found online to be in a spot with so much history. Just a disclaimer, I have never written a bad review, I love to give places a 5 star thank you as often as I can. But we all felt very uncomfortable upon speaking with the bartender, Jason, he couldn't have been more rude. We were super excited to chat with him and learn some history about the bar. Jason made it seem like a chore to answer any questions, simple very normal conversational ones. We are all very chill and just wanted a friendly exchange, which we did not get. Please note* we were the only ones in the car, they just opened 1 hour prior. So he was not busy to the point where he couldn't smile and say "what can I get for ya". Super disappointing.
November 2021 by K H.
I am mixed, cause I actually loved the place EXCEPT for the bizarrely rude staff. Are they trying to make everyone feel horrible on purpose? A lady walks around and loudly yells "shhhh" at you, even if you're not talking. I tried to sit on a bar stool and she said "don't even think about sitting there!". What an insane way to treat your guests. Also the Old Fashioned is horrible. Pretty sure they put Sprite in it. The vibe would be great if the customers weren't chastised. Rudeness is such a strange business model in this day and ago. Do better.
November 2021 by Cindy B.
Five stars for the ambience but the biggest crab ass bartender ever. Wished we hadn't tipped her at all
November 2021 by Joseph H.
SERVICE: 5 FOOD QUALITY: 5 DRINK QUALITY: 3 ORDER TIME: 5 AESTHETICS: 5 NOISE LEVEL: 5 MENU SELECTION: 5 OVERALL EXPERIENCE: 4.71 What to say, what to say! Was only visiting the Chicago area, but wanted to go see some live jazz. This place is known for some of the best live jazz in the city so naturally I wanted to go. Due to covid we sat outside waiting, for a table for 3, for an hour. Once we were finally inside we got such an amazing night of jazz. The drinks were subpar and a little over priced for what they were, but if you are going for the drinks, and not the music then there is a problem with your priorities. Go get drinks before or after if you're looking for a professionally made craft cocktail. Wish we had something comparable to this where I live.
November 2021 by Nicholas M.
I mean, do I really need to even write a review here? Anyone who's anyone living in Chicago and enjoys the nightlife here, knows the 411 on Uptown's own Green Mill Lounge. One step in and you've entered into a whole new world filled with absolute elegance, dimmed lights, swanky dressed guests, and most of all, brilliantly played music by some of the most talented musicians around. The mood created by all of these elements gives it the most perfect atmosphere for a date night. Live music 7 nights a week, so you're guaranteed to walk in to hear a show after 8pm. Cash only, which I respect here with such a relic of a location. One thing however, don't drive here; parking is a nightmare in the area. Took me 15 mins to find something on a Wednesday night! You're better off taking an Uber, Broadway/Lawrence bus, or get off the Lawrence red line stop (whenever that'll open back up again). Green Mill is one of those places that'll be one with this city for years to come because of its rich ambiance, where jazz fans, general music fans, or even someone who loves going out for the sake of it, to take a moment to sit back, ease up on the conversations for a bit, and take in the beautiful display of work these people of Green Mill and its musicians have put in to entertain their people.
October 2021 by Emily S.
We found ourselves here before a concert at the Aragon Ballroom down the street. This was our first time at this historic bar, and we left very impressed. We loved this Chicago staple and were lucky to make it for most of a Jazz guitar set. For this set there was not a cover, which was awesome. The club had a phenomenal energy to it. Besides the live music, the space had a fun nostalgia to it including a working rotary phone at the bar, a vintage record player, and old school cash registers. The drinks were strong, and very reasonably priced. Service was decent, with what looked like only one bartender working. Overall, fun and unique space. Be sure to check out Al Capone's favorite booth and don't forget your cash (no cards accepted but ATM on site). If you're even remotely into Jazz, make sure to stop by this cozy and iconic spot.
October 2021 by Abby R.
I've been to the green mill countless times, in fact it's a staple in the Rummage household since my dad is a well known jazz drummer that usually plays here every Wednesday night. However, the staff is next to unbearable. I've been there as a "special" guest, sitting in the very small booth that accommodates the band. I like the swanky and historic feel, the live music, and I can appreciate that it's meant to be a small venue. But to be straight up rude to your customers and what's more, to hang up on them is absurd. I came here for my 28th birthday and was pretty disgusted by how little regard there were for masks when standing or going to use the restroom or the attitude of the bartender. Due to a severe medical issue, I lost my ID as I was completely incoherent. I applied for a new one and have been using a temporary as a replacement. However that temporary card got lost yesterday and I'm just waiting for the DMV to send one on over. A friend and mine wanted to go to a second bar and despite my disdain for the last time I was there, I agreed but had to call in advance because I didn't want to get turned away at the door and waste everyone's time. I called just a few moments ago and said I had a quick question. The man who answer, rudely asked me to hurry up because "you said it was a quick question" when I had uttered three words at that. He told me "that's what happens - if you don't have an ID and can't prove it then you can't get in." And hung up. I am FINE with not being able to get in! I totally understand and respect the need to card someone, I just wanted to make sure is all and the response I got was so unnecessary and upsetting. I've worked in retail for many years pal, that's really not how you treat your customers or speak to people in general, I don't care what kind of night you're having. I mean, I was a tow dispatcher. I've certainly had my days and been flustered beyond words but I would NEVER patronize or act so blatantly rude and flat out annoyed by a customer. I mean, do you want people to come to your tiny bar or not? If I do ever come by again, it'll simply to see my father play the drums and I'd be happy to see him at Fitzgerald's, a much nicer bar that also features my jazz uncles Rob Patton's Big Band. Don't know why y'all had to be so rude.
October 2021 by James L
Rudest service I’ve ever experienced in my life. I’ve lived in Chicago 16 years. The music was good, but we left after 2 drinks because the bar tenders were so rude. The group sitting next to us left earlier than planned, too, because the bar tenders had such negative and toxic attitudes. Go to Kingston Mines, Buddy Guy’s, or Blues Chicago.
October 2021 by Jessica J.
The bartenders are the most rude people I have ever encountered. If I could give a negative 10, I would! Perhaps they could take hospitality training, and they would receive happier patrons and larger tips. I am definitely not returning.
October 2021 by Mary A.
I had watched a show that recommended this place and couldn't be more disappointed by the experience. The bouncer Steve was so rude upon my arrival by merely pointing to the ATM when I asked, as I knew this establishment took cash only. Our waitress was lovely (Sarah); but then as a newly engaged couple entered with a party of 5 and mind you paid the $10 per head moved a (yes one) barstool to accommodate the party, "Steve" the bouncer preceded to slam the barstool back in place and curse (yes curse) at the party. I didn't even finish my drink and I left as I was disgusted at how he treated this couple and their friends, who were out to celebrate. Never will I return, which is unfortunate as there choice of a bouncer ruined the experience.
October 2021 by Gabrielle D.
Such a bad experience. I've been several times now and loved it but the service was horrible this time. My date and I sat at the bar and the waiter came and yelled at us, literally yelled, that we couldn't sit where there were stools (?). We ordered a drink and the bartender grabbed the money and didn't make eye contact and slammed the bottle down. So ridiculous. I just wanted to have a nice evening, this was so disappointing.
October 2021 by Chelsea Lux
A really special place to come to. Thursday are my favorite with the orchestra playing jazz music. People come up to swing dance and its really fun to watch. The drinks are great and the prices are reasonable. They don't serve food hear and its cash only. Most nights they do have cover. But they have an ATM inside. The history is really interesting as Al Capone used to come here quite a lot back when he was alive. Bring a date or come by yourself, you won't be disappointed.
October 2021 by Ellie H.
Visit here every time I'm in Chicago. Love listening to the big bands perform live and have a fun night out. Cash only!
October 2021 by Caitlin Bogan
A true Chicago institution. If you want a real Chicago experience go to Green Mill. Right off the red line and easy to get to. Saturday’s variety show never disappoints.Tip your bartenders + servers people!*CASH ONLY*Bring your own food