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The Dugout - Sports Bar in Wrigleyville, Chicago

The organ at Wrigley Field is not alone; music venues in Wrigleyville contribute to the cacophony that is this festival-like neighborhood. From frat rock to coffeehouse songwriters to some of the best indie acts in the world, these hotspots give the crowds another reason to hit up this sports-oriented hood.

Wrigley Field itself attracts acts bigger than the celebrities singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th-inning stretch. Way bigger. Every summer, blockbuster shows from the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney are some of the most coveted tickets in town. The streets for blocks around fill up with people catching free sounds from these legends.

More traditional Wrigleyville music venues may keep the sound inside, but they’re just as rocking…and bring in huge names as well. The Metro has been one of Chicago’s iconic alternative music venues since 1982. Depeche Mode played here in the 80s, Nirvana in the 90s, and The White Stripes in the 00s…not to mention the hundreds of other well-known and up-and-coming acts to play to sold-out crowds. After-parties in the adjacent Smart Bar feature DJs, and, often, the headliners relaxing after their stint next door.

A few steps away, Uncommon Ground turns down the volume dial a bit, as its back room is a popular spot for mellow singer-songwriters and world music acts. The acoustic vibe isn’t akin to sad-sack campus coffeehouse open mic nights, however; the performers here are legit and often on the cusp of greatness.

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