Subterranean

Live Music Venue / Lounge
Subterranean "The only ""subterranean"" thing about this popular live music venue is the string of prohibition-era tunnels secreted away beneath the hundred-year-old building's foundation, long forgotten amid the pounding rock, punk, and..." Chicago United States 41.910409 -87.677996
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Subterranean - Live Music Venue | Lounge in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review The only “subterranean” thing about this popular live music venue is the string of prohibition-era tunnels secreted away beneath the hundred-year-old building’s foundation, long forgotten amid the pounding rock, punk... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 7pm–2am, Sa 7pm–3am, Su 8pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

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Dashboard Confessional - Saints and Sailors @ Subterranean in Chicago 12/07/09
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Imelda de la Cruz live @ Subterranean in Chicago
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Mr Pitiful - Tired Live @ Subterranean, Chicago 12/18/2007
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Small Brown Bike - Curiosity Killed the Cat... (Live at Subterranean in Chicago; September 8, 2007)
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The Scene

"The only ""subterranean"" thing about this popular live music venue is the string of prohibition-era tunnels secreted away beneath the hundred-year-old building's foundation, long forgotten amid the pounding rock, punk, and..."

The only “subterranean” thing about this popular live music venue is the string of prohibition-era tunnels secreted away beneath the hundred-year-old building’s foundation, long forgotten amid the pounding rock, punk, and varying DJ performances that shake the space’s walls every night.

Music lovers looking for house, reggae, and hip-hop DJs hang out at the ground floor SubT Lounge, which features local art, a retro orange-lit bar, an open dance floor, and an array of black vinyl couches for the casual groups of after-work professionals and hipsters who show up to shake off the day.

The dark blue Cabaret Room and the blaring sounds of live music beckon grunge kids and tight-jeaned rockers upstairs, while mini-skirted girls bombard the bar and merchandise table in back, balancing PBR cans and band shirts as they make their way to the stage to jive to the music.

Revelers in need of a breather from the bopping can head up to the mezzanine, which offers a bird’s-eye view of the action below.

An industrial venue that hosts a slew of hot DJs and loud bands, Subterranean promises that its live performance-loving patrons will never have to scrounge for great music.

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Tip from Jonah:

The bar on the second floor is quite small, so to avoid the crowd and the wait during a show, just hop down to the Lounge. If you paid for a ticket, you can move between the Cabaret Room and The Lounge with no hassle.

  • Crowd

    Varies by event, but mostly grungy rockers, casual hipsters, occasional clubbers, and hip-hop enthusiasts, early 20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nightly DJ spinning everything from house to reggae. Live bands perform mostly rock and punk. Local artwork. TV and movie screen used in conjunction with DJ sets.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu featuring mostly soups and sandwiches. Coat check. ATM on site.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $5–$15. Appetizers $3–$8.50, soups and salads $6–$11, sandwiches $8–$10. Beer $3.50–$6, wine $7–$8, mixed drinks $5–$10, shots $5–$10. Coat check $2. $10 credit card minimum.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Rocker wear: black hoodies, jeans, graphic t-shirts, leather jackets, miniskirts, thigh-highs, short dresses with heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest acts, or any time a band of interest is playing.

  • Close By

    Double Door (1572 North Milwaukee Avenue) hosts very popular live music acts just blocks away.

Subterranean User Reviews

Average rating:
Sweet Sounds at Subterranean
Amanda B. Apr 17, 2013
In the mood for a little random Tuesday night action, I headed to Subterranean last night to catch a performance by Brother George. The soothing indie tunes were perfect for a chill night out. Rather than opting for the dirty checkerboard floor on the main level, we watched the majority of the show from the venue's top balcony where we had an awesome overhead view of the stage through glowing green and red lights. The $8 cover charge was a bit high and I was disappointed that there weren't any specials on. Luckily Estelle's is right next door, offering $2 Tuesdays on select bottles and drafts.
HipHop greatness
Naureen R. Feb 16, 2013
Small,place can get a little crowded but it does turn up a group of eclectic people. Not just a type but various groups of people who like to hear new acts and show support. The music ranges from electric to raging drums to hiphop. There's something for someone. The bar offers various drinks at a reasonable price but my opinion was they should have more specials. But i would return with my gang of friends and enjoy a night of music.
Interesting little place
Craig B. Dec 11, 2012
I wish I'd gone back here for the kinds of acts that usually come to Subterranean (i.e., punk and hardcore bands), but I was pleasantly surprised by how accepting the place was of Baths (independent/electronic music). Toward the front, people even danced. But Subterranean is not a clean place, so whether it's the sticky floor or if you're feeling a bit hemmed in by the crowd, you should definitely hop up the stairs and catch part of a show from the balcony above and get a 360 degree view of musicians and the crowd. The drinks aren't anything special, but you don't come here for the drinks; you come for the music.
Cool small venue
Christina W. Dec 10, 2012
I’m not always a fan of the concerts here (a lot of them are a bit too intense for me…hardcore and metal and whatnot), but sometimes there are some great acts. And on top of that, this venue is so cool! It’s really dark, everything is black (walls, ceiling, floor), and it’s pretty narrow so it generally feels cramped. And yet somehow that lends it such a cozy and intimate feel. I spent some time right up against the stage for an electronic/indie group, and then I was up in the balcony for an electronic act. It was a great view of the stage, and you could see the entire downstairs dancing and pulsing. It’s a sweet venue with a really unique vibe. Probably super dingy in the daytime, but really funky at night.
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