The Empty Bottle functions as Chicago’s lifeline to underground music, the place to go when you want to see acts on their way to the top or just struggling to get across the country. Owner Bruce Finkleman does his best to ensure that, within a span of seven days, you can catch garage or indie rock, free jazz, laptop-playing knob twiddlers and hip hop-in fact, it’s hard to find a seven-day span when you can’t see all of the above. And in the tradition of old-school rock venues, the Bottle keeps it cheap, from the more-than-fair cover charges to bottles of Huber Bock for just a buck. (Big spenders can plop down a dollar more for the good stuff, the Pabst and the Old Style). For more than ten years the Bottle has been at the pulse of Chicago’s diehard music scene; here’s to the next ten.
1035 North Western (773)276-3600
Best of Chicago 2002