Sun. Jan 29th, 2023

Metro at evening. Photograph: Monica Eng/Axios

We began the week with 16 venerable venues, and right now you’ve gotten helped us crown a champion: Wrigleyville’s Metro.

Backstory: Based in 1982 by promoter Joe Shanahan, the membership was an early native showcase for R.E.M., The Replacements, Sonic Youth, New Order and Nirvana.

Along with the primary auditorium, Metro options the dance-friendly SmartBar within the basement and a lesser-known fourth-floor auditorium for particular occasions — the spot the place The Victory Gardens Theater started in 1974.Metro stays on the leading edge of recent music whereas celebrating veterans like Patti Smith, who carried out there final yr for a fortieth anniversary present. Bracket: Axios Visuals

What they’re saying: “That is very humbling,” Shanahan tells Axios. “The aim was at all times to offer a group hub for music and the humanities within the metropolis, and as I, the workers, the followers, and the artists, can all admit, we’re very excited to proceed this mission in 2023 and past.”

“Thanks all for voting and supporting. Due to you, there’s a Metro, there are music venues, and Chicago is house to a vibrant collective of music, arts, and extra that continues to develop.”

The intrigue: When the Spanish Baroque Revival constructing was designed by architects Michaelsen & Rognstad in 1927, it featured two lodge halls, a kitchen, eating room, eight storefronts and an arcade operating by means of from Clark to Racine.

You possibly can nonetheless see its title, “Northside Auditorium Constructing,” on thefacade.

đź’­ Justin’s thought bubble: This was a lot enjoyable. Your ardour for each the venues in our event and those that did not make the minimize show that Chicago is one of the best reside music city within the nation.

Bonnie E.: “I used to be glad to see the Metro get to the finals. I at all times questioned what the inexperienced rooms for the bands appeared like and obtained my likelihood on a New Yr’s Eve about 10 years in the past.”

“The Smoking Popes have been taking part in, and they’re my brother’s pals, so I obtained to face on the facet of the stage and look out on the viewers from their view. After that, I obtained it. To see a whole corridor singing your songs again to you and leaping up and all the way down to your music is a excessive like no different! However the inexperienced room was nonetheless some little dingy factor.”

Alicia B.: “The place’s Park West?!”

John S.: “Kingston Mines, Inexperienced Mill, SubT, Previous City, Backside Lounge, Jazz Showcase, Waystation, Carol’s Pub, the Golden Dagger, and so many extra. I salute your help of Chicago Music, however I’d have run with, on the very least, the power to write-in venues.”

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