about the Underground Wonder Bar

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WELCOME HOME! Opened in 1989 by performer, composer, pianist, singer-songwriter, band leader, and mother-to-all
 Lonie Walker, the Underground Wonder Bar enjoys a well-earned reputation as one of Chicago’s most beloved music venues. With its electric vibe, 4am closing time, eclectic variety of local talent appearing 365 days a year, and three performance spaces offering everything from live music and DJ’s to stand-up comedy and theater, the Underground Wonder Bar is a truly singular entertainment destination! With an emphasis on live blues, funk, rock, reggae, folk, and jazz, and a friendly, casual atmosphere, UWB attracts a diverse crowd ranging in age, profession, race, and background. In addition to regular sets from acclaimed house band Lonie Walker and her Big Bad Ass Company Band, the Underground Wonder Bar showcases some of the best talent in the country, from the well-known to up-and-coming talent. You might see someone on the cusp of stardom, or you might see Jimmy Buffet, Liza Minnelli, Keanu Reeves, Kid Rock, or Vince Vaughn sitting in on a jam session.  Every night at the Wonder Bar is as unique as the Wonder Bar itself. Join us tonight – All Roads Lead To Wonder!

“The Underground Wonder Bar entertained customers for twenty-one years before being destroyed for urban renewal. It’s back and, despite a move, it’s holding up the same torch it’s always championed: a great, late night piano bar with good music and good people.” -CBS, Best of Chicago

 
Visit our FAQ page for details about UWB, or check out the Calendar to plan your visit!