Constellation is a venue on Chicago’s northwest side founded in April 2013 by drummer/composer Mike Reed. Constellation’s mission is to present progressive performance and forward-thinking music with a focus on jazz, improvisation and contemporary classical. Filling a niche within Chicago’s arts community, the space is also a collaborative partnership with the venerable performing arts organization Links Hall. As a building partner, Links Hall brings decades of experience fostering artistic growth in dance, performance art, film and other media.
To accommodate this ambitious programming, Constellation has transformed the 7,000-square-foot site that was once the Viaduct Theater to offer two performance spaces (seating 50-75 and 100-150), as well as a full bar.
3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago, 60618
Constellation is extra special on our list of Chicago jazz clubs because it’s like two clubs in one. This venue is home to two listening rooms, one larger than the other, plus a full bar. Come prepared to dance, or just sit back with some drinks and enjoy the music in either room. You’ll get better acoustics in the smaller of the rooms, and this is definitely a bar for those of you genuinely interested in expanding your musical horizons. Constellation promotes the local art community and hosts jazz-focused performances that are classic to progressive in style.