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Local open mics for aspiring musicians

The Brent Shroy band sing and play guitar at the Ballydoyle open mic.

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The Brent Shroy band sing and play guitar at the Ballydoyle open mic.

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Open mics are the first place that most singers, songwriters and musicians go to test their chops. A place to share music and get performing experience, open mics are a weeknight staple all throughout the Chicago suburbs. Here’s a preview of some open mics within a short drive from school.

Cafe La Fortuna:

Wednesdays 6:00 p.m.

  • More low-key and relaxed
  • Mics, PA system
  • Small setup in corner of cafe
  • Wide selection of coffee

Hinsdale Lake Commons Shopping Center
6300 Kingery Hwy #126
Willowbrook

Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant:

Wednesdays 9:00 p.m. (sign-ups begin at 8:00 p.m., under 21 go first)

  • Large bar/pub
  • Sizeable crowd
  • Full stage and lighting
  • PA monitor system
  • Drum friendly
  • Traditional Irish pub food

5157 Main St.
Downers Grove

Mullen’s Bar & Grill:

Tuesdays 8:30 p.m. (sign-ups begin at 8:00 p.m.)

  • Large restaurant/bar
  • Small stage with lighting
  • Mics and PA system
  • Drum friendly

3080 Warrenville Rd
Lisle

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