Designing a venue with more dead space than live is risky. Given the historical tendency of architects to sculpt speaker-less rooms around natural reverberation points, musicians are accustomed to a certain grandiose sound. This type of environment is a nightmare for feedback-fearing, studio-friendly sound engineers, hence why concert halls with padded walls and big speakers have been popping up all over the country. The trend is unfavorable to experienced artists, but if your budding band is on a budget, your best bet is to secure a show at Lincoln Hall and knock out a record with the night’s pay.
2424 North Lincoln, (773)525-2501, lincolnhallchicago.com
Best of Chicago 2013