West Ontario Street, 16, 60654 Chicago
  • Sigari Stranieri
  • Bar

The Redhead is Chicago’s Premier Piano Bar. Located on bustling Ontario Street, it is the perfect nightspot 

for fantastic upbeat music, lively conversation and meeting people. The upscale Redhead attracts clientele from the suburbs to Lincoln Park, the Gold Coast to Wrigleyville, as well as conventioneers and visitors to Chicago. Surround yourself in an exciting yet comfortable setting and take a walk down memory lane. The walls, lined with sheet music and famous movie stars of yesteryear, give you the feeling The Redhead has been here for fifty years. The ambiance creates an atmosphere of congeniality and warmth, reminiscent of Chicago true elegant nightlife.

A swinging crowd of veteran nightclubbers hovers around the piano in the front, occasionally singing along 

to “Sweet Caroline,” a Jerry Lee Lewis medley, or Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds”. “All of our entertainers can play just about anything; they are true performers,” says manager Wendy Barr. Along with the SRO piano-side crowd, the next best seats are around the rectangular bar that dominates the dimly lit room, or the intimate tables for two. The rear of the bar contains many tables where groups who are more interested in conversation than a sing-along can sit. Owner Art Bryan’s Redhead is reminiscent of a simpler time – when a good drink and great music were sure things in downtown Chicago. Business casual attire required – no athletic wear (gym shoes, walking shoes, athletic hiking boots, t-shirts, sweats, hats, etc., beachwear, non-leather dress sandals or ripped, torn or frayed clothing. 


Hours: Sat 7PM-5AM 

Sun-Fri 7PM-4AM