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The Empty Bottle is a bar and music venue located at 1035 N. Western Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Located in Chicago's Ukrainian Village neighborhood, this has been one of the many venues for Chicago's alternative music scene. This venue hosts a variety of forms of music, ranging from indie-rock, punk, metal, rock'n'roll, hip-hop, electronic, experimental and jazz. This venue opened by Bruce Finkelman in 1992 was originally a simple neighborhood bar. In 1993 the club moved to its current location, two blocks from its original location. The venue also owns a connected restaurant next door called Bite Cafe.

The Empty Bottle
Torquil Campbell at The Empty Bottle 1.jpg
Torquil Campbell at The Empty Bottle in 2005
Address 1035 N. Western Avenue
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Type Music venue, bar
Genre(s) Alternative rock

The offices of indie record label Flameshovel Records were located directly above the venue.

The Empty Bottle is open 7 days a week and hosts performances every night of the week.

In August 2009, The Empty Bottle lost Radley, its house cat of nearly 20 years.[1]

"The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music / Friendly / Dancing, a 200-page oral history...[from]...local indie publisher Curbside Splendor, is set to release in June [2016]. (The book's subtitle references the words on the canopy over the club's front door.)"[2]


  1. ^ Sless-Kitain, Areif (August 26, 2009). "Radley remembered: Empty Bottle's cool cat lives on in pictures". TimeOut Chicago. 
  2. ^ Dugan, John (April 20, 2016). "An oral history of the Empty Bottle". Chicago Reader. 

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Coordinates: 41°54′01″N 87°41′12″W / 41.9004°N 87.6866°W / 41.9004; -87.6866