Uncommon Ground is committed to supporting local, independent, up-and-coming artists. Our Open Mic Nights are known to be some of the best in Chicago and we have the longest running Open Mic Night in the city! All of these events are open to the public, FREE to attend and proudly sponsored by Shure Microphones and organic Greenstar Brewing.

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Our weekly Open Mic Nights are held on Mondays at Uncommon Ground Lakeview and Tuesdays at Uncommon Ground Edgewater. We open up our stage to artists and musicians of all ages and backgrounds. All of our Open Mic events are hosted  by Eric Quigley.

Sign-Up begins at 7pm. The open mic starts at 8pm and runs until 10pm, or whenever the list is completed. It is highly recommended all artists arrive close to 7pm to guarantee a spot.  The length of stage time for each artist ranges from 5 minutes (1 song) to 15 minutes (2-3 songs), depending on the number of performers that night.


We can play any backing track or MP3 file from any portable electronic device that has a standard headphone jack (including cell phones, ipods, ipads, tablets, etc).

No more than 1 - 3 people per act. Full bands are not permitted to perform during Open Mic. No drums kits.

We an outstanding sound system with a PA, but we do not have any house instruments onsite. Artists are expected to bring what is needed for their performance.  


Winners are chosen at each of our Open Mic Nights each week. Twice per year, in January and July, all of the winners are invited back to compete in our annual Open Mic Finals Competition.

In order to perform in the Final competitions, you must be invited. All of these events are open to the public and since crowd participation is important, we ask performers to bring along their family & friends!


Finalists will get 5 minutes of stage time (or one song each), and original material is encouraged. Even if you are invited to both, you may only perform at one.

Winners are chosen based upon the following categories: Performance, Song, Musicianship, Crowd Reaction & Participation, Other.

Prizes for top 3 performers usually include: Shure Microphones, Cash Money, Greenstar Brewing & Uncommon Ground Merchandise, Radio Play, On-Air Radio Interview, 30 Minute Artist Photo Shoot, Your Own Show at Uncommon Ground, Opening Slots at Chicago Venues, Studio Recording Time, Artist Exposure: Press & Media, and much more...