Press and Reviews

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar

Chicagoist's Zach Blumenfeld -
At one end of the room, Dave Allen and Cassandra Kaczor, the night’s players, set up their keyboards and plugged in their mics. Over the next couple of hours, they traded off playing and singing in a sort of hybrid music-comedy act, making the increasingly inebriated crowd laugh and sing and clap along...with both players on the same team, working together to put on a kickass show for an audience that thrives on alcohol and a hodgepodge of pop music, new and old.

CBS's Megan Horst-Hatch
Sluggers World Class Sports Bar likely isn’t what you think of when you picture piano bars. Situated right near the Friendly Confines in Chicago’s Wrigleyville, it’s definitely a sports bar where you can cheer on the Blackhawks or the Hoosiers. But it shakes up the traditional piano bar idea and turns it into the lively dueling pianos. The pianists also take requests, and there’s a dancer pole in the middle. The dueling pianos are held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and after Cubs home games

Tack Room

Chicagoist's Emilie Shumay
Tack Room may be the newest addition to Chicago’s piano bar scene, but it makes a thoughtful statement. Tucked away inside the mini-township of the Thalia Hall property, Tack Room is the antidote for the piano-bar-turned-frat-party.

Chicagoreader.com's Ryan Smith
The name’s a sly reference to the building's 19th century heritage as a carriage house, but there’s no horse tack to be found in Thalia Hall's cozy, candlelit Tack Room...The best nights to visit are Thursdays through Saturdays when a pianist takes song requests. On a recent evening, the room erupted into sing-alongs to songs by Billy Joel and Fiona Apple.

Chicagomag.com's Peter Ranvestel and Carrie Schedler
Before you roll your eyes too hard at the phrase “Western-themed piano bar in Pilsen,” give Tack Room a chance...The piano player jams through loud, lively renditions of ’80s pop and Beyoncé hits as patrons sip on one of a few whiskey-based cocktails. All in all, it’s a fun option for an offbeat Saturday night.

Redeyechicago.com's Heather Schroering -
Thursday through Saturday at Tack Room, a pianist takes to the keys at 9 p.m., and singing along is encouraged. My friends and I learned that fast when we got to the bar just after 10 p.m. Cassandra Kaczor was situated at the grand piano, the centerpiece of the room, surrounded by bar stools. The seats at the piano, which is adorned with wax-dripping candelabras and a horned animal skull, are the best in the house if you’re up for making new friends. Kaczor demanded the attention of the whole room, which is filled with with beards, plaid shirts and trendy haircuts, with tunes from Tina Turner’s version of “Proud Mary” and Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee” to Kanye West’s “Homecoming” and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”

To see who's play at Tack Room, check out the player's schedule.

 

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