Place Details

The California Clipper

1002 N California Ave
Chicago,  IL 60622

Phone: (773) 384-2547

The California Clipper

A comfortable neighborhood bar with a warm atmosphere that offers a well rounded classic cocktail menu, an affordable beer list, as well as an all around above great spirits selection. Not to mention a scotch list that'll knock your socks off (in the best way possible).

The Clipper building, at 1002 North California Avenue in Chicago, was a movie theater from 1912 until 1918. Many public spaces, including theaters, were shut down during the killer flu epidemic at the end of World War I. It is unclear what occupied the commercial space between 1918 and 1937, when it reopened as the California Clipper Tavern, owned and operated by two brothers and a sister,
Toni (Antoinette), Gus (August), and Joe Caporusso.

NO COVER 21+ ONLY with a valid photo ID


The California Clipper is Humboldt Park's premier cocktail lounge.

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Business Info

Price Range: (0-10)
Dress Code: Casual
Parking: Street
Payment Options: Cash
Serving: Drinks

Categories: Bar

Hours

Mon: 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tue: 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed: 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thu: 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri: 8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat: 8:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sun: 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

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Past Events

  • The Unknown New
    10:00 PM - 09/27/2016

    At The California Clipper

    One set, $5. The Unknown New is a Chicago-based chamber jazz ensemble, featuring new works by Paul Mutzabaugh. Chicago-based musician Paul Mutzabaugh has worked...

  • The Joel Paterson Trio
    09:30 PM - 09/22/2016

    At The California Clipper

    2 sets, $5 cover. Joel Paterson (guitar): Joel Paterson is one of the most respected guitarists on the Windy City music scene today. The blues/country/rockabilly/jazz...

  • Blink. Record Release
    10:00 PM - 09/18/2016

    At The California Clipper

    One set, FREE. Founded in Chicago in 2006, we blend rock and improvisation in new and exciting ways. Our new album on Ears and Eyes Records pays tribute to the...

  • The Nick Mazzarella Quintet
    09:30 PM - 09/15/2016

    At The California Clipper

    Two sets, $5 cover. Alto saxophonist and composer Nick Mazzarella has been active as a bandleader, sideman, and presenter in Chicago's jazz, free jazz, improvised...

  • Radio Free Honduras
    10:30 PM - 09/09/2016

    At The California Clipper

    Two sets. Radio Free Honduras is a mostly acoustic Latin folk-rock band, fronted by Honduran music legend and guitar virtuoso Charlie Baran. Before relocating to...

  • Radio Free Honduras, Twin Talk
    09:00 PM - 09/09/2016

    At The California Clipper

    $5 cover. ------------------------------------------------ Radio Free Honduras: Two sets, 10:30pm. Radio Free Honduras is a mostly acoustic Latin folk-rock band,...

  • The Fat Babies
    09:30 PM - 09/08/2016

    At The California Clipper

    2 sets, $5 cover. The Fat Babies are a seven piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 30s. Founded in 2010 by string bass player Beau Sample,...

  • Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orchestra, Opener TBA
    09:00 PM - 09/03/2016

    At The California Clipper

    $5 cover. ------------------------------------------------ Dos Santos Ant-Beat Orquestra: Two sets, 10:30pm. Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of...

  • Sam Trump Live!, Opener TBA
    09:00 PM - 09/02/2016

    At The California Clipper

    $5 cover. ------------------------------------ Sam Trump Live!: Two sets, 10:30pm. Sam "Trump" Harris is a trumpeter and singer/songwriter from Houston, TX, and...

  • Makaya McCraven
    09:30 PM - 08/31/2016

    At The California Clipper

    2 sets. $5 cover. Drummer/producer Makaya McCraven brings together "future-is-now drumming” with his roots in jazz and world music to form his unique and powerful...

  • Makaya McCraven
    09:30 PM - 08/30/2016

    At The California Clipper

    2 sets. $5 cover. Drummer/producer Makaya McCraven brings together "future-is-now drumming” with his roots in jazz and world music to form his unique and powerful...

  • Akenya w/ Highness
    10:00 PM - 08/29/2016

    At The California Clipper

    FREE. ------------------------------------------------ Akenya: Akenya is a 23-year-old multi-genre singer, pianist, composer, and arranger who is pursuing her...

  • Konstantin Jace spins 78s
    09:00 PM - 08/28/2016

    At The California Clipper

    FREE. From around the turn of the twentieth century to about the mid 1950’s, 78 rpm recordings were produced, sold and otherwise. 78 refers to the number of revolutions...

  • The Dragstrip Vipers, Operner TBA
    09:00 PM - 08/27/2016

    At The California Clipper

    $5 cover --------------------------------------- The Dragstrip Vipers: One set. The Dragstrip Vipers bring revved up instrumental surf, hot rod and garage to...

  • Magic Carpet, Opener TBA
    09:00 PM - 08/26/2016

    At The California Clipper

    $5 cover. ---------------------------------------------- Magic Carpet: Magic Carpet bears no resemblance to the early-70s, cult-item British band of the same name...

  • The Joel Paterson Trio
    09:30 PM - 08/25/2016

    At The California Clipper

    2 sets, $5 cover. Joel Paterson (guitar): Joel Paterson is one of the most respected guitarists on the Windy City music scene today. The blues/country/rockabilly/jazz...

  • Akenya w/ Brian Sanborn, plus DJ Graeme Williams
    10:00 PM - 08/22/2016

    At The California Clipper

    FREE. ------------------------------------------- Akenya: Akenya is a 23-year-old multi-genre singer, pianist, composer, and arranger who is pursuing her dream...

  • Wild Earp & The Free-For-Alls
    10:00 PM - 08/21/2016

    At The California Clipper

    One Set, $5 cover. Wild Earp takes you on a road trip across Americana, taking his time along those country roads and learning some bad habits in the city. His...

  • Wild Earp & The Free-For-Alls, Babe alon 5
    09:30 PM - 08/21/2016

    At The California Clipper

    FREE -------------------------------------- Wild Earp & The Free-For-Alls One set, 11pm. Wild Earp takes you on a road trip across Americana, taking his time...

  • The Corsairs, Mar Caribe
    09:00 PM - 08/20/2016

    At The California Clipper

    $5 cover. ------------------------------------------- The Corsairs: One Set, 11:30pm. We are a burning hot rockabilly band from Chicago. Mixing hillbilly music...

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