November 26, 2014

Introducing Our Premium Hourly Rehearsal Room

Room 205

After weeks of planning and construction, The Music Garage finally launched our Premium Hourly Studio on May 17, 2014. This spacious rehearsal studio features incredible sound, our best gear, a lounge area and a host of other amenities aimed at the touring musician. The room has already seen Iron and Wine, Wild Belle, Andy Timmons and !!!.

To book an appointment, give us a call at (312) 997-1972 (2 hour minimum).

Premium Monthly Rehearsal Spaces & Engineering Suites – AVAILABLE NOW!

You can join our community of bands, producers, and Music Industry Professionals in an environment like no other


Engineering Suite 506Our rehearsal studios feature:

  • Windows
  • Sound Treatments
  • Central Air Conditioning & Heat
  • 200 Amps of Clean Power
  • High Speed Internet
  • Extensive Sound Proofing Including 16" Thick Walls
  • Covered Loading Dock
  • 2 Freight Elevators
  • Simple Month-to-Month Lease
  • Off street parking in a safe neighborhood
  • A hand full of rooms at the Music Garage have been retrofitted with custom booths and suites. These rooms are perfect for recording, mixing, and engineering. Each room is a different size and shape and are in extremely high demand.

Check a list of our Engineering Suites & Private Monthly Studios that are available NOW!


Book our Showcase Room for your next Rehearsal or Event!

Our Showcase Room is the perfect place for artists of all levels to experience the ultimate in performance, comfort, security and service.

Our beautiful 1,000 sq foot tuned room with 350 sq foot attached control room is the ideal space to tune up for a show or get ready for your next big tour.
The space is also the perfect location for your next album release party, small concert, live stream or photography session.
The room features 24-hour lockouts, 3-phase power, easy load-in and a multitude of audio and backline packages. The room accommodates up to 10 individual monitor mixes, side fills, 32-channel console, eq,compressors, gates, effects, and an engineer to ensure that your rehearsal or event all goes according to plan.

In addition to all of those amenities, the Showcase Room provides the following:

Five minutes from downtown
Private security keyed elevator accessibility
Custom-tuned 1,000 square ft live room with wood walls and high ceilings
Adjoining 350 square ft custom tuned control room also available
200 amp 3 phase Camlock service in the Showcase and control rooms. For conventional power there are approximately 50 – 20 amp 110 outlets in the Showcase room.
Experienced and professional staff – We’ll work with you to make sure all your sound and lighting needs are met. Full backline available (even those impossible to find items).
Additional rooms available for production, catering, lounge, tech and storage.
Private off-street bus parking

“We have seen so many facets of the business come and go. When you do find something that makes you step back and say “whoa dude!”, you treat it like your own personal discovery….not to keep it secret, but to share it with your fellow production friends as a hot connection. Such is the case with The Music Garage. I look forward to many years of business and friendship….”
Rocko Reedy, Production Manager, Def Leppard and Journey – Stage Manager, U2

Vic’s Drum Shop

Music Garage is home to Vic's Drum Shop, voted Best New Dealer at NAMM 2012 by The Retailer. Open Mon.-Fri. 12-8pm, Sat. 11-5pm Sun. 12-5pm, the Drum Shop offers just about anything and everything a drummer could want; 1,500 cymbals, 800 models of drum sticks, 3,500 drumheads, 1,000 percussion items, 120 snare drums, and 125 drum kits.

With entire rooms dedicated to gear and a drum repair service to boot, Vic's Drum Shop is a must for every drummer.

For more information, visit or call 312.770.1200.

Our professional and experienced staff, lead by Victor Salazar, are on-hand to assist with any questions, advice, and concerns during your percussion shopping experience!

Victor Salazar (former General Manager of The Drum Pad in Palatine, IL) has opened shop at Music Garage to build the most dynamic drum community in the country.

For the Music Garage, Salazar’s addition reaffirms its mission and its dedication to Chicago musicians.  The Music Garage is committed to providing serious musicians the facilities, tools, and information needed to achieve their goals.  Grounded in the tenants of professionalism, convenience, and superior customer service, the Music Garage is happy to work alongside Vic's Drum Shop in its growing community.

For the last 15 years, Victor ran The Drum Pad. His tenure in Palatine, in addition to his 37 years as a drummer, has afforded him the opportunity to become the leading authority on all things drums.

"I've known Vic for 10 years now and I've never met anyone in the drum industry with more knowledge and understanding of the instrument than this man. Every time I come through Chicago I make a point of hooking up with him. He is THE drum equipment guy. His recommendations to me have always been perfect - and he's someone that I think of as a real friend." – Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson)

Victor is a professional in the true sense of the word.  He has produced over 90 events in the past 16 years with acts such as Mike Portnoy, Terry Bozzio, Stanton Moore, Steve Smith, Jimmy Chamberlin, Thomas Lang, Mike Mangini and Chad Wackerman to name a few.

"I've known Victor since the mid-80s, and I've watched him become a celebrated personality within the industry.  Equally comfortable behind a kit or out in the business world, his passion for all things percussion is contagious. His knowledge of music, musicians and gear is vast…What more can I say?  A dear friend and a great guy." – Todd Sucherman (Styx)


Featured Rehearsal Studios

From hourly rooms to monthly spaces, Music Garage provides a diverse range of rehearsal studios to meet the needs of every artist from beginners to professionals.
All acoustically treated, our studios range in type including private rehearsal studios, shared rooms, engineering suites, drum rooms, and hybrid shares.

Band Rehearsal Studio Open Floor Plan

Band Rehearsal Studio (In Use)

Production Suite Open Floor Plan

Production Suite (In Use)

Production Suite

Drum Room

Private Drum Lessons

Music Garage, in combination with Vic’s Drum Shop, is proud to offer their newest service: Private drum lessons in our state-of-the-art teaching studios!
Our instructors are degreed professionals with diverse backgrounds, and have the ability to teach all levels and styles. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned player, our instructors can help you achieve your goals.
Lessons are $25/half hour without any long term contractual obligations.   We are offering lessons six days a week; weekdays 12pm – 8pm and Saturdays 11am – 5pm.

Check out our Instructor Bios!

Please contact Vic’s to sign up: or call 312.770.1200.

CVU Podcasts & Blog Posts Galore

The recent partnership between Dynasty Podcasts and The Music Garage allowed ChicagoVerseUniteD to start recording in our studio—and boy what a thrilling first week it was. The weekly podcast hosted by Jaime Black features interviews with talent within the Chicago music and nightlife community. This week Emmi Chen of Ornery Little Darlings will be a guest, giving a little update on the band’s new album.  CVU also features blog posts about Hey Champ and Kids These Days, featuring videos from Music Garage TV, or MGTV, a web series about artists who record and rehearse at the facility.  Check out these links to find out more about the bands, what their up to, and where you can catch them live!

Music Garage partners with Dynasty Network Podcast

Dynasty Podcasts is Chicago’s first music podcast launched in 2005 focusing on the music and nightlife scene. What could be better then teaming up with Chicago’s best professional music rehearsal facility to celebrate the network’s 6-year anniversary!  Jaime Black, music journalist and host of Dynasty Podcasts series ChicagoVerseUniteD, will be recording his podcasts at the Music Garage running through 2012. After launching the Dynasty Podcast, Black launched ChicagoVerseUniteD in 2009, which focuses on interviews of talent in the Chicago music scene. The 100th episode will air early this week featuring Chris Payne, long running host of Q101’s Chicago music program Local 101. Tune into for more digital news about this exciting partnership.

Martin Atkins LIVE at The Music Garage

Music Garage welcomes John Martin Atkins (member of Public Image Ltd and Killing Joke; founder of industrial super group Pigface, The Damage Manual, and Murder Inc; contributor to Nine Inch Nails and Ministry; and author of Tour:Smart).  Atkins will be giving a FREE 90 min talk on Friday, August 12 at 1:00pm about the internal and external problems you'll face in all levels of business including how to make your show and event, merchandising strategies, social media, strategies for success, touring tactics, and more!

We've been able to reserve 20 spots for Music Garage tenants and fans but they are going fast! Guests must RSVP so make sure you reserve your spot right here, right now!

Adrenaline Mob at the Bottom Lounge!

Victor Salazar in conjunction with Music Garage are proud to present ADRENALINE MOB featuring Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp), Paul DiLeo, and Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo/Fozzy) live at the Bottom Lounge on Monday August 22nd! You won't want to miss this show!

Doors open at 6:30p.m. Show starts at 7:30p.m. All ages are welcome. Tickets are limited and going fast. Get yours here!

Be sure to check out Adrenaline Mob's Facebook page!