November 17, 2018

Monthly Room Availability Update – November 2018

We have a few private band rooms coming open this month, as well as a private suite that’s under construction on our first floor! All of these rooms, plus some drum shares, are listed on our “Available Now/Coming Soon” page under the “Monthly Studios – Chicago” tab. Give us a call at 312-997-1972 to get pricing and more information!

Area Construction Notice

🚧 Construction Update – Thursday, 11/8: Our section of Loomis St. looks to be open and easily accessible to cars! Hopefully this will stay the same through the rest of the week.

🚧 Construction Update – Tuesday, 11/6: Workers are still digging near the intersection of Carroll Ave. and Loomis St. but you can access Loomis St from Carroll Ave. in either direction. Construction usually wraps up around 3-3:30PM so we hope that we will have better access by that time or earlier for our afternoon and evening rehearsals! If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at 312-997-1972!

🚧 Construction Update – 11/2-5: Today’s construction involves digging directly in the intersection of Carroll Ave. and Loomis St. At this time, Loomis St. is not accessible by car in any direction (from Ogden Ave turning onto Carroll Ave, nor Fulton Ave turning onto Carroll Ave, nor coming down east on Carroll Ave.)

Construction usually wraps up around 3-3:30PM so we hope that we will have access by that time or earlier for our afternoon and evening rehearsals! If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at 312-997-1972!

10/9: The Music Garage’s and Vic’s Drum Shop’s neighborhood is currently amidst a large construction project courtesy of the Department of Water Management (Project No: 1801102). They have been replacing the water mains throughout the area starting back in June. The work directly affecting our area starts on Loomis St. from the end of the block to Fulton Street.

There are “No Parking – Police Order” signs posted on Loomis St., which do not allow parking from 7:00AM until 3:30PM starting today, October 9, until “Completion”. In the meantime, our parking lot is first come first serve and is located directly behind our building. We cannot guarantee that if you leave before 3:30 PM the street will be open.

We are also a short walk from the Ashland Pink & Green line stop as well as the Ashland and Grand busses. Please note that the big parking lot in front of the building (with entrance from Carroll Ave.) belongs to our neighbors and any unauthorized car parked there is subject to towing!

We have signed up to receive construction update emails from the department, but unfortunately we do not know the estimated completion date. We will continue to provide updates as we receive them in hopes to give you the most recent and helpful information for planning your trip to Music Garage or Vic’s Drum Shop.

Notification from Department of Water Management:

RE:       Water Main Replacement Project #1801102

Dear Neighbor,

 In coordination with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Building a New Chicago infrastructure investment program, and at Alderman Burnett’s request, I would like to provide you with information about an upcoming water main construction project in your neighborhood. 

In early June 2018, Department of Water Management crews will begin the work to install 1,305 feet of new 8-inch water main in N. Loomis Street from W. Carroll Ave. to W. Randolph Street. The old water main dates back to 1899, and needs to be replaced.

When we are working in the street, we may close or limit it to traffic for safety reasons, but you will always be able to reach your home or business. Outside of working hours, a travel lane will be left open for local traffic only.

 We will post our work area for “No Parking” as needed during work hours (generally 7:00 am- 4:00 pm). Parking outside of those hours will be allowed, but cars will need to be moved by the start of the next workday. We will try to preserve as much parking space as possible.

 We know that construction always involves inconveniences and noise. We will do everything possible to maintain your quality of life throughout these projects, and conducting ourselves as good and thoughtful neighbors in the course of our presence on your street.

 Should you have any questions or concerns, you can either ask the construction foreman during the project, or call any of the following numbers:

  • 24-Hour City Service and Information Line: 311
  • 27th Ward Office: 773-432-1995
  • DWM Office of Public Affairs: 773-744-7242

Bright Pink Fundraising Campaign!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s not just a time for the football players to rep their pink gear, but for you to make a difference in your local community! We’re launching our annual fundraising campaign for a local Chicago non-profit Bright Pink and giving you a chance to win some prizes from Music Garage and our venue partners!

Stop by our front desk to make a donation of $1 or more to enter into our raffle for prizes like upgraded rehearsals to our Showcase or Premium Hourly Room, a Music Garage merchandise prize pack, or concert tickets from House of Blues and Reggies!! Every donation gets a limited edition pink Music Garage guitar pick or sticker and you can donate as many times as you’d like. At the end of the month, Music Garage will match all donations made!!

Let’s make this a great month of raising awareness and donations!

Music Garage Client Appreciation BBQ – 9/25/18

It’s time once again for our client appreciation BBQ! As we prepare to welcome autumn with open arms, we want to thank all of our clients for making this summer at Music Garage so awesome!! Please join us in our parking lot on Tuesday, September 25 for food, beverages, live music, networking, and community!

Get more details and RSVP on our Facebook page here:

Monthly Room Availability Update – August 2018

We currently have three drum share rehearsal spaces available NOW, and one more drum share rehearsal space coming open next month! Give us a call at 312-997-1972 to speak to a manager for more information or to schedule a tour to check out the rooms.

Music Garage Internship Opportunity

We’re looking for interns to join our team this fall! If you’re a proactive team player who’s interested in learning about the music industry and getting some awesome networking opportunities, then we want to talk to you! Please visit the internship page here on our website for complete details and to learn how to apply. 


Riot Fest Ticket Sales

Our friends at Riot Fest recently made an announcement that they are offering a limited amount of discounted 3-day GA passes through their website for $99.98. (It’s quite nice of them, and you can read more about it here:

We have gotten quite a few people asking us if the passes that we are selling as part of Riot Fest’s consignment sales would be offered at that price as well. At this time, our tickets are NOT included in this deal and remain at the $159.98 price that the 3-day GA passes were last listed on Riot Fest’s website before this promotion began. This looks to be a limited time online-only offer that is only available for purchases made through So if you’re looking for that sweet discounted price, hurry and snatch up your 3-day passes before they’re gone!

We’ll be here for you with $159.98 3-day GA passes without the service fees, CASH ONLY, once the $99.98 passes sell out (and they will sell out!!) Thank you for understanding and for helping us keep this great partnership between Music Garage and Riot Fest going year after year!


Monthly Room Availability Update – July 2018

We currently have one drum share and one band share rehearsal spaces available NOW, and two drum share rehearsal spaces coming open next month! Give us a call at 312-997-1972 to speak to a manager for more information or to schedule a tour to check out the rooms.

Hourly Business Closed June 28 – July 1!!


This year, Music Garage is the host of the Chicago date of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. This amazing camp will feature guitar legend Buddy Guy, rock goddess Nancy Wilson of Heart and Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan‘s Double Trouble!

Due to the size & nature of this event,
from Thursday, June 28th through Sunday, July 1st.

Monthly room tenants will have 24/7 access to their rooms as usual. We plan to reopen our hourly business on Sunday, July 1st in the late afternoon/evening with normal business hours resuming on Monday, July 2nd at 10AM.

If this camp sounds like the perfect opportunity to live out your rock star dreams, there is a special discount and still time to attend Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp for Music Garage clients! Use the code “Music Garage” for 10% off any Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp package!

Music Garage BBQ!

Save The Date!! We’ll be kicking off the summer with our annual client appreciation BBQ on Monday, June 18 from 6-9PM. 

Our friends from El Big Brother will be returning with their popular taco truck, as well as our grill master/manager John Kemper cooking up the usual burgers (both veggie & beef) and hot dogs, so come hungry!

We’ll be pouring some delicious Lagunitas Brewing Co beers as well.

Join us for live music, ticket giveaways from our venue partners Riot Fest and Reggies, merch giveaways from our neighbors at House of Vans, and a chance to hang out and connect with those in the Music Garage community.

To RSVP and get event updates, check out our Facebook event page here.