Red Line Tap

Red Line Tap

The Red Line Tap, Rogers Park’s Music Venue, is located next door to the Heartland Cafe, alongside the Red Line El (train) tracks at 7006 North Glenwood.

The Red Line Tap is a 21 and over venue, this includes bands as well. 


M-F: 4 PM – 2 AM

Saturday: 2 PM – 3 AM

Sunday: 12 PM – 2 AM

Rogers Parks Music Venue, From punk to funk and everything in between.
The Red Line Tap hosts music up to 7 nights a week featuring local and national acts on our stage, from our resident band the Mudflapps, to Micki’s open mic and all sorts of great shows daily, we’ve got something on our stage for everyone!

How far back the tavern goes has yet to be established, but we’ve had personal reports of people visiting the “7006 club” and the “Rogers Park Boating Club” since the early 1900’s. “Roy’s” was a well known tavern to neighbhood patrons as well fans to the north of the chicago city limits. And for all the years he ran his bar, Roy was a welcoming host to all who found his threshold. For years, the action-packed pool table at Roy’s drew as many fans as the old fashioned bowling machine.

After Roy Kawaguchi passed away in 1996, the long popular tap was expanded, refurbished, cleaned, overhauled, painted and reenergized as the The Red Line Tap, so named because of its proximity to the Red Line train, its track, and its route name. The bar still hosts many of the old ‘regulars’ from Roys’ days as well as welcoming new neighbors on a daily basis.

The pool table is still here and draws some great contests
We’ve also got some classic 1980’s video games for your gaming pleasure.
Our Current video games are Galaga and Ms. Pac Man

At the Red Line Tap you will often find yourself wrapped up in a conversation over a great selection of domestic and imported beers, as well as classic draft offerings and well poured drinks. The high ceilings and good ventilation insures clear enough air for non-smokers to be comfortable, not that it really matters anymore, because to be in complience with Illinois State Law, we are officially a non-smoking establishment. The air conditioned Red Line Tap is a great stop on summer nights after eating outside at The Heartland Cafe next door.

Likes : Punk, Rock, Power Pop, Indie, Country, Bluegrass, Alt Country, Metal, Alternative Rock, Funk, Hip Hop, Rap. Reggae, Roots, Americana, Traditional Country, Blues, Acoustic, Folk, Singer Songwriters.

Booking is handled by email only; no calls will be taken for booking meaning if you want to be booked here, DON’T CALL – EMAIL BRETTLY. So if you are submitting a demo via US Post, please include an email address you can be contacted at.

We ask that you are able to draw a minimum 30 people in the Chicago market to be considered for a booking at the Red Line Tap

Please give us about 2 to 4 weeks to listen to your demo. We do listen to every demo we recieve and will get back with you as quickly as possible. Pleaes be patient, due to an overwhelming amount of submissions, it takes a little time to get through them all.

All follow up booking inquiries, requests for information, set times, sound information, etc, should also be done via email only.

Please email a link to your website, or a link to what you want us to hear and see, please DO NOT send files we will need to download.
Generally, we prefer a website, where we can see when and where you have played, hear your music, and get a general idea of your band and what you do. If you don’t have a website, a Facebook page or Something similar will do.

We do accept and prefer EPK’s (electronic press kits). We accept them through Sonicbids or you can email a link to your press kit to our booking agent Brettly

If you must use snail mail :
Demos (CD’s ONLY) and Press kits can be mailed to:
Attn: Brettly
The Heartland Cafe
7000 N. Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, Il 60626

Board: Yamaha MG 32

Compression: DBX 266 – 6 racks

EQ: DBX 8 racks

Amps – All QSC

Monitors – JBL

Mains – JBL (one pair is behind the Mesh 312 banner over the stage)

Subs – Peavey 18″ ( 4 cabs) / 1 Double 15″ JBL cab)

Mics – An array of Shure SM 58 / SM 57 / Beta 58 / Beta 57 /  AKG D112 /
Senheiser – various vocal mics / Audix – Various vocal and instrument Mics

Keyboard: Yamaha Motif – 88 weighted keys