aliveOne 20th Anniversary Private Party

aliveOne Chicago Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!

During the first week of November 2016, aliveOne, the Lincoln Park neighborhood bar that combines the very best of music and spirits, celebrated its 20th anniversary. With their name inspired by the 100 CD all-live music jukebox in the front room (Chicago’s only live jukebox), aliveOne opened in December 1996 at the corner of Schubert and Halsted.

To celebrate its status as a long-standing “music mecca”, aliveOne threw a week-long bash with drink specials and live music. The celebration ended with a 20th Anniversary Private Party on Saturday night. As each person arrived, aliveOne staff members checked you off the “private guest list” and presented an “All Access” badge, making everyone feel special as you entered the side door (not the main door most people entered in at, today was special). Once in, the atmosphere was like a family/friend reunion, as handshakes and hugs were given to old friends, and not so old friends.  These were neighbors and regulars who aliveOne was a part of their lives. 

The music started out with local funk, fusion and groove band, Low Spark, around 9:30 pm. Joel Cummins of Good Enough, (also, of Umphrey’s McGee), started out with a toast to aliveOne for 20 years and then went on late into the night, covering some great tunes. Like that wasn’t enough, in the back room, the DJ was spinning dance music throughout the night. Good times for everyone.

Thanks to aliveOne for a great time! Don’t wait for their 25th Anniversary, visit aliveOne soon.


• For the month leading up to the anniversary week, every Thursday (frome October 6 through November 3), patrons had an opportunity to win passes to aliveOne’s private 20th Anniversary Party on Saturday, November 5. Two pairs of passes were raffled off every Thursday leading up to the event during aliveOne’s Resident Band Night with local funk, fusion and groove band, Low Spark. There was free live music from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m, and guests received a free raffle ticket at the door. Winners were announced between 11 p.m. and midnight in the back room.

Thursday, November 3: FREE live music resident band Low Spark
Friday, November 4: FREE show on Friday, November 4 featuring nationally touring band The Heard
Saturday, November 5: INVITE-ONLY and contest winners concert featured a performance by Brendan Bayliss, Ryan Stasik, Jake Cinninger and Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee (known as Good Enough)


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