The Abbey Pub first opened in 1974 as an authentic Irish Pub. Ten years later, Tom Looney bought the business and it has been owned and operated by the Looney family ever since.  For years the Abbey was Chicago’s top Irish Pub, providing live traditional Irish music and showing telecasts of major sporting events from Europe. During this period Bridget Looney, or Breege, as everyone calls her was the backbone of the Abbey Pub.  Breege was “god mother” to many of Chicago’s young Irish men and women throughout the late eighties and nineties.

Tom and Breege’s son, Chicago fireman Pat Looney, locally known to most as the guy who was inches away from being Bartman (from the infamous 2003 Cubs playoffs) currently oversees operations.  The Abbey has evolved into one of Chicago’s premier live music venues,  hosting a diverse mix of national and regional acts.  The Abbey prides itself on cultivating and supporting the local music scene with various weekly and monthly residencies. But you don’t have to be a groundbreaking rock pioneer to take the stage. The Green Room Pub holds regular open mic nights on the first Tuesday of each month for those aspiring musicians looking to showcase their material to local crowds.


Past Performers


Andrew Bird
Arlo Guthrie
Beats Antique
Benevento-Russo Duo
Black Kids
Brad Paisley
Brothers Past
Camper Van Beethoven
Carol Palmer
Chateau Marmont
Chicago Afrobeat Project
Cold War Kids
Cut Copy
Dick Prall
Dickey Betts
Dinosaur Jr.
Drive-By Truckers
Emmit-Nershi Band
Florence & The Machine
Future Rock
Garaj Mahal
Ghostface Killah
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
GZA (Wu-Tang)
Head For The Hills
Hot Buttered Rum
Hugh Cornwell
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
Jeff Tweedy
JJ Grey and MOFRO
John Popper Project
Karl Denson Trio
Kasim Sulton
Kid Koala

Kris Kristofferson
Land of Atlantis
Los Lonely Boys
Mannequin Men
Mucca Pazza
Mumford & Sons
Murder By Death
Neko Case
Nickel Creek
Of Montreal
Orchard Lounge
Pnuma Trio
Rick Wakeman (of YES)
Sage Francis
Snow Patrol
Split Lip Rayfield
Steve Kimock Band
Strange Arrangement
Tapes n Tapes
Tea Leaf Green
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The New Deal
The Presidents of The United States of America
The Shams
The Strawbs
The Ting Tings
The Travelin’ McCoury’s
Tilly & The Wall
VHS or Beta
Vic Chestnutt
Wiz Khalifa
Yonder Mountain String Band