Established in 1937, we're Humboldt Park’s longest-standing neighborhood bar with a classic Chicago tavern vibe, seasonal cocktails, and live music.
The California Clipper would be honored to provide our services for your next event. Each event is bespoke to your tastes and needs, to provide the best experience possible for you and your guests.
Joey J. Saye is Chicago's fastest rising Blues talent and every last Saturday of the month we welcome his trio in to show us why he's a generational talent. Joined by the legendary Bob Stroger (bass) and Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith (drums), this trio is the best Blues you'll hear in the city.
J Bambii aka Psychic Pu$$y returns for her residency in Lil' Clip with guest Finding Ijeoma!
The full-band realization of Chicago songwriter Anna Holmquist's music came together near the end of 2017, formed from a group of longtime friends and creative collaborators. Their music is best heard in a house full of mirrors. Use it as the soundtrack to your yo-yo competition.
Sunday Service is an intentional space for sex positive music, conversations, dancing, fun, and learning about how to listen to each other better and communicate in new, direct and deeper ways. This month we are highlighting the work of @pushingenvchi. Music from @urthboun, @zona_cinco_, and @glamourcadaver FREE ALL NIGHT
Every last Tuesday of the month we open up our stage for a jam session! Come early, bring your instruments, and get on stage. This month, we have Ryan, The Person and his quartet leading session.
Sahn Ecstatik is a monthly series that dives into the United States DIY scene. Every last Wednesday of the month, pop behind the Clipper curtain and experience the underground!
This month's features: Bussy Kween Power Trip, WEATHERING, COUNTERFEITMADISON
Jeremiah Meece and Tim Nordberg are The Ineffectuals. On this Leap Day we celebrate the release of their newest album. Joined by Kurt Vise and Manual Pollination, you can expect a dive into Electronic Punk and Industrial.
1981 Tokyo returns for his monthly first Friday party!
ENCUENTRO returns Saturday 3/2 with two special guests making their @californiaclipper debut: @dj.chihuahua(NYC) and DJ Jungyal (CHI) At the forefront of the cumbia renaissance in PueblaYork, @dj.chihuahua is a seasoned vet with his finger on the pulse — expect to hear cumbias editadas and éxitos sonideros del presente y el pasado. He’s also celebrating the release of SONIDERO GOLD 2024, featuring two sexy sonidero covers of 2000s club hits released on @discospiramideoficial in collaboration with @soniderablues Limited copies of the 45 will be available for purchase. DJ Jungyal (@el_mowgli_tropicano ) is a queer creative with a vast collection of música boricua 🇵🇷. From bomba y plena, salsa, merengue, Latin house, freestyle, and hip hop, Jungyal wants to keep you dancing the night away to a tropical beat. Joining them throughout the night is ENCUENTRO resident La Colocha, always prepared with a music library that allows her to jump in at any point without missing a beat. -LA COLOCHA
TORi the Creator & DJ Allthewaykay want you to let everything go on the dance floor.
Born in the heart of Chicago in June 2017, smallWORLD is the brainchild of Tori Brown. They envisioned a community that uplifts and boosts the visibility of Black LGBTQ people, fostering a sense of belonging and creating spaces for expression within all their intersections.
RP BOO with support by local icon Alejandro Marenco.
RP Boo @rp_boo_official – "Chicago producer Kavain Space, AKA RP Boo, invented footwork with his 1997 track “Baby Come On.” A dancer at first, Space learned to produce thanks to Dance Mania affiliate DJ Slugo. By bumping up the tempo of ghetto house he established a new template that lit a fire under an entire generation of dancers and producers. In the wake of footwork’s expansion outside of Chicago, the Planet Mu label released two retrospectives of RP Boo’s pioneering work – 2013’s Legacy and 2015’s Classics Vol.1. Space continues to produce and DJs around the world, the enduring success of his music proving that there’s still no one quite like him." -Red Bull Music Academy
Get a purple Martian and sit down in a booth, you won't regret it! Local acts nearly every night
This is a cool place to hang out and have a drink. Love the atmosphere and the staff if awesome! It has a cool setup for live music too.
My favorite bar in the city. The atmosphere is chill and vibey. The cocktails are delicious too! There's always live music—usually house or disco.
Old school Jazz bar with a great ambiance and good performances. Can't go wrong with this place
Incredible music, ambiance, kind and helpful staff, reasonable cover charge. Age range was quite varied. Will definitely come back.