Established in 1937, we're Humboldt Park’s longest-standing neighborhood bar with a classic Chicago tavern vibe, seasonal cocktails, live music, and DJ sets in our speakeasy dance club.
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.
Family Junket is the collective voice of Chicago-based musicians Alejandro Gallardo, Clarence Young, Rahila Coats, Scott Daniel, Hasani Cannon, and brothers Zach, Jonah, and Max Lazarus. They are social workers, teachers, dancers, activists, writers, photographers, performance artists, and engineers coming together to create healing spaces, community, and parties. Melding flutes, saxophones, trumpets, and violins, with unique vocal compositions and wavy electronic production, the band creates music best listened with the family.
Join Dayna Champayna and the Hot Potato Hearts crew for 2 rounds of the most unique trivia you'll be a part of! From backwards songs, to celebrity couples, to subjective trivia, you're guaranteed to have a good time. Meet new people, win prizes and the losers get to pick the rounds for next month!
Led by drummer/organist Isaiah Keith, MOBIUS is a task force that specializes in pocket music.
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
Join Jess Vann a multi-careered baddie who is an actor, creative, entrepreneur, speaker, vocalist, all while maintaining a full time job in Youth Development, Social Impact and Education. A girl with many hats, who has been tackling the ride of the tomfoolery and shenanigans of being a muggle adult!
Join Jess as she celebrates her 40th birthday with a Live taping of her podcast show: Tomfoolery and Shenanigans!
Tomfoolery and Shenanigans is a ridiculously fun, unapologetic, dare we say, safe, brave and courageous space, where we discuss all the tomfools and chaos and amplify joy, grace and love! She brings together some of Chicago’s finest and closest magical and majestical peeps, to chat the many layers and complexity of life and showing up our most authentic selves and evoking the most gut busting joy! It's like your pocket of joy, on this corner of world (who could use some joy?) Your earholes (your ears people!!) will thank you later! LOL. Join Jess and her guests to celebrate turning 40! Let's face it, shits wild! Grab a drank from Chicago’s finest bartenders at The California Clipper and Come thru bbs
You can listen to Tomfoolery and Shenanigans on wherever you get your podcasts!
This show is brought to you by Tightrope recording studio and The California Clipper
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
Alejandro Marenco @alejandro_mrnco is a Nicaraguan-born artist creating electronic music inspired by the vibrant cultural tapestry of his homeland and his own diasporic experience. At once perreo and psychedelic, he weaves a variety of sounds from endless inspirations: Caribbean sound system culture, Miami's bubbling underground, and UK labels such as Livity Sound, Timedance, and Local Knowledge. Elastic beats, industrial percussion, fluid synths, oscillating rhythms, and a flourish for ever-changing instrumentation, Marenco’s mixes are reverberating moments of kaleidoscopic euphoria.
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.