3730 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613
Soon after opening in 1982, this music venue took off when the then little-known band R.E.M. played its stage. Since then, it’s become a haven for alternative-rock bands from Nirvana to the White Stripes. The main area seats 300 or holds 1,100 for receptions, and catering is available from nearby restaurants. Staff, lighting, and sound are provided for all rentals. A private balcony holds 150. Metro’s downstairs nightclub, SmartBar, holds 400.