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Chicago music venues you loved in 2009

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Seems like everyone's doing those end-of-year and end-of-decade lists right about now, and we're nothing if not bandwagon-jumpers. But instead of telling you what we think were the coolest bars, clubs and restaurants of 2009 (or making you cast your vote), we're going to let the numbers do the talking. Before the new decade begins, we'll be giving you the lowdown on what venues Centerstage users viewed the most during the past year, along with our ideas about why each was so popular. Did your favorite make the list?

Next up: Music Venues.

1. Aragon Ballroom
Top shows in '09: Thievery Corporation, Morrissey, Death Cab for Cutie, Nine Inch Nails, Bob Dylan, The Pixies

2. Checkerboard Lounge
Not as gritty as its original location, but you can't hold down the blues for long.

3. Green Dolphin Street
The Monday night "Boom Boom Room" industry parties put this one over the top.

4. B.L.U.E.S.
You can't beat the view of Lil' Ed rockin' out on top of the bar.

5. Barn at Arabian Knights Farms
The booking manager at this Willowbrook venue apparently has no limits, as you'll find everything from down-home country (it is a barn, after all) to street-friendly hip-hop.

6. Buddy Guy’s Legends
The rumors of this club's demise were greatly exaggerated...again.

7. Blue Chicago
Speaking of demise...the city will only have one Blue Chicago location in '10.

8. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
The home of the traveling festival (Rock the Bells, Warped Tour) had another big summer.

9. House of Blues
You can get away with high ticket and drink prices when you host acts like Kings of Leon, Jay-Z and Etta James in an intimate environment.

10. Green Mill
Trends come and go, but jazz and poetry slams will always be cool.

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