Le Piano is a magical, French-style piano bar that will transport you to what feels like early 19th century Paris, and with an authentic aesthetic that doesn’t feel forced. Although the ambiance is quite classy, the staff are not remotely pretentious. They welcome anyone who wishes to partake in live music, low lighting, and a worthy glass of wine. The menu also includes cocktails and some fantastic small plates.
When I first visited Le Piano, they’d hardly been open a week and it felt like the place had been there forever. The owner Chad greeted us at the door. I didn’t know he was the owner and I asked if there was a story behind the place, what inspired it to be? He casually told me that he was a musician and Le Piano had been a long-time dream of his. Regarding the rest of the story, he invited me to meet with him sometime, as there are in fact many stories to tell. Part of Le Piano’s personality is also written on the walls, literally. There is a mural of a French dancer with the underside of her dress flashing as she kicks; signatures scribbled on the wall, autographs of every musician to have played at Le Piano, and there’s live music EVERY night! Other mottos tastefully displayed around the bar include “Destroy your reputation” and the words “Jazz, Booze & Butter” painted above the candlelit antique hutch.
Le Piano embodies the spirit of Rogers Park’s Glenwood Ave Arts District!