Chicago's Howl at the Moon Turns 15!


On Saturday, June 15th in 2002, Howl at the Moon opened its doors and the heartbeat of Chicago was born.

RNBA is pleased to help them celebrate their Golden Birthday and 15 Year Anniversary by giving them the floor on our blog to “howl at their own moon” and tout some of their best features… 

Be sure to go celebrate this major milestone on Thursday, June 15th 2017 starting at 8pm. They will be rolling back drink prices to 2002! (If you can’t make it on the 15th, attend the RNBA Business After Hours the night before to congratulate this member.)

If you have never experienced Howl at the Moon's live and interactive music performance, where have you been? There are no more excuses. It's been 15 years! You may have heard that Howl at the Moon is known for their live dueling pianos, but that’s not all we do. Our musicians take the stage seven nights a week and can perform any song requested right there on the spot. 

Don’t believe us? Come see for yourself.

If the song you requested has a violin solo, we can do that. A harmonica solo?  No problem. Guitar solo?  Now that’s just too easy!

Chicago is one of 17 Howl at the Moon locations spread out across the US. This particular location originally belonged to a rib house once owned by Bradd O’Brien, who has since then become President and Co-Owner of Howl at the Moon.  

While vacationing back in 2002, O’Brien came across a dueling piano bar that had changed his life forever. “I saw the Howl at the Moon concept in Orlando, Florida and loved it” he states. It was then that he immediately contacted the founder [James Bernstein] to pitch the idea of opening a Howl location in Chicago. At that moment a partnership had formed. “I took a chance opening Howl at the Moon, and from day-one it just took off along with Hubbard Street” said O’Brien. “We simply rode the wave of River North”.

The second opening of Howl was a weekend that O’Brien will remember forever. “I will never forget the line - it was wrapped around the building! I have never before seen such a long line in Chicago!”

Howl at the Moon is like flipping through the radio, but better. The music is LIVE and you control the playlist. It is a one-of-a-kind experience that has been entertaining Chicago since 2002, and nothing can excite us more than celebrating 15 years with the city that we love. 

Our anniversary party is taking place Thursday, June 15th and it will be the best show yet. We are always revamping, always improving, and the show is now 15 years in the making. It will truly be an unforgettable experience that you won’t want to miss.  Come celebrate with us by dancing the night away while consuming an 86oz Bucket of Adios MOFO (Bradd’s favorite!). You can share a bucket with your friends or keep it for yourself, we won’t judge. Starting at 8pm our performers will sing your favorite songs non-stop and we guarantee that you’ll be howling along in no time.

To those of you who have experienced Howl in the past and have returned time and time again, this night is for you.  You are the ones who push us to keep performing and to keep learning. You are what brings life to Howl at the Moon. We cannot thank you enough for your unconditional support, your awful singing voices, and for choosing us to celebrate those special moments. 

“The most significant reason why Howl at the Moon has been so iconic is the concept; we found a void. There are a lot of sports bars surrounding Chicago… and we found what was missing.”  – Bradd O’Brien, President & Co-Owner of Howl at the Moon



Posted By: Stephanie Fallara

On: June 08, 2017