The Metro St. Louis Live Music

Historical Society



Chances R

63 E. Chester Street, Champaign IL




The beautiful building...still, standing, still in use!



Ice Blue Secret performs on the Chances R stage


Phoenix onstage!


Top draw The Finchley Boys poses in Chances R's balcony


Here's a cool memory from Bruce Busboom:

Hi there, I did a Google search for Chances R and found your page.  Very nice!

My dad, Oscar Busboom, was a carpenter for Lyman-Wikoff Const. and helped build the bar.  He got the subcontract for the hundreds of balusters that lined the balconies, so he and I were cutting them out at home for many nights.  I think I was 11 years old.

I ended up playing on that stage a couple times, and saw Cheap Trick, Starcastle, Head East, etc. many times.  I remember Wednesday nights were "Beer Nights"...$2.00 cover for a live band and all the draft beer you could drink!  Legal drinking age at that time was 19, but I was sneaking in at 16.

I read that it has recently been purchased and is being gutted and remodeled for some other purpose.

Best regards, and thanks for the great site.





I got this from bartender Dave Strang:



Chances R Waitress Uniform







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