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#2081521 - 05/12/13 05:42 PM Piano Practice Rental Chicago Loop?  
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I'll be in Chicago on business later this week and would pay any reasonable charge to have a couple of hours' access to a decent acoustic piano on Thursday morning or afternoon.

I googled the topic and didn't find any leads.

Anyone familiar with a practice room/piano rental-by-the-hour operation?


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#2081558 - 05/12/13 06:55 PM Re: Piano Practice Rental Chicago Loop? [Re: ClsscLib]  
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The Harold Washington Library, which is at the south end of the Loop, has free practice rooms with pianos. You can only use them for one hour, however. Go the eight floor in the library and find the sign up desk. It's first come first serve, and if they are all busy, you wait until one becomes available. Given the 1 hour limit, you never have to wait more than 20-30 minutes, but usually you get a room much quicker.

#2081561 - 05/12/13 06:59 PM Re: Piano Practice Rental Chicago Loop? [Re: jjo]  
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Interesting, JJO -- thanks. I was hoping for a bit more time, and maybe on a grand, but the library pianos would be a lot better than no pianos if that's the best option I can find.


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#2295791 - 06/27/14 12:12 PM Re: Piano Practice Rental Chicago Loop? [Re: ClsscLib]  
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How are the piano's here, anyone know?


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#2295835 - 06/27/14 02:11 PM Re: Piano Practice Rental Chicago Loop? [Re: ClsscLib]  
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I used the library once, and only tried two pianos in two practice rooms. They were both pretty sadly clapped out, I'm sorry to say.


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#2296135 - 06/28/14 10:25 AM Re: Piano Practice Rental Chicago Loop? [Re: ClsscLib]  
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Ah shoot, that's too bad to hear. Though Thanks ClsscLib for answering my question!

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#2296156 - 06/28/14 11:49 AM Re: Piano Practice Rental Chicago Loop? [Re: ClsscLib]  
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There is (or at least recently was) a piano teaching studio on N Michigan Ave (not far from Symphony Center) that made piano rooms available for rental - can't recall name at moment but will look for it.


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#2296291 - 06/28/14 07:03 PM Re: Piano Practice Rental Chicago Loop? [Re: ClsscLib]  
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The Music Institute of Chicago offers space starting at $12 per hour for a small studio room with an upright piano. They have three locations, all have rental spaces.

https://www.musicinst.org/rates

/edit to add: I see the thread started about a month ago. Perhaps it will help someone else, or on the next trip.

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#2296498 - 06/29/14 09:40 AM Re: Piano Practice Rental Chicago Loop? [Re: ClsscLib]  
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Thanks Sand Tiger, I'll check it out. But I really wanted to learn on a grand like my teachers.


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