COMING SOON: Chicago's first 24/7 self-serve studios for musicians, podcasters & dancers. Affordable, accessible creative spaces for all.
Your space to create
Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, our custom-designed Chicago rehearsal spaces are the perfect place to create, write, produce, practice, mix, and dance with no distractions.
There are 28 spaces ready for your next project:
- Hone your mix on club-standard equipment in the DJ studios
- Rehearsal studios to jam with your band or practice for the next gig
- Recording studios for vocal capture and music production in Chicago
- Plug and play podcast recording studios in Chicago for easy recording
- Multipurpose dance studios for classes and private performance
Book and pay for an hourly rehearsal using our easy live calendar. It's time to let your creativity flow.
What is Pirate?
A worldwide network of DJ, recording, rehearsal, podcast and dance studios, giving you round the clock access to create. Because we’re open 24/7, we've made the experience entirely self-serve using our unique entry code system — but if you ever need a hand, we're here. The fastest way to get support is via Live Chat.
- High-speed WiFi
- Vending machines
- Kitchen facilities
- Air-conditioned rooms
Enjoy industry-standard equipment at affordable prices at our Chicago studios
Protecting your health and safety during COVID-19
A number of measures have been put in place to ensure your studios can be enjoyed whilst respecting CDC guidelines and personal space.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Contact tracing implemented across all regions
- Regular sanitization sweeps
- Social distancing markers throughout
- Hand sanitizer and antibacterial spray available
On the rise in the Windy City
Chicago, it's a pleasure to be here. Our newest artist hub for casual and professional creatives is coming soon — we can't wait for you to get started in the studios.
For now, let's take a look at some of our favorite local hangouts:
- Smartbar is a legendary venue revered by the international dance music community. If you're making one stop-off on a night out, make sure you pay a visit.
- For record collecting enthusiasts, Gramaphone stocks a wide selection of Chi-town classics and contemporary house/techno.
- Evanston Space's outdoor events and livestreams play host to acoustic solo artists and group acts across the spectrum of indie, jazz, and soul.
- There's no shortage of option in the world of theatre and the performing arts here, though nothing matches the Auditorium Theatre for scale and spectacle.
From the Community
"Pirate studios are great for flexibility of the pricing, times and duration of the session and the variety of choice when it comes to the space you require. I have been using them for solo and band practice sessions and never experienced any problems. The equipment though could have a bit more attention in terms of maintenance - I am refering to drum equipment first of all - but the support is very responsive and fast in solving any issues if there are any. Will definitely recommend them and continue using their service myself."
Frequently asked questions
The Chicago edition of our FAQs has the top things you need to know about your session. Need more help? Hit up our support team via Live Chat or visit the knowledge hub.
Set up your Pirate.com account
It takes less than two minutes to become a member:
- Visit the account creation page.
- Enter your details in each field. If you have a referral code from another Pirate customer, please enter it at this point.
- Select Join Pirate.com and we’ll send you an SMS to confirm your mobile number. You’ll need to confirm this number before you can use your account.
- Confirmed? You’re ready to book.
How do I book a session?
Our live booking calendar shows the latest availability of studios. You can book anywhere from a year in advance right up until a few minutes beforehand. Some studios are popular, so we recommend securing your slot in advance.
TIP: Book enough time to set-up and get comfortable with the gear, and set-up/pack-down anything you’ve brought along.
What is verification and how does it work?
Being verified unlocks extra features at Pirate, like Refer-a-Friend credits. You also need to have your identity verified before you book one of our DJ or recording studios, so it’s a worthwhile investment! Don’t worry, the process only takes two minutes.
TIP: Use your mobile, it's easier to get a clear shot of your face/document.
I have an issue with my certificate code!
What if something breaks or I need a spare?
Spares in every location! We carry lots of spares in our sites, just in case you need any further equipment or something has a fault. You'll also find lots of spare cables and mics in our rehearsal studios if needed.
Something missing from the room or you need an item from the Spares cupboard? Hit us up on Live Chat via the website or on WhatsApp. We will be more than happy to help.
Are food and drinks available at the studios?
A handful of locations do have vending machines but we suggest you bring your own food and drinks with you. Most Pirate sites are near local shops for convenience, and several sites have a kettle and microwave. Check out our support hub or the location page for your Pirate studio for further details.
- Self-serve, pay hourly
- Professional equipment
- Spares available
- 24/7 pin code access
- Free WiFi
- Kitchen area
- Common area
- 24/7 customer support
- Climate controlled
- Acoustically-treated rooms
- Rehearsal studios
- DJ studios
- Recording studios
- Podcast studios
- Dance studios