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Chicago Nightlife

From its earliest frontier days, Chicago has had some of the best nightlife in the US. "Sweet Home Chicago", birthplace of Muddy Waters' urban blues, as well as R&B's Chess Records, is still going strong, inspiring the energetic dance beat of 1980s house music as well as the groundbreaking jazz of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Nightclubs aplenty are all over town, especially along Halsted Street, Lincoln Avenue and Clark Street on the North Side. Uptown, at the intersection of North Broadway and Lawrence, is a bit down-at-the-heel, but has half a dozen good venues. The best gay clubs congregate in the Lincoln Park area. Highbrow pursuits are also well provided for: Chicago's classical music, dance and theater are world-class.

For what's-on information, Chicagoans pick up the excellent free newspaper The Reader (copies comes out Thursday afternoon and are usually all gone by Saturday). The weekly New City and the gay and lesbian Windy City Times are good sources as well. Full listings also appear in the Friday issues of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune, and Chicago magazine has useful arts and restaurant listings. The Gramaphone Ltd record store at 2663 N Clark St (tel 773/472-3683) is the best place for details of one-shot dance nights.

Chicago Bars

Whether looking for a quick drink after a long day of sightseeing or aiming to spend an evening in a swanky bar, Chicago will have the ideal drinking spot for you. Famed for its chic bars and lounges, here is just a snippet of Chicago nightlife and entertainment:

  • Whiskey Sky Chicago is a premiere Chicago nightlife and entertainment destination. Located atop the incredibly trendy W Lakeshore Hotel it is revered for its phenomenal city skyline views seen from atop the 33rd floor. 
  • Rebar is situated within the upscale Trump International Hotel and Bar and boasts fantastic views of the Michigan River and Michigan Avenue Bridge. A sleek and chic choice, its bar is naturally well stocked and features a superb cocktail list.
  • Chi Bar is a great pick when looking for nightlife in Chicago. Located at the popular Hotel Indigo Chicago it features extensive cocktail, wine and food lists. Chi Bar is a fun stop whether looking for a quick bite or just wanting to sit back and relax with the help of a few cocktails or glasses of wine.

Chicago Night Clubs

Chicago is renowned for its active and dynamic night life. And there are a multitude of Chicago nightclubs to choose from. Whether looking for techno dance clubs or hip hop hang outs, there are likely Chicago nightclubs for your taste. Read below for just a small sample of Chicago nightlife and entertainment:

  • Angels and Kings is a trendy bar and night club located in the Hard Rock Hotel. Frequented by celebrities and featuring an amazing cocktail list and fully stocked bar, Angels and Kings is a definite place to see and be seen in Chicago. 
  • Vision Night Club is one of the most popular and largest night clubs in all of Chicago. This fashionable venue is a huge mega-club with multiple floors and rooms and regularly hosts world famous DJs. When it comes to Chicago nightclubs, Vision Night Club is one of the greatest. 
  • Excalibur Night Club makes for a truly unique night out. In terms of Chicago night clubs, you will unlikely find a more original and one-of-a-kind setting. Housed in a Gothic and castle-like building, a Medieval theme sets the tone for this club. Playing dance and top 40 hits, it is a popular spot for parties and group gatherings.
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Hunk-O-Mania Chicago

Strip Club

Located in Near North Bar FoodDance FloorBottle ServiceFull BarHappy HourLive EntertainmentPrivate RoomSpecialty Beers on TapWine Bar

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The ComedySportz Theatre

Bar

Located in Lakeview Bar FoodDance FloorBottle ServiceFull BarHappy HourLive EntertainmentPrivate RoomSpecialty Beers on TapWine Bar

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Night Out Chicago Deals

Bar

Located in The Loop Bar FoodDance FloorBottle ServiceFull BarHappy HourLive EntertainmentPrivate RoomSpecialty Beers on TapWine Bar

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Bijou Theater

Gay Bar

Located in Old Town Bar FoodDance FloorBottle ServiceFull BarHappy HourLive EntertainmentPrivate RoomSpecialty Beers on TapWine Bar

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The Lincoln Lodge

Nightclub

Located in North Center Bar FoodDance FloorBottle ServiceFull BarHappy HourLive EntertainmentPrivate RoomSpecialty Beers on TapWine Bar

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Chicago Halloween Parties

Bar

Located in South Loop Bar FoodDance FloorBottle ServiceFull BarHappy HourLive EntertainmentPrivate RoomSpecialty Beers on TapWine Bar

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Kingston Mines

Music Venue

Located in Lincoln Park Bar FoodDance FloorBottle ServiceFull BarHappy HourLive EntertainmentPrivate RoomSpecialty Beers on TapWine Bar

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B.L.U.E.S.

Music Venue

Located in Lincoln Park Bar FoodDance FloorBottle ServiceFull BarHappy HourLive EntertainmentPrivate RoomSpecialty Beers on TapWine Bar

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Hackneys

Bar

Located in Printer's Row Bar FoodDance FloorBottle ServiceFull BarHappy HourLive EntertainmentPrivate RoomSpecialty Beers on TapWine Bar

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Kasey's Tavern

Bar

Located in Printer's Row Bar FoodDance FloorBottle ServiceFull BarHappy HourLive EntertainmentPrivate RoomSpecialty Beers on TapWine Bar

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Chicago nightlife is vibrant and diverse, catering for all tastes and desires. There are a plethora of Chicago nightclubs as well as bars and comedy clubs to choose from.

Chicago Happy Hour

No, you don't have to wait until 10pm to get your drink on in Chicago! There are some great happy hours throughout the city! Some of our favorites are:

  • Devon Seafood Grill (Near North Side) Weekdays from 4-7pm and another late night happy hour starting at 9pm! 2 happy hours is way happier than just 1!
  • Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar (Near North Side) has great happy hour specials every day.
  • 6 Degrees (Bucktown) has daily specials and then serves brunch on the weekends (which we know isn't happy hour, but brunch is a pretty happy time for us!
  • Rocks Bar (Lincoln Park) has daily and monthly specials!

Chicago Comedy Clubs

There are plenty of choices when it comes to Chicago entertainment. Many comedy clubs can be found in this vibrant city. Here are just a few listed below:

  • Zanies Comedy Club often hosts nationally known comedians and also has local stand-up nights and even offers comedy classes. Zanies is known for its intimate setting and great food and drinks menu, making a night there especially worthwhile.
  • The Red Bar Comedy Club makes for a raucous and hilarious night out. Fearless comedians take the stage at this upscale comedy club that is located in the heart of Chicago's downtown district. As an added bonus, there is no drink minimum rule.
  • The ComedySportz Theatre is the longest running improv comedy club in all of Chicago. This Chicago nightlife and entertainment destination has a fantastic reputation for putting on amazing comedy shows and even offers improv comedy classes and workshops.

Whether looking for a swanky cocktail bar or a mega night club, Chicago likely has what you are looking for.

Use this page to learn about some top Chicago entertainment options in order to have a night out you will surely never forget.

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