Top Chicago Clubs

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Top Chicago Dance Clubs

Top Chicago Dance Clubs

The top dance clubs in Chicago have fun and energetic crowds, talented DJ's, and adrenaline-pumping music that pulls people onto their feet. 

  • Smart Bar: This hipster club plays great electronic and house music in a casual, cool environment.  Guests love the $3 photo booth, cheap and strong drinks, the talent that is booked here, and the friendly bartenders.  The Funktion One sound system pumps out beautiful sound, and management is great about blasting the air fans when the temperature rises keeping Smart Bar's dance maniacs going until the morning light.
  • Funky Buddha Lounge: The dancing fanatic can break it down to the sweet noises of hip hop, R&B, old school, and house music at this club in Chicago.  Three rooms give guests ample space to mingle and dance, drink and prance, live and take a chance.  The friendly manager and attentive bartenders take good care of the patrons, and the fun, laid back vibe of the Funky Buddha Lounge gets everybody out on the dance floor.

Top Chicago Dive Bars

Top Chicago Dive Bars


The top Chicago clubs also considered to be dive bars have edgy themes, diverse and open-minded crowds, and a free-to-be-as-you-please ambiance. 

  • Neo: The longest-running club in Chicago is well-known for its goth/industrial theme.  Obscure new age music, unusual outfits and costumes, and an expressive crowd make this a fascinating Chicago dive bar that's worth visiting.
  • Club Foot: One of the most fun dive bar clubs in Chicago, Club Foot spins nostalgic 70's and 80's music.  Retro memorabilia including troll dolls, ninja turtles, a pinball machine, and a tetris arcade game, take patrons back in time to when the world was young.
  • Liars Club: This rock n' roll/punk club in Chicago greets you with Gene Simmon's larger-than-life face and tongue staring at you from the wall.  This place has a fun photo booth with all kinds of props to use, and the DJ keeps dance floor partiers happy with a constant supply of popular music from the 70's through the 90's.

Top Chicago Gay Clubs

Top Chicago Gay Clubs


Those looking for a gay club in Chicago will find plenty to love in the Chicago neighborhood, Boystown.

  • Sidetrack: One of the top Chicago clubs, this always-busy and happening Chicago gay bar attracts a very fun crowd.  Devoted fans of this place like the high energy, prompt and fast bar service, and special events (e.g. Sunday Showtunes, Musical Mondays).  Sidetrack has an outdoor space on both floors, high ceilings, large video screens playing mainstream music videos, five bars downstairs, and one upstairs.
  • Spin: Drag shows and wet underwear contests entertain club-goers to this popular Chicago gay bar.  People can feel like they're visiting many clubs at once by visiting all the different rooms in Spin.   Dancing galore happens in the upstairs lounge and the basement area.  Want to have heart to hearts with people?  Hang out in the pool table room that's great for talking up a storm.  Special events include Karaoke Mondays and Thursdays, and Tuesday Bingo w/ Drag Queens.
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Encore

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NoMI Lounge

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Top Chicago Clubs

Top Chicago clubs are nightlife destinations for those wanting a fun night out on the town. 

Top Chicago dance clubs play music that people love, have great DJ mixes, and party-loving crowds eager to celebrate the night.

Clubs in Chicago that are considered dive bars have nostalgic and kitschy decor, crowd-pleasing song favorites from the 70s through the 90s, plenty of dancing, and great cheap drinks.

The gay clubs Chicago has regularly draw big crowds for their special events, like Sunday Showtunes, Tuesday Bingo with Drag Queens, and wet underwear contests.  The best gay clubs in Chicago have a variety of lounge and dancing rooms with a different ambiance in each one.