Party Earth Review Young party-lovers from all over Chicago feel right at home at The Apartment, at least judging by how they pack into this cover charge-free party spot on the few nights a week it’s open. Tricked out in home décor, the second floor venue – owned and operated by the same guys behind The Lion Head Pub on the first floor ... read full review of The Apartment
Party Earth Review The subtle sensibilities of a speakeasy unite with modern appreciation of sport at Clover Sports & Leisure, a chill bar with a diehard dedication to University of Iowa football. That’s not to imply other games can’t be found there, what with more than a dozen flat-screens lining both sides of the ... more
Party Earth Review Tucked into the eastern ridge of Logan Square just a stone’s throw from the rumbling Kennedy Expressway, The Mutiny is a self-described “dive rock bar” that offers free live music, inexpensive drink specials, and frosty thirty-two-ounce steins of beer. Long nights of drinking, a few free rounds of pool, and some very loud ... more
Party Earth Review An offshoot of the adjoining Dunlay’s on Clark restaurant, D.O.C. Wine Bar is an oasis of civilized consumption in a neighborhood better known for its party-hardy post-college crowd. The lounge is almost cocoon-like, featuring a few porthole windows looking out onto noisy Clark Street and a starkly decorated industrial ... more
Party Earth Review A classic tavern where the typical dad would hang out with his buds to watch the Bears, P.J. Clarke’s offers a chill vibe and plentiful comfort food, two ingredients that have made it a casual mainstay in the competitive – and ritzy – Gold Coast neighborhood. A halo of neon over large open windows lights up the front door ... read full review of P.J. Clarke's
Party Earth Review With a rich history in the arts and music scene, The Flat Iron, formerly the live music venue The Blue Note, draws a dedicated community of creative patrons. The giant face of a skull immediately greets guests upon entering – usually accompanied by the deafening sounds of Black Sabbath from the jukebox – while murals by ... more
Party Earth Review Located in Chicago’s famous Boystown neighborhood, The Kit Kat Lounge is a lively spot where stylish gay men and large groups of straight girls sip colorful drinks and enjoy over-the-top tableside drag performances. A throwback to the boisterous supper clubs of the 1940s and old Hollywood glamour, the classy bar and restaurant ... more
Party Earth Review Camouflaged behind a colorful plank façade adorned with an ever-changing display of graffiti art, The Violet Hour offers an unexpected touch of upscale luxury to a neighborhood better known for dive bars and hipster hangouts. A series of dark blue floor-to-ceiling curtains part to reveal the various rooms of the venue ... more
A huge chunk of Chicago’s social life revolves around the residents’ deep love of beer and sports, but it’s not just in the shadow of the stadiums where this bromance of booze and ballgames exists.
There are thousands of bars and clubs in Chicago – dominating every major street and tucked into the quietest residential blocks – so if a home team is playing, it’s a guarantee the game will be on in a nearby drinking establishment. Buckets of bottled beer make it easy to keep the table supplied with rounds of cheap suds, while delicately crafted microbrews show up on tap at even the lowliest dives.
Many gastro-pubs expertly pair food with one of their hundreds of beers, but it’s just as easy to find a hefty slice of deep dish pizza and a Bud. Add to this sudsy cheese-layered mix a fervent post-college energy – fueled by the thousands of Big 10 graduates who swarm the city every year – and party hubs like Rush & Division take on the feel of massive nightly tailgate parties whether there’s a game to go with them or not.
Though bars are easily the most common nightlife destinations, an array of clubs and lounges still draw crowds in the Second City. Chicago is a major hub where the Midwest’s economic and social elite come to live, work, and play, and high-end neighborhoods like River North and the Gold Coast cater to their demands for posh, privileged, and preferential treatment.
Crazy Chicago bars and clubs, chic lounges, and rooftop hotspots provide late-night excitement for the most stylish night owls, and many licenses keep the party going until 5am.