Party Earth Review The Empty Bottle has been serving up $5 drink combos and live music seven nights a week since it first opened in 1992, featuring a jam-packed calendar of events ranging from jazz and rock to experimental noise. The venue’s deceptively small exterior hides a spacious three-roomed space decked out in concert posters and packed ... read full review of The Empty Bottle
Party Earth Review Part upscale bar, part restaurant, part club, and part bountiful beer garden, Zella is either the greatest thing since sliced bread or is suffering from multiple-personality disorder – either way, patrons come in droves to drink, flirt, and drink some more. A deceivingly small entrance in the simple brick façade leads ... more
Party Earth Review A part of Chicago’s rich jazz and blues history since the late 1970s, Andy’s Jazz Club serves up multiple live sets seven nights a week. Located just two blocks from the tourist magnet Magnificent Mile, the venue draws a good number of out-of-towners looking to cross “Chicago jazz” off their to-do list, although the ever ... more
Party Earth Review A low-key oasis in the college- and sports-heavy Clark/Belmont area, Matilda‘s management stresses a 23+ age preference, but that doesn’t mean the “old folk” regulars don’t know how to party…they just do it with better booze. The spacious upstairs bar is designed with an upscale flea market aesthetic, with scattered picture ... more
Party Earth Review Located on a stretch of Taylor Street that largely caters to students from nearby University of Illinois at Chicago, Vintage Lounge is an upscale but unpretentious bar offering diverse pub fare and a long list of cocktails. Exposed brick, stained glass chandeliers, and high-backed chairs give a nod to the bar’s prohibition ... read full review of Vintage Lounge
Party Earth Review The Beaumont Bar & Grill – more commonly referred to as just Beaumont’s – is open late. As in 5am late. As in, “Screw it, we’re already knee-deep in booze wannah dance” late. Although neon signs and affordable beer hint at the regulars from nearby DePaul University, the front room actually looks like a sedate neighborhood ... 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 The owner of well-known Chicago restaurant MK (think sophisticated American grub at eye-popping prices) and the guy behind national chain Morton’s Steakhouse (over seventy locations and counting) hooked up one night…and their beefy love-child was DMK Burger Bar. Although the restaurant is perpetually busy, anyone expecting ... 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.