Party Earth Review Located at the north end of the swanky Rush Street shopping district, Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse is a Gold Coast neighborhood institution that has been alienating the basic tenets of vegetarianism – and recommended portion size – since 1989. Boasting ice-cold martinis, massive cuts of beef, and desserts that could double ... read full review of Gibson's Bar & Steakhouse
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 Named for its two separate entrances – one for the fans and one for the bands – Double Door is a simple club where music undeniably takes center stage. With its single long bar the only element that takes away from the open wooden dance space and a standing room capacity of only five hundred, it seems incredible that the ... more
Party Earth Review Laid-back vibes and a beer and whiskey selection in the hundreds make Clark Street Ale House a favorite for a wide variety of low-key sippers, at least those who prefer relaxed haunts to the customary amped-up glitz of River North’s watering holes. Passing through the bar’s heavy wooden door, patrons step into a large room ... more
Party Earth Review A maze of function rooms, dining areas, and two stages support the House of Blues’ reputation for great music, good grub, and a packed house practically every night. Swaggering locals may decry the chain aspect – there are thirteen locations and counting – but seeing as the venue pulls in big names covering a range of ... read full review of House of Blues Chicago
Party Earth Review Were it not for the large sign emblazoned across the stone façade and the two raised outdoor decks overflowing with boisterous patrons when the weather permits, The Galway Arms could easily be mistaken for a classy old house. Inside, this massive bar and restaurant opens into a collection of mini partitioned rooms, all ... more
Party Earth Review Despite a preponderance of creative galleries and contemporary boutiques in River North, Moe’s Cantina manages to stand apart from the hipster contingent with a cavernous, upscale space that attracts a preppier crowd than many of its neighbors. Exposed brick, beamed ceilings, and intricate ironwork chandeliers and banisters ... more
Party Earth Review Although the word “lounge” might evoke images of a see-and-be-seen downtown hotspot, Tiny Lounge – located in cute and cozy Lincoln Square – is literally and figuratively far from velvet-roped River North. The lighting is dark, the décor is polished but minimal, and the regulars are a mix of hipsterish yuppies and hipsters ... 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.