Bars and Clubs in Chicago

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  • Bar / Irish Pub / Irish Restaurant

    The Galway Arms - Bar | Irish Pub | Irish Restaurant in 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

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  • Bar / Piano Bar / Restaurant

    Howl at the Moon - Bar | Piano Bar | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review For those who rock out in the shower but are too embarrassed to try karaoke, the pianists at Howl at the Moon offer an introvert’s alternative, playing crowd-pleasers late into the night to a packed and raucous crowd always ready to sing along. Both an after-work hangout for business people and a late-night hotspot for ... more

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  • Live Music Venue / Pub / Restaurant

    Quenchers Saloon - Live Music Venue | Pub | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review A solid roster of entertainment ranging from comedy nights and rock performances to acoustic jazz makes Quenchers Saloon a hot ticket for a diverse mix of patrons – and its immense selection of over three hundred beers doesn’t hurt either. Two long and weathered wooden bars give the space a distinct lodge feel, accented ... more

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  • Bar / Live Music Venue / Restaurant

    Lincoln Hall - Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review A combination bar, restaurant, and music venue developed by the same group behind Schubas Tavern, Lincoln Hall offers live alternative, indie, rock, or acoustic concerts every night, as well as laid-back dining and drinking. Located in the heart of thriving Lincoln Park, the 8,400-square-foot venue features a roster of ... more

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  • Piano Bar / Restaurant / Sports Bar

    Sluggers - Piano Bar | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Centrally located in the wild Wrigleyville bar scene and just steps away from famed Wrigley Field, Sluggers manages to combine a sports theme, dueling pianos, a stripper pole, and indoor batting cages to create a one-stop venue for drinking and entertainment. On the main floor, sports fans and fraternity types set up camp ... more

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  • Blues Club / Historic Bar / Jazz Club / Restaurant

    Kingston Mines - Blues Club | Historic Bar | Jazz Club | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Founded in 1968 as one of Chicago’s first blues clubs, Kingston Mines has stood witness to more than a few big players in the industry wailing about how their woman left them. Playbills from past performances, old photos of legendary singers, and vintage murals of African American history dot the room, while mismatched ... more

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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.

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    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

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