Bars and Clubs in Chicago

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    Enclave - Club in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Situated at the far end of an unremarkable parking lot, Enclave is a cavernous dance club where the only indication that something exists behind the unmarked door is the line of sexy twenty-somethings gazing hopefully at the stoic bouncers. Well-dressed clubbers lucky enough to gain entrance to the 15,000-square foot venue ... more

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    Twisted Spoke - Bar | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Biker décor, a massive beer and whiskey selection, and porn are probably among the first details regulars would use to describe the Twisted Spoke, though that’s not all this popular West Town hangout has to offer. Opened in 1995 as an ironically self-proclaimed “family biker bar,” the venue sports a rusted metal façade ... more

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    The Hangge-Uppe  - Bar | Club in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Marked by a sign with the image of a happy man hugging records and a tagline promising “the most fun you won’t remember,” The Hangge Uppe has been a prime Gold Coast spot for drinking, dancing – and more drinking – since 1973. A few stumbling steps from the wild bar scene of Division Street, the mostly 80s-themed bi-level ... more

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  • Pub / Sports Bar

    Lottie's Pub - Pub | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Having gone through multiple owners, names, and clientele over the course of its long history, Lottie’s Pub opened in its current incarnation in 2002, bringing a sporty but casual hangout to this mostly residential neighborhood. Named for a six-foot transvestite who allegedly ran the joint in the thirties, the venue’s ... more

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  • Live Music Venue / Lounge / Sports Bar

    Joe's Bar - Live Music Venue | Lounge | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Located in an old warehouse on dimly-lit Weed Street, Joe’s Bar is a colossal 20,000-square-foot palace of sports, live music, and private parties. Jocks and fraternity types in athletic gear sit at the long steel bar in the front room under nine monstrous flat-screens and a chaotic sea of framed jerseys and college banners ... more

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  • Beer Garden / Restaurant / Sports Bar

    Crossing - Beer Garden | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Although a Jayhawks flag above the front door immediately announces Crossing’s allegiance to the University of Kansas, the cavernous rooms within have space for fans of all colors looking to snag a spot in front of one of the joint’s several dozen TVs. A polished wooden bar decked out in bobble heads and booze is usually ... 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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