Party Earth Review Situated inside the massive 88,000-square-foot Flat Iron Arts Building, Debonair Social Club features a roster of rotating theme nights and performances that aim to blend art, music, and fashion. Splashed in hot pink and electric blue lights, along with dizzying black and white stripes painted on most of the walls, the ... read full review of Debonair Social Club
Party Earth Review Entering Emporium Arcade Bar is like taking a step back into childhood, where frustrations brewed over unsaved princesses, Q*bert blew projectiles out his nose, and the only way to kill monsters was to over-inflate them with a bicycle pump. Anyone who doesn’t get those references should ask their parents. With exposed ... more
Party Earth Review Under the skull-and-crossbones sign and past the crowd of Mohawk-rocking punks, a small graffitied door leads to Exit, Chicago’s self-proclaimed original punk bar since 1981. Once inside, studded-leather regulars are blasted by a DJ spinning anything from classic punk to heavy metal, as tattooed girls in corsets and cut ... more
Party Earth Review Half upscale sports bar, half restaurant, and one hundred percent not the typical Division Street hipster locale, The Fifty/50 draws a loyal clientele of sports fans, young professionals, and college students. Two large TVs strategically positioned in the sidewalk seating area broadcast the latest sports scores, beckoning ... more
Party Earth Review A sports bar, a politician’s hangout, a place for home-cooked grub, and a friendly neighborhood dive all coexist at Schaller’s Pump, and have for longer than at any other watering hole in town. Established in 1881, the joint survived prohibition as a speakeasy, was the favored drinking den of five Chicago mayors (and counting ... read full review of Schaller's Pump
Party Earth Review Tucked away on the southern end of Michigan Avenue, Billy Goat Tavern – known for being not only the subject of several Saturday Night Live sketches but also the epicenter of the infamous Cubs curse – has been drawing in a diverse crowd for burgers and beer since 1934. Neon lights point patrons down to the subterranean ... more
Party Earth Review The city’s premier beer and bacon bar, Paddy Long’s is a popular hangout for a mixed crowd of young Lincoln Park hipsters and older regulars on a first-name basis with the owner – a Dublin native who is often also the bartender. Usually low-key and welcoming, this Irish-style pub features craft beers and a menu that would ... more
Party Earth Review Opened in 1937 and still sporting the same name and style, The California Clipper is one of the oldest bars in Chicago. Located a bit off the beaten path in an area of Humboldt Park dotted by auto shops and abandoned buildings, the venue is a retro southern bar known for its grape soda cocktails, jazz and country music ... 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.