Bars and Clubs in Chicago

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    The Long Room - Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Friday and Saturday night visitors attempting to slide past fellow patrons might momentarily curse this laid-back Lakeview haunt, because the Long Room is indeed quite long. The bar alone stretches some sixty feet – about half the entire venue – and there’s barely any room between the barstools and the tiny tables that ... more

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  • Bar / Beer Garden / Restaurant / Rooftop Bar

    Benchmark - Bar | Beer Garden | Restaurant | Rooftop Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Boasting a double distinction as Chicago’s first rooftop beer garden and its first rooftop beer garden with a giant retractable roof, Benchmark draws a lively and amicable crowd of sports fans year round, whether to enjoy the sun and open air or to laugh at the snow on the other side of the glass. A polished and modern ... more

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  • Bar / Pizza Place / Restaurant

    Piece - Bar | Pizza Place | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review A blend of microbrewery and pizzeria, Piece has helped revive the popularity of thin crust pizza in a deep dish city, all the while serving an extensive list of in-house craft beers. A piece of pizza combined with a peace symbol marks the modest entrance to the venue, where groups of hipsters in neon sneakers add colorful ... more

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  • Restaurant / Sports Bar

    Brownstone Tavern & Grill - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Developed by the same company behind other classy sports-centric watering holes like WestEnd and Gaslight, Brownstone is an energetic sports bar popular with diehard Texas and Butler University fans. A notch more sophisticated than much of the competition in nearby Wrigleyville, the venue features bronze fixtures, wrought ... more

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  • Lounge / Restaurant / Tiki Bar

    The Orbit Room - Lounge | Restaurant | Tiki Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review A strange planet where tiki life meets retro drinking den, The Orbit Room attracts artsy hipsters and blue-collar locals alike looking for updated American pub fare paired with specialty drinks. Mature college students entering the single room lounge head to the leather-padded bar to sip one of the few craft beers on hand ... more

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  • Live Music Venue / Pub / Restaurant

    The Abbey Pub & Grill - Live Music Venue | Pub | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Substantially renovated in 2011 by Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, The Abbey Pub & Grill is an Irish pub-meets-concert hall that welcomes patrons with Guinness, guitars, shepherd’s pie, and a good dollop of soccer. Known as The Green Room, the pub/restaurant space sees couples cozying in around candlelit tables with bangers and ... 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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