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 ... read full review of Crossing
Party Earth Review Mere steps from Wrigley Field and consisting of thirty thousand square feet of drinking and music, The Cubby Bear is a monolithic sports bar dedicated to Cubs fanaticism and live performances ranging from reggae to Grateful Dead tribute bands. Six long bars spread over two floors and more than seventy TVs invite pre-gamers ... more
Party Earth Review Popular with an amiable bunch of grad students and young professionals bent on conversation, the modest Hopleaf Bar harbors an intense dedication to beer, and lots of it. Every night, the worn wooden tables and booths on the first floor quickly fill up with easygoing patrons pouring over the selection of more than two hundred ... more
Party Earth Review Renovated in 2011 by Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, Blue Frog’s Local 22 is a sports and karaoke bar featuring a snazzy sports design and a menu of organic meats and locally brewed beer. Bright neon signs and twenty TVs tuned to sports cast a flickering light over the rowdy crowd of college kids playing drinking games with every ... more
Party Earth Review Inspired by a couple's trip to a wine bar in Spain – and their lassitude about remaining in the litigation world – Webster's Wine Bar is an unpretentious little venue that bottles up a whole world of wine. Whether to vie for the budget-friendly flights, the featured wine, the informative classes, or just to lay waste to ... read full review of Webster's Wine Bar
Party Earth Review In business since 1886 (it was called Schulien’s back then), O’Donovan’s is among the city’s oldest, continuously running taverns. And though it looks as lived in as it does well loved, that doesn’t dampen the energy of the young Cubs fans and friendly yuppies that make up the regular crowd. The space features a narrow ... more
Party Earth Review With lots of glowing flat-screens beckoning to Cubs fans, daily specials luring the budget-minded, and a big seasonal beer garden perfect for open air drinking, Vines on Clark fits right into the Wrigleyville bar scene without being (entirely) about baseball. A long wooden bar with a mirrored back lines the right side ... 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
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.