Party Earth Review The Empty Bottle has been serving up $5 drink combos and live music seven nights a week since it first opened in 1992, featuring a jam-packed calendar of events ranging from jazz and rock to experimental noise. The venue’s deceptively small exterior hides a spacious three-roomed space decked out in concert posters and packed ... read full review of The Empty Bottle
Party Earth Review Although Lakeview and adjoining North Center are no longer dominated by German immigrants like they once were, the old country lives on at Resi’s Bierstube, a bar and restaurant that keeps nostalgic couples, hardcore hops lovers, and laid-back hipsters well-supplied with bratwurst and beer. The dim space appears to have ... more
Party Earth Review Free nightly concerts and an intense but unpretentious dedication to mixology distinguish The Whistler, a small bar popular with a young crowd of hipsters, musicians, and connoisseurs of classic cocktails. Once patrons pass through the door hidden in the storefront façade – which doubles as a gallery featuring an ever-changing ... more
Party Earth Review Whiskey and ribs is the name of the game at PitchFork Food & Saloon, which has nothing to do with the famous music festival but a lot to do with down-home grub and grog. The venue is certainly more polished than the average road house – two cavernous rooms with lots of hardwood and exposed brick – but daily specials make ... more
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 ... read full review of Piece
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
Party Earth Review Constructed of old brick and sandwiched against a neighboring restaurant, The Matchbox is a dive bar that looks a lot like its name. All the same, this tiny, tapering corner venue – only three feet wide at its narrowest point – boasts more than thirty varieties of bottled beer, from microbrews to rare French imports, not ... more
Party Earth Review On a stretch of Clark Street next to Wrigley Field where almost every business is a sports bar, Red Ivy – named for the iconic ivy on the stadium’s outfield wall – fits right in, albeit with a slightly more upscale, club-like vibe bolstered by its vaulted ceiling, sultry red lighting, and weekend DJs. Comparatively mellow ... 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.