Bars and Clubs in Chicago

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    Exit - Bar in Chicago.

    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

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  • Dive Bar / Live Music Venue

    The Empty Bottle - Dive Bar | Live Music Venue in Chicago.

    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 ... more

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    Ravens - Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review When other drinking dens dim the lights and lock their doors, patrons migrate to Ravens, a late-night bar that caters to young revelers with enough reserves to keep the party going. But the ability to drink till dawn isn’t the only reason folks fly to this Lincoln Park dive. Weather permitting, a small beer garden attracts ... 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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  • Bar / Burger Joint / Restaurant

    The Bad Apple - Bar | Burger Joint | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review A haven for beer and burger lovers, neighborhood favorite The Bad Apple combines a sizeable drinks list with a gut-busting menu of gourmet beef sure to satiate even the hungriest hipster, college student, or area yuppie. Sure, there are a few fancy sandwiches available like seared pork belly and braised brisket, but most ... more

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  • Irish Pub / Restaurant / Sports Bar

    Cork & Kerry at the Park - Irish Pub | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review While Cubs fans in Wrigleyville enjoy dozens of bars steps from Wrigley Field, White Sox fans in Bridgeport face a much sparser selection. One oasis in the Southpaw’s desert, however, is Cork and Kerry at the Park, an Irish-themed pub that opened in 2010, and whose sister establishment has been pouring drafts for south ... 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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    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

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