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 ... read full review of Red Ivy
Party Earth Review Tuman’s Tavern is a dusky neighborhood joint where amiable after-work regulars, hipsters, and sports fans alike gather for a few low-key pints. Swinging mahogany doors right out of the Old West lead to a softly-lit room, whose embossed burgundy walls, stained glass lamps, and flickering TVs create a hushed saloon environment ... more
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 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
Party Earth Review Located at the south end of the city’s famously ritzy Magnificent Mile, Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is a cavernous sports bar and restaurant with an upscale, minimalist vibe. Floor-to-ceiling windows and dozens of plush white booths around the perimeter provide a cozy spot for tourists and local professionals to enjoy ... read full review of Sweetwater Tavern and Grille
Party Earth Review Were it not for the large sign emblazoned across the stone façade and the two raised outdoor decks overflowing with boisterous patrons when the weather permits, The Galway Arms could easily be mistaken for a classy old house. Inside, this massive bar and restaurant opens into a collection of mini partitioned rooms, all ... more
Party Earth Review Having gone through multiple owners, names, and clientele over the course of its long history, Lottie’s Pub opened in its current incarnation in 2002, bringing a sporty but casual hangout to this mostly residential neighborhood. Named for a six-foot transvestite who allegedly ran the joint in the thirties, the venue’s ... more
Party Earth Review Set atop the 27th floor of a trendy boutique hotel in the heart of downtown, ROOF on theWit boasts an expansive view of Chicago’s glittering skyscrapers – not to mention a good sampling of its see-and-be-seen crowd as well. A dedicated elevator opens into a sprawling main room filled with clusters of low-slung chairs and ... 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.