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 ... read full review of Exit
Party Earth Review A combination bar, restaurant, and music venue developed by the same group behind Schubas Tavern, Lincoln Hall offers live alternative, indie, rock, or acoustic concerts every night, as well as laid-back dining and drinking. Located in the heart of thriving Lincoln Park, the 8,400-square-foot venue features a roster of ... more
Party Earth Review Daily specials, European sports, live bands, and even a drunken karaoke session are all part of The Temple Bar package, making it a solid neighborhood go-to for all manner of liquor seekers. It’s obvious the pub’s Irish owner Patrick (of course) sought to give the place a European feel – the fire ... more
Party Earth Review With treats like bacon fat popcorn, cheddar ale soup, and a lengthy list of freshly brewed beers, Revolution Brewing does little to incite rebellion – and a whole lot to fill the belly. The warehouse-turned-brewpub is easy to spot, both due to its size and the Communist Russia-era logo of a raised fist clutching ... more
Party Earth Review If the name doesn’t give it away, the muffled sounds of live music mixed with the smell of pizza should clue first-time visitors in to Beat Kitchen’s double identity as a restaurant and live music venue. Serving up fresh pies and lots of sandwiches and large salads, the place is a magnet for folks who aren’t even there ... read full review of Beat Kitchen
Party Earth Review For Lincoln Park denizens in need of affordable booze and a place to catch the game, the luck of the Irish doesn’t come much faster than at Halligan Bar. Beers are rarely more than a few dollars, over a dozen flat-screens make it hard to find a bad seat in the house, and floor-to-ceiling windows – left wide open in summer ... more
Party Earth Review The subtle sensibilities of a speakeasy unite with modern appreciation of sport at Clover Sports & Leisure, a chill bar with a diehard dedication to University of Iowa football. That’s not to imply other games can’t be found there, what with more than a dozen flat-screens lining both sides of the ... more
Party Earth Review Entering Emporium Arcade Bar is like taking a step back into childhood, where frustrations brewed over unsaved princesses, Q*bert blew projectiles out his nose, and the only way to kill monsters was to over-inflate them with a bicycle pump. Anyone who doesn’t get those references should ask their parents. With exposed ... 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.