Bars and Clubs in Chicago

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  • Lounge / Wine Bar

    D.O.C. Wine Bar - Lounge | Wine Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review An offshoot of the adjoining Dunlay’s on Clark restaurant, D.O.C. Wine Bar is an oasis of civilized consumption in a neighborhood better known for its party-hardy post-college crowd. The lounge is almost cocoon-like, featuring a few porthole windows looking out onto noisy Clark Street and a starkly decorated industrial ... more

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  • Bar / Irish Pub / Irish Restaurant

    The Galway Arms - Bar | Irish Pub | Irish Restaurant in Chicago.

    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

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  • Bar / Lounge

    The Violet Hour - Bar | Lounge in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Camouflaged behind a colorful plank façade adorned with an ever-changing display of graffiti art, The Violet Hour offers an unexpected touch of upscale luxury to a neighborhood better known for dive bars and hipster hangouts. A series of dark blue floor-to-ceiling curtains part to reveal the various rooms of the venue ... more

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  • Comedy Club

    Second City - Comedy Club in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review With a list of alums that includes everyone from Bill Murray and Jon Belushi to Steve Carell and Tina Fey, Second City is undeniably one of the most influential comedy theaters in the country. Founded in 1959 by a small group of University of Chicago students, the prolific club and its nightly menu of comics, laughs, and ... 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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  • Bar

    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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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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