Party Earth Review Classy WestEnd entices hardcore hockey and basketball fans to slide onto rich, brown leather stools and benches that line this 5,000 square-foot bar, while they gaze lovingly at thirty-three TVs tuned exclusively to sports. Framed Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls jerseys serve as wall art, while a prominent strobe ... read full review of WestEnd
Party Earth Review Located in the upscale Sax Hotel, Crimson Lounge is a swanky River North hotspot reminiscent of a Victorian mansion, complete with rich walnut floors, intricate chandeliers, and a permanent wash of the sultry color from which it gets its name. Well-dressed couples and wealthy young friends relax on embroidered settees next ... more
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
Party Earth Review Founded in 1968 as one of Chicago’s first blues clubs, Kingston Mines has stood witness to more than a few big players in the industry wailing about how their woman left them. Playbills from past performances, old photos of legendary singers, and vintage murals of African American history dot the room, while mismatched ... more
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 ... read full review of D.O.C. Wine Bar
Party Earth Review Popular watering hole The Lion Head Pub manages to draw a clientele as diverse as its Lincoln Park surroundings, from broke students and rowdy sports fans to clubbers pre-gaming before adjourning to the sister nightclub upstairs. Starving college kids and budget-conscious button-downs gather early in the evening to devour ... more
Party Earth Review Developed by the same company behind other classy sports-centric watering holes like WestEnd and Gaslight, Brownstone is an energetic sports bar popular with diehard Texas and Butler University fans. A notch more sophisticated than much of the competition in nearby Wrigleyville, the venue features bronze fixtures, wrought ... more
Party Earth Review Irish bars are hardly a rarity in Chicago, but Corcoran’s Grill & Pub avoids cookie-cutter stereotypes with lots of outdoor seating and a crowd that’s as much burgeoning funnymen as Boddingtons-seeking boozers, thanks to its proximity to Second City. The venue truly shines in summer, with its sidewalk terrace in front ... 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.