Party Earth Review With lots of glowing flat-screens beckoning to Cubs fans, daily specials luring the budget-minded, and a big seasonal beer garden perfect for open air drinking, Vines on Clark fits right into the Wrigleyville bar scene without being (entirely) about baseball. A long wooden bar with a mirrored back lines the right side ... read full review of Vines on Clark
Party Earth Review Centrally located in the wild Wrigleyville bar scene and just steps away from famed Wrigley Field, Sluggers manages to combine a sports theme, dueling pianos, a stripper pole, and indoor batting cages to create a one-stop venue for drinking and entertainment. On the main floor, sports fans and fraternity types set up camp ... more
Party Earth Review Biker décor, a massive beer and whiskey selection, and porn are probably among the first details regulars would use to describe the Twisted Spoke, though that’s not all this popular West Town hangout has to offer. Opened in 1995 as an ironically self-proclaimed “family biker bar,” the venue sports a rusted metal façade ... more
Party Earth Review Founded in 1989 by multi-talented Chicago native Lonie Walker – who still helms the house Bad Ass Company Band – Underground Wonder Bar touts a packed calendar of nightly performances geared to soothe the soul, feed the funk, and make a whole lotta toes tap. A small sidewalk patio provides guests with some fresh air ... more
Party Earth Review Established by the owners of LM, a well-regarded nearby French restaurant, Troquet takes a corner bar space and puts a cozy European twist on Chicago’s usual neighborhood tavern. Huge front windows – left completely open in warm weather – help offset the claustrophobia of consistent crowds, allowing the ever-present aroma ... read full review of Troquet
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 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 ... more
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
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.