Bars and Clubs in Chicago

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    PitchFork Food & Saloon - Bar | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Whiskey and ribs is the name of the game at PitchFork Food & Saloon, which has nothing to do with the famous music festival but a lot to do with down-home grub and grog. The venue is certainly more polished than the average road house – two cavernous rooms with lots of hardwood and exposed brick – but daily specials make ... more

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    Wall mural at The Flat Iron in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review With a rich history in the arts and music scene, The Flat Iron, formerly the live music venue The Blue Note, draws a dedicated community of creative patrons. The giant face of a skull immediately greets guests upon entering – usually accompanied by the deafening sounds of Black Sabbath from the jukebox – while murals by ... more

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    The Hangge-Uppe  - Bar | Club in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Marked by a sign with the image of a happy man hugging records and a tagline promising “the most fun you won’t remember,” The Hangge Uppe has been a prime Gold Coast spot for drinking, dancing – and more drinking – since 1973. A few stumbling steps from the wild bar scene of Division Street, the mostly 80s-themed bi-level ... more

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    Hüettenbar - Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Located along a busy stretch of Lincoln Avenue called Karl Laschet Straße, Hüettenbar is a popular bar in a neighborhood known for its rich German-American past. Featuring murals of the homeland, plenty of grumpy regulars named Klaus, and a large selection of beers – most with umlauts in their names – the venue is also ... more

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  • Restaurant / Sports Bar

    Red Ivy - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    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 ... more

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    Hungry Brain - Dive Bar | Pub in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Named after the bar in the 1960s Jerry Lewis film Visit to a Small Planet, Hungry Brain is a relaxed neighborhood dive that’s as quirky as Lewis himself. Patrons enter through what looks like a derelict storefront and into a large open room full of random sofas and chairs, from cracked leather davenports to plastic cafeteria ... 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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  1. Lucas

    Sports? Pub crawls? Rowdy bars? Good beer? Then check out these suggestions from Lucas:

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    Exclusive hotspots? Chic crowds? Bottle service? Posh shopping? Then check out these suggestions from Adriana:

    Adriana Likes: Exclusive Nightclub Fashion Forward Shopping Jetsetter Lounge Hotel Bar High End / Exclusive

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    Eclectic crowds? Authentic bars? Live music? Nothing mainstream? Then check out these suggestions from Jonah:

    Jonah Likes: Live Music Eclectic Indie Alternative Non-mainstream Laid back Conversational Creative / Art / Music Types

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  4. Emma

    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

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