Bars and Clubs in Chicago

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  • Live Music Venue / Lounge / Sports Bar

    Joe's Bar - Live Music Venue | Lounge | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Located in an old warehouse on dimly-lit Weed Street, Joe’s Bar is a colossal 20,000-square-foot palace of sports, live music, and private parties. Jocks and fraternity types in athletic gear sit at the long steel bar in the front room under nine monstrous flat-screens and a chaotic sea of framed jerseys and college banners ... more

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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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  • Restaurant / Sports Bar

    P.J. Clarke's - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review A classic tavern where the typical dad would hang out with his buds to watch the Bears, P.J. Clarke’s offers a chill vibe and plentiful comfort food, two ingredients that have made it a casual mainstay in the competitive – and ritzy – Gold Coast neighborhood. A halo of neon over large open windows lights up the front door ... more

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  • Club / Lounge

    Crimson Lounge - Club | Lounge in Chicago.

    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

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  • Bar / Live Music Venue

    Elbo Room - Bar | Live Music Venue in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Although named for its location at the corner nook of three intersecting streets, Elbo Room could just as easily refer to what is not available inside, considering the crowds that pack in for the venue’s live music offerings seven nights a week. Beat up booths line the industrial gray brick walls on the ground floor, including ... more

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  • Bar / Pub

    Map Room exterior during the day

    Party Earth Review Self-styled as a place for weary travelers to kick back and share tales of the road, Map Room is indeed a relaxed and comfy hangout popular with both daily regulars and adventurous tourists who have heard of the pub through the “beervine.” Opened in 1992, the owners made it their mission to encourage an unfailing love ... 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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