Party Earth Review A Chicago staple since 1936, the Rainbo Club is a cozy one-room venue popular with a creative clientele of artists, musicians, and hipsters. Ambient blues and folk music set the tone in the spare space, whose small stage... ... read full review
1150 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
Red Line: Clark/Division; Blue Line: Damen
M–F, Su 4pm–2am, Sa 4pm–3am
Ukrainian Village, Chicago –
A Chicago staple since 1936, the Rainbo Club is a cozy one-room venue popular with a creative clientele of artists, musicians, and hipsters.
Ambient blues and folk music set the tone in the spare space, whose small stage – which has hosted everything from burlesque performances to dueling pianos – now showcases a rotating display of works by local artists.
Although a handful of small booths offer a place for groups of friends to chat over pitchers and $3 beers, most of the laid-back patrons are content to grab their drinks at the enclosed bar and then mill around, while a few clusters of jovial hipsters huddle around the arcade machines.
Patrons looking for their moment in the spotlight can make their way to the well-worn photo booth, and then hope to be included in the venue’s yearly calendar, a popular freebie featuring the boisterous faces of tipsy guests.
A stalwart supporter of the arts and a haven for creative types and performers, Rainbo provides a comfortable, casual, and inviting atmosphere that has cemented its place as one of Ukrainian Village’s true neighborhood bars.
A sophisticated mix of local artists and musicians, graduate students, art appreciators, and hipsters, late 20s to late 30s.
Ambient music including contemporary jazz, blues, folk rock, and oldies. Occasional DJs during the week and Sunday afternoons. Three arcade games. Photo booth, and accompanying free calendar of patrons’ photos.
Cash only. ATM on site.
Beer $2–$4.50, shots $3.25–$7, mixed drinks $3.25–$4.
Hipster/grad student casual: plaid button-downs, sweaters, cardigans, embellished tank tops.
Weekend evenings for a conversational standing-room-only crowd.
Jerry’s (1938 West Division Street) offers stomach-coating comfort food, perfect before heading to Rainbo Club.