Party Earth Review Young party-lovers from all over Chicago feel right at home at The Apartment, at least judging by how they pack into this cover charge-free party spot on the few nights a week it’s open. Tricked out in home décor, the... ... read full review
2251 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Brown, Purple, Red Lines: Fullerton
Th–F 10pm–2am, Sa 10pm–3am
Lincoln Park, Chicago –
Young party-lovers from all over Chicago feel right at home at The Apartment, at least judging by how they pack into this cover charge-free party spot on the few nights a week it’s open.
Tricked out in home décor, the second floor venue – owned and operated by the same guys behind The Lion Head Pub on the first floor – features a retro kitchen area-turned-bar complete with a fridge, bathtub, and other scattered appliances.
A moose head above the fake fireplace overlooks an active dance floor full of tipsy twenty-somethings, most of whom spend the night gyrating to DJ-driven hits beneath beams of bright psychedelic lights.
Velvety curtains hide a second room replete with wide couches that beckon to frisky couples as the night wears on, while a shadowy platform in one corner is home to a big bed and more cozy seating.
Post-frat types in collared shirts and made-up good girls looking to be bad wave down servers, who roam the club with shot trays laden with drinks like the Piece of Ass and Captain Orgasm, as bra-clad go-go girls provide sweet eye candy from their platform perches.
Thursdays offer up some of the cheapest club drinks in town, while hungry patrons can always venture downstairs to devour some hearty pub grub at the Lion.
Once they get through the line out front, the energy inside The Apartment accommodates the needs of booze-filled young Chicagoans looking for a party to crash.
Dance happy/dolled-up/preppy/drunken college kids, chic party girls, post-frat types, Jersey Shore lookalikes, and a smattering of skeevy old dudes, 20s.
DJ spins a mix of Top 40 and house music. Go-go dancers most nights.
No food served, but Lion’s Head Pub downstairs has traditional pub grub.
Beer $5–$6, wine $5–$7, cocktails and rails $6–$12.
Preppy to skimpy sexy: collared shirts, designer jeans, button-downs, party tops, miniskirts, flats. Dress code can be fairly relaxed but at doorman’s discretion. Hats generally not advised.
Venue is consistently packed the three nights it’s open, but Saturdays promise the longest line outside and craziest scene inside.
Fuze (2242 North Lincoln Avenue) is a three-level club that has a similar energy and offers lots of drink specials.