The Apartment

Bar / Club
The Apartment The Apartment in Chicago's Lincoln Park attracts a vibrant club crowd looking to let loose. Don your sexiest, prime your liver, & get to Party Earth Chicago. Chicago United States 41.923137 -87.6452892
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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

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple, Red Lines: Fullerton

  • Phone:

    773-348-5100

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  • Hours:

    Th–F 10pm–2am, Sa 10pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Apartment Review

The Scene

The Apartment in Chicago's Lincoln Park attracts a vibrant club crowd looking to let loose. Don your sexiest, prime your liver, & get to Party Earth 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.

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Tip from Emma:

With no cover charge (ever!) and a fun crowd, The Apartment is perfect for a night out dancing with the girls. Get the weekend started early and check out their half-off Thursday specials, when many drinks are only $2 or $3 all night long!

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJ spins a mix of Top 40 and house music. Go-go dancers most nights.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food served, but Lion’s Head Pub downstairs has traditional pub grub.

  • Prices

    Beer $5–$6, wine $5–$7, cocktails and rails $6–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    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.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Venue is consistently packed the three nights it’s open, but Saturdays promise the longest line outside and craziest scene inside.

  • Close By

    Fuze (2242 North Lincoln Avenue) is a three-level club that has a similar energy and offers lots of drink specials.

The Apartment User Reviews

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Pre-Game at the Apartment
Rachel S. Feb 25, 2013
While you will probably want some drinks in you beforehand, the Apartment is a convenient place to get your night started. Never pay a cover charge. The line moves quickly to get in (and they are courteous enough to provide heat lamps -- bonus!). The Apartment is just as comfortable as your place, so skip the drinking games and come out and dance to the DJ's Top 40 mix. It's easy to navigate around the oval bar, but you may have to wait a little longer than necessary to get a drink with only three bartenders serving a packed bar. Plenty of seating is available if that's your go-to spot, but honestly, you should be dancing. And if you decide the Apartment isn't your scene, its convenient location on Lincoln allows you to bar-hop without wasting your night. I would give it 2.5 stars if that was an option. You will definitely have a decent time, and it's verging on being one of your regular spots.
The Apartment: Newly Rehabbed
Amara L. Oct 3, 2012
This bar/nightclub is amazingly decorated like a home, with couches and a bed for your sitting pleasure. The layout and atmosphere make it easy to meet new people as this "apartment" is surrounded with candles and fireplaces and several bars to order from. The venue offers a DJ and small light show to entertain a dancefloor, not to mention weekend go-go dancers to get the party started! The crowd you'd find at this location is mostly college, casually dressed mid 20's. But don't feel embarrassed going in your finest club attire, as many people use this spot as meeting grounds before starting the night and even end up staying the whole night! This location is definitely a hit or miss, depending on what kind of night your planning, but its worth checking out the layout and decor if it is your first time visiting. Worse comes to worse, lion head pub, a local favorite, is conveniently located right down stairs!
A guilty pleasure
Chris M. Aug 16, 2012
The Apartment is decorated like an apartment. Very clever. On weekend nights the place is pretty packed and is definitely full of stereotypical Lincoln Park 20 somethings. There is a lot of bad dancing going on and the music is just okay. The place is huge and it is easy to wander around for a while if you lose your friends going to the bathroom. Those are all things that would normally make me not like a place, but for some reason it is a lot of fun. It really is a guilty pleasure that you don't want to admin but for some reason you keep playing Call Me Maybe on your ipod. The Apartment can also be available for private parties on some nights if you have a big enough group, and then it is a really cool spot. I went to one event here and helped organize and the staff was very friendly and accommodating throughout the whole process. With the place not completely packed we were able to enjoy all the little decorative apartment-like touches and there are a lot of nooks for groups to hang out.
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