Party Earth Review Set in the swanky area of Chicago known as the Gold Coast, Rush and Division is an odd mix of flashy, loud, and slightly seedy that features a range of venues from the rowdy bars along Division to the fat-cat steakhouses... ... read full review
Intersection of Rush Street and Division Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Red Line: Clark/Division
Gold Coast, Chicago –
Set in the swanky area of Chicago known as the Gold Coast, Rush and Division is an odd mix of flashy, loud, and slightly seedy that features a range of venues from the rowdy bars along Division to the fat-cat steakhouses on Rush.
The addition of State Street to the west – along with the infamous supply of older men on the prowl – has earned the area the unofficial nickname of The Viagra Triangle, and indeed it’s not unusual to see May-December romances blooming over potent martinis at steakhouses like Morton’s and Gibson’s.
Those who prefer a classier night on the town head to posh nightclubs like Privet and Proof, while partiers in search of a younger scene need only wander a ways down the street, where preppy out-of-towners, hordes of twenty-something suburbanites, and bachelor and bachelorette parties wait in line at raucous bars and clubs like The Hangge-Uppe, Butch McGuire’s, She-Nannigans House of Beer, and The Lodge Tavern.
Most of the venues along Rush and Division would have been termed "singles bars" a couple decades ago, and their focus is still on doing shots, hooking up, and dancing on tables to Top 40, hip-hop, and R&B.
As dawn approaches and the last of the revelers stumble out of late-night eateries Chi-Town Pizza and Tempo Café, the neighborhood prepares to nurse its hangover at brunch spots like Bistro Zinc and P.J. Clarke’s, where bleary-eyed patrons settle in for soothing mimosas.
Mild-mannered by day, Rush and Division shows its true colors by night when neon lights and an energetic vibe create a party atmosphere to satisfy just about everyone, from rowdy to refined.
College kids, suburbanites, bachelor and bachelorette parties, frat boys and sorority girls, and older businessmen on the prowl, mostly 20s to 30s.
Many bars and clubs to choose from, including:
The Hangge-Uppe (14 West Elm Street) and The Hunt Club (1100 North State Street) for a popular twenty-something dance scene.
Sports bar Butch McGuire’s (20 West Division) for a college crowd.
Privet (937 North Rush Street) for an exclusive club experience.
Proof (1045 North Rush Street) for a trendier club vibe.
The area is known for its old-school steakhouses, including:
Morton’s (1050 North State Street).
Gibson’s (1028 North Rush Street).
Tavern on Rush (1031 North Rush Street).
Carmine’s (1043 North Rush Street).
Other options include:
Hugo’s Frog Bar (1024 North Rush Street) for seafood.
Le Colonial (937 North Rush Street) for Vietnamese-French cuisine in a room reminiscent of colonial splendor.
RA Sushi (1139 North State Street) for raw goodness.
Blue Agave (1 West Maple Street) for Tex-Mex.
Late-night options include:
Chi-Town Pizza (11 West Division Street) for slices until 5am.
Tempo Café (6 East Chestnut Street) for hearty diner fare 24/7.
Restaurants are mid-range, with entrées running $20–$30. Bars tend to be on the cheaper side with most drinks well under $10, though they can often have a $5–$10 cover charge.
Depends on destination – casual for most bars: jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, trendy casual; and upscale trendy for restaurants and clubs: dresses, heels, button-downs.
Friday and Saturday nights for a raucous vibe that lasts well into the next morning.
A few blocks east is Oak Street Beach, the preferred beach of the moneyed Gold Coast crowd.