Rush & Division

Nightlife Area
Rush & Division 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... Chicago United States 41.903874 -87.628691
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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

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Party Earth Rush & Division Review

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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...

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.

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Tip from Lucas:

Check out the site Rush & Division – it has a comprehensive list of events and specials for a bunch of popular Rush and Division bars.

  • Crowd

    College kids, suburbanites, bachelor and bachelorette parties, frat boys and sorority girls, and older businessmen on the prowl, mostly 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    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.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for a raucous vibe that lasts well into the next morning.

  • Close By

    A few blocks east is Oak Street Beach, the preferred beach of the moneyed Gold Coast crowd.

Rush & Division User Reviews

Average rating:
Eh? Meh.
Matt H. Mar 30, 2013
Not as great as people make it seem. For one it's where all the tourists go. The food is overpriced and so are the drinks. Most places serve food barely above par regular bar food. At night it's considered a place where middle age men go hit on young girls. A lot of money flows through here. If your new to town avoid this area. It's a trap. Not all the area is bad. It has a handful bars like The Snuggery and Mcfaddens that have a sense of hipness to them.  If your on the magnificent mile it's a nice place to get side tracked and have a meal, but besides that it's nothing special.
Nope.
Brinda G. Dec 10, 2012
My friend used to be a car valet at a Rush St. bar, and he said, "This street makes me doubt God." I won't guarantee you'll hate it, but you’ll probably be very irritated, unless you are one of the following: 1) creepy old dude, 2) drunk person from the suburbs, 3) gold-digger. If you have the misfortune of walking around here sober on a Friday or Saturday night, you’ll likely see a lot of fake-tan mobs of people yell at each other and get into all sorts of bad behavior. During the day, I can deal with it, especially since there are good shops, like Anthropologie and Puma, in the neighborhood. That’s the only nice thing I can say about it!
Amazing cars, less awesome people
Christina W. Dec 10, 2012
I don't spend a lot of time in the Gold Coast because, in general, the people who spend time there irritate me too much. It's mostly a wealthier crowd, young and old alike, who are there to see and be seen. I certainly don't fit in that category, so I don't really like being judged by that crowd. However, it can be really fun to window shop here. WIth super upscale boutiques like Hermes and Bulgari on each corner, there are plenty of beautiful and shiny things to catch your eye. My favorite part of the this intersection is the nearby Lamborghini and Bentley dealerships. It is amazing to stare at those cars, and occasionally you'll even see one parked outside on the street!
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