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Chicago Clubs, Bars, Restaurants, Events, and Nightlife

With a proud sports tradition and a history steeped in beer, Chicago is a city where arguments over draft picks are easy to start and neighborhood bars are easy to find. That’s not to say this traditional Midwestern town isn’t incredibly diverse and cosmopolitan too – in fact, it’s an important center of both business and culture, and offers nightlife options that range from out-of-this-world blues concerts to out-of-this-tax-bracket clubs and lounges.

And although its reputation for harsh winters is well-deserved, Chicago is ultimately a year-round city, with plenty of things to do like great shopping, restaurants, parks, and sports to help anyone survive the icy winds from Lake Michigan until the celebrated summer returns.

A truly varied city with seventy-seven distinct neighborhoods, Chicago has places and events to suit every person and every mood.

Iconic landmarks like the Willis Tower and the John Hancock building dot its exalted skyline, and an efficient public transportation system makes it easy to get – in a matter of minutes – from some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country to some of the hippest enclaves.

At the same time, great live music famously fills the air every night, so if a classic downtown blues joint doesn’t sound quite right, then rock, country, and everything in between can be heard bursting from bar-front windows just blocks away.

But beneath the glamorous buildings and bumping beats, it is the millions of proud, sports-loving, beer-toting residents who have turned this bustling city into the undeniable epicenter of the Midwest social scene.

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  1. Lucas

    Sports? Pub crawls? Rowdy bars? Good beer? Then check out these suggestions from Lucas:

    Sluggers - Piano Bar | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Crossing - Beer Garden | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Halligan Bar - Irish Pub | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Moe's Cantina - Bar | Restaurant in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Lucas Likes: Beer Sports Rowdy Casual Anything goes Bar Flirty

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  2. Adriana

    Exclusive hotspots? Chic crowds? Bottle service? Posh shopping? Then check out these suggestions from Adriana:

    The Aviary - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in Chicago.

    Affluent / Ambient

    Arami - Japanese Restaurant in Chicago.

    30s / 40s

    Magnificent Mile - Landmark | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in Chicago.

    20s and up / Affluent

    Adriana Likes: Exclusive Nightclub Fashion Forward Shopping Jetsetter Lounge Hotel Bar High End / Exclusive

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  3. Jonah

    Eclectic crowds? Authentic bars? Live music? Nothing mainstream? Then check out these suggestions from Jonah:

    Lincoln Hall - Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Paddy Long's - Bar | Irish Pub in Chicago.

    30s / 40s

    Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar - Bar | Restaurant | Wine Bar in Chicago.

    Alternative Music / Anything goes

    The Whistler - Cocktail Bar | Live Music Venue | Lounge in Chicago.

    20s / Acoustic

    Jonah Likes: Live Music Eclectic Indie Alternative Non-mainstream Laid back Conversational Creative / Art / Music Types

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  4. Emma

    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

    Emma Likes: Happy Hour Culture Dancing Lively Budget-friendly Sightseeing Party Groups

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  • High Energy
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