Bars and Clubs in Chicago

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    The Galway Arms - Bar | Irish Pub | Irish Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Were it not for the large sign emblazoned across the stone façade and the two raised outdoor decks overflowing with boisterous patrons when the weather permits, The Galway Arms could easily be mistaken for a classy old house. Inside, this massive bar and restaurant opens into a collection of mini partitioned rooms, all ... more

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    Emporium Arcade Bar - Bar | Arcade in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Entering Emporium Arcade Bar is like taking a step back into childhood, where frustrations brewed over unsaved princesses, Q*bert blew projectiles out his nose, and the only way to kill monsters was to over-inflate them with a bicycle pump. Anyone who doesn’t get those references should ask their parents. With exposed ... more

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    Duke of Perth - Pub | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review With virtually no competition in its category, Duke of Perth’s self-professed declaration as “Chicago’s Scottish Pub” is as unflinching a battle cry as any William Wallace would dare to make. Inside the shadowy space, two rooms sport dark crevices full of hardwood chairs and church pews, all familiar to the buns of long ... more

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    Goose Island - Bar | Brewery | Drinking Activity | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Opened in 1988 as a small upstart, Goose Island has grown into the quintessential Chicago brewery, producing dozens of award-winning beers recognized by almost every Chicagoan and hops-loving tourist alike. Set inside a large warehouse, a full restaurant and bar gives patrons the chance to tank up on grub and suds before ... more

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    Famous cheezborger sign outside Billy Goat Tavern.

    Party Earth Review Tucked away on the southern end of Michigan Avenue, Billy Goat Tavern – known for being not only the subject of several Saturday Night Live sketches but also the epicenter of the infamous Cubs curse – has been drawing in a diverse crowd for burgers and beer since 1934. Neon lights point patrons down to the subterranean ... more

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    The Orbit Room - Lounge | Restaurant | Tiki Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review A strange planet where tiki life meets retro drinking den, The Orbit Room attracts artsy hipsters and blue-collar locals alike looking for updated American pub fare paired with specialty drinks. Mature college students entering the single room lounge head to the leather-padded bar to sip one of the few craft beers on hand ... more

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A huge chunk of Chicago’s social life revolves around the residents’ deep love of beer and sports, but it’s not just in the shadow of the stadiums where this bromance of booze and ballgames exists.

There are thousands of bars and clubs in Chicago – dominating every major street and tucked into the quietest residential blocks – so if a home team is playing, it’s a guarantee the game will be on in a nearby drinking establishment. Buckets of bottled beer make it easy to keep the table supplied with rounds of cheap suds, while delicately crafted microbrews show up on tap at even the lowliest dives.

Many gastro-pubs expertly pair food with one of their hundreds of beers, but it’s just as easy to find a hefty slice of deep dish pizza and a Bud. Add to this sudsy cheese-layered mix a fervent post-college energy – fueled by the thousands of Big 10 graduates who swarm the city every year – and party hubs like Rush & Division take on the feel of massive nightly tailgate parties whether there’s a game to go with them or not.

Though bars are easily the most common nightlife destinations, an array of clubs and lounges still draw crowds in the Second City. Chicago is a major hub where the Midwest’s economic and social elite come to live, work, and play, and high-end neighborhoods like River North and the Gold Coast cater to their demands for posh, privileged, and preferential treatment.

Crazy Chicago bars and clubs, chic lounges, and rooftop hotspots provide late-night excitement for the most stylish night owls, and many licenses keep the party going until 5am.

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  1. Lucas

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

    The Cubby Bear - Live Music Venue | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Red Ivy - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Leader Bar - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Ambient / Average Joes

    Zella - Bar | Beer Garden | Club | Restaurant in Chicago.

    20s / Bar

    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:

    ROOF on theWit - Hotel Bar | Lounge | Restaurant | Rooftop Bar in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Studio Paris - Club | Lounge in Chicago.

    A-list / Blazers

    The Aviary - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in Chicago.

    Affluent / Ambient

    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:

    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:

    DMK Burger Bar - Bar | Burger Joint in Chicago.

    40s / Average Joes

    Halligan Bar - Irish Pub | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    The Hideout - Bar | Live Music Venue in Chicago.

    30s / Cover charge

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

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Explore Chicago Bars and Clubs by Neighborhood

Lincoln Park

Goose Island - Bar | Brewery | Drinking Activity | Restaurant in Chicago. more bars in Lincoln Park

Wicker Park / Bucktown

Debonair Social Club - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue in Chicago. more bars in Wicker Park / Bucktown

River North

Nacional 27 - Club | Restaurant in Chicago. more bars in River North


Elbo Room - Bar | Live Music Venue in Chicago. more bars in Lakeview

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