Bars and Clubs in Chicago

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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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    Vintage Lounge - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Located on a stretch of Taylor Street that largely caters to students from nearby University of Illinois at Chicago, Vintage Lounge is an upscale but unpretentious bar offering diverse pub fare and a long list of cocktails. Exposed brick, stained glass chandeliers, and high-backed chairs give a nod to the bar’s prohibition ... more

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    George Street Pub - Beer Garden | Gastropub | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Despite its unassuming brick façade and location on a desolate stretch of North Halsted Street, George Street Pub has managed to garner a loyal following of area yuppies and affluent locals since opening in early 2011. Situated between the bustling neighborhoods of Lincoln Park and Lakeview, the upscale yet laid-back gastropub ... more

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    Hopleaf Bar - Bar | Pub | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Popular with an amiable bunch of grad students and young professionals bent on conversation, the modest Hopleaf Bar harbors an intense dedication to beer, and lots of it. Every night, the worn wooden tables and booths on the first floor quickly fill up with easygoing patrons pouring over the selection of more than two hundred ... more

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    WestEnd - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Classy WestEnd entices hardcore hockey and basketball fans to slide onto rich, brown leather stools and benches that line this 5,000 square-foot bar, while they gaze lovingly at thirty-three TVs tuned exclusively to sports. Framed Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls jerseys serve as wall art, while a prominent strobe ... more

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    Vines on Clark - Beer Garden | Restaurant | Rooftop Bar | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review With lots of glowing flat-screens beckoning to Cubs fans, daily specials luring the budget-minded, and a big seasonal beer garden perfect for open air drinking, Vines on Clark fits right into the Wrigleyville bar scene without being (entirely) about baseball. A long wooden bar with a mirrored back lines the right side ... 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:

    WestEnd - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Houndstooth Saloon - Sports Bar in Chicago.

    20s / Bar Food

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

    20s / Bar

    Benchmark - Bar | Beer Garden | Restaurant | Rooftop Bar 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:

    Enclave - Club in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

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

    20s / 30s

    Studio Paris - Club | Lounge in Chicago.

    A-list / Blazers

    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:

    Elbo Room - Bar | Live Music Venue in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Liar's Club - Bar | Club in Chicago.

    20s / 40s

    Fountainhead - Gastropub in Chicago.

    30s / 40s

    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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Explore Chicago Bars and Clubs by Neighborhood

Lincoln Park

Lilly's Bar - Bar | Live Music Venue 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

Lakeview

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

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