Bars and Clubs in Chicago

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    House of Blues Chicago - Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review A maze of function rooms, dining areas, and two stages support the House of Blues’ reputation for great music, good grub, and a packed house practically every night. Swaggering locals may decry the chain aspect – there are thirteen locations and counting – but seeing as the venue pulls in big names covering a range of ... more

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    Four Moon Tavern - Bar | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Looking much like the quaint single-family homes that surround it, Four Moon Tavern is a much-loved neighborhood den of beer and belly-warming fare. Wood-paneled walls and the lengthy front bar make up most of the earth-toned front room, where stained glass mermaids mix with vintage neon signs, scattered children’s books ... more

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    The Temple Bar - Irish Pub | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Daily specials, European sports, live bands, and even a drunken karaoke session are all part of The Temple Bar package, making it a solid neighborhood go-to for all manner of liquor seekers. It’s obvious the pub’s Irish owner Patrick (of course) sought to give the place a European feel – the fire ... 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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    Fish Bar - Bar | Seafood Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review The Midwest is miles from the salty ocean shores, so the hungriest sailors rely on Fish Bar, Lakeview’s interpretation of the New England crab shack. Sky blue exterior walls with a giant fish painted over the brick lure in many inquisitive seafoodies, while the ever-rotating selection of freshly caught grub keeps regulars ... more

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    Blue Frog's Local 22 - Karaoke Bar | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Renovated in 2011 by Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, Blue Frog’s Local 22 is a sports and karaoke bar featuring a snazzy sports design and a menu of organic meats and locally brewed beer. Bright neon signs and twenty TVs tuned to sports cast a flickering light over the rowdy crowd of college kids playing drinking games with every ... 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:

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

    20s / 30s

    The Cedar Hotel - Bar | Beer Garden | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Bar / Bar Food

    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

    Fountainhead - Gastropub in Chicago.

    30s / 40s

    Kuma's Corner - Bar | Burger Joint | Restaurant in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Lilly's Bar - Bar | Live Music Venue in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    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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