Bars and Clubs in Chicago

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    Nacional 27 - Club | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review True to its name, Nacional 27 brings to Chicago a little bit of flavor from all twenty-seven countries in Latin America, drawing a diverse crowd of trendy, fun-loving partygoers eager to follow the venue’s motto of “Eat. Drink. Dance.” Somewhat removed from the loud and rowdy club scene of nearby Hubbard Street, this upscale ... more

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    In Fine Spirits - Lounge | Wine Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Right at home among the quaint brunch spots, casual ethnic restaurants, and quirky boutiques that call Andersonville home, In Fine Spirits is a cozy wine bar that exudes sophistication without exhausting patrons’ wallets. The space is bright and minimally decorated, with low lounge chairs and simple tables scattered down ... more

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    Matilda - Bar | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review A low-key oasis in the college- and sports-heavy Clark/Belmont area, Matilda‘s management stresses a 23+ age preference, but that doesn’t mean the “old folk” regulars don’t know how to party…they just do it with better booze. The spacious upstairs bar is designed with an upscale flea market aesthetic, with scattered picture ... more

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    The Violet Hour - Bar | Lounge in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Camouflaged behind a colorful plank façade adorned with an ever-changing display of graffiti art, The Violet Hour offers an unexpected touch of upscale luxury to a neighborhood better known for dive bars and hipster hangouts. A series of dark blue floor-to-ceiling curtains part to reveal the various rooms of the venue ... more

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

    Party Earth Review The famed burgers are almost all named for heavy metal bands, so patrons at Kuma’s Corner are as likely to hear Black Sabbath as they are to eat it. BDSM and pinup artwork line the orange walls of this always-hopping single-room joint, though most of the artsy portraits aren’t as tatted as the regular metal heads and punk ... more

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    Troquet - Bar | Bistro | French Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Established by the owners of LM, a well-regarded nearby French restaurant, Troquet takes a corner bar space and puts a cozy European twist on Chicago’s usual neighborhood tavern. Huge front windows – left completely open in warm weather – help offset the claustrophobia of consistent crowds, allowing the ever-present aroma ... 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:

    Moe's Cantina - Bar | Restaurant in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

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

    20s / 30s

    Sheffield's - Bar | Restaurant in Chicago.

    30s / Alternative Music

    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:

    Studio Paris - Club | Lounge in Chicago.

    A-list / Blazers

    The Aviary - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in Chicago.

    Affluent / Ambient

    Cuvée - Bar | Lounge in Chicago.

    Affluent / Bar

    Enclave - Club in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    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:

    Beat Kitchen - Bar | Live Music Venue | Pizza Place in Chicago.

    18 and over / Acoustic

    The Mutiny - Dive Bar | Live Music Venue in Chicago.

    20s / 80s Music

    Double Door - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Paddy Long's - Bar | Irish Pub 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

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

Lakeview

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

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