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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    Schaller's Pump - Historic Bar | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review A sports bar, a politician’s hangout, a place for home-cooked grub, and a friendly neighborhood dive all coexist at Schaller’s Pump, and have for longer than at any other watering hole in town. Established in 1881, the joint survived prohibition as a speakeasy, was the favored drinking den of five Chicago mayors (and counting ... more

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    Sweetwater Tavern and Grille - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Located at the south end of the city’s famously ritzy Magnificent Mile, Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is a cavernous sports bar and restaurant with an upscale, minimalist vibe. Floor-to-ceiling windows and dozens of plush white booths around the perimeter provide a cozy spot for tourists and local professionals to enjoy ... more

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    Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club - Gay Bar | Gay Club | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Located in Chicago’s famous Boystown neighborhood, The Kit Kat Lounge is a lively spot where stylish gay men and large groups of straight girls sip colorful drinks and enjoy over-the-top tableside drag performances. A throwback to the boisterous supper clubs of the 1940s and old Hollywood glamour, the classy bar and restaurant ... 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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    O'Donovan's - Historic Bar | Irish Pub | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review In business since 1886 (it was called Schulien’s back then), O’Donovan’s is among the city’s oldest, continuously running taverns. And though it looks as lived in as it does well loved, that doesn’t dampen the energy of the young Cubs fans and friendly yuppies that make up the regular crowd. The space features a narrow ... 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

    Butch McGuire's - Irish Pub | Restaurant in Chicago.

    30s / 40s

    Leader Bar - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Ambient / Average Joes

    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

    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:

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

    20s / Acoustic

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

    20s / 80s Music

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

    Alternative Music / Anything goes

    Kingston Mines - Blues Club | Historic Bar | Jazz Club | Restaurant 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:

    Nacional 27 - Club | Restaurant in Chicago.

    30s / Affluent

    The Bad Apple - Bar | Burger Joint | Restaurant in Chicago.

    20s / Arcade Games

    O'Donovan's - Historic Bar | Irish Pub | Restaurant in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    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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