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Proof Proof, in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast, is an intimate club with great cocktails & lots of VIP treatment. Get behind Chicago's velvet ropes at Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.902168 -87.6280655
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Party Earth Review The Gold Coast isn’t lacking in swanky lounges, but Proof turns the glitz up a notch with its intimate size and a focus on those three little letters glam clubbers love to hear: VIP. Though it has two floors, both are... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Tu midnight–4am, Th–F 10pm–4am, Sa 10pm–5am, Su 10pm–4am
    Hours/days may vary per special event

  • Recommended as:

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Party Earth Proof Review

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Proof, in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast, is an intimate club with great cocktails & lots of VIP treatment. Get behind Chicago's velvet ropes at Party Earth.

The Gold Coast isn’t lacking in swanky lounges, but Proof turns the glitz up a notch with its intimate size and a focus on those three little letters glam clubbers love to hear: VIP.

Though it has two floors, both are relatively small, compelling mixing and mingling among the glass-enclosed private tables where perfectly coiffed guys drink standard Red Bull and vodkas or class it up with a host of specialty cocktails.

The main room is plush but understated, with dark hues and brocade wallpaper designed to give the space a regal air. Tables surrounded by deep suede couches and booths are arranged just a few steps up from the dance floor, which pulses heavy with hip-hop and house – sometimes with several DJs at a time.

The similar upstairs space is smaller and brighter, creating a vibe more like a cool friend’s loft party than an anonymous club.

Guests vary based on the night, from posh scenesters on Thursdays and Fridays and a general club crowd on Saturdays to fun-loving industry insiders on Sundays. No matter the mix of people, however, the floors begin to fill up around midnight, as the champagne flows and sexy dancers jostle for space to show off.

Posh yet intimate, Proof is the perfect hangout for lounge-hoppers and party girls looking to mix with a small – albeit sometimes tightly packed – group of like-minded pretty people.

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Making reservations couldn’t be easier. The website has a detailed floor plan with pictures of what each area looks like – just pick one and RSVP.

  • Crowd

    Athletes, dapper dons, executives, moneyed tourists, upscale lounge lizards, industry types, and generally Chicago’s pretty people, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs every night spin mostly house and hip-hop, and can vary between two and six different DJs depending on the night.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $0–$20. Beer $5–$9, wine $9, cocktails $8–$12, bottle service $300+. Valet $12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Dress to impress: collared shirts, dress pants, sparkly dresses, lots of stilettos. No baseball caps, tennis shoes, or flip-flops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays after midnight to hobnob and schmooze with the biggest trendy crowd, Sundays for the industry night, or earlier in the week if the ever-changing themes entice.

  • Close By

    The Drawing Room (937 North Rush Street) is an elegant modern lounge and restaurant that draws a similarly exclusive crowd.

Proof User Reviews

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Proof, where Chicago goes to party!
Frank M. Feb 14, 2013
If you ever need proof that Chicago is a party town, then you need to go no further than Proof Nightclub, in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast district. In operation for just over two years, Proof has become the prime destination for tourists and locals looking to unwind, dance and have a great time. Why Proof Nightclub? First off, due to its location (1045 North Rush Street), it is easily accessible via public transportation. For those wishing to drive, they offer valet service at one of downtown Chicago's lowest rates. Also, Proof Nightclub has some of the Chicago's best restaurants as neighbors, Lou Malnati's, Carmine's, and Rosebud on Rush, to name a few. What better way to follow up dinner at one of the world's best dining establishments than by walking just a few feet to this nightclub for an evening of dancing and drinks with some close friends. Not unlike the celebrities, athletes and guests that visit it, Proof Nightclub is easy on the eyes as well. The first floor boasts two bars and separate elevated areas reserved for private parties. The decor includes fabric covered walls, black suede seating and antique fixtures. The second floor or The Penthouse at Proof offers yet another bar as well as more private seating. There are different DJ's every night so the music is as diverse as the crowds gathered there to party. Don't like to dance? That's ok, just hang by the bar and take in the scene, but bring your dancing shoes anyways because before the night is over, I guarantee you'll be moving with the addictive beats. As accessible and pretty as Proof Nightclub is, what really makes it a prime destination is the people who work there and just as importantly, the guests. The bar tenders, staff, and guests are very friendly, and sexy. Whether you're looking to dance, drink or just hang out, Proof Nightclub offers you plenty of opportunities to do so with some of the greatest people in town. Be sure to head their this weekend. See you there. Proof''s hours of operation are as follows: Sunday: 11pm - 4am Monday: closed Tuesday: 12am-4am Wednesday: closed Thursday : closed Friday: 10pm - 4am Saturday: 10pm - 5am
A wild time in an intimate club
Ally T. Jan 4, 2013
If you are looking to have a great, wild night, Proof is where you need to be. Proof fits my definition of a Chicago club, which is dim lights, short skirts and a crowd that likes to party. It is a little on the smaller side, but a very intimate setting. With great table service and shot girls that keep the Grey Goose flowing, you are are almost guaranteed to need some tylenol in the morning. It took a little too long to get drinks, but well worth the wait (they don't believe in water-downed drinks). Prices are typical as compared to other clubs or bars on Rush. The staff were nothing but nice, and the bouncers will make sure no one enters your private party in the VIP area. There is a dress code; meaning don't show up in sneakers and jeans. With a nice blazer for men and little black dress for women, anyone can not only fit in but have a great time.
Nice, intimate club. DRESS UP!
Jessica S. Oct 4, 2012
Clubs often get poor ratings from users, especially higher end ones, but that’s mostly because the wrong people are trying to go. I’m not really a club girl either, but I like this place. It’s small, not like most huge meatmarket clubs in Chicago where I get lost and walk around in circles all night looking for them. There's a dress code, so look the part. It’s not brain surgery. I’ve had no problems getting in and I’m not some 6 foot 90 lb model either. The music is a mix of hip-hop and house music and the DJs they hire are always solid, good transitions and keep things flowing well. The women's bathroom is clean and the attendant isn’t a sweety. The dance floor did get pretty packed due to the size. I dropped glass and their staff was quick to clean it up without getting in everyone’s way. I liked that there was seating available, although I did not sit down. I'm not sure if seating was only available to VIP or not, guessing probably only to the bottle crowd. Drinks are what you would expect price-wise but not watered down. Overall I definitely liked this place.
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