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Party Earth Review Marked by a sign with the image of a happy man hugging records and a tagline promising “the most fun you won’t remember,” The Hangge Uppe has been a prime Gold Coast spot for drinking, dancing – and more drinking – since 1973. A few stumbling steps from the wild bar scene of Division Street, the mostly 80s-themed bi-level club draws young professionals looking to let loose and already-blitzed sorority types ready to dance the night away on three separate dance floors. Bachelorette parties often take the run of the place by ten o’clock on Saturday nights, and come midnight the club is teeming with young ladies looking for rug-shaking partners ... more


14 West Elm Street
Chicago, IL 60611

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As the playground for the rich and pretty, the Gold Coast unsurprisingly has some of the best clubs in Chicago. Unlike in the neighborhood’s nightlife rival River North, Gold Coast clubs number toward the small and raucous instead of oversized and over-extravagant. Most dance clubs are located at the party epicenter of Rush and Division Streets, and every night sees the streets alive with gaggles of girls and guys hopping from club to club.

Many of the Rush and Division joints have been around for awhile, keeping alive clubbing traditions from the 1980s. The Original Mother’s has been a go-to for the singles scene since 1968, and Rob Lowe and Demi Moore hooked up there in the 1986 movie About Last Night. Over 25 years later, people looking to meet and greet with the opposite sex bring their wing(wo)men to hear noisy rock bands. Though the club’s decor has a tattooed rough-and-tumble feel, this is still the Gold Coast. Intimidating doormen flank the door, checking for dress-code violations.

Other clubs have no such conflict between atmosphere and clientele. Swanky spots like Proof don’t have much space for those left off the VIP list. 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. Without bottle-service RSVPs, getting invited to this party may be difficult.

Clubs on the Gold Coast are a different breed from the mega-clubs of nearby neighborhoods, but that’s the way the picky nearby residents prefer it—less room for the riff-raff means more fun for the club kids.

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