Chicago Venues Overview

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As the third biggest city in the U.S., there are countless venues in Chicago that cater to sports lovers, music fanatics, nightlife addicts, and more strewn throughout the city.

Chicago is known for its musical tradition of jazz and blues, but it also has major arenas, stadiums, live music venues, and concert halls for all genres of music. Chicago venues run the gamut from massive auditoriums to small stages and some of the most famous spots are places like Lincoln Hall, Aragon Ballroom, and the Chicago Theatre.

Of course music isn’t the only thing Chicagoans are passionate about. Sports isn’t just a thing in Chicago, it’s a way of life. Whenever the Cubs are playing at Wrigley Field, the Bulls or Blackhawks at the United Center, or the Bears at Soldier Field, the city comes to a halt as thousands of screaming fans pack into the arenas and stadiums or fill up the sports bars all over town.

For those with more discerning tastes, Chicago is also home to dozens of theaters and hundreds of theater companies performing Broadway shows on a nightly basis for live show-loving crowds. Opera and the symphony are also mainstays on the Chicago scene and both can be found at numerous venues around town.

Once the arias have been sung, and your parents have been put to bed, the Windy City roars into the night with nightlife areas that cater to all types. Division Street broadly and the intersection of Rush and Division are both areas rife with bars, clubs, and restaurants that keep the 20-somethings busy into the wee hours.

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