Here Are The 7 Nightlife Venues In Chicago You Have To Go To

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Come out tonight to the bars and clubs of Chicago. You’ll find the vibe you’re looking for!

The sun is going down over the city, so it’s time to hit the streets in search of Chicago’s vibrant nightlife venues. In this city, there’s a spot for every kind of night you may want to have, whether that be dancing, drinking, singing, or relaxing. So rally your group of friends, dress up a little if you care to, and hit some of these bars and nightclubs. The night is still young, and there’s so much to do! 

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The Apartment 

They have that big dance floor so you can dance the night away

A nightclub perfect with loud music and the space to show off some moves on the dance floor. Come for the lively vibe! Image courtesy of The Apartment’s Facebook

Lincoln Park

2251 N Lincoln Ave

For those that want to go dancing tonight, The Apartment is the perfect spot to hit first. You can pick up some drinks at the bar, and then head out onto the dance floor. Every Friday is a dance party, and Saturdays feature DJs Spin the Hits. For you and your wild friends, get some of that energy out here! 

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“If there were a place i could tell anyone to go to..... this would be it. Great people all around (including customers). I'd like to attribute the great atmosphere to the staff. 100% can't wait to go back.” - Yelp Review

Blind Dragon

Book a private karaoke room so you can enjoy you and your friends’ terrible singing in private

This space is a great alternative nightlife spot to give you a new sense of Chicago. Are you up to try some karaoke? Image courtesy of Blind Dragon’s Facebook.

River North

613 N Wells

If you’re in a singing mood tonight, visit the Blind Dragon and book a private karaoke room. It’s the perfect way to have a good and intimate time with the people that you care about. If not, you can always come for the drinks and mellow atmosphere. With their Asian inspired lounge, you’ll be spending Friday night in style. Make sure to try their exotic crafted cocktails, and if you’re feeling a little hungry, their Asian inspired bites. 

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“Had a blast at Blind Dragon! Didn't have enough time to karaoke but will next time around.  Great cocktails and cool vibe.” - Yelp Review

Lazy Bird

Come for the cocktails and live performance of music

Grab a seat and make sure to order Lazy Bird’s cocktails. Then sit back and enjoy the live performance. Image courtesy of Lazy Bird’s Facebook.

Fulton Market

200 N Green Street

Are you in the mood for appreciating some music and tasting delicious cocktails? Head down to this lounge located on the cellar level of The Hoxton. You can’t make reservations here, but you can check out who’s scheduled to play on upcoming nights on Lazy Bird’s website. Lazy Bird has over 50 cocktails curated by their Beverage Director, so you know they have something that you’ll fall in love with. It’s a nice place to relax and enjoy some fine drinks and music. 

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“Been here couple times and I absolutely love this place. The drinks are 10/10 mind blowing delicious and smells so good! The setting is beautiful and really peaceful. On certain days they have live music and a nice crowd…” - Yelp Review

The Owl

Stay out all night long and regret nothing

Are the type that always wishes you can stay longer? Well at The Owl, you can stay all night while enjoying a drink and playing hits on the jukebox. Image courtesy of The Owl’s Facebook

Logan Square

2521 N Milwaukee Avenue

How late exactly do you want to stay out? Well here at The Owl, the party-all-nighters are accommodated for. Every day, even weekdays, they don’t close until 4 am! They have 20 beers on tap and accommodating service that will keep you comfortable throughout the night. Check out what their upcoming events and shows are, and pick out your favorite song on the jukebox. Bring your other night owl friends out to this bar that goes on all night long! 

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“Hoot, hoot. Owl is a quirky and mysterious bar for the adventurous. The dim lighting and lengthy interior highlight the intimate and lively atmosphere. This bar is ideal for getting late night drinks, sharing stories, and listening to music. It's the 4am heart of Logan Square…” - Yelp Review


A relaxed bar that you can hang in all night

Remedy has that chill vibe going for it that can help you wind down after a long day. This bar is also perfect to book for your next private party! Image courtesy of Remedy’s Facebook.


1910 N Milwaukee Avenue 

Here’s another great spot in the city where you can hang out all night. Until they close at 4 am, you can order their craft cocktails or any of the amazing beers from local breweries. The best time to come to Remedy has to be during their happy hour, when all drinks are half priced! If you’re looking for a relaxed night to hang out with a good friend or two, this is the perfect place to grab a seat and enjoy good drinks and company. And make sure you play your favorite tunes on their jukebox! 

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“My go-to neighborhood bar. Ecstatic I found this place. The lighting is dim inside and the atmosphere is super relaxed… To end on a high note -- their happy hour is why I keep returning. Half off ALL drinks 4-7PM, Monday through Friday (yes, even Friday!)…” - Yelp Review

Estelle’s Cafe and Lounge

Grab a delicious beer at a mouthwatering price 

Estelle’s Cafe and Lounge will serve you the best food and drinks of the evening, and you might even get some live performance out of the night too! Image courtesy of Estelle’s Cafe and Lounge’s Instagram

Wicker Park

2013 W North Avenue 

Did someone say rock bar? Yes, this bar is great to grab some dinner, or just to hang around, of course with a drink in hand. Beers and cocktails are their specialties, and you have to try one of their burgers or sandwiches. The art deco decor makes Estelle’s a great place to relax after a long day, and you can take all the time you need to get there as they don’t close until 4 am every day! Check out what events are coming up so you don’t miss an extra fun night! 

“The bartenders were super cool and the beer selection was just great. Not to mention that all the drafts were only 3$ each!! … great beers to choose from and moreover for such a rocking price!…” - Yelp Review


Two rooms equals two atmospheres to choose from 

You can’t go wrong with either room you decide to hang out in at aliveOne. The front bar has many great beers on tap, and the back bar gives you a great view of the stage. Image courtesy of aliveOne’s Facebook.

Park West

2683 N Halsted Street 

We love a good happy hour, especially when they offer such amazing deals on drinks! From 5 to 7 PM every day, drinks are all half off! Do you need any more reason to come out to aliveOne to find out what else is amazing about them? Now’s the time to see who among your friends is the best pool player, and no worries because the pool is free to play! Unlimited rematched! At aliveOne, you’ll also get live music and great service. There are two separate rooms at aliveOne so you can decide where you’re most comfortable, at the front bar or the back bar where Chicago bands are rocking out. Sounds like the ideal place to end a day. 

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“Low key spot with great specials. Live music in the back and free pool. Music in the ft was pretty good and the bartender was super nice. very welcomed.” - Yelp Review

Chicago is coming to life every night in every bar, lounge, and nightclub! It’s difficult to discover and experience them all, but there’s no bad place to start. The city of Chicago can cater to any type of night you’re looking for, whether that’s dancing and getting hype, or winding down after a long day with drinks and company. Visit some of these nightlife venues and find out which is your favorite!


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