Nightlife and Entertainment in Chicago

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Chicago has it's fair share of nightclubs, lounges, and restaurant bars, but what you will notice during your Chicago vacation is plenty of sports bars, bar & grills, and laid back taverns or neighborhood bars that are friendly and welcoming to all. Chicago is a sports town, an eating town and a drinking town, so on any given night of the week you will find packed watering holes, groups watching the game at one of the city's many sports bars or small groups of friends having a cocktail at a hip lounge. This is not to say that Chicago doesn't have plenty of nightlife activities outside of boozing. There's the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, gallery openings and events just about every night of the week, Ballet Chicago, Comedy Clubs, live Jazz and Blues music galore, and more. So, whether you're interested in seeing a performance, listening to some live Jazz, attending a gallery event or watching the game on 10 big screen TVs -- Chicago has you covered, and then some!

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The Chicago nightlife will never disappoint you. No matter what day of the week you are visiting Chicago, you will find something going on until the wee hours of the morning. Whether you are looking for a comedy club, a dance club or even just a sports bar, you will be able to find it in Chicago.

Green Mill

If you are looking for some of the best jazz around, and a place with history, Green Mill is the place to go. Al Capone, Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson all used to frequent the Green Mill during their days. The Green Mill was also a speakeasy during Prohibition, so it has been around for generations. Tuesday and Thursday nights feature swing music, but jazz always seems to make an appearance. Sunday nights you can come in for some lively music and poetry readings.

Crobar

This dance club can hold up to 800 people legally, but always draws a bigger crowd than that. Inside the dance club, you will find local DJs, but you will also find DJs from Los Angeles, London and even New York. Along with the dance floor, there are also raised platforms that allow you to show off your best dance moves. If dancing isn’t your thing, you can always sit at one of the four bars or their surrounding areas while your friends dance the night away.

Rockit Bar and Grill

If you are looking for a trendy bar to visit that is considered a place to be seen, then the Rocklit Bar and Grill is the place to go. The front bar is the liveliest, but you can also find a relaxing lounge located upstairs to get away from all of the noise and crowds. If you are looking for some great bar food, you need to try the Kobe burgers and fries that have been cooked in truffle oil. In terms of cocktails, you need to try out the Rockit Root Beer, which is made with Stoli Vanil, root beer and Godiva white chocolate liqueur.

Double Door

If you are looking for live music, this is the place to go because it features both national and local talents that are looking to make it big. In addition to the live music, you can also enjoy a beer from the vast selection that they offer while playing a game of pool or an arcade game down in the Dirt Room.

Schoolyard Tavern

This sports bar is one of the best places to go if you are looking for a place to enjoy a beer while watching the games. The bar has 16 draft beers to choose from, plus 12 different bottled beers. If you want something to eat while enjoying your beer, the gourmet grilled cheese sandwich comes highly recommended.


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June 09, 2008 change by mcburton

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Palm Tavern

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type:Bars & Cafes
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address:446 E 47th St
tel:(773)285-9440

Andy's Lounge (Jazz)

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type:Live Music
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address:11 E. Hubbard St.
tel:(312) 642-6805

Schubas Tavern

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Schubas is another small music venue beloved by music fans all over Chicago.

type:Concerts
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address:3159 N Southport Ave
tel:(773) 525-2508

Sidetrack

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Huge video bar in Lakeview (Boystown) with different video themes each night.

Located just south of Roscoe on Halsted. Accessible by the CTA via the Belmont Red Line stops and the #8 Halsted Bus.

type:Gay and Lesbian
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ClosingTime:2am Sun-Fri, 3am Sat
tel:773-477-9189
url:www.sidetrackchicago.com
address:3349 N Halsted

Lampo

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Electronic and electroacoustic music, free improvisation and sound art projects.

type:Concerts
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url:www.lampo.org
address:2116 W. Chicago Avenue

Ravenswood Pub

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Possibly the last great Chicago neighborhood pub!

type:Pubs
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address:5455 N Ravenswood Ave
tel:(773)769-6667
ClosingTime:2:00 am Sun-Fri, 3:00 am Saturday
url:www.RavenswoodPubChicago.com

Green Dolphin Street (Jazz)

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type:Live Music
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address:2200 N Ashland Ave
tel:(773) 395-0066

Kingston Mines (Blues)

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type:Live Music
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address:2548 N Halsted St
tel:(773) 472-2031

Sound-Bar

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SOUND-BAR is Chicago's most recent upscale nightclub set in a 20,000 square foot multilevel high-tech environment... with its ultra-modern design and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, Sound-bar will spoil the senses leaving nothing to the imagination... Stainless steel, smoked glass, and fine custom made furniture are incorporated in a minimalist setting to create this masterpiece.

SOUND-BAR is the prototype of tomorrow's mega club introducing the concept of "fine dancing" to the Midwest... luxurious and stylish... A 4,000 square foot dance floor, Multiple bars, more..

type:Clubs and dancing
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zipcode:60610
address:226 West Ontario Street
url:www.sound-bar.com
tel:312 787 4480

Kasey's Tavern

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type:Bars & Cafes
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address:701 S Dearborn St
tel:(312)427-7992

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge (Jazz)

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type:Live Music
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address:4802 N Broadway St
tel:(773) 878-5552

Earnie's Tap

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type:Bars & Cafes
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address:7112 W Higgins Ave
tel:(773)631-1843

Tequila Club

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type:Dancing
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address:2507 W 59th St
tel:(773)925-7704

Checker Board Lounge (Blues)

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type:Live Music
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address:423 E 43rd St
tel:(773) 624-3240

Fifth Floor

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type:Bars & Cafes
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address:440 N Halsted St
tel:(312)226-4555

White Lantern Club

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type:Dancing
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address:6014 W 26th St
tel:(708)863-9066

Kazmierzanka Lounge

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type:Dancing
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address:4785 S Archer Ave
tel:(773)890-9002

Fayez Social Club

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type:Dancing
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address:3456 W 63rd St
tel:(773)476-9280

621 Club Ltd

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type:Dancing
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address:4621 N Clark St
tel:(773)784-3864

700 North St Louis Block Club

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type:Dancing
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address:707 N Saint Louis Ave
addess:1958 W North Ave
tel:(773)278-1009
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