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Bars and nightlife in Chicago

Top bars

Taco Place
“Best & most crowded patio in the city in the heart of wicker park neighborhood; good tacos, great whiskey list and killer margaritas”
  • 377 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Feels like a time warp; open late! Al Capone had a booth here and the bootlegging tunnels still run under the building. We recommend visiting on Tuesday nights for the Fat Babies or Saturday afternoons for the Paper Machete variety hour. ”
  • 254 locals recommend
Café
“The gourmet restaurant that kick started Logan Square. This locally owned favorite is elegant and up style. It happens to be right on the square, surrounded by shops and fun people watching.”
  • 249 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Foodies and gourmet buff will like this place. Has a full bar, tavern style, and high end food offerings. This place is upbeat and often loud on Friday's and Saturdays -- but exciting if you're in the mood to celebrate.”
  • 248 locals recommend
Brewery
“Beer brewing on premises, 15+ fresh varieties on tap. Great pub food. If it's crowded, wait in the front and order bacon/parmesean popcorn or giant hot Bavarian pretzels.”
  • 201 locals recommend
Speakeasy
“You'll know it by the line outside, and the rotating mural. There's a no cell phone policy, so don't expect to photograph any of the creative drinks you're having!”
  • 223 locals recommend
Fried Chicken Joint
“One of the best places to be in the summer! Huge outdoor patio. Enjoy the famous negroni slushi while playing ping pong with friends!”
  • 201 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“West Loop- Best Burger in hopping restaurant district in Chicago with great craft cocktails. Prepare for a wait, try the Lone Wolf next door for a cocktail. ”
  • 170 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Jazz Club
“Feels like a time warp; open late! Al Capone had a booth here and the bootlegging tunnels still run under the building. We recommend visiting on Tuesday nights for the Fat Babies or Saturday afternoons for the Paper Machete variety hour. ”
  • 254 locals recommend
Speakeasy
“You'll know it by the line outside, and the rotating mural. There's a no cell phone policy, so don't expect to photograph any of the creative drinks you're having!”
  • 223 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“It has so much history, food, and is open late. This casual music club never disappoints. ”
  • 125 locals recommend
Bar
“"Circa-1937 bar with a revamped yet still retro space & a huge list of old-fashioned cocktails." ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Great place if you enjoy live music. They have a DJ or live music every day of the week. ”
  • 103 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“The Dark Matter Coffee company, a tried-and-true Chicago brand, has shops across the city, including a location in Ukrainian Village called Star Lounge Coffee Bar. Local art is hung on burnt-orange walls and there’s a long bar that you can belly-up to and order a Unicorn Blood blended roast. In the warmer months the patio is open, and you can bring your four-legged friend to join you in the sun. This is a great place to go to meet friends or to sit for a spell with a good book. And, if you get hungry, there are little nibbles and noshes to satiate you.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Roof Deck
“One of the best views in Chicago covering Lincoln Park to downtown Chicago. Standard food, but you go for the free view! And it's a short walk from Old Town.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Tiki Bar
“A Tiki Bar that wont be great for your wallet, but amazing for your pallet and Instagram feed.”
  • 59 locals recommend

Music venues

Jazz Club
“Feels like a time warp; open late! Al Capone had a booth here and the bootlegging tunnels still run under the building. We recommend visiting on Tuesday nights for the Fat Babies or Saturday afternoons for the Paper Machete variety hour. ”
  • 254 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“It has so much history, food, and is open late. This casual music club never disappoints. ”
  • 125 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Well-known Chicago dive bar/live music venue primarily for indie bands. Cash only.”
  • 119 locals recommend
Bar
“NOW WITH POOL TABLES! Over 50 arcade and pinball games, skee ball, 20 beers on draft, cocktails, and more! Open at 5p”
  • 90 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“Great neighborhood BBQ place and good drink selection. Dine in or carry out ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Rock Club
“This landmark venue, designed as an opera house in 1892, hosts concerts by well-known musical acts.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Music Venue
“A popular concert hall that plays a variety of music. They're known for playing the aftershows to Lollapalooza!”
  • 54 locals recommend
Music Venue
“They have delicious fish tacos! For dessert, I would recommend the "Abuelita's Pop Tarts". ”
  • 66 locals recommend
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