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Bars and nightlife in Chicago

Top bars

Taco Place
“Big Star is a short walk from the guesthouse. In warm weather, share tacos and a pitcher of margaritas with friends on the patio. The fish taco is a favorite, but it’s hard to go wrong. Plenty of vegetarian options, too!”
  • 381 locals recommend
Café
“Inventive, market-driven food in a casual, funky space that hosts an especially popular brunch.”
  • 252 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Green mill is about a 30 min ride, but excellent live jazz. No talking allowed during performances, so not ideal if you’re wanting to have a conversation but worthwhile for sure!”
  • 254 locals recommend
Brewery
“Revolution is a neighborhood local brewing company but also has it's own restaurant and bar in Logan Square. They have their beers on tap and its one of the best brewpubs in all of Chicago. Great place to start the night”
  • 204 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“When I tell people I live in Logan Square almost every single one of them mention Longman & Eagle. It's in a great location in the neighborhood and has some of the best dishes & cocktails you'll find around town. You can't go wrong when choosing to dine out at Longman & Eagle”
  • 244 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Open for over three years now, Au Cheval has become one of the hardest spots to get into in Chicago and a lot of the reason for that can be attributed to their cheeseburger. Six months in, even before Bon Appetit declared it the best in America, the Au Cheval cheeseburger had become the talk of the town. Don't have time to wait? Try Au Cheval's little brother, Small Cheval located nearby at 150 N Riverside office building (limited operating hours) or Bucktown at 1732 N Milwaukee.”
  • 168 locals recommend
Speakeasy
“Hidden entrance, look for a mural on the side of building and the door in the middle of it all. Creative cocktails & small bites define this sophisticated, stylish bar.”
  • 224 locals recommend
Fried Chicken Joint
“Best fried chicken in town, great cocktails (known for boozy slushies), great patio and a good delivery option as well. About a mile south and east ”
  • 204 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Jazz Club
“Green mill is about a 30 min ride, but excellent live jazz. No talking allowed during performances, so not ideal if you’re wanting to have a conversation but worthwhile for sure!”
  • 254 locals recommend
Speakeasy
“Hidden entrance, look for a mural on the side of building and the door in the middle of it all. Creative cocktails & small bites define this sophisticated, stylish bar.”
  • 224 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“It has so much history, food, and is open late. This casual music club never disappoints. ”
  • 129 locals recommend
Bar
“"Circa-1937 bar with a revamped yet still retro space & a huge list of old-fashioned cocktails." ”
  • 108 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
Tiki Bar
“A Tiki Bar that wont be great for your wallet, but amazing for your pallet and Instagram feed.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Right around the corner! A great place to hang out to work, grab a coffee or a pastry. Outdoor seating when the weather is nice.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Roof Deck
“Grab a cocktail or a bite to eat at the top of the Lincoln hotel. It provides views of the lake, parks, and downtown. It's walking distance from the Zoo, North Ave beach, and the Lincoln Park famers market (sat 7am-1pm). ”
  • 73 locals recommend

Music venues

Jazz Club
“Green mill is about a 30 min ride, but excellent live jazz. No talking allowed during performances, so not ideal if you’re wanting to have a conversation but worthwhile for sure!”
  • 254 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“It has so much history, food, and is open late. This casual music club never disappoints. ”
  • 129 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Well-known Chicago dive bar/live music venue primarily for indie bands. Cash only.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Bar
“Fun arcade bar, play classic arcade games for cheap while you enjoy some drinks. ”
  • 90 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“Great neighborhood BBQ place and good drink selection. Dine in or carry out ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Beautiful Czech theater in the heart of Pilsen, hosting a wide array of music, comedy, and entertainment. Restaurant and bars attached. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Music Venue
“A popular concert hall that plays a variety of music. They're known for playing the aftershows to Lollapalooza!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Casual yet unique taco eatery that pulls local farmer’s market ingredients onto each plate counter-service style. ”
  • 66 locals recommend