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Chicago Bars & Nightclubs

Whether your favorite evening activity is dancing, listening to live music, sipping martinis in a swanky lounge, or drinking beer at a pub, Chicago bars and nightclubs have something to suit your preference. Draft beer, drink specials, DJs, dance parties, live bands, sports watching, and more fill Chicago's nights, often extending into the wee hours of the morning.

Chicago has many drinking establishments, ranging from neighborhood taverns such as The Burwood Tap (724 W. Wrightwood); sports bars like Wrigleyville’s Cubby Bear (1059 W. Addison); bars with fully stocked cellars like Webster's Wine Bar (1480 W. Webster); or if you fancy a martini, stop by the trendy Fulton Lounge (955 W. Fulton Market).

Featured Chicago Bars, Clubs and Lounges

Green Mill Jazz Club (Irving Park)
This legendary Chicago night club has been around since before the days of Al Capone (who used the establishment as a speakeasy in the 1920s). Green Mill’s shadowy, old-timey interior was renovated to reflect its prohibition-era intrigue and the tradition of live music, dancing and drinking continue on into the 21st century with a full schedule of jazz and other bands and a well-known poetry slam on Sunday evenings. The weekend is the best time to visit, but Green Mill has performers seven days a week for those who like to catch live tunes when it’s not so crowded.

John Barleycorn (Wrigleyville)
3524 N. Clark Street
(773) 549-6000
This second edition pub, grill and dance club is an extension of the John Barleycorn in Lincoln Park. It has successfully attracted the post-game partiers of Wrigleyville, as well as some after-work patrons and late-night socialites. The building has two roomy levels (the top story is a bumping dance floor) and it’s equipped with numerous big-screen TVs, a couple classic wood bars, decorative odds and ends (mostly model ships) and lots of seating. The spaciousness of John Barleycorn is eaten up after 10 or 11pm on weekends when young Chicagoans venture out in droves looking for a good site to settle in for the night and drink until last call.

Louie’s Pub (Wicker Park)
1659 W. North Avenue
(773) 227-7947
In Chicago, when weekend revelers have a hankering to sing they head to the nearest karaoke bar. Louie’s Pub is the most popular place in Wicker Park to take up the mic and let your inhibitions go as you belt out your favorite melodies over the barroom PA. Louie’s is a fun place for groups of friends because you have an instant fan club the second your selected song comes on. Even if you don’t have the nerve to perform in front of the crowd, you can sing along with other karaokers from your seat – the lyrics are displayed on monitors throughout the pub. In addition to an extensive list of timeless tunes, Louie’s has a full service bar with fairly decent prices and generous seating area, despite its narrow layout.

Underground (River North)
56 W. Illinois Street
(312) 644-7600
This ultra-trendy Chicago dance club is one of those under-the-radar, super-secret spots that prefers to keep its location on the down-low. Perhaps that’s why there is no sign on out front and the entrance is actually in a back alley, guarded by a less-than-discrete bouncer dressed in fatigues. The cover charge to get in is $20, but there is always a local DJ spinning house or techno for the crush of hip clubbers that managed to find and secure entry to this fallout shelter-esque bar. Visiting celebrities have been known to pop into Underground while in town, which is part of the reason it has become one of Chicago’s seen and be seen late-night destinations.

Tin Lizzie (Lincoln Park)
2483 N. Clark Street
(773) 549-1132
Hyped as an “alternative sports bar,” Tin Lizzie mixes just enough high tables and satellite game broadcasts with loungey sofas and fashionable interior design to suit a wide range of patrons – especially those with ties to Michigan athletics. Detroit Pistons basketball, Red Wings hockey and the Michigan State Spartans are always the home teams at Tin Lizzie’s, although most of the Chicago games also find their way onto at least a few of the 14 HDTVs set up throughout the bar. Along with a sizeable list of draft and bottled beers, Tin Lizzie’s serves up tasty pub grub like pizza, wings and oven-baked sandwiches. Specials include half-off EVERYTHING on Wednesdays, $2.50 Buds on Thursdays, and ANYTHING at the bar for $3 on Sundays.

Timothy O’Toole’s (Streeterville)
622 Fairbanks
(312) 642-5282
Timothy O’Toole’s is an all-in-one watering hole that caters to Chicagoans’ thirst for fun (and beer). Kind of like a basement rec room, this lower-level establishment is decked wall-to-wall with entertainment, including darts, pool tables, video games, televisions, wireless Internet connection and a well-stocked wet bar. Timothy O’Toole’s overloads the senses with 47 TVs covering nearly every square inch of the space, which makes it the ultimate place to watch a game with your crew. There are two private party rooms and the gut-splitting humor of the Comedy House infiltrates the scene every second and fourth Thursday of the month with local standup comedians. Open from 11am to 3am every day of the week and offering a full food menu, Tim O’Toole’s is a preferred hangout among the midday and after-hours office crowd and weekend partiers alike.


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Irving Park  
Benz' Bar
3937 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 549-5599
4600 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 907-0740
4264 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 281-1007
Daily Bar & Grill
4560 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 561-6198
Green Mill
4802 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL
(773) 878-5552
Grizzly's Lodge
3832 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773)281- 5112
4337 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 935-2255
Lyon's Den
1934 W. Irving Park
Chicago, IL
(773) 871-3757
Margie's Pub
4145 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 477-1644
3855 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 404-9494
4644 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 769-6305
Rumors Bar & Grill
4500 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 271-9944
The Huettenbar
4721 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 561-2507
Winner's Sports Bar & Grill
4530 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 271-0401
Morseland Music Room
1218 W. Morse
Chicago, IL
(773) 764-6401
Pumping Company
6157 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL
(773) 743-7994
Roscoe Village
Black Rock Bar & Grill
3614 N. Damen
Chicago, IL
(773) 348-4044
Four Moon Tavern
1847 W. Roscoe
Chicago, IL
(773) 929-6666
Four Treys Gin Mill
3333 N. Damen
Chicago, IL
(773) 549-8845
Mulligan's Public House
2000 W. Roscoe
Chicago, IL
(773) 549-4225
1958 W. Roscoe
Chicago, IL
(773) 248-9523
Tiny Lounge
1814 W. Addison
Chicago, IL
(773) 296-9620
The Village Tap
2055 W. Roscoe
Chicago, IL
(773) 883-0817
Windy City Inn
2257 W. Irving Park
Cross Street: Claremont
(773) 588-7088
Wrigleyville / Lakeview
Abbey Pub
3420 W. Grace
Chicago, IL
(773) 478-4408
Bar Louie Wrigleyville
3557 N. Clark
Chicago, IL
(773) 296-2500
Beat Kitchen
2100 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL
(773) 281-4444
Bernie's Tavern
3664 N. Clark
Chicago, IL
(773) 525-1898
Cubby Bear
3558 N. Clark
Chicago, IL
(773) 477-7469
Circuit Nightclub
3461 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL
(773) 325-2233
Exedus II
3477 N. Clark
Chicago, IL
(773) 348-3998
Fusion Nightclub
3631 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL
(773) 975-6622
Gunther Murphy
1638 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL
(773) 472-5139
1300 W. Addison
Chicago, IL
(773) 477-2900
1028 W. Diversey
Chicago, IL
(773) 348-9711
Magoo's Pub
952 W. Newport
Chicago, IL
(773) 327-2739
3159 N. Southport
Chicago, IL
(773) 525-2508
Smart Bar
3730 N. Clark
Chicago, IL
(773) 549-0203
Star Bar
2934 N. Sheffield
Chicago, IL
(773) 472-7272
Ten Cat
3931 N. Ashland
Chicago, IL
(773) 935-5377
The Union
2858 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL
(773) 755-9870
2913 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
Lincoln Park
2683 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL
(773) 348-9800
2020 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL
(773) 281-0177
954 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago , IL 60657
(773) 348-4975
800 W Belmont Ave
Chicago , IL 60657
(773) 327-7711
Big John's
1147 W. Armitage
Chicago, IL
(773) 477-4400
Biology Bar
1516 N. Fremont
Cross Street: Weed
(312) 266-1234
2519 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL
(773) 528-1012
Charlie's Ale House
1224 W. Webster
Chicago, IL
(773) 871-1440
Clark Bar
2116 N. Clark
Chicago, IL
(773) 327-3070
1543 N. Kingsbury
Cross Street: North
(312) 587-1313
2771 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 472-2771
Deja Vu
2624 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 871-0205
The Field House
2455 N. Clark
Chicago, IL
(773) 348-6489
2426 N. Racine
Chicago, IL
(773) 929-7759
Galway Bay
500 W. Diversey
Chicago, IL
(773) 348-3750
Hidden Shamrock
2723 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL
(773) 883-0304
John Barleycorn
658 W. Belden
Chicago, IL
Jub Jub Club
2447 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL
(773) 665-7557
Kelly's Pub
949 W. Webster
Chicago, IL
(773) 281-0656
2265 Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 348-1666
Las Fuentas
2558 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL
(773) 935-2004
Local Option
1102 W. Webster
Chicago, IL
(773) 348-2008
Lucky Strike
2747 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 549-2695
948 W. Armitage
Chicago, IL
(773) 871-8123
2350 N. Clark
Chicago, IL
(773) 528-2622
Parkway Tavern
748 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL
(773) 327-8164
Pour House
2559 N. Southport
Chicago, IL
(773) 248-0002
2326 N. Clark
Chicago, IL
(773) 348-1774
Shoes Pub
1134 W. Armitage
Chicago, IL
(773) 871-4640
Store, The
2002 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL
(773) 327-7766
The Vine
2249 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 935-7870
Webster's Wine Bar
1480 W. Webster
Chicago, IL
(773) 868-0608