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Nightlife & the Arts in Near North and River North

Nightlife Overview
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3rd Coast Cafe & Wine Bar
Third Coast Café, the oldest coffeehouse in the Gold Coast, pleases...
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404 Wine Bar
Enter through rowdy Jack's Bar & Grill to find the serene...
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The Abbey Pub
The Abbey Pub, about 15 minutes northwest of downtown in the...
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Andy's Jazz Club
Andy's Jazz Club, a favorite after-work watering hole with a...
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The Annoyance Theatre & Bar
The Annoyance Theatre is home base for Annoyance Productions...
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B.L.U.E.S
The best part about B.L.U.E.S. is that there isn't a bad seat...
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Baton Show Lounge
At Baton Show Lounge, boys will be girls. The lip-synching revues...
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Beat Kitchen
North Side stalwart Beat Kitchen brings in the crowds because...
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Berlin Nightclub
Berlin, a multicultural, pansexual dance club near the Belmont...
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Big Chicks
In the Uptown area of the Far North Side, Big Chicks is a striking...
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Blokes & Birds
A departure from the typical Wrigleyville sports bar, this modern...
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Blue Chicago
In an upscale part of downtown, Blue Chicago has none of the...
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Bridge House Tavern
With an enormous patio overlooking the Chicago River, this bar...
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Bull & Bear
Bull & Bear amps up the testosterone, with a dual focus on...
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Carol's Pub
Carol's Pub, in the Uptown area of the Far North Side, showcased...
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Castle
Castle won't win any prizes for breaking new ground, but this...
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Charlie's
A country-and-western dance club, Charlie's lets you two-step...
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Circuit
The biggest dance club in Boystown, Circuit is a stripped-down...
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Citizen Bar
Everyone's welcome at Citizen Bar, a sleek space with exposed...
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The Closet
The Closet is a basic dive bar with a gay twist. This compact...
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ComedySportz
ComedySportz specializes in "competitive improv," in which two...
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Coq d'Or
A dark, wood-paneled room in the Drake Hotel, Coq d'Or has red-leather...
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Crimson Lounge
Crimson Lounge, in the Hotel Sax, delivers on its name—red leather...
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Delilah's
Delilah's is a rare dive bar amid Lincoln Park's tonier establishments...
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Division Street
For the vestiges of the old Rush Street, continue north to Division...
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The Drawing Room
Adjacent to private lounge Privet (only guests with personal...
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Elbo Room
Elbo Room, a multilevel space in an elbow-shaped corner building...
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Enclave
Enclave has a loftlike feel and three bars spread out on two...
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Fado
Fado uses imported wood, stone, and glass to create its Irish...
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Faith & Whiskey
Faith & Whiskey stands out among Lincoln Park bars with its...
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Funky Buddha Lounge
Funky is the operative word for the Funky Buddha Lounge, with...
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Gamekeepers
Gamekeepers is full of sports fans and former frat boys. With...
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Gilt Bar
Cocktails like the Bee's Knees (gin, lemon, and honey) set the...
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Gingerman Tavern
Up the street from Wrigley Field, Gingerman Tavern deftly manages...
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Green Mill Cocktail Lounge
Green Mill, a Chicago institution off the beaten track in not-so-trendy...
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Hi-Tops
Hi-Tops, relocated a bit south of its original Wrigleyville location...
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Holiday Club
Holiday Club bills itself as the "Swinger's mecca." Rat Pack...
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Hopleaf
Hopleaf, an anchor in the Andersonville corridor, continues the...
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Horseshoe
Horseshoe brings a slice of Texas to the Midwest, along with...
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House of Blues
House of Blues, though its name implies otherwise, attracts big-name...
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Howl at the Moon
The dueling pianists at Howl at the Moon attract a rowdy crowd...
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Hub 51
Hub 51 features a vaulted, loftlike industrial space. Sip cocktails...
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Hubbard Inn
Billing itself as a "Continental tavern," this two-story River...
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Hydrate
Hydrate combines a relaxed front lounge with a late-night, high-energy...
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I.O.
Formerly called ImprovOlympic, I.O. is the city's home to long-form...
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Intelligentsia
Intelligentsia was named to invoke the pre-chain days when cafés...
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John Barleycorn
A historic pub with a long wooden bar, John Barleycorn can get...
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Joie de Vine
Joie de Vine started as a wine bar catering to a lesbian clientele...
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Kincade's
This spot packs 'em in on two levels with a 10-foot-wide video...
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Kingston Mines
In 1968, Kingston Mines went down in Chicago history as the first...
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Kopi, a Traveler's Cafe
Kopi, a Traveler's Cafe is a study in opposites, with healthy...
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Lincoln Hall
The owners of Lincoln Hall transformed a former movie theater...
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Martyrs'
Martyrs' brings local and major-label rock bands to this small...
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Metro
Metro brings in progressive, nationally known artists and the...
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The Motel Bar
The Motel Bar has all the comforts of a real, honest-to-goodness...
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North End
A gay sports bar, the North End is a favorite spot to watch the...
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Old Town School of Folk Music
Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago's first and oldest folk-music...
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Original Mother's
Since the 1960s, Original Mother's has been a local favorite...
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Pick Me Up Café
The Pick Me Up Café combines the charm of a quirky, neighborhood...
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Pops for Champagne
Pops for Champagne can be found in trendy River North. The bi-level...
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Pump Room
Ian Schrager revamped the historic Ambassador East Hotel as the...
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Rockit Bar & Grill
Designer Nate Berkus assembled Rockit's hunter-lodge look: wood-plank-framed...
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Roscoe's Tavern and Cafe
Roscoe's Tavern, in the heart of Boystown, is a longtime favorite...
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Rush Street
The famous Chicago bar scene known as Rush Street has faded into...
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Schubas Tavern
Schubas Tavern favors local and national power pop, indie rock...
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Second City
Second City, an institution since 1959, has served as a launching...
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Sheffield's
Sheffield's spans the seasons with a shaded beer garden in summer...
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Sidetrack
The video bar Sidetrack is tuned into a different theme every...
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Sluggers
Sluggers is packed after Cubs games in the nearby stadium, and...
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Sound-Bar
Sound-Bar is a labyrinth of nine bars, each with a unique design...
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Spy Bar
Spy Bar pulls some smooth moves. Image is everything at this...
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Uncommon Ground
The original location of Uncommon Ground is roomy and inviting...
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The Underground
Unmarked entrances, military outfit–clad servers, and artillery...
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Vertigo Sky Lounge
Trendsetters hit the scene on the 26th floor of the Dana Hotel...
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Webster's Wine Bar
A romantic place for a date, Webster's stocks more than 500 bottles...
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Zanies Comedy Night Club
Zanies books outstanding national talent and is Chicago's best...
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Zebra Lounge
Zebra Lounge, small and funky with zebra-stripe lamps and other...
Piano Bars / Lounges Near North and River North
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