Chicago Nightlife

Chicago's entertainment varies from loud and loose to sophisticated and sedate. You'll find classic Chicago corner bars in most neighborhoods, along with trendier alternatives like wine bars and lounges. The strains of blues and jazz provide much of the backbeat to the city's groove, and an alternative country scene is flourishing. As far as dancing is concerned, take your pick from cavernous clubs

to smaller spots with DJs spinning dance tunes; there's everything from hip-hop to swing. Wicker Park/Bucktown and River North have the hottest nightlife, but prime spots are spread throughout the city.

Shows usually begin at 9 pm; cover charges generally range from $3 to $20, depending on the day of the week (Friday and Saturday nights are the most expensive). The list of blues and jazz clubs includes several South Side locations: be cautious about transportation here late at night, because some of these neighborhoods can be unsafe. Drive your own car or ask the bartender to call you a cab.

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The Loop, Including West Loop and South Loop 7

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3rd Coast Cafe & Wine Bar

  • Cafes–Nightlife

The oldest coffeehouse in the Gold Coast pleases just about everyone with a full menu served until midnight seven nights a week. The...

404 Wine Bar

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

Enter through rowdy Jack's Bar & Grill to find the serene 404 Wine Bar, a romantic spot filled with cozy nooks. The librarylike back...

Andy's Jazz Club

  • Music Clubs

A favorite after-work watering hole with a substantial bar menu, Andy's Jazz Club has live music ranging from swing jazz to bebop. The...

B.L.U.E.S

  • Music Clubs

The best thing about B.L.U.E.S. is that there isn't a bad seat in the joint. The worst thing? The crowds—come early if you want to...

Baton Show Lounge

  • Music Clubs

At Baton Show Lounge, boys will be girls. The lip-synching revues with female impersonators have catered to curious out-of-towners and...

Beat Kitchen

  • Music Clubs

North Side stalwart Beat Kitchen brings in the crowds because of its good sound system and solid rock, alternative-rock, country, and...

Berlin Nightclub

  • Dance Clubs

A multicultural, pansexual dance club near the Belmont El station, Berlin has progressive electronic dance music and fun themed nights...

Big Chicks

  • Bars/Pubs

In the Uptown area of the Far North Side, Big Chicks is a striking alternative to the Halsted strip, with a funky crowd that appreciates...

Blokes & Birds

  • Bars/Pubs

A departure from the typical Wrigleyville sports bar, this modern public house draws Anglophiles thirsty for a well-poured pint and contemporary...

Blue Chicago

  • Music Clubs

In an upscale part of downtown, Blue Chicago has none of the trademark grit or edginess of the older South Side blues clubs. What is...

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