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Bars and nightlife in Chicago

Top bars

Taco Place
“Big Star is a bourbon and beer-focused, taco-slinging, late-night honky-tonk in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park and Wrigleyville neighborhoods. Executive Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Chris Miller’s menu, inspired by authentic Mexican street food, is complemented by an extensive house-selected single barrel bourbon program. Housed in a defunct 1940's gas station, the Wicker Park taqueria’s soundtrack of classic country and rock & roll is selected and spun by bar staff. They operate on a first come, first serve basis and don't take reservations. The corner of North Ave. and Damen Ave. (1531 N. Damen Ave.).”
  • 378 locals recommend
Café
“Logan staple that always delivers. Plenty of top-notch vegan and vegetarian options.”
  • 250 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“This used to be one of Al Capones hang outs. It still has the booth he used to sit in for a view of the front door. It's a great jazz club now with dancing and big band music too!”
  • 252 locals recommend
Brewery
“I'd probably just go here while you are shopping or out in Wicker Park but they brew a local beer (and it's great).”
  • 203 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“One of our top five favorite restaurants in the city. Anthony Bourdain was here!! Top in for their creative and amazing brunch or a romantic dinner. ”
  • 243 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“This is by far my top recommendation to anyone visiting, and even if you live here it's a top spot. Know for having one of the best burgers in the country, you will have to get your name in early to the wait list as there are no reservations here. The reward is very much worth the wait! Plus, waiting means you have more time to explore West Loop!”
  • 167 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 Restaurant
“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
“This used to be one of Al Capones hang outs. It still has the booth he used to sit in for a view of the front door. It's a great jazz club now with dancing and big band music too!”
  • 252 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. ”
  • 128 locals recommend
Bar
“The California Clipper is an excellent local gem for live music, such as brass, jazz, soul, and more... Plus, they have an excellent cocktail selection and mocktail offerings. Please note: The venue usually has a $5 cover charge and only cash is accepted at the door”
  • 107 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“A personal favorite of mine - this bar/venue hosts live music and DJs seven nights a week. They have a very creative cocktail menu that changes almost weekly it seems. This place has all the vibes.”
  • 102 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
“This used to be one of Al Capones hang outs. It still has the booth he used to sit in for a view of the front door. It's a great jazz club now with dancing and big band music too!”
  • 252 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“It has so much history, food, and is open late. This casual music club never disappoints. ”
  • 128 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 Restaurant
“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