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Nightlife in Chicago

River North rocks with Sound-Bar and Excalibur while many stylish saloons like The Signature Lounge are located Near North and Downtown. Blues and jazz haunts are scattered throughout the city as are sports bars and funky establishments like The California Clipper. Find a bit of everything in Lincoln Park - B.L.U.E.S., Goose Island Brewery and Webster's Wine Bar. Opening hours vary. Some bars open as early as 10am while dance clubs close as late as 4am.

Bars

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  1. 1. Webster's Wine Bar - Bars

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    Unpretentious and intimate, the atmosphere at Lincoln Park's Webster's Wine Bar lends itself to romance. It boasts more than 500 wines from around the world, more than 35 varieties available by the glass. A specific region is featured each month.Show this on map

    Address

    1480, West Webster Street, Lincoln Park, Chicago 60614

    Telephone

    +1 773 868 0608

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Webster's Wine Bar

  2. 2. Goose Island Brewery - Bars

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    Late afternoon, this Lincoln Park pub is jammed with sports fans sipping the local brew. There are over 10 beers on tap, Honker's Ale one of the most popular. Goose Island Brewery offers tours at 3pm on Sundays.Show this on map

    Address

    1800, North Clybourn Road, Lincoln Park, Chicago 60614

    Telephone

    +1 312 915 0071

    Transport

    Subway/El to North/Clybourn; bus to Armitage

    Website

    Goose Island Brewery

  3. 3. The Signature Lounge - Bars

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    The Signature Lounge, Chicago. Courtesy of Zaitz Photography

    Sip a martini at The Signature Lounge on John Hancock Center's 96th floor. Enjoy the stunning panorama of the Lake Michigan shoreline and the city's dazzling architecture from the ceiling-to-floor windows. In the evening, the lights of the city twinkle.Show this on map

    Address

    875, North Michigan Avenue, Near North, Chicago 60611

    Telephone

    +1 312 787 9596

    Transport

    Subway/El or bus 145, 146, 147 or 151 to Chicago/State

    Website

    The Signature Lounge

  4. 4. Cubby Bear Lounge - Bars

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    During the baseball season Cubby Bear Lounge, located across the street from Wrigley Field, is always mobbed. Rowdy Chicago Cub fans flock here to mourn or celebrate after a game. At other times, the North Side bar is still crowded.Show this on map

    Address

    1059, West Addison Street, Wrigleyville, Chicago 60613

    Telephone

    +1 773 327 1662

    Transport

    Subway/Elevated Railway: Red Line to Addison; bus 22 to Clark, 152 to Addison

    Website

    Cubby Bear Lounge

  5. 5. The California Clipper - Bars

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    This funky 1940s-themed bar in Humboldt Park serves classic cocktails at its 18.3 metre long bar and in small, padded booths. On weekends, live bands play anything from country, soul and gospel to jazz and blues. Monday is bingo night.Show this on map

    Address

    1002, North California Avenue, Humboldt Park, Chicago 60622

    Telephone

    +1 773 384 2547

    Transport

    Bus 52 to Kedzie/California

    Website

    The California Clipper

Clubs

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  1. 6. Excalibur - Clubs

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    Excalibur, Chicago. © A la Carte Entertainment

    This Romanesque structure in River North, once the Chicago History Museum, is one of the city's largest nightclubs, with a den-type bar, dance cabaret and lower level games room. Dancing at Excalibur varies from salsa to alternative.Show this on map

    Address

    632, North Dearborn Street, River North, Chicago 60610

    Telephone

    +1 312 266 1944

    Transport

    Bus 22 to Clark or 65 to Grand

    Website

    Excalibur

  2. 7. Berlin Nightclub - Clubs

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    Heterosexuals, transsexuals and homosexuals gravitate to this Lakeview multicultural club, where DJs play progressive dance music. Fun Berlin Nightclub theme nights include Cheap Ass Tuesdays (US$1 drinks), Madonna every first Sunday of the month and once a month disco Wednesdays.Show this on map

    Address

    945, West Belmont Avenue, Lakeview, Chicago 60657

    Telephone

    +1 773 348 4975

    Transport

    Subway/El Red Line to Belmont

    Website

    Berlin Nightclub

  3. 8. Sound-Bar - Clubs

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    River North's Sound-Bar is a classy, trendy dance club with nine bars including an upscale wine bar and beer saloon. DJs spin a variety of pulsating music. The two dance floors have video monitors, laser lights and projected holographic images.Show this on map

    Address

    226, West Ontario Street, River North, Chicago 60654

    Telephone

    +1 312 787 4480

    Transport

    Subway/El to Chicago Avenue

    Website

    Sound-Bar

Entertainment

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  1. 9. B.L.U.E.S. - Entertainment

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    Since 1979, Blues lovers have clamoured to hear the wailing of local artists at this Lincoln Park club. The setting at B.L.U.E.S. is intimate with a long, narrow bar and small tables. CDs can be purchased on site.Show this on map

    Address

    2519 , North Halsted, Lincoln Park, Chicago 60657

    Telephone

    +1 773 528 1012

    Transport

    Subway/El to Diversey; bus 8 to Halsted or 76 to Diversey

    Website

    B.L.U.E.S.

  2. 10. The Second City - Entertainment

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    People like Alan Alda, John Belushi, Bill Murray and John Candy got their start at Old Town's The Second City, Chicago's famous comedy club. In 50 years, it has lost none of its charm. Each performance is original and funny.Show this on map

    Address

    1616, North Wells Street, Chicago 60614

    Telephone

    +1 312 337 3992

    Transport

    Subway/El to Sedgwick

    Website

    The Second City

  3. 11. Andy's Jazz Club - Entertainment

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    Andy's Jazz Club, Chicago. Courtesy of Andy's Jazz Club

    This cosy club in River North, with its 'wall of fame' and horseshoe bar, features mainstream, bebop and swing-jazz combos. Live jazz sessions take place daily, including lunchtime when you can munch on pizza or prime rib to the rhythms.Show this on map

    Address

    11, East Hubbard Street, River North, Chicago 60611

    Telephone

    +1 312 642 6805

    Transport

    Subway/El to Grand; bus 29 to State, 36 to Illinois, 65 to Grand

    Website

    Andy's Jazz Club

  4. 12. The Baton Show Lounge - Entertainment

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    Once a gay club, River North's The Baton Show Lounge has become a fun venue for mixed crowds, especially tourists and bachelorette parties. Female impersonators dance and lip sync. The more tips the performers get, the better the show.Show this on map

    Address

    436, North Clark Street, River North, Chicago 60654

    Telephone

    +1 312 644 5269

    Transport

    Subway/El to Grand

    Website

    The Baton Show Lounge

  5. 13. Chicago Symphony Center (Orchestra Hall) - Entertainment

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    Chicago Symphony Center (Orchestra Hall), Chicago. © City of Chicago

    The downtown Chicago Symphony Center hosts 150 world-class classical, children's and chamber concerts yearly. It is possible to sit on stage behind the orchestra. Tickets are scarce but the box office has same day, discounted tickets for students and seniors.Show this on map

    Address

    220, South Michigan Avenue, Downtown, Chicago 60604

    Telephone

    +1 312 294 3000

    Transport

    Subway/El to Adams/Wabash, State, Dearborn

  6. 14. Green Mill - Entertainment

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    Green Mill, Chicago. © City of Chicago

    The Uptown neighbourhood is not great but the music at Green Mill is. Once owned by mobster Al Capone, jazz aficionados and hipsters come to hear Dixieland, traditional, bebop, contemporary and progressive jazz. Every Sunday is Uptown Poetry Slam night.Show this on map

    Address

    4802, North Broadway, Uptown, Chicago 60640

    Telephone

    +1 773 878 5552

    Transport

    Subway/El to Lawrence; bus 36 to Broadway or 81 to Lawrence

    Website

    Green Mill

  7. 15. Buddy Guy's Legends - Entertainment

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    Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago. © City of Chicago

    Memorabilia adorns the walls of Buddy Guy's Legends, a downtown blues mecca. Listen to music while devouring Louisiana barbeque or jambalaya. Buddy Guy, along with such notables as Bo Didley, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton have appeared on stage here.Show this on map

    Address

    754, South Wabash Avenue, South Loop Downtown, Chicago 60605

    Telephone

    +1 312 427 1190

    Transport

    Subway/El to Harrison and State; bus 29 to State

    Website

    Buddy Guy's Legends

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