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Chicago Bars, Clubs & Nightlife

Chicago has more bars per capita than even New York or Los Angeles, so you know you’re coming to a town that loves to party. Along with scores of Broadway quality theaters and shows, cavernous dance clubs, and premier live music venues, it all adds up to a happening Chicago nightlife.
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  2. Bars and Taverns (20)
  3. Casinos & Horse Racing (6)
  4. Chicago Theater Scene (79)
  5. Live Music Venues (13)
  6. Lounges and Dance Clubs (7)

Chicago Hotel Rooftop Bars
Chicago hotel rooftop bars have exploded lately. Once upon a time, the roofs of hotels housed only their unsightly heating and air-conditioning hardware. Then, in 2000, the Park Hyatt opened NoMI Garden on the 7th Floor of their hotel. They, unknowingly, also opened the floodgates to what can be termed the Chicago Hotel Rooftop Renaissance.

House of Blues Chicago
House of Blues Chicago

Top 10 Things To Do In Chicago During Lollapalooza
Top 10 Things To Do In Chicago During Lollapalooza

Best Chicago Hotel Bars
Considered hot destinations where even the locals frequent, the top hotel bars range from high-concept cocktail lounges to wine bars.

Suds in the City
Best craft beer bars in Chicago.

Chicago’s ‘Mad’ About Mixology
The Best Cocktail Lounges in the Windy City.

Chicago's Best Live Music Venues
From a punk-rock lounge to an iconic jazz club where Al Capone used to hang out, these venues add color to Chicago’s live-music scene.

LGBT Favorites For Dining, Drinking & Dancing in Chicago
LGBT Favorites For Dining, Drinking & Dancing

Pour On The Champagne & Cognac
French-focused bars add an element of sophistication to Chicago nightlife.

Fifth-Annual 'Chicago Chef Week' Returns
The fifth-annual "Chicago Chef Week" takes place March 17-22, offering diners great deals on some of the best restaurants in town.

Metromix Chicago Bars and Clubs Index
From the folks at the Chicago Tribune, Metromix offers an online collection of articles about Chicago's drinking and dancing establishments.

Next/The Aviary/The Office: A Triple Threat of Award-Winning Food & Drinks
Grant Achatz’s second, third and fourth creations co-exist in one building in Fulton Market. The award-winning chef, whose gastronomy molecular-focused Alinea opened in 2006, continues to spread his influence with Next, The Aviary and The Office.

Chicago’s Best Sports Bars
Chicago Sports Bars: where to find the biggest screens, best food & drinks in Chicago.

Neighborhood Watch: River North
Where to dine, shop and play in River North, Chicago’s trendiest area.

Chicago's Best Whiskey Bars
Wet Your Whistle With Bourbon, Rye & Scotch At These Top Whiskey Spots in the Windy City.

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