Chicago has a wide array of nightclubs and bars to choose from. It is the USA’s third largest city after all! You won’t find it hard to find your type of hotspot. What makes Chicago unique to the rest of America is that it is home to two of the world’s most widely listened genres of music. This is reflected in the types of bars and nightclubs to choose from.
The blues originated in the 19th Century and, while similar to jazz in some ways, was a bit rough around the edges when compared to it. It may have been born in New Orleans but it quickly moved to Chicago. Blues originating in the windy city is known as ‘urban blues’. Due to the music’s history in the city, there are numerous blues clubs and most the world’s best known blues musicians have played in Chicago at some stage in their career.
The other music type to have originated here is ‘house music’, a variation of dance music. In the early 1980’s Chicago had control over the pressing plants (for vinyl) in the city, thus had access to many different records found nowhere else in the country. As the city gave birth to this type of dance music, many of America’s best dance clubs can be found in Chicago.
The Loop, and anywhere in the general downtown district, is where you will find most nightclubs. Some districts a little further out from the city centre, such as River North and Greektown, also have many to choose from so don’t be afraid to venture a little bit further away from the city centre.
817 W Lake, Loop, Chicago, USA
One of Chicago's most happening nightclubs playing, not just house music, but salsa and hip hop also.
754 S Wabash Ave, South Loop, Chicago, USA
When Buddy himself is there, this blues club plays host to some of the music's biggest names along with the rising ones also.
1240 N Wells St, River North/Old Town, Chicago, USA
This trendy bar is full of trendy regulars. Along with its choice of beers there is a good selection of cocktails also.
226 W. Chicago Ave, Between Franklin and Wells Sts, Chicago, USA
If you are looking for a relaxed night out in one of Chicago's many bars, this is the place for you. Serves food also.
3420 W Grace St, Chicago, USA
Abbey Pub is one of many Irish bars in Chicago, but this one fits approximately 700 people and, when it is full, has quite an atmosphere. There is also live music playing regularly .
1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park, Chicago, USA
Rock clubs don't come much cleaner than this. The bands playing range from local, well known acts to other ones who are passing through the city.
2519 N. Halsted St, Between Wrightwood and Fullerton Aves, Chicago, USA
The name says it all! Another of Chicago's better known blues clubs. Daily shows take place at 9.30pm and if you go on the right night you will be treated to something really special.
14 W. Elm, Division St, Chicago, USA
The beer flows well in this nightclub. You can tell cause most of the people are drunk! A good place to go if you are young and male.
440 N. State St, Between Illinois and Hubbard Sts, Chicago, USA
This popular gay bar is not just a place to drink but a mini theatre also. Regular cabaret shows keep the audience amused.
1997 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, USA
This nightclub has one of Chicago's biggest dancefloors and, along with that, two bars and a large lounge area for relaxing when you've done enough dancing.