Shuba's Tavern. Check the Chicago Reader for the ad and directions. Or the website www.metromix.com. I found out about all the clubs through this website. Since I visit my father when I'm in town, I have still never been to a proper 'dance' club. I mainly just go to see bands play and drink beer! :-)
Shuba's is a laid-back tavern with mainly folk-rock artists. It attracts your late-20's, early 30's crowd and has TV's at the bar where you can watch the Cubs games etc..There is also the Harmony Grill next door which serves standard American food and is a really great 'date' place.
Dress Code: Anything goes at Shuba's or the Harmony Grill (just don't wear things with holes in them!) General common sense..
I admit that I was wrong (see previous NL). Chicago Nightlife exists and roars! Absolutely true that you should know where to look for b/c in the region of Michigan Avenue you barely find anything. Try move west of it, there're lots and lots of bars&clubs. Good luck!
crobar- is the club to be pretty much every night.
they play progressive techno, kind of music in an atmosphere of an abandoned warehouse.
wednesdays are free for the ladies
crobar's most unique qualities must be the cage in which you can be gently (very gently) tortured (more like tickled)
otherwise the stage is a scene for some interesting characters.
Dress Code: no jeans. night club clothes
This is a cool little bar, close to Halsted St. and a few blocks from Cabrini Green. It is a 2-story bar with a dance floor on the main floor. You can go downstairs to lounge around on big, overstuffed, red, velvet couches. The music is a mixture of techno and house, with some hints of trance. They are open until 4 or 5 am so it is definitely the place to hit up after some of the other bars have closed.
Dress Code: Anything but jeans, shorts, or anything too casual.
Great little tavern in the loop, adjacent to the Hotel Allegro on Randolph Street, and very convenient for pre/post theatre rendezvous.
Retro-cool without having to try too hard!
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Great place to go if you like Blues music and is only one block over from the Hilton Chicago.
Dress Code: from jeans to casual
Not really a club....more like a neighborhood bar. Dark, 135 different beers and a large selection of whisky. More of a punk rock, alternative feel. My favorite bar in Chicago.
Dress Code: Whatever....
After meeting VT-member Melissa (mgard27) and having dinner, we went to a bar called Dublin's a little north of downtown Chicago. A very nice location. We enjoyed a good beer there.
Cool bar with a unique 'hairdressing' theme. Lots of university type people and mid 20 somethings.
Dress Code: A little dressier than jeans and t-shirts. Probably anything goes.