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  • Bars/Nightclubs: West Hubbard St, downtown Chicago

    by socheid Updated Aug 23, 2010

    There are a handful of bars all right next together on West Hubbard St around number 22 where Rockit Bar and Grill is. At ground floor in Rockit is indeed the bar and grill. Upstairs after 5 pm the lounge opens. It's pretty big and has room for a lot of people in there. The dj plays a mixture of music and there are some pool tables at one end and tvs all around on the walls. It gets very busy and lively at weekends at least.

    Next door is Howl at the Moon which has duelling pianos sometimes accompanying by drums / bass etc. Some of the songs they played on the piano didn't work in my humble opinion, I thought some if it sounded pretty bad.

    It's a notch more down market than Rockit so take your pick as to which of the 2 suits you best. Both had hen or batchelorette as they seem to call them in the US) in.

    There are some bars straight across the street. O'Callaghan's is the late night joint of the group, open to 5 am with no entrance fee. There is another bar next door that was trying to charge $20 admission fee even though it was close in an hour.

    I have little doubt that there will be plenty of other areas similar to this in downtown Chicago

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    (see listing): Where to watch your favorite college team?

    by TRimer Updated Sep 17, 2007

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    Sports bars in Chicago tend to be affiliated with a particular university. It is important to know this or you could be in hostile territory routing for the wrong team. Here is a list of some of the most popular sports bars and their team affiliations:

    Duffy's - Michigan
    420 1/2 W. Diversey Pkwy. (just West of Sheridan)

    McDunna's - Iowa
    1505 West Fullerton (near Ashland)

    Durkin's - Purdue (mostly recent grads)
    810 W. Diversey Pkwy. (@ Halsted)

    McGee's - Ohio State
    950 W. Webster (under the El tracks)

    BW3s - Colorado State
    2464 N. Lincoln Avenue
    They have the best wings in town.

    Gin Mill - Michigan State (also Tin Lizzy)
    2462 N. Lincoln Avenue

    John Barleycorns - Ohio State (same bar- new name)
    2142 N. Clybourn

    Redmond's - Wisconsin
    3358 N. Sheffield

    Brownstone Tavern - Texas
    3937 N. Lincoln (1 bk. south of Irving Park)

    Kirkwood - Nebraska and Indiana
    2934 N. Sheffield (@ Oakdale)

    Schoolyard Tavern - Illini
    3258 N. Southport (@ School)

    Note that Northwestern does not have a bar for alumni- we drown our sorrors at any bar available. U of C does not have a football team anymore.

    Dress Code: A team jersey would be appropriate.

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    Hot House: Music with spice.......

    by ThamaraSD Updated Jul 30, 2007

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    This venue is closed looking for a new home.

    TRY these two places for your world music fix.....

    Chicago Cultural Center. The city of Chicago's center for the performing arts. Its programming features world music, jazz and other genres. Address: 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, Illinois 60602. Phone: +1 (312) 346-3278. E-mail: culture@cityofchicago.org

    Also try The Old Town School Of Folk Music teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities.
    4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. Phone: +1 773-728-6000
    http://www.oldtownschool.org/

    Have fun.

    Hot House,
    the center for the international performance and exibition.

    I have seen music and dancing from all over the world in this place and never been dissapointed. A not for profit venue that promotes artists of all music styles from all over the globe. Beautiful romantic room with a small seating capacity, there are no bad seats here and the ticket prices are very fair and affordable (15-35 or sometimes free). Great place for a date or to mingle with a great international crowd. Don't miss the holiday fair in December for your Christmas shopping from around the world as well. Shows sell out fast. You can order tickets on line or by calling the box office ((312) 362.9707 )
    Full bar, no Food, parking around the corner on Wabash or accross the street from the venue on Balbo
    For More info click on the link below
    http://www.hothouse.net/

    Dress Code: What ever you are comfortable in, you will always fit in.

    Hot House
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    Bars/Nightclubs: Great Chicago neighborhood

    by ksuchy Written Jan 23, 2007

    We got a tip from a friend to go to the corner of Rush St. & Division St. It's an excellent area to hang out . There are a lot of restaurants and bars. The original Mother's Bar (26 W Division St) is there which does live band karaoke if you're up for it! :)

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    downtown: Who says nightlife is always about bars?

    by simcard Written Apr 4, 2006

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    Well.. Chicago's evening is amazingly beautiful.. if you spend all your evenings in the bars or theaters.. u don't really have to come all the way to Chicago to do it though.. so.. go out and walk around downtown.. u can start from along chicago river.. then turn to michigan ave.. so many beautiful spots to explore!

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    Bars/Nightclubs: Good Electronic Music

    by Jkjules Written Nov 17, 2005

    Its hard to find sometimes...you'll need to do some research.

    Sound Bar in River North neighborhood
    http://www.sound-bar.com/
    226 W Ontario St - Entrance in Alley
    (312) 787-4480
    -Many well known DJs will make a stop here. Check website for a schedule. Then there are those nights when the residents are playing - nothing special. There are two floors. Lower level plays hip-hop, popular dance music. Upper level is usually house or visiting DJ.

    Darkroom in Ukranian Village neighborhood
    http://www.darkroombar.com/
    2210 W Chicago Ave
    (773) 276-1411
    - Check the website for calendar. Sometimes DJs, sometimes live music.

    Sonotheque in Ukranian Village
    http://www.sonotheque.net
    1444 W Chicago Ave
    (312) 226-7600
    - By far, my fave place. Always interesting music, fun crowd, polite service.

    Metro in Lakeview
    http://www.metrochicago.com/
    (773) 549-0203
    3730 N Clark St
    - All types of artists perform, but this place often has great DJs spinning there.

    Dress Code: Sound bar is pretty pretentious, so dress up. Other places are pretty casual, but I wouldn't recommend shorts or sandals.

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  • Halsted street N: Gay street

    by frenchlondon Written Mar 3, 2005

    Belmont sybway. When you leave the subway station, turn on the right, cross the street at the light, carry on and then first on the left..and there is a street full of gay bars/lubs/saunas etc etc

    I quite liked Roscoe and Little jim which has the repuation of being a bit seedy but i dont think that was the case. It s just a friendly local gay bar.

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    The Lakefront: Fireworks!

    by londonlover Written Aug 3, 2004

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    In the summer on every Wednesday and Saturday night (and during special events), Chicago puts on a fireworks display over Lake Michigan. Look behind you and you see the dizzying skyline...look in front of you and you have a stunning fireworks display. Could it get any better in Chicago at night?

    The best fireworks display is said to be on the annual Venetian Night at 9:30 PM, which is when I took this picture.

    Fireworks over Lake Michigan

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    Are you a "clubber"?

    by lola96 Written Jan 12, 2004

    Chicago has a great nightlife, its just hard to know where to go! Chicago also puts on great clubbing events. Check out www.clubexplosion.com, and read the forums to find out what will be going on while you're here!
    other good sites:
    www.energythursdays.com
    www.northstar-online.com
    www.anotherlevel.com
    www.globaladrenaline.net

    Oct 26th Halloween club event
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    The Reader: Where to find out what is going on

    by TRimer Written Nov 5, 2003

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    The Reader is Chicago's free weekly newspaper. It is the place where Chicagoans look to see what bands are playing, where to find an apartment, check out what movies are playing and where to seek a mate or a friend (I love the missed connections section). The Reader, which comes out every Thursday, can be found at bars, coffee shops and some street corners. It also contains job listings, restaurant reviews, cartoons and commentary. Check out the Reader online at http://www.chireader.com/

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    It has no name or sign: Romanian place with no name

    by dlandt Updated Feb 24, 2003

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    This is a little place for local Romanians that I don't know if it has a name and has no sign except a battered old broken Old Style neon. Its the door under there in the run down building. The inside is immaculate with crystal chandeliers, elegantly dressed staff etc. They have cabaret singers on weekends. You can have Romanian food for cheap. Two things to remember, this is a small community, you will be watched with interest as you enter. Not all the staff speak English and not all who do speak it well. I got along in Italian OK, but not consistently. No credit cards. This one isn't for everyone.

    Dress Code: Although you CAN go in just about anything. I would stongly suggest men wear a tie and ladies dress to impress.

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    Guest Lists and Free Drinks at Nightclubs

    by ChicagoGuy Updated Feb 22, 2003

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    I have collected the web sites for several clubs or sites that specialize in club events. You can get yourself on the guest list at a discount or for free. Some places offer free drinks, food, and dance lessons. Let me know if you find any deals I have not listed. ENJOY!

    http://www.chicagorsvp.com/index.htm
    http://www.club720.com/
    http://www.excaliburchicago.com/
    http://www.ginmag.com
    http://www.rivegauchenightclub.com
    http://www.thenightclubindustry.com/
    http://transit.gogga.com/
    http://www.urchicago.com/
    http://www.v5online.com/
    http://www.whitestarlounge.com/
    http://www.zentranightclub.com/


    Dress Code: No Jeans
    No Sneakers
    No Baseball Hats

    White Star - Nightclub

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    Music Clubs

    by ChicagoGuy Updated Dec 5, 2002

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    There are bunches of great places to see/hear music in Chicago. Here is a list of some of my favorites:

    http://www.aragon.com/
    http://www.doubledoor.com/
    http://www.hothouse.net/
    http://kingstonmines.com/
    http://www.martyrslive.com/
    http://metrochicago.com/
    http://www.wildharereggae.com/
    http://www.hideoutchicago.com/
    http://www.boulevardcafe.com/
    http://www.schubas.com/
    http://www.heartland-cafe.com/
    http://www.thenotechicago.com/

    Dress Code: At these place you can wear just about anything. No worries :)

    Great Show

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    Checkerbocker Cafe: A Real Blues Club

    by MZK Written Oct 21, 2002

    Great music here comes with cheap drinks and a great audience of local people, who all know each other. You can see white young people mixing with blacks of all ages and grooving to the sounds of raunchy blues songs. The only place I saw in Chicago white and black people mix and have a good time together in this quite a segregated city.

    Dress Code: Anithing from beaded dresses to ripped jeans

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  • I don't really know the...

    by Jenna_00 Written Aug 26, 2002

    I don't really know the nightlife because I'm not 18 but most things stay open till 12 on the weekends. The Virgin Record store stays open till like 2 or 3.
    What's great about the store is at night they will have special sales on soundtracks or buy one get one free deals.

    Dress Code: Usually dress code is implied for stores.

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