Illinois Nightlife

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Illinois Nightlife

  • Bars/Nightclubs

    Chicago Nightlife

    Selected by Chicago Magazine as one of the outstanding bars in the City, the Scofflaw (in Logan Square) is well known for its lack of pretention (ahem, Violet Hour) and also for its genuine neighborhoodliness. A charming street corner tavern, it remains true to its roots and hasn't "prettified" itself beyond all recognition. I really enjoyed my...

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  • Blues Clubs

    Chicago Nightlife

    A friendly place, with great music and musicians, that's a lot more impressive inside than it shabby exterior suggests. Owned by the Blues legend Buddy Guy, the club gets rave reviews from the locals, and is arguably the best Blues club in the city. It's about 10 or 15 bucks for a night of Blues music, but you can turn up earlier in the day and...

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  • Theater

    Chicago Nightlife

    One of the actors we worked with was starring at the Steppenwolf Theater, so we took time out one evening to see a production there. It's a prestigious theater, formed by great actors, such as a personal favourite of mine Gary Sinise. He continues to act there, supported by a whole spectrum of America's best acting talent, such as John Malkovich...

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  • Live Music-other

    Chicago Nightlife

    Last visit June 2014 First Merit Bank Pavilion (formerly Charter One) at Northerly Island was totally reconfigured between my last visit and my most recent visit in June 2014. The location of the stage and seat configuration changed and they added lawn seats which got off to a bad start with a couple of very muddy shows. If it's raining, the show...

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  • Jazz clubs

    Chicago Nightlife

    If you want to feel Al Capone's spirit, then The Green Mill is where you want to go! The Green Mill is one of Chicago's oldest jazz clubs (opened in 1907). It used to be own by "Machine Gun", Al Capone's right-hand man. Al Capone used to hang out there all the time, too! I had an amazing time there. As soon as you enter, it's as if you're back...

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  • Signature Lounge-Hancock

    Chicago Nightlife

    located in the 96th floor of the john Hancock Center in the Magnificent Mile and is one of the most spectacular and romantic views around the city of chicago and lake michigan aroundso it is ideal for romantic dates or proposal but even for just chit chat and hanging around. For the price of a trip to the John Hancock tower observatory ($15, two...

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  • Eating & Drinking

    Chicago Nightlife

    Very much part of the burgeoning neighborhood of Logan Square, Whistler mixes sophisticated drinks with the feautres of an art gallery and performance space. The night we were there a D.J. was spinning a deep chill vibe that was fantastic. The mixologists here are among the most highly regarded in the entire city of Chicago. (I returned to...

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  • Comedy Clubs

    Chicago Nightlife

    The UP Comedy Club is in the same building as Second City. I had been seeing discounted tickets for "What the Tour Guide Didn't Tell You" for months and we finally booked tickets through Hottix for a Thursday night. The space holds 285 people, on a Thursday night it was not crowded but there was a decent size crowd of people considering it wasn't...

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  • Movies

    Chicago Nightlife

    Watching movies at the local multiplex gets less and less appealing every time I go, the screens are getting smaller and smaller, people talk during the whole movie. But here are a few suggestions for some out of the ordinary places to see films in Chicago: The Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport, is a great place to see classic, independent and...

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  • Opera

    Chicago Nightlife

    Chicago's premier opera company celebrates its 50th anniversary in the 2004-2005 season. Check their website for more information. . Their schedule always includes old favorites as well as more modern fare and usually something a little lighter. . They have a super outreach program for students. . The pictures were taken during our recent visit to...

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  • The Chicago Theatre

    Originally called the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre, the Chicago Theatre opened in 1921 as an opulent movie palace. It was the flagship of the Balaban and Katz group of theaters which owned 28 theaters in Chicago and 100 others throughout the Midwest. During its first 40 years, the Chicago Theatre hosted premier films and live entertainment,...

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  • The Civic Opera House

    Constructed in 1929, the Civic Opera House is home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The building's Art Deco auditorium has a seating capacity of 3,563, making it the second-largest opera auditorium in North America, after the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. The throne-shaped building was designed by the architectural firm of Graham,...

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  • The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt...

    The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University is one of the premier venues in Chicago for plays, ballets, performances by dance companies, and other cultural events. The 4,300-seat theater has hosted the openings for the national tours of such Broadway plays as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, and Showboat.The theater was...

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  • J-A-Z-Z!

    If you go to Chicago, you must go to the North Side stalwart. The Green Mill is 100 years old and still the king. Check the paper or phone ahead though it doesn't matter who is playing.Just GO! Casual

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  • The Best Bar to meet genuine people

    As a Scot myself I found this little piece of Home to be a place I frequented. You will get great food here which you can eat inside or outside in the beer garden. It's all very affordable too. Watch out for the All you can eat Fish and Chips days, they are usually mobbed.If you want to meet a whole variety of different people from various walks of...

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  • Chicago - "Rainbo Club"

    Hang out here and meet not only Chicagoans but also people coming here from other locations. This club seem to drag hip people in their 30s and up. Talk with artists in their buzz and discover a world of its own. No doubt we've been taken here by our local musicians friends.Great deco ambience. Chairs around the bar are way outnumbered by patrons...

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  • Checker Board Lounge

    Not a place for everyone, but if you're a bit daring and want to take in some excellent Jazz & Blues, this is the place to go.Slim Water and the Tears are worth seeing! None, you'll see just about every type of dress here.

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  • The District in Rock Island

    There is more info about this spot on my Iowa page, but it is basically a little Irish section of the city that has more than its share of pubs, bars, and dance clubs:) It's a great place to go with friends on weekend nites!

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  • Eat early!!!!!!!! everything...

    Eat early!!!!!!!! everything in Nauvoo closes at like 7pm!!!!!!! (well, maybe more like 9pm) :o) I was meeting my dear VT friend Jill (Athena) and at around 9:45pm everything was closed!!!!! so we ran to the border (no, not the Mexican border= we were in Illinois for crying out loud!!!!!! but to Iowa) and made of it a Mexican fiesta!!!!! ;o)Please...

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  • Downtown: Division Street,...

    Downtown: Division Street, Rush St. Also, in suburbs, like in Schaumburg.As wild and crazy as it gets:}:}:} Chic to casual.

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  • The House of Blues-Chicago

    This place was very cool and they host very good shows; on this particular night Lefover Salmon was at the House of Blues. When we pulled up to the building, it kind of reminded me of the Capitol Records building. The inside is decorated in all sorts of ethnic cloth and statues; and best of all there is a coat check. Well, I'm not sure if there is...

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