10Best Chicago, IL Nightlife
Choice words to describe Violet Hour: sexy, mystique, elegant and James Bond. Like a true speakeasy, it's well-hidden.
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New & Notable Chicago Nightlife
Hot, new Chicago nightlife spots, and notable places to check out his month.
If you love beer and you're visiting Chicago, Hopleaf is an essential on your to-do and to-drink list. The North Side watering hole offers one of the most extensive draft and bottle selections in the entire city. The Andersonville bar was voted Best Beer Bar in Chicago Magazine's 2012 Best of Chicago Readers' Choice Awards. Read more »All New & Notable Chicago Nightlife »
You walk into a Chicago courtyard full of long, wooden refectory tables. Have a seat at the nearest one, and you’re surrounded by 1940’s Mexico... Read more »All New & Notable Chicago Nightlife »
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Chicago’s perpetual energy proves there is no shortage of nighttime entertainment. River North is a catalogue of lively bars for young professionals. Along with a selection of swanky clubs, line down the block. Watch some amateurs as their flip-flops are denied entrance. Choose from a variety of live musical stylings, from catchy jazz to double-base punk. Like all Chicago business, nightlife is an enterprising market. Tequila is taking over the modern bar scene. Opt for a low-key at a late-night dive bar. The city lashes out once again, reviving the speakeasy. The entrance at Wicker Park's Violet Hour gives little hint to its identity, unless the yellow light bulb catches your eye. Cocktail hour is progressing with the times as bars and clubs introduce original, signature drinks.
- Chicago Expert Emma Watters