Late Night / After Hours

Pump Room

Stately and very chic, this Chicago staple provides the perfect backdrop to a celebration or night when you're out to impress. The dress code sets the tone, and the decor reveals that you're among the well-heeled. The walls are a veritable...  Read More

Le Passage

Enter through the alley, move past the beautiful blond hostess (having met the cover charge and dress code), descend the stairs, and be transported to a 10,000-square-foot subterranean speakeasy of the new millennium. Le Passage's funky decor...  Read More

Funky Buddha Lounge

Local artist Suhail's giant steel Buddha marks the entrance to this cool spot. Leather and faux-leopard seating areas run the length of the main bar in the dark Moroccan/Middle Eastern-inspired den. Two bars, a cozy VIP section, and a small...  Read More

Stephen Calk, Barry Paddor (of legendary Shelter fame), and designer François Frossard created this upscale, luxurious nightclub. Hip locals have attended in masses since its July 2000 opening. DJs spin progressive music through a stellar sound...  Read More

Lake View

"Rolling Stone" magazine named it "Best Dance Club" in Chicago for good reason. This intimate joint has two bars, a small dance floor with a tiny stage, and bass cabinets that double as platforms for drag queens, exotic dancers, or fetish shows...  Read More

Rednofive / The Fifth Floor

Resident and guest DJs spin everything from hip-hop to techno in these separate yet affiliated clubs. Rednofive's alley entrance leads into a smoky, dingy subterranean den. Designed to emulate an '80s rock club, it draws a surprisingly upscale...  Read More

Local artwork and an incredible internet jukebox keep this Wicker Park favorite busy into the wee hours of the morning. The Irons's bars serve everything a thirsty patron could hope for. Pool tables add to the appeal. Stick around and watch...  Read More

The Wild Hare

This Jamaican-owned and -operated spot proudly bills itself as the "Reggae Capital of America," and for good reason. Formerly the Wild Hare and Singing Armadillo Frog Sanctuary, the venue offers live reggae seven nights a week. The crowd, all...  Read More

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge
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Trendy folks and jazz aficionados regularly flock to this cool joint. Once a hangout of Al Capone, Charlie Chaplin, and Gloria Swanson, the place has tons of character. It was also a speakeasy during Prohibition, meaning that Green Mill retains...  Read More

Lincoln Park

This spot's mantra ("Hear the music, drink booze, and talk loud") is strictly enforced. With two stages and the only 4am-liquor license among Chicago's blues clubs, Kingston Mines is packed nightly. Local blues and jazz artists often stop by...  Read More