House music was born in Chicago when a new club called The Warehouse gave it its name. The Warehouse is no longer but the beats continue at a number of dance clubs around town. Chicago’s nightlife is hot ~ if you know where to go and sometimes it’s in the basement.
Smart Bar in Wrigleyville has been a destination for dance-partiers since 1982 and still holds its own with its rocking DJs while Lakeview’s Berlin harkens back to Belmont Ave’s longtime punk scene and simultaneously connects to the future. You may encounter drag queens, exotic dancers, and other controversial icons on the dance floor at this gay (super) friendly club (hint: don’t show up before midnight!).
River North’s Sound-Bar is made for dancing. Check out the upper areas for some of the best hip hop in the city. The Underground is one of Chicago’s favorite places to see and be seen. Be sure to dress to the nines at this exclusive club in River North where you’ll dance to beats dropped by a roster of internationally-known DJ’s. The Hangge-Uppe is a favorite casual late night spot in the Gold Coast where oldies tunes are played on the lower level.