Dance the night away at Chicago's best clubs


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.  


The ultra-hip, ultra-modern Sound-Bar is certainly the place to go for a wild night out. A star-studded list of resident DJs produce fresh bass lines throughout the sprawling, mulit-level 20,000 sq ft club and the scantily clad dancers keep...  Read More

Gold Coast

A longtime fixture in the Rush and Division area, and a popular spot for bachelorette parties, Hangge-Uppe (pronounced hang ups) is a popular dive bar where you can dance to Top 40 hits or oldies music. Buy a beer from one of the open beer tubs,...  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 a...  Read More

Located in an historical landmark building, Castle is surprisingly huge for a dance venue. It boasts four different spaces spanning five levels and 60,000 square feet. In addition to dance floors galore, it's one of the few Chicago spots that...  Read More

Bring your dancing shoes! The sexy, salsa dance crowd packs this restaurant on weekend nights to dance to salsa, bachata, meringue and other Latin music by beloved DJ-X. The dressed-up, international dancing crowd doesn't show up until late at...  Read More

Lake View

Rolling Stone magazine once 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...  Read More

West Town
Beauty Bar
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This combo salon-dance club is a great place for a manicure, a martini, and a fun dance party. The kitchy 60s decor includes sparkly glitter paint on the walls and 1960s styled salon furniture. Between 7 p.m. and midnight, you can have your...  Read More

Studio Paris
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Some of the best DJs in Chicago play electronic dance music on this second-floor nightclub, above the French restaurant, Paris Club. The room's retractable glass roof is opened on nice weather nights, converting the space into an open-air dance...  Read More

A basement dance club with less posh, more punk. If you want a place that gets you dancing, look no further. The DJ spins a mix of techno, rave, funk, house and well, anything you can dance to. Expect an alternative mix of clientele. Located in...  Read More

Recently renovated, Underground has sleek decor, updated tech elements and an elevated food and beverage program. The hot club owned by Chicago bar guru Billy Dec attracts a rotating guest list of who's who of Chicago notables, celebrities,...  Read More


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Jamie Bartosch is a lifelong Chicagoan who thinks her hometown is the greatest city in the world. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter, a freelance travel writer, and the mother of two great kids.