Nightlife is no longer just an ear-splitting dance club or bar bursting with weekend revelers - although there are still plenty of those from which to choose in Chicago. Evening diversion is as diverse as the city itself, with destinations specializing in comedy, arcade games, creative karaoke and live jazz, blues, folk and rock 'n' roll sets.
Explore Chicago nightlife downtown at The Underground Chicago, still one of the city’s hottest dance clubs, or a little farther north in Old Town there's the brand new The Optima as well as the historic yet throughly current The Second City Theater Chicago. You might think it's difficult to lampoon the news that already absurd but the "cast delivers a show that’s surreal, musical, maniacal, and utterly entertaining all at the same time." Don't forget about the on-site UP Comedy Club hosting nationally known comics and improv comedy shows.
For a lively lounge experience, head to the landmark Green Mill Cocktail Lounge for jazz or Rosa’s Lounge for blues. Beauty Bar provides a kitchy, fun and budget-friendly place to dance and Logan Square is not cooling off - visit Slippery Slope for an any-night-of-the-week party, The Whistler for live performances or how about Heavy Feather for a laid back 1970's fern bar vibe? The Old Town School of Folk Music is an intimate, comfortable room presenting an array of genres in a great Chicago neighborhood. For others, great beer, good friends and free-to-play vintage arcade games make the ideal night out - those folks head to Replay Lincoln Park.