Chicago Nightlife & Nightclubs

Chicago has so much going on after hours, you might have to schedule an extra day just to recover and get in some sleep. From dance clubs to swanky lounges, comedy stages to beer havens, you'll find it all — and more — so get ready.

No stranger to nightlife, Chicago is quite the tippling town. Proud to be home to the World's Best Bartender (hats off to Charles Joly of The Aviary, recently awarded the title by Diageo World Class), Chicago boasts numerous bars that are leaders of the cocktail culture. As if that's not enough, you can tour and taste locally-made spirits such as vodka from CH Distillery and whiskey from KOVAL Distillery. Indeed Chicago deserves the top billing as the "Greatest Drinking City in America" as lauded by GQ Magazine in 2014.

If it's a pint you seek, the craft brew scene can't be beat. Local breweries — from the masters at Goose Island to award-winners like Piece and Revolution Brewing — have set up shop downtown and across the neighborhoods. And endless local, national and international beers make up the menus at bars like The Map Room, Hopleaf and Local Option.

And if you like to laugh, you've come to the right place. Our comedy scene is responsible for launching the careers of such famous performers as John Belushi, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and many others. From traditional stand-up to competitive improv to sketch, find it at The Second City, Zanies, ComedySportz and Chicago's other top comedy clubs.

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