We've been spoiled all summer. With all the outdoor concerts and street festivals, Chicago can turn pretty much any outdoor spot into a dance floor. But now the cool, foreshadowing breezes of winter are starting to make their presence known and it's time to head indoors for the time being. Lucky for us, the dancing never stops in this city.
Here are a few Chicago dance clubs to hit up...
If You're a House Head
One of the oldest and best known dance floors in the city that birthed house music, Smart Bar (3730 N Clark St.) is nestled underneath legendary rock club The Metro in the heart of Wrigleyville. Top notch touring acts are constantly being welcomed to the decks but you can also catch regular sets from locals like Justin Long and Derrick Carter.
If You're Old School
Lincoln Park's Neo (2350 N. Clark St.) hasn't changed a bit since it opened in 1979 -- and we mean that in the best way. New wave and synth-filled goth jams are on the playlist every night and the $2 PBRS (on Thursdays) make them go down even smoother. In short, this isn't your typical polo-wearing, fancy beer drinking North Side crowd.
Once you're at Neo, Berlin (954 W. Belmont Ave.) -- one of Chicago's oldest LGBT dance clubs -- isn't too far away. Boasting a similar ‘80s theme, its 4 a.m. curfew (5 a.m. on Saturdays) keeps the party going late.
If You Love When the Bass Drops
Now that EDM is uber popular and pretty much everywhere, it's not surprising that there are plenty of Chicago clubs that's play bass-heavy dubstep on the regular. Finding a good spot to dance to it, now that's the trick. Evil Olive (1551 W. Division St.) is a split-level dance club that hosts a bevy of Wicker Park's trendiest each week as well as nationally recognized resident DJs like Orville Kline, Phives and Dani Deahl.
Evil Olive might not have the lines that The Mid (306 N. Halsted St.) does (a big plus) but if you're looking for the biggest names in dance music in a club setting, this is usually where you'll find them. Skrillex, Afrojack and Diplo have all headlined here.
If You Like to Two Step
The Shrine (2109 S. Wabash Ave.) is home to some of Chicago's best hip hop, R&B and reggae music. This multi-room club in the South Loop neighborhood is ideal for getting some pent up energy out of your system. Whether there's a live act on stage or a DJ behind the table, the dancefloor is always packed.
Known for attracting some of the most diverse crowds in the city, Funky Buddha Lounge (728 W. Grand Ave.) is another spot to hear the hottest urban beats.
If You Just Need a Little Bit of Everything
Often looked over because of its size, Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago Ave.) is a cozy - not cramped - West Town bar where you can sweat it out on the dance floor, get your nails done and drink a 50-cent beer (on Sundays) all in one spot. There are plenty of theme nights highlighting everything from hip hop to techno, from ‘80s to '90s, from slow and smooth to fast and loud.
Danny's Tavern (1951 W. Dickens Ave.) is another Chicago hidden treasure that is a true dancing hot spot with a lot of variety to offer. Soul nights, Smiths nights and more await you in this Bucktown bar.