Chicago has so much nightlife that you might have to schedule an extra day just to recover. From dance clubs to swanky lounges, you'll find it all — and more — so rest up! Use this primer on late night fun for the 21+ crowd.

One of the city's premiere scenes, The Underground is always a crowd favorite. Complete with celebrities, big-name DJs and well-dressed crowds, this River North fixture has garnered accolades like "Hottest Night Club" by Entertainment Weekly, "Chicago's Sexiest Bar/Nightclub" by Victoria's Secret and "Best Music Venue" by Time Out Chicago. Open until 5:00 am Saturdays (and 4:00 am the rest of the week), it's the perfect way to round out your night.

DJ at Underground

SUB 51, a private lounge below the restaurant HUB 51, becomes an exclusive nightclub on weekends where you can hear resident DJs spin beats that will have you dancing all night long. Or make it full circle and come back for brunch upstairs. There's a 10% discount for anyone that shows up in their pajamas, or better yet, a bigger discount if you're still in last night's outfit.

Chicago's hotels get in on the fun too. J.Parker at Hotel Lincoln, ROOF at theWit Hotel, the Godfrey's I|O Urban Roofscape, and Raffaello's Drumbar take the revelry to new heights.

The Chicago club scene wouldn't be complete without long-time favorites like Y Bar — where "luxury meets house" and is combined with merengue, bachata or hip-hop depending on the night of the week — and Spy Bar, a 20-year-old institution.


Untitled does it all — cocktails in a throwback lounge setting (there are five bars and fun whiskey creations are a focus), live entertainment (jazz to burlesque) and late night dancing. Other popular haunts in the River North circuit include Rockit and Gilt Bar

Looking to venture to one of Chicago's happening neighborhoods? Check out Wicker Park's Debonair Social Club, both sensual and gritty, it mixes the hipster vibe of the neighborhood with sleek sophistication. Bordering on West Town/Goose Island/Bucktown is ESTATE Ultra Bar, where the late-night gathering moves outdoors onto the StarDeck in the summer months. 

Ladies looking for a spot... consider Beauty Bar. Step back in time to this 1960s salon-style bar complete with manicures, martinis, hair-dos and late-night dancing. Sip your cocktail from a retro dryer chair or head to the dance floor.

©Gilt Bar
Gilt Bar

Or head north to Wrigleyville's historic Smart Bar dropping beats in the neighborhood for nearly 30 years. Host to many after-party shows for the Metro (the upstairs live music venue), Smart Bar is a space for rock and dance fans to mix and explore each other's music.

Whatever your style, Chicago is sure to deliver on a fun night out. 


Related Listings

Cuvee Ultra Lounge
308 W. Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 202-9221

Untitled Supper Club
111 W. Kinzie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 880-1511

Sub 51
51 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654


The Underground
56 W. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 943-7600


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