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Chicago Comes to Life at Night

Whatever you’re looking to experience, you’ll find it here.

Chicago has some of the nation’s best restaurants, a deep-rooted history of jazz and blues music, and a diverse theatre and comedy scene that’s full of talent.

Enthusiasts will love the city's famed Chicago comedy clubs like Second City and Zanies for laughter-filled evenings. For the best bars in Chicago, there’s a wide range of historic taverns, speakeasies, dives, chic rooftop lounges, and cocktail focused spots all around the city.

Add to that a thriving LGBTQ community that invites everyone to enjoy some fierce drag performances and epic dance parties, and you have a city that really comes to life after hours.

View of the lake and Chicago skyline at night

Chicago Neighborhoods

Trip Idea

Explore the best of Chicago by neighborhood. Museums, dining, shopping, nightlife and everything in between.

Chicago Music Scene

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Best Dance Clubs in Chicago

Our picks for some of the best places to let loose and get down at some of the best dance clubs in Chicago.

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A Music Scene That Rocks

Whether you love hip-hop, blues, country, jazz or a mash-up of it all, Illinois plays your tune at music festivals, restored theaters and intimate lounges.

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Things To Do

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Places to Eat

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A band plays in a dimly lit room in the green mill speakeasy


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Bars & Night Clubs

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Chicago Nightlife Inspiration

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Chicago Theatre Week

Arts & Culture

Every year, Chicago Theatre Week offers deals on Chicago theatre. Read our guide to a budget-friendly getaway to see live performances on a budget.

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