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Chicago Nightlife

Underneath the Tracks: A Journey on Chicago's L Train

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 09.14.2016 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

And as I sat on the train this past August, having visited my mother's apartment near the Homan-Kedzie stop, 6 years after I completed my bachelor's and under my belt the accomplishment of providing a safe neighborhood for my daughter, I felt sad.

Saving the Best for Last: New Year's Eve in Chicago

Party Earth | Posted 02.16.2014 | Chicago
Party Earth

We know what you're thinking: huge crowds, less-than-inviting weather, why go out and risk having a bad time?

The Pioneers of Chicago's Nightlife Industry

Kevin Yu | Posted 10.29.2013 | Chicago
Kevin Yu

After living in Chicago for nearly six years, I'm still able to see the same nightlife venues with their doors open every weekend. It's not mere luck that these establishments are still open.

11 Lolla After Parties Worth Checking Out

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 08.01.2013 | Chicago

Just because both the festival itself and many of the previously-announced official after shows are already sold out doesn't mean Chicago music fans a...

PHOTOS: Jay Z Lets Loose At Chicago After Party

Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago

Jay Z and company are becoming familiar faces around the Windy City. Monday night, the rap legend performed alongside Justin Timberlake to a sold-...

22 Artists Name Their Favorite Dirty Dives and Late Night Joints

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.24.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In true starving artist fashion, I polled 20 artists on their late night dives, juicy joints, hidden gems, cheap eats and all-around favorite hole-in-the-walls in the city. Take note. There are some great finds here!

Three Great Bars East of the Mississippi

Party Earth | Posted 01.12.2013 | Taste
Party Earth

While foodies are always looking for new restaurants and art lovers flock to the latest exhibits, bar flies explore the U.S. from coast to coast in search of the best bars in the country. Here are three of the coolest bars that we've found so far.

Three Chicago Clubs, Three Very Different Nights

Party Earth | Posted 12.15.2012 | Chicago
Party Earth

It's nice to know what to expect when you're set to club into the night. We're not implying you should have a detailed schedule, but the last thing you want to do is head out raring for some bumping house on the dance floor and find a DJ spinning '80s pop.

Does Chicago's Nightlife Need Some Diversity?

Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.26.2012 | Chicago
Jacqueline Howard

As some Chicago venues face accusations of being adverse to blacks, are these isolated incidents not uncommon to a large metropolitan area? Or does Chicago really have a race problem? A quartet of young African-American women aim to revamp the nightlife scene.

Drinking In Your 'Hood: A Neighborhood Bar Guide

Chicago Reader | Mike Sula | Posted 05.15.2012 | Chicago

You're probably reading this and thinking: "The last thing Chicago needs is another bar guide." So why did we do it? Well, because every other guid...

iNG's Cocktail Creator Gives His Picks For Chicago's Best Bars

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.11.2011 | Chicago

When trying to decide where to go for drinks, we figured we would quiz a guy who helped create a half dozen flavor-tripping cocktails, such as a skinn...

PHOTO: Summer's Most Beautiful Cocktail?

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.01.2011 | Chicago

Gazing at the Blueberry cocktail at The Aviary in Chicago's West Loop is like staring out of a submarine into a mesmerizing reef of fruit and flora. S...

Chicago's Best Beer Gardens: Wrigleyville Edition

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 09.06.2011 | Chicago

You knew it was coming - after covering beer gardens in Edgewater, Old Town, West Loop, Logan Square, North Center and Andersonville, it's about time...

Chicago's Best Beer Gardens: Andersonville Edition

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 08.30.2011 | Chicago

Though it’s a stone's throw from the already-covered Edgewater neighborhood, Andersonville features such a dense cluster of great restaurants and wa...

Chicago Scene Boat Party Leaves City For Hammond, Ind., After Permit Issues

Posted 08.31.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Scene Boat Party, a shindig "consistently voted the wettest and wildest event of the summer" according to its organizers, had better hope ...

Chicago's Best Beer Gardens: West Loop Edition

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago

We’ve covered Edgewater, Old Town, Logan Square and North Center, but what if you want to take your drinking downtown on a warm summer night? Check ...

Chet Haze, Tom Hanks' Rapper Son "Not Particularly Off The Hook" Live

Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

Known best for his Northwestern University-inspired rendition of a Wiz Khalifa song, Chet Haze, a 20-year-old theater major and son of Hollywood A-Lis...

Chicago’s Best Beer Gardens: North Center Edition

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 08.10.2011 | Chicago

Chicago neighborhoods are filled with bars touting sidewalk patios and rooftop lounges as “beer gardens,” but few spots live up to the name. A tr...

Chicago's Best Beer Gardens: Old Town Edition

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 07.23.2011 | Chicago

We’re slowly but surely making our way through Chicago’s outdoor drinking scene. We’ve already introduced you to the Edgewater eateries offering...

This Week's Deals: Cheap Shakes, Adler After Dark

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 07.16.2011 | Chicago

It may be only Tuesday, but we know you’re already getting stir-crazy at work. Ease your mind by checking out these amazing deals and events and pla...

Chicago's Best Beer Gardens: Edgewater Edition

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 07.13.2011 | Chicago

Let’s face it – we Chicagoans like to get our drink on outside. That’s why we’ve decided to find the very best places for outdoor drinking all...

Chicago's Best Dance Parties

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 07.10.2011 | Chicago

If this warm weather makes you want to get out and dance, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a dance party that suits your musical needs in Chicag...

PHOTOS: Fire And Ice Bar Opens In Chicago

The Huffington Post | Aixa Velez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While the frigid weather compels many Chicagoans to stay inside, the new Fire and Ice winter patio at Vertigo Sky Lounge makes leaving the house worth...

PHOTOS: Jamie Foxx Parties For His New Album, 43rd Birthday

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Oscar and Grammy award-winning singer, actor and comedian Jamie Foxx was partying double in Chicago Wednesday night. Foxx was celebrating the release...

Award-Winning "Bombay General" Cocktail Is on Fire

Audarshia Townsend | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Audarshia Townsend

Made with Bombay Sapphire gin, Domaine De Canton, orange marmalade, egg white and UG's secret syrup, the pièce de résistance is when the General is set on fire tableside.