Chicago

Best Bars in

Chicago
Chicago's famous nickname - the Windy City - may have nothing to do with the weather, but it can get pretty chilly with the breeze blowing over Lake Michigan. Fortunately there's enough nightlife in this culturally thriving city to keep you off the streets. You're never far away from a sports bar, jazz club or swanky cocktail lounge.

Chicago is known for its deep-rooted history of jazz and blues music, as well as its diverse and talented theatre and comedy scene. It is also home to some of America’s best restaurants. Add to that a thriving LGBTQ community and party scene, and the result is a city that truly comes alive after dark. Whatever nighttime experience you’re looking for, you can be sure to find it here.

A great place to go start is River North’s Hubbard Street, which is buzzing with animation every day of the week. Its lively bars draw crowds of hip young locals, out-of-town business people and fun-seeking night owls, making it the city’s top destinations for a night of bar hopping. Venture further uptown to Wrigleyville to take the rowdiness up a notch. This former working-class neighborhood takes its name from the historic Wrigley Field baseball park. It is now a dynamic tourist hub, jam-packed with sports bars and cool pubs that bubble up with animation every weekend – and even more so when the Cubs are playing.

For something more laid-back but just as fun, head over to Lincoln Park, a friendly area filled with restaurants, cafes and shops. The scenic shoreline park is home to the Chicago History Museum and the Lincoln Park Zoo. A wide choice of stylish cocktail lounges and lively dive bars can be found on North Lincoln Avenue, and the neighborhood is also known for its theatres, comedy clubs and concert venues. A bit south and across the river, Wicker Park is also worth a visit. Its quirky shops, hip coffee shops, cool fashion stores and trendy music clubs draw in a vibrant mix of artists, musicians and hipsters. Come nightfall, you’ll find them congregating at the buzzing restaurants and bars on North Milwaukee Avenue. 

Finally, Boystown is the place to go for a colorful night out on the town. Home to the largest LGBT community in the region, this bustling area of West Lakeview has hosted the city’s annual Pride Parade since the early 70s. This is a special place where everyone can feel welcome. Its quaint, tree-lined streets are filled with charming cafes, indie record stores and fashionable boutiques as well as a variety of comedy clubs and theatres. Crowds of young, hip locals and out of towners flock to its always animated cocktail bars, nightclubs and historic gay venues. And if you’re looking for something more low-key, North Broadway has a choice of intimate bars with dim lighting and a chill vibe to wind down the night.     

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