Complete Guide to Chicago Nightlife

The Windy City is known not only for being, well, windy. It is one of the best cities in the United States and easy to see why. The streets are bustling, the skyline is glowing, and there are tons of things to do. And when the sun goes down, the fun is just beginning. 

Chicago Nightlife

Whether you’re out with co-workers, friends, or family, there’s no shortage of delicious food to eat, great sights to see, and fun things to do. Check out our list of restaurants, clubs, and other exciting things to do while in America’s Windy City.

Best Restaurants in Chicago

Chicago Restaurants


Jennifer Kim, chef and restaurant owner, offers an interesting take on her heritage with a fusion of Korean and Italian food at Passerotto. There’s no shortage of flavor as you’re treated to such wonderful flavors as kalbi, cured fish, Korean-style rice cakes that pairs nicely with Italian-style lamb neck ragu. 

Band of Bohemia

On the north side of Chicago lies this lovely brewpub that offers Victorian-style décor, delicious gourmet dishes, and beer that’s brewed on-site. Satisfy your cravings with this lovely slice of heaven that’s truly one of a kind.

Mi Tocaya Antojeria

There’s a reason why Americans love Mexican food so much – and chef Diana Davila makes us want it even more. Mi Tocaya Antojeria features small Mexican dishes that you just can’t get enough of such as albondigas, some exotic dishes that pair tongue with peanut butter, and a delectable steak burrito. 


Quickly becoming one of Chicago’s top Italian restaurants (as evidenced by the degree of difficulty by which to get reservations), the Monteverde is brought to you by Top Chef Sarah Grueneberg. Get your chance to dine in this Chicago hotspot at the West Loop.

Best Bars

Best bars in Chicago

Chit Chat

The Chit Chat lounge offers a lot more than just a hip ambiance and loud music. There’s oversized punch bowls, boozy cocktails highlighted by top quality rum, mezcal, some bourbon, and an astonished crowd enjoying the beats played by the DJ.

Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery

Pizza and beer – does anything really get better than that? Jolly Pumpkin is one of the best places to go for some suds and grub. There’s free-flowing draft beer on tap and one of the best pizzas in town. The menu does change frequently though, so it’s best you ask your server for what’s currently on tap.

Sportsman’s Club

Imagine a cross between an old-school tavern and your old high-end college sports bar. Put the two together and you get the Sportsman’s Club, a nice comfortable place where you can enjoy booze, soft lighting, and your favorite sport all day long. For a fun night out on a budget, this is the place to be.

The Whistler

When you’re at the Whistler, you’re treated to some of the finest cocktails you’ve ever had while being serenaded by the city’s most talented acts. As one of Chicago’s craft cocktail pioneers, the bar has an ever-changing menu that is constantly being filled with deliciously inventive cocktails like the Moody Rita and the Toleen.

Best Nightclubs for a Fun Night Out

Chicago Nightclubs

Smart Bar

There’s no shortage of fun and dancing at this Wrigleyville club, which is a testament to the city’s dance music history. The club is open four nights a week and is home to one of the city’s best house music scene with the likes of internationally-renowned DJs Black Madonna, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, and many more. 

Beauty Bar

Fall in love with the city’s only nightclub that offers a salon concept that features chic décor, glittery walls, and salon furniture from the 60s. The Beauty Bar also hosts plenty of themed party nights like Timehop Thursdays, Emo vs Pop-Punk parties, or one of the many Themed Friday night happy hours. You can even get your nails done for real in the front room. Isn’t that awesome?

PRYSM Nightclub

Dance to the beats of famous DJs like Steve Angello and Afrojack just across the street from the local Whole Foods Market. Enjoy various themed parties like Industry Mondays and Pretty in Pink. The club features two-tiers, three bars, tons of seating options, and a VIP suite.


There’s lots of space and booze at this massive nightclub in River North. The club features three levels of space that’s filled with neon lights, graffiti, and bright sculptures that beauty fills out the space near the long corridors and each room. 

Other Fun Things to Do

Nightlife in Chicago

Join Trivia Night

Test your trivia prowess against other group members of the geekdom and gain bragging rights as you seek intellectual dominance. And getting to do that with a beer and a burger? That’s a night well spent.

Solve Puzzles at an Escape Room

Trivia is fun and all, but do you know what’s better than that? Getting to answer trivia questions and solve puzzles while trying to get out of a locked room filled with excitement and adventure. Solve your way out of the room. You don’t have to wait until Halloween to enjoy the thrill. Chicago has plenty of escape rooms just waiting for you and your friends.

Visit a Karaoke Bar in Chinatown

Chi Town’s Chinatown in itself is a neighborhood that never sleeps. It’s teeming with life and energy until the wee hours of the night when the sun starts to rise again. Here you can find a lot of food and drinks just waiting for you to try out. And while you’re still in town, why not go for some karaoke? 

Go Watch a Midnight Movie 

In the age where Netflix is our go-to channel for some late-night entertainment, wouldn’t it be nice to go back to the old days? Relive the golden age of entertainment with movies in the park where you can watch cult classics around midnight. Enjoy the likes of The Room, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and many, many more. 

Charter a Bus to Maximize the Fun

Get the most out of your night with eco-friendly buses that make hopping from one location to another a breeze. Whether you’re traveling with a large group with all of your friends, family, or co-workers, or simply going out with your crew, it’s nice to know there’s a perfect mode of group transportation that you can use so you can travel with style.

Chicago Motor Coach, Inc. is Chicago’s premier bus rental services and is one of the most referred Bus Rental Companies in the Chicagoland Area. Located in Elk Grove Village, IL, we can help organize transportation for your fun night out in Chicago to make your night out one that you’ll always remember. 

For further questions, please contact us at 847-260-9797. Let us know how we can help you.

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