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This Lakeview "beercade" has a fierce collection of 37 arcade games and 16 local draft beers. Donkey Kong, Tetris, NBA Jam, and Centipede are all for the playing, and a change machine is on-site to... read more
What happens when two experienced bar owners open the kind of bar that they would actually want to go to? It instantly becomes a local favorite, of course. Owners Kevin Heisner and Matt Eisler (Emp... read more
When it's 2AM and you just can't stand to go home, but can stand the thought of the skanky booths at Estelle's even less, head to Continental. The favorite 4AM spot for (sub)urbanites to keep the p... read more
Setting the stage (literally) for Chicago's alt-country scene, Horseshoe has live bands most days of the week on a tiny front stage. They've put their all-you-can-eat Sunday bluegrass buffet brunch... read more
Basically the sister bar of Wicker Park's Lemmings, except that it's cleaner, smaller and less beset by time-ravaged alcoholics. An oasis with a good beer selection for all the hot kids who are tur... read more
Opened by the owners of Wicker Park's Rainbo Club, Skylark is one of the best places in Pilsen to have a few beers and a bite. Get the Skylark Burger, a huge, juicy seasoned burger topped with must... read more
Like so many nightlife efforts in Chicago, this Coyote Ugly-esque bar is a poor man's version of New York's Hogs and Heifers. The ladies behind the bar sport lots of put-on 'tude, periodically (and... read more
Danny's used to be set up like an old apartment building replete with antique kitchen and bathrooms. Then they remodeled, closed off the upstairs, the rooms got bigger, and the assholes showed up. ... read more
Katerina's has the feel of a small Southern European club, with a live band to match. Surrounded by scarlet walls and black and white photos of lesser-known showbiz luminaries, crowds gather at ta... read more
It's the corner spot where everyone knows your name -- well, if you're a local/regular. They have deejays every night of the week playing whatever you may fancy, from rockabilly to house music. Thi... read more
The ultimate old-man bar, Zakopane usually has a female bartender (always in a short, tight outfit) behind the bar pouring beer for old Polish dudes who are literally nodding off at the bar with th... read more
Brother bar of Humboldt Park's Green Eye, this bar is the original. Once the legendarily scummy domain of local dogs, their owners and maybe a random prostitute, it now gets select upwardly mobile ... read more
Seedy punk/mod/rocker/greaser hangout that's somehow survived amidst an ever-homogenizing neighborhood of Irish pubs, nail shops and upscale eateries. The neon Maker's Mark sign is the only giv... read more
One of the city's last great slacker watering holes, the Hungry Brain is furnished with old mismatched couches, tinderstick chairs and charming bedheads lit warmly by some kind of unseen phosphores... read more
This dangerously dirty punk bar is what it is, and if you don't like it, then don't go. Well, at least, that's how the regulars -- usually rocked out in Mohawks and dyed hair -- feel about it. They... read more
Decades-old lesbian-run place in Boystown. Quiet earlier, it's packed after 2AM, oftentimes with a lot of hairless boys. Very fast service and videos from Mary, Missy, and Madonna. You'll find grou... read more
Though owner Michelle Fire doesn't go topless at the Gay Pride Parade anymore, her bar is as popular as ever. Gay couples, dressed in everything from business casual to jeans abound during the week... read more
This dingy bar used to make up in character what it lacked in tidiness, but gone are the rickety, dirt-coated wooden furniture and pool table. In their place are cafeteria-style tables and a makesh... read more
You could easily skip the early 20s scenester crowd that populates this place, posing out in natty pinstripe jackets and asymmetrical mullets to the strains of Gang of Four. The punk music, the bar... read more
The words seasonal and local seem to be attached to every other res...
Bold experiment provides a bar with everything but the booze. Every...
Massive River North sports bar that becomes late night DJ club. Sup...
Tucked below the swanky River North dining hotspot (yes, Gilt Bar i...
EDM and global house live performances and DJs perform and spin at ...