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Chicago Party and Nightlife Spots

Chicago as the capital of the Midwest is full of great places to visit: fascinating art galleries, lush airy parks, and beautiful landmarks, there's something for everyone, and you are not likely to be bored while visiting this great city.

Chicago is also world-renowned for its food and decadent restaurants, making it a great food destination all its own. If you're visiting Chicago, you're also probably looking to get a taste of this city's nightlife.

Chicago is an eclectic and multicultural town with a rich musical history, and has enough bars and night clubs to make any night out a night to remember.

Nightlife in Chicago is spread out through the various, diverse neighborhoods, and the best way to experience it is to visit locales in different neighborhoods to get a feel for a range of cultures. There are many clubs and lounges located all around the city; here are the top 10 nightlife spots in Chicago.

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Underground Wonder Bar on N. Dearborn Street

If you're looking for a fun live band musical experience that is purely Chicago with ongoing drink specials, then head over to Underground Wonder Bar on N. Dearborn Street. This place features live music seven days a week from 10:30 am to 2:30 am, with bands playing different types of music including reggae and jazz.

Lee's Unleaded Blues on the South Side

Chicago is known for its blues scene, but many locals are complaining that it isn't what it used to be. If you want to catch a glimpse of Chicago blues are all about, then visit Lee's Unleaded Blues on the South Side. This local bar favorite has been around since the 1970s and is still every bit as authentic as when it first opened. Cover is only $5 and the drinks are reasonably priced.

B.L.U.E.S in Lincoln Park

Want more blues then hit up B.L.U.E.S in Lincoln Park for a lively blues experience in a tiny joint. This place gets crowded so be sure to show up early to secure a table, this only adds to its charm. If you're traveling to Chicago from out of town and want an unforgettable blues experience then B.L.U.E.S is the place to go.

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Velvet Lounge

If you're looking to drink in some of the city's jazz, then check out Velvet Lounge. This venue located on E. Cermak Street features great jazz music from national and local artists, a cozy interior, and strong perfectly mixed drinks. The jazz show usually lasts for about three hours. The cover is a bit hefty at $15 but the quality of music is definitely worth it.

Rory Lake's Karaoke

Love Karaoke? Then Rory Lake's Karaoke is sure to offer a one of a kind experience. This karaoke bar has a great music list, bingo, pool tables, and cards to cater to whatever you feel like doing. All types of people are drawn to this entertaining place which makes for a fun and eclectic crowd. You can also support the American Legion by buying drinks at the bar.

Smart Bar on N. Clark Avenue

Smart Bar on N. Clark Avenue is one of the best dance clubs in Chicago and features DJs from all around the world. Come here is you love techno, electronic and house music and want to experience its one of a kind Funktion Sound System. This place is great if you want to dance all night long with a friendly crowd. The best thing about this club is even if it features great international music, it's totally unpretentious and there's no dress code.

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Second City located on N. Wells Street

Chicago has some great comedy clubs, but the best one is undoubtedly Second City located on N. Wells Street. This place has great food and drinks and hilarious shows and improv that will have you laughing until your face hurts.

Neo Nightclub in Lincoln Park

If you're looking to try something unusual but fun while you're in Chicago then head over to Neo Nightclub located in Lincoln Park. This place draws in a mixed crowd but mostly from the Goth and Punk communities. Every night of the week has a different theme, and Thursday nights with new wave and 80s music are particularly popular.

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Dance Dance Party Party

If you're a female and want to experience what a girls-only dance party feels like, then try out Chicago's chapter of Dance Dance Party Party. This joint's motto is "No boys, no booze and no judgment," and is the latest in the nationwide girls-only dance phenomenon spreading across the country and developing a cult following. Women of all ages can come here on Wednesdays between 7-8 pm and Sundays 4-5 pm and get the workout of their lives. They can let loose without being afraid of getting hit on and without smelling like cigarettes and alcohol the next day.

Lincoln Karaoke

Are you traveling as a group and want to try out something special while in Chicago? Then head to Lincoln Karaoke, and get as close as you will ever get to Korean karaoke outside of Korea. The venue which has lighted up tambourines, great food, a full bar and amazing décor, is equipped for groups of +10 which each get their own private room to sing karaoke in.