4 AM Bars

Recommended 4 AM Bars

  • Alice's Lounge
    Karaoke Bar
    Alice's Lounge Avondale
    One of the best worst decisions you can make on a Saturday night at 3 AM, Alice's is quite probably the city's best late-night karaoke spot. Filled with laser lights, fog, and the clever and off-color quips of karaoke keeper »
  • Boss Bar
    4 AM Bar
    Boss Bar River North
    The name of this bar is an obvious allusion—guess which "boss" first comes to mind in Chicago—and the sign on the corner of Clark and Hubbard is distinctive, but those features are not what make this bar noteworthy. What does: »
  • Butch McGuire's
    Bar/Lounge
    Butch McGuire's Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville
    Bursting with gewgaws (lights, posters, a model train running around the bar), this Rush Street bar and grill has been feeding the partying masses since the 60s. —Laura Levy Shatkin
  • Carol's Pub
    Music venue
    Carol's Pub Uptown
    The closest thing to a genuine country honky-tonk in Chicago, this lovable, run-down corner bar—smelling of 30 years of spilled beer—offers an all-country jukebox, all-night sets on the weekends by a solid country cover band called Diamondback, and cheap beer »
  • The Continental
    4 AM Bar
    The Continental Humboldt Park
    The 4 AM bar of choice for fashionable Chicago scenesters since it launched in 2006, this lonely outpost of hipsterdom on a vacant stretch of Chicago Ave. has such a reputation for late-night shenanigans that it's widely known by the »
  • George's Lounge
    Bar/Lounge
    George's Lounge South Loop  2
    Old-school dive bar in the South Loop. Cash only.
  • Green Mill
    Music venue
    Green Mill Uptown  4
    Classic Chicago in bar form, Uptown’s Green Mill isn’t unlike a pricey glass of champagne with a fleck of cigarette ash floating near the rim. In operation since 1907 and once a haunt for Capone and showbiz personalities, the lauded »
  • Jackhammer
    Music venue
    Jackhammer Rogers Park/West Rogers Park
    Some assholes are trying to rebrand the corner of Devon and Ashland "RogersEdge," but bars like the Jackhammer should help keep gentrification at bay. Unlike neighbor Touche, though, the 'Hammer's no seedy dive. As a local alternative to the Boystown »
  • Joe E's Unforgettable Lounge
    Dive Bar
    The only 4 AM bar on Irving Park Road has a strong relationship with the Illinois Lottery, with a behind-the-bar ticket machine and a self-serve on the floor. In operation since the 50s, it's now run by the second-generation Joe »
  • Oasis
    Bar/Lounge
    Oasis Rogers Park/West Rogers Park
    This large two-roomed bar is showing its age, but no one seems to mind or care—the crowd ranges from Loyola students to Alderman Joe Moore. There's pool, but darts are the bigger draw; Oasis hosts regular tournaments, and the competition's »
  • Old Town Ale House
    Bar/Lounge
    Basically, the bar that Second City players go to after a performance (for proof, check out the caricatures on the walls: look familiar?). Filling pitchers of Old Style until 5 AM on Saturday, this is one of the liveliest dives »
  • The Owl
    4 AM Bar
    The Owl Logan Square
    There's a waterfall behind the bar—that’s definitely something. Fortunately, though, the 4 AM spot brought to Logan Square by the people behind Estelle's, Easy Bar, and Alive One has a handful of other amenities, including a solid rotation of 17 »
  • Smart Bar
    Music Bar
    Smart Bar Wrigleyville  3
    The club tucked beneath the Metro Cabaret is also the most popular dance destination in the city, booking cutting-edge DJs locally (Derrick Carter, Frankie Knuckles) and internationally (DJ Harvey, Omar-S, Ben Klock). The interior's a bit clubby, but the dance »
  • Underbar
    4 AM Bar
    Underbar Roscoe Village
    Closed. As oxymoronic as it may sound, Underbar is a classy 4 AM bar. The inside is dark and candlelit, and the staff has a pretty firm handle on keeping the really drunk people out. The bar boasts an extensive »

4 AM Bars

    • Big City Tap
      1010 W. Belmont
      Chicago, IL,
      773-935-9229
    • Bijan's Bistro
      663 N. State St.
      Chicago, IL, 60654
      312-202-1904
    • Burton Place
      1447 N. Wells
      Chicago, IL, 60610
      312-664-4699
    • Celeste
      111 W. Hubbard St.
      Chicago, IL, 60654-4503
      312-828-9000
    • Clark Street Ale House
      742 N. Clark St.
      Chicago, IL, 60654
      312-642-9253
    • Cuvee
      308 W. Erie St.
      Chicago, IL, 60642
      312-202-9221
    • Dolphin
      2200 N Ashland
      Chicago, il, 60614
      708-261-2029
    • Estelle's
      2013 W. North Ave.
      Chicago, IL, 60647
      773-782-0450
    • The Flat Iron
      1565 N. Milwaukee Ave.
      Chicago, IL, 60622
      773-489-0011
    • Kingston Mines
      2548 N. Halsted St.
      Chicago, IL, 60614
      773-477-4646
    • Late Bar
      3534 W. Belmont
      Chicago, Illinois, 60618
      773-267-LATE
    • The Lodge
      21 W. Division
      Chicago, IL,
      312-642 4406

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