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Recommended DJ /Dance Bars

  • Beauty Bar
    Music venue
    Beauty Bar West Town/Noble Square  1
    One of the trendiest places in Noble Square, this salon-themed club (with sister sites from Brooklyn to Portland) hosts events from rap shows to dance-offs, which explains the frequent $5 cover. Most of the beauty-shop hardware lining the walls is »
  • Berlin
    Music venue
    Berlin Lakeview
    Off the Boystown path you’ll find Berlin, the longtime pancultural late-night institution frequented by queer folks, straight singles and couples, fetish fiends, drag queens, and everyone in between. Celebrated for its eclectic mix of alternative electronic music and video as »
  • The Charleston
    Classic Bar
    The Charleston Wicker Park/Bucktown
    Some people still complain bitterly about the Charleston's remodeling a couple years ago: gone are the stuffed armadillo, the lamp made from a ram's head, the pool table, and some of the bar's signature quirkiness. But there's still a reel-to-reel »
  • Danny's Tavern
    Classic Bar
    Danny's Tavern Wicker Park/Bucktown
    There's vinyl on both the seats and the record player at this neighborhood bar; DJs spin nightly and there are regular dance parties, plus a reading series. Early in the evening the place is usually fairly empty, and you can »
  • Delilah's
    Music Bar
    Delilah's Lincoln Park
    Imagine if every last bit of grit, street cred, authenticity, and tattooed flesh in all of Lincoln Park were forced into one delightfully creaky, dimly lit, two-story bar. Wait, that actually happened. And if that's not enough, the whiskey selection »
  • Hideout
    Classic Bar
    Hideout West Town/Noble Square  37
    The Hideout's location, just off Elston in the middle of an industrial corridor, seems like an unlikely one. But that doesn’t stop lines from forming outside for the dance parties, live music shows, theatrical performances, and soup nights it hosts. »
  • Murasaki Sake Lounge
    DJ /Dance Bar
    Murasaki Sake Lounge Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville
    Neighborhood patrons say this used to be a private club back in the day, and from the looks of it—low turquoise lights, pink walls, fluorescent halos around columns—the bar hasn’t been renovated since. But don’t be fooled; this is perhaps »
  • 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 »
  • Slippery Slope
    Slippery Slope Logan Square
    This place couldn't be more accurately named. With its red-lit interior, loud DJs, slightly too-drinkable prebottled cocktails, and absurdly cheap Hamm's pours, this charmingly dingy joint run by the people behind Scofflaw is an easy place to lose track of »
  • 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 »
  • The Sovereign
    DJ /Dance Bar
    The Sovereign Edgewater
    A sublimely unpretentious neighborhood joint just off the busy corner of Broadway and Granville, with friendly bartenders, a good crowd, and a killer jukebox. What else to say? Pours are cheap and generous, and six-packs are available for takeout.—Sam Worley

DJ /Dance Bars

    • @mosphere
      5355 N. Clark St.
      Chicago, IL, 60640
    • Club Foot
      1824 W. Augusta Blvd.
      Chicago, IL, 60622-4924
    • Cobra Lounge
      235 N. Ashland Ave.
      Chicago, IL, 60607
    • Debonair Social Club
      1575 N. Milwaukee Ave.
      Chicago, IL, 60622
    • Double A
      108 W. Kinzie St.
      Chicago, IL, 60654
    • El Hefe Chicago
      15 W. Hubbard St.
      Chicago, IL, 60654
    • Evil Olive
      1551 W. Division St.
      Chicago, IL, 60642-3337
    • Ja' Grill
      1510 E. Harper Ct.
      Chicago, IL, 60615
    • Late Bar
      3534 W. Belmont
      Chicago, Illinois, 60618
    • M Lounge
      1520 S. Wabash Ave.
      Chicago, IL, 60605
    • Progress Bar
      3359 N. Halsted St.
      Chicago, IL, 60657
    • Roscoe's
      3356 N. Halsted
      Chicago, IL, 60657
    • Scarlet
      3320 N. Halsted St.
      Chicago, IL, 60657
    • Sidetrack
      3349 N. Halsted St.
      Chicago, IL, 60657
    • Social Twenty Five
      25 W. Hubbard St.
      Chicago, IL, 60642
    • Sound-Bar
      226 W. Ontario St.
      Chicago, IL, 60654
    • Spy Bar
      646 N. Franklin St.
      Chicago, IL, 60654-3925
    • SteakBar
      1500 N. Wells St.
      Chicago, IL, 60614
    • Tantrum Lounge
      1023 S. State St.
      Chicago, IL, 60605
    • The Call Bar
      1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
      Chicago, Illinois, 60660
    • The Underground
      56 W. Illinois St.
      Chicago, IL, 60610
    • Vertigo Sky Lounge
      2 W. Erie St.
      Chicago, IL, 60654

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