Best Hip Hop Clubs in Chicago

The most common answers one might hear to the question of the “best hip-hop nightclub in Chicago” are the upscale venues that shell out the most money to bring in the biggest hip-hop performers – Studio Paris, Shay, and Cuvee (as of the date of this post, at least). However, the best and hottest nightclub in the Windy City – in terms of how much fun YOU personally will have – will of course depend on your music preference and budget.

In General, River North is the best area in the city for nightlife at the moment, and the three aforementioned venues have steady clientele and will be packed on any given weekend regardless of who’s performing. Sound Bar is also the longest running club in Chicago and still attracts the younger local college crowds, and although SB plays predominantly electronic music they do have a hip-hop room that gets crowded later in the evening after 1am.

However, the most happening clubs in Chicago change seasonally, sometimes monthly, and even a second-tier club can become hot for a night if the right hip-hop act is in town. You can use the Discotech app to search nightclub events by the specific dates you’ll be in town and buy tickets, sign up for guest lists, or even reserve tables if you’re feeling super-fancy. Our app gets updated weekly, sometimes daily, with the latest events and performers as soon as they are announced by the Chicago nightclubs. If you’re not quite sure where to start, check out our nightlife guide to Chicago. Don’t hesitate to ask a local for advice based on your budget or music preference, or you can reach out to us on our help line for this same guidance.