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Top 10 Best Nightclubs in Chicago in 2020

Chicago is an absolutely fantastic city that is very young and lively. It also provides some top tier nightlife. We took the liberty to pick our top 10 places for you to enjoy in the windy city.

In the 1980s, DJs Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles began spinning a new strain of disco music built from bass and drum machines in Chicago clubs, establishing the city as a hub of dance culture and the birthplace of house music. While you can’t bust a move inside the most legendary Chicago nightclubs, a new crop of late-night destinations has stepped up to make sure the beat goes on. Whether it’s the jam-packed season of summer music festivals or winter in Chicago, these dance clubs keep electronic acts and talented DJs onstage late into the night. If you’re looking for spots with crowded dance floors, energetic soundtracks and attractive clientele, hop in the queue at some of the best nightclubs and dance clubs in Chicago.

Tao

Crowded dance floor at LIV Miami Fontainbleau
Tao gives you dinner and a show with their exclusive restaraunt and nightclub

TAO Chicago is a dynamic two-level space, complete with four private dining rooms and a large bar. A grand staircase connects TAO’s ground and lower level seating, creating the ultimate platform to see and be seen. The custom staircase includes round banquettes and Chinese daybed-influenced sofas. As in New York, a 20-foot tall Quan Yin statue stands atop a koi pond; using 3D projection mapping technology, Rockwell Group’s LAB designed subtle animations bring this signature statue to life.

Prysm

prysm chicago dance floor
You have to experience the energy of this place for yourself to truly understand it

Prysm is the nightclub made by and for Chicago located in Lincoln Park neighborhood. An unrivaled guest experience awaits partygoers with a perfect blend of concierge service and unforgettable energy. Designated music-driven theme nights and top talent ensure there’s always a party. Late nights, great nights.

MASQ

View from the DJ at Story Miami
Luxurious and sleek, MASQ is a perfect spot for bottle service

MASQ is a lounge located in The Hubbard Inn. It offers exquisite cocktails as well as bottle service to make for the perfect night out in the city.

Bounce Sporting Club

Massive dance floor party at Club Space
Mixing the best of both world’s – bottle service and sports

Known as Chicago’s Best Sports Bar, Bounce is the go to spot if you want to combine bottle service with the big game. They’ve got a sleek modern style that is a hybrid between a sports bar and lounge. With plently of TV’s all over, their isn’t a bad seat in the house.

Joy District

Small but crowded dane floor at WALL Miami
The goal, simply put, is for everyone to enjoy

Whether you’re just in the neighborhood for a night on the town, or you’re a River North regular, one of the premier dance clubs in Chicago sits perched on the second floor of Joy District’s multi-level dining and drinking experience. With the hottest local DJs, themed parties, and bottle service, Joy District has become a dance party hotspot for local and visiting celebrities. Joy District’s roster of special guest musical performances includes Demi Lovato, Ludacris, Travis Scott, Louis The Child, DJ Flosstradamus & more.

Concrete Cowboy

Bottle service waitresses at Rockwell Miami
As they say “Giddy Up” and be ready for a wild ride

Concrete Cowboy is a high-energy restaurant and sports bar featuring a one of a kind food menu and over 40 big screen TV’s.

Liqrbox

Busy dance floor and themed party at Mynt Lounge
With their own “adult” juice box signatre drink, you’ll be feeling just right for the night

LiqrBox is a vibrant bar and lounge owned by BDG Hospitality Group and 8 Hospitality. The three-level space has an electrifying ambience fueled by rhythmic lighting and custom street art. Known for its signature “adult” juice box, LiqrBox’s light-hearted food and beverage program offers adult versions of childhood favorites, from elevated pizza-puffs to popcorn shrimp.

Underground

underground chicago
The place to be if you’re nocturnal and aren’t too fond of sunlight

Named one of the “sexiest places in the world” by Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Underground not only holds true to the name but also the reputation, as guests descend into the exclusive subterranean world of unforgettable fun. Conveniently located in downtown Chicago in the heart of River North neighborhood.

Tunnel

Blue Martini party dance floor in Miami
You never know what kind of atmopshere awaits on the other side of the tunnel

Nestled above the John Barleycorn in River North, Chicago’s newest premier lounge, Tunnel, opened its doors in February 2015. As the name suggests, the nondescript entrance on Kinzie Street opens to a hidden covered staircase inspired by London’s infamous urban tunnels. Blending the allure of a high-energy nightlife experience with VIP treatment, Tunnel aims to transform its venue on a nightly basis into a unique scene. As you climb each step, you begin to wonder what adventure awaits you upstairs.

Sound Bar

Hip Hop Party and Bottle Service at Mr Jones
Making sure you get your daily dose of beats and lasers

Sound-bar revolutionizes Chicago nightlife by boasting style, luxury and state-of-the-art technology, showcasing 20,000 square feet of pure bliss. Sound-Bar’s European minimalist decor is complete with flat screen monitors, laser lights, and floor to ceiling video projection walls that enable our clients to project audio-visual presentation throughout the club.


Chicago Nightclubs FAQ

What time do Chicago Nightclubs typically open?

The nightclubs open around 10 PM.

What time do Chicago Nightclubs typically close?

Most close at 4 AM.

What is the dress code like at Chicago Nightclubs?

Guys can wear nice jeans and a form fitting plain t-shirt or a nice button down shirt. Girls can wear jeans or a comfortable but stylish dress if they prefer. Of course guys and girls can never go wrong with dressing up even more – there is no such thing as overdressing when it comes to nightclubs.

How can I book bottle service for Chicago Nightclubs?

You can book table service using our free mobile app. Or, if you’re on desktop you can use our webapp.

How much is bottle service at Chicago Nightclubs?

Table minimums can get pretty expensive, but every venue is different. The best way to find out is to use our app.

Best EDM Clubs in Chicago

For the most part, luxury night clubs play a mix of hip hop music with EDM (electronic dance music). EDM clubs in Chicago tend to draw a crowd of fun, lively people that love to get down on the dance floor. Your experience, however, depends on your budget and preference of venue. Come find shelter from the weather of the Windy City at one of the fun-filled clubs below. Use the Discotech app or website to see who’s playing, book table service, and buy tickets to all of the clubs below.

Currently, River North is the main area of the city that houses most EDM clubs.

PRYSM

prysm chicago dance floor

PRYSM boasts big names like Afrojack and DJ Khaled, but larger events tend to fill up quickly, so be sure to get there early! Be sure to check see upcoming DJs at Prysm on the Discotech app.

Underground

underground chicago

The app will also let you track events at Underground, another popular EDM club in the area that celebrities and high-profile DJs frequent, if that’s the vibe you’re into for the night.

Sound Bar

For those of you opting for variety, you’ll want to head over to Sound Bar, which plays everything from Top 40 to EDM to hip hop, depending on what area of the club you find yourself at. Equipped with two levels, four boutique lounges, nine bars, and an exclusive VIP room, you’ll have no difficulty finding a scene you enjoy using the Discotech app.

Smartbar

Originally housed on the fourth floor of the magnificent Wrigleyville building (also home to Metro), this venerated dance club is now in the basement. A makeover in 2006 slicked up the looks a notch and brought back a vibrant young crowd. But more importantly, Smartbar boasts a world-class Funktion One sound system, which sounds tremendous on the central dance floor. Typical bills find cutting-edge DJs from Europe, Detroit and Chicago spinning for the crowd. You’ll typically find more underground DJs here. Think techno, deep house, drum & bass, etc. Tickets available on the Discotech app.

If you want to keep updated on the new DJs in town, be sure to download the Discotech app, which provides you with a constantly updated list of events happening in your area, no matter your price range or music preference. This guide to nightlife in Chicago is also a good starting point if you’re not sure what direction you want to take. If you’d like to learn more about our services or need assistance with anything, whether you’re new to the area or a local, feel free to hit our help line.

Chicago’s The Mid Closing in Early 2019

Popular Chicago music venue the MID has announced that it will be closing its doors for good on February 5, 2019.

The sleek nightlife hotspot has attributed their closure to recent expansion of the city’s West Loop neighborhood and Fulton Market District.

Opening its doors in 2010, the MID has hosted a range of noteworthy artists such as Adam Beyer, Derrick Carter, Green Velvet, Laurent Garnier, Skrillex, Deep Dish, Diplo Claude Von Stroke, and more.

In the months leading up to its closure, the venue plans on announcing a number of special “farewell parties” to give the location a proper send-off. Club owners Lucas King and Nick Karounos admit that they are sad to say farewell to their endeared nightclub but look forward to opening new venues in Chicago very soon.

“These last remaining months will be a celebration of the past and a toast to the future,” says club owner Lucas King. “We want to thank all the fans, artists, employees, agents, managers, and promoters who have supported us throughout this era. As a token of our appreciation, we are putting together some very special events leading up to that “One Last Song.”

Tao Chicago Grand Opening September 2018

“Everyone has a story about that space.”

That’s how Paul Goldstein summarizes people’s reactions to his mention of the iconic, 126-year-old building that sits on the corner of Dearborn and Ontario, which has previously housed trendy (and not so trendy) nightclubs, from Castle to Excalibur.

Goldstein is a partner of Tao Group, the uber-successful clubstaurant company that is gearing up to open an extravagant destination in the granite-clad structure. Given that a certain generation of Chicagoans engaged in much debauchery there, the property is a fitting home for this new venture.

The group likes to fill vacant but storied buildings with new life (Tao Uptown in New York, for one, is in a former movie theater that was originally built as stables for the Vanderbilt family). The Chicago property, landmarked in 1997, exemplifies this affinity. Tao has restored the entire building, embarking on an extensive gut rehab. Workers have removed most of the interior floors to create a dramatic 34,000-square-foot restaurant and nightclub with soaring ceilings, akin to Tao Group’s other glamorous venues in New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.

Filled with Asian art and antiques, the new Tao Chicago will be a hopping, see-and-be-seen spot. Its chefs will prepare dishes representing a variety of East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines, including Chinese, Japanese, and Thai (don’t use the word “fusion” to describe this; executive chef Mike Armstrong hates it). The menu will incorporate favorites from other Tao locations: the decadent tuna Pringle, for instance, a chip-shaped wonton draped with thinly sliced premium tuna, heirloom tomato, and truffle, is coming over from LA. But it will also feature new dishes unique to Chicago, like a kampachi sashimi served with fried olives, pea shoots, and a hajikami vinaigrette. Tao Chicago will also offer an expanded selection of steaks because, as Goldstein puts it, “the clientele here is more meat-focused.”

Tao Chicago is preparing to open in late September. A tip: if you venture in early, you’ll be rewarded with 20 percent off everything for the first two weeks.

Only time will tell if Chicago will embrace this massive clubstaurant, but Tao Group is doing its best to make the space feel like a genuine part of this city. Its partners have spent months eating at local restaurants, observing what works here (approachable but impeccable service, complicated and challenging food) and what doesn’t (anything that seems too exclusive).

As a result, Chicago will have a slightly different feel than Tao’s New York and LA locations. As Goldstein says, “LA and New York are sometimes more ‘velvet rope,’ more difficult to get in, but we think in Chicago, it’s important to be inclusive, to be part of things. There are no VIP rooms, there is no behind the curtains.”

It’s hard to imagine that getting a reservation at Tao will be easy, but at least you probably won’t have to bribe the bouncer to make it inside.

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.

Spybar (Chicago) Promo Code

We do not currently have a promo code for Spybar. You can buy presale tickets to events at Spybar here.

Buying presale tickets at Spybar ensures that you’ll get in – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can book table service / cabanas directly on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.

Sound Bar (Chicago) Promo Code

We do not currently have a promo code for Sound Bar. You can buy presale tickets to events at Sound Bar here.

Buying presale tickets at Sound Bar ensures that you’ll get in – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can book table service / cabanas directly on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.

Studio Paris (Chicago) Promo Code

We do not currently have a promo code for Studio Paris. You can buy presale tickets to events at Studio Paris here.

Buying presale tickets at Studio Paris ensures that you’ll get in – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can book table service / cabanas and sign up for guestlists directly on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.

The Mid (Chicago) Promo Code

We do not currently have a promo code for The Mid. You can buy presale tickets to events at The Mid here.

Buying presale tickets at The Mid ensures that you’ll get in – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can book table service / cabanas and sign up for guestlists directly on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.

Prysm (Chicago) Promo Code

We do not currently have a promo code for Prysm. You can buy presale tickets to events at Prysm here.

Buying presale tickets at Prysm ensures that you’ll get in – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can book table service / cabanas and sign up for guestlists directly on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.