Top 9 Best Rap / Hip-Hop Nightclubs in Chicago, IL [2021 GUIDE]

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With over 61 venues in Chicago, there are many places to choose from whether you're looking for a crazy night out or a lounge atmosphere. Don't worry! We're going to list out the best clubs in Chicago that you should definitely check out.

Joy District

Best Rap / Hip-Hop nightclub in Chicago!
Joy District

Whether you’re visiting Chicago from out of town and wish to enjoy a night out in the city, or you’re a River North regular, you’ll be sure to find enjoyment at one of Chicago’s premier dance clubs which is located on the second floor of Joy District's multi-level dining and drinking structure. At the Joy District nightclub, patrons will be able to immerse themselves in the ultimate partying experience thanks to the venue’s roster of the hottest local DJs and spectacular bottle service. Joy District is a dance party hotspot for local and visiting celebrities. The nightlife spot even enjoys special guest musical performances from the likes of Demi Lovato, Ludacris, Travis Scott, Louis The Child, DJ Flosstradamus and more. Joy District’s club is the perfect place to stay out late with friends or mingle with new acquaintances serving up a unique and exciting experience unparalleled by the other River North clubs in the area.

  • 112 W Hubbard St Chicago, IL 60654 United States
  • River North
  • Dress Code: Upscale casual to Strict
  • $$$

Tunnel

Tunnel

Nestled above the Old Crow Smokehouse in River North, Chicago’s newest premier lounge, Tunnel, opened its doors in 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. The club has a regular roster of DJs who play a variety of music including current top hits in pop, hip-hop, and EDM as well as many beloved 2000s classic club songs on its superior sound system. The interior of the club is exquisite with beautiful design and lighting which all add on to the atmosphere and mystery created by the Tunnel.

  • 151 West Kinzie St. Chicago, IL 60654 United States
  • Near North Side
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Underground

Underground

Conveniently located in downtown Chicago in the heart of the River North neighborhood, Underground is one of Chicago’s most high energy clubs. 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, wicked, and wild fun. The venue features the hottest DJs in Chicago and guests are able to enjoy private tables, the VIP experience, and bottle service at this club.

  • 56 W Illinois St Chicago, IL 90654 United States
  • River North
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$

MASQ

Hubbard Inn
MASQ

Located on the third floor of the luxurious and suave Hubbard Inn near River North, Masq is a lounge with an artistically driven, theatre-inspired throwback feel. The space is decorated in the dual tones of black and white with dramatic velvet furnishings adding to the lounge’s mysterious and enthralling vibe. At Masq, patrons can enjoy a variety of cocktails and an excellent selection of bottle service. If they wish to change up the mood, they can go downstairs to the Blue Violet mixology-driven lounge which features even more creative and outlandish drink options in a garden themed menu or they can enjoy the delectable food options on executive Chef Babula’s menu on the first floor which is more reminiscent of Hubbard Inn before its revamp and remodel.

  • 110 W Hubbard St 3rd floor Chicago, IL 60654 United States
  • The Loop
  • 10 PM - 3 AM Fri - Sat
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Clutch Bar

Clutch Bar

A luxury multi faced lounge concept offering a modern-American fusion food menu, craft cocktails and a unique nightlife experience in River North!

  • 316 W Erie St Chicago, IL 60654 United States
  • River North
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Chop Shop

Chop Shop

The Chop Shop is a butcher and deli, bar and restaurant, as well as a state-of-the-art venue. The event space is 6,000 square feet and hosts concerts, charity, corporate, culinary and art events. Located just west of Damen and Milwaukee on North Avenue, these three concepts bring together some of Chicago’s favorite things: encased meat, cocktails and live entertainment.

  • 2033 W North Ave Chicago, IL 60647 United States
  • Bucktown
  • 5 PM - 12 AM Mon - Tue, 11 AM - 12 AM Wed - Thu, 11 AM - 2 AM Fri, 11 AM - 3 AM Sat, 11 AM - 9 PM Sun
  • $$

Hubbard Inn

Hubbard Inn

Hubbard Inn opened in 2011, a two-floor space with a decor featuring Bohemian influences, particularly from famed writer Ernest Hemingway. Customers could find bar snacks and flatbreads to go along with their cocktails. Rossi later formed a company, 8 Hospitality, and opened more bars and restaurants.

  • 110 W Hubbard St Chicago, IL 60654 United States
  • Near North Side
  • $$

Azul Mariscos

Azul Mariscos

Azul’s space distinguishes itself. There are tables set up along the water where customers can sip cocktails held in clay vessels made by youth enrolled in Project FIRE, a not for profit that helps youth heal from gun violence. The kits are making clay pots and cups for the drink with a portion of the drink’s sales donated back to the charity. The space offers multiple outdoor areas. Meanwhile, indoor dining restrictions brought by COVID-19 are terrifying to restaurant owners in Chicago. Many don’t know how they’ll survive when freezing temperatures keep diners from craving patio seating. Keeping that in mind, Azul’s management wants to the venue to become an all-season destination.

  • 1177 N Elston Ave Chicago, IL 60642 United States
  • $

Play Kitchen

Play Kitchen

As the name might suggest, Play is a refreshingly dynamic concept, with a full menu that’s served late into the night and enhanced perfectly with one of a kind cocktails. Designed with custom LED walls, vibrant color light lasers and elevated lounge-style seating, Play offers an intimate setting that Chicago has been craving. Three illuminated column art centerpieces produce a modern, sophisticated atmosphere to create an opportunity for a new visual experience each time you visit. Play’s food menu focuses on elevated American classics with uniquely sweet accompaniments. Our popular specialty includes more than a dozen varieties of rare cocktails and custom-made sodas, you won’t find at any other establishment across the city.

  • 7 W Division St Chicago, IL 60610 United States
  • Near North Side
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

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Chicago Nightclubs FAQ

What time does the headlining DJ usually start performing in Chicago clubs?

The headlining DJ will usually start performing around 12:00 AM.

How long do DJs play in Chicago?

The headlining DJ or artist usually plays a 1 to 2 hour set.

What is the dress code like at Chicago Rap / Hip-Hop 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 clubs.

How can I get into Chicago Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs for free?

Some Chicago Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs have a free ladies guest list, and have a free even ratio guest list – free if you have the same number of girls (or more) in your party.

Keep in mind that many Chicago Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs are more exclusive and require bottle service to get in. You can sign up for the guest list on our events page.

How can I book bottle service for Chicago Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs?

You can book bottle service directly on Discotech by visiting the Chicago page.

How much is bottle service at Chicago clubs?

Bottle service and table minimums at Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs can get pretty expensive in Chicago, but every nightclub is different.

The best way to find out is to visit the events page and choose the event you're thinking of going.

Should I buy tickets to get into Chicago Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs?

If the nightclub has tickets, we recommend buying tickets during holiday weekends and for big name artists. The ticket line is generally faster and shorter than the guest list.

Many Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs in Chicago are bottle service only – meaning you must book a table reservation in order to get inside.

Which Chicago nightclubs play EDM and electronic music?

Check out the full list on our guide to the best EDM nightclubs in Chicago.

Which Chicago nightclubs play hip-hop?

Check out the full list on our guide to the best hip hop nightclubs in Chicago.

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