Top 10 Best Nightclubs in Chicago, IL [2020 GUIDE]

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With over 44 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.

Tao

Best nightclub in Chicago!
Tao

TAO Chicago is located by the city’s historic River North stone castle that dates back to the late 1800s. This nightclub opened its doors in 2018, letting guests into its spacious nightclub and restaurant hybrid space. At TAO you’ll find the structure transformed into a multi-level lounge, restaurant, and separate adjoining nightclub by the hard work and design of Rockwell Group. It’s two floors also contain 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.

  • 632 N Dearborn St Chicago, IL 60654 United States
  • Near North Side
  • Thurs: 5PM -11PM; Fri-Sat: 10PM - 4AM
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$

Prysm

Prysm

Prysm is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood just minutes outside downtown Chicago. The club is known as one of Chicago’s top-rated hybrid venues and allows its guests to experience live music acts, private special events, and nightclub performances. The massive venue is 10,000 square feet and consists of three distinct spaces: the Main Room, the Mezzanine, and the Champagne Lounge which is also known as No.9 to its more regular patrons. Guests are able to enjoy EDM music in the first two places while the Champagne Lounge has a DJ putting on Hip-Hop tracks, so there is always something for everyone to enjoy.

  • 1543 N Kingsbury St Chicago, IL 60642 United States
  • Near North Side
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Joy District

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
  • $$$

Liqrbox

Liqrbox

LiqrBox is a vibrant bar and lounge located in Chicago's River North neighborhood. The vibrant bar and lounge was created by BDG Hospitality Group and 8 Hospitality in 2018. The three-level 7,500 square foot space has an electric ambiance fueled by rhythmic lighting and a custom street-art inspired design. Guests are able to enjoy music from DJs and live entertainers playing top 40, hip-hop and EDM music as they get their groove on. Liqrbox is known for its iconic "adult" juice box cocktails. The club’s whimsical food and drink menu brings back childhood classic dishes and beverages with a creative adult spin. Guests are able to enjoy elevated versions of nostalgic dishes like pizza rolls (the exterior is a crunchy wonton wrapper with three cheeses and Italian sausage), corn dogs (with shrimp rather than a Weiner sausage), and their own take on lunch-ables (box-ables which feature a fancy selection of cheese and cured meats).

  • 873 N Orleans St Chicago, IL 606160 United States
  • River North
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Fremont

Fremont

Fremont, located in the heart of Chicago’s River North area, will take you from an eclectic dining experience into elevated nightlife. Offering Happy Hour, Dinner and Brunch.

  • 15 W Illinois St Chicago, IL 60654 United States
  • Near North Side
  • 5 pm - 2 am Thu - Fri, 10 am - 3 am Sat, 10 am - 5 pm Sun
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

El Hefe

El Hefe

During the day: Gastropub-style Mexican mini-chain offering beer from table taps, creative tacos & sports on TV. At Night, converts to a dance club with live DJ spinning popular beats.

  • 15 W Hubbard St Chicago, IL 60654 United States
  • Near North Side
  • Dress Code: Upscale casual to strict
  • $$

Sound Bar

Sound Bar

Located in River North, Sound Bar is Chicago's hottest upscale nightclub that revolutionizes Chicago nightlife by boasting style, luxury and state-of-the-art technology. The club prides itself on having a variety of separate areas for its guests to enjoy themselves including a total of nine bars and several levels of entertainment within its 20,000 square feet. Sound Bar's European minimalist decor features flat screen monitors, laser lights, and floor-to-ceiling video projection walls that enable its clients to project audio-visual presentation throughout the club. Occasionally guests can enjoy magnificent performances from costumed dancers while they enjoy sip on drinks from an amazing selection of alcohol at their table. The music never stops inside the club which has different guest DJs every weekend playing today’s hottest music on the state-of-the-art sound shuttering systems.

  • 226 W Ontario St Chicago, IL 60654 United States
  • River North
  • Dress Code: Moderate
  • $$$

Y-Bar

Y-Bar

A dress code, cover charge & emphasis on bottle service help set an upscale tone at this dance club. Venue will play a mix of hip hop, house, or top 40s depending on the DJ.

  • 224 W Ontario St Chicago, IL 60654 United States
  • River North
  • Dress Code: Trendy to Strict
  • $$$

There are many other clubs available in Chicago like Cuvee, MASQ, Studio Paris, Electric Hotel, Clutch Bar

Check out the venues section for the full list of nightclubs.

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 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 nightclubs for free?

Some Chicago 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 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 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 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 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 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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