Top 9 Best Nightclubs in Near North Side, 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 Near North Side, Chicago that you should definitely check out.

Tao

Best nightclub in Near North Side, 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
  • $$

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
  • $$

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
  • $$

Studio Paris

Studio Paris

Studio Paris might be located in the River North area of Chicago, but it brings the distinct European flavor its name hints at. It’s connected to the Paris Club, which itself lends plenty of European credibility. French chef Jean Joho has made this French bistro a must visit for people who enjoy French cuisine, especially shellfish.

  • 59 W Hubbard St Chicago, IL 60654 United States
  • Near North Side
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$

IO Godfrey Rooftop

IO Godfrey Rooftop

From the 4th floor at the epicenter of River North you find Godfrey, a roofscape. Basking in the sunlight throughout the day and as late afternoon yields to evening, uninterrupted views of the southern Chicago skyline radiate to life setting a brilliant backdrop.

  • 127 W Huron St Chicago, IL 127 W Huron St United States
  • Near North Side
  • 2 pm - 3 am Daily
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$

Blue Violet at Hubbard Inn

Blue Violet at 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
  • $$

Play

Play

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
  • 6 PM - 11 PM Fri - Sat, 4 PM - 11 PM Sun
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

There are many other clubs available in Near North Side, Chicago like

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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