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

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With over 43 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 River North, Chicago that you should definitely check out.

Joy District

Best nightclub in River North, 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
  • $$

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
  • $$

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
  • $$$

Cuvee

Cuvee

Accessed via a dark alley and an impenetrable doorman blocking the unmarked entrance, Cuvée is an upscale late-night lounge with a focus on champagne and pretty people. The venue centers its single room around a cluster of VIP tables hemmed in by low walls filled with thousands of illuminated amber bubbles, a nod to the champagne every patron is drinking, be it straight from the bottle or mixed into a fresh-fruit cocktail.

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

Electric Hotel

Electric Hotel

  • 222 W Ontario St Chicago, IL 60654 United States
  • River North
  • 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
  • $$

Spybar

Spybar

In the North River area, across from the enormous Sound-Bar is Chicago’s Spybar. At 4,200 square feet, Spybar’s provides a more intimate setting settled in a basement. The style inside is trendy, but subtle. There are oak floors with black walls and above you are exposed rafters. Spybar makes good use of glass and leather in other areas and some really nice indirect lighting.

  • 646 N Franklin St Chicago, IL 60654 United States
  • River North
  • Dress Code: Moderate
  • $$

Apogee

Apogee

Apogee is the point in orbit at which an object is furthest from the earth. It is the ultimate climax and culmination of an idea or feeling. Apogee is The Fifty/50 RG’s presentation of the ultimate high-point in the cocktail scene- 26 floors up in the iconic dana hotel & spa, overlooking the heart of Chicago.

  • 2 W Erie St Fl 26 Chicago, IL 60654 United States
  • River North
  • 4 pm - 2 am Wed - Sun
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

There are many other clubs available in River North, Chicago like Key Club, Shay, Sub 51

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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