These best Chicago nightclubs are a great sample of the city's lively music scene. Playing Techno, Hip Hop, Alternative, Reggae, House, these dance cubs below are currently la creme de la creme of the city's night life and are among the most popular things to do after dark! Featuring permanent DJ's as well as local and foreign talent, these clubs provide a great clubbing experience.
Address: 5 W. Division St.
The Primary is one of the most popular boutique Chicago nightclubs, perfect to visit when you are in the mood for clubbing. The interior of the club features low ceilings for an incredible feeling of being underground in an exclusive venue. The décor also includes a huge LED board behind the DJ’s for a great groove show as you party the night away. The DJ’s are right on top of the 1200 sq. ft. dance floor and the VOID music system is second to none in the city.
Primary nightclub features world and nationally renowned DJ’s as well as showcasing some of the best talent in the club scene. When you visit you might see groove masters like J Paul Getto, Onur Ozer or even Salva perform from 10:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m.; Open Tuesday through Sunday to patrons over 21 years of age.
Address: 226 W. Ontario St
The Sound Bar is one of the popular Chicago nightclubs for clubbing on the weekend that will let your dance groove come out. The venue has two distinct levels for your dancing enjoyment; upstairs is perfect for that Euro techno music experience and the downstairs is all about Hip Hop. The club has a vibe that leaves you wanting to venture on to the huge 4,000 sq. ft. dance floor.
The Sound Bar features DJ’s like 16 Bit Lolitas, Blood Sweat and Bass, as well as a tremendous stable of local talent that spins the vinyl. The venue is generally crowded because it is only open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. There is a nightly cover charge that varies depending on the DJ and a strict dress code for men exists.
Address: 59 W. Hubbard St., 2nd Floor
The Studio Paris Chicago nightclub is a gem for the EDM enthusiast as well as for just straight up fun. The interior features a spectacular glass roof, subdued lighting, windows, metal and plenty of tables for that unique clubbing experience. There is a tremendous amount of energy brought to this place from the patron’s support of the varying artists that have appeared at this venue. Celebrated world artists and DJ’s like LMFAO, DJ Vice, Rev Run, and CeeLo Green have guests excited on who they might view when visiting.
Studio Paris has been on the cutting edge of sound technology and currently uses a Funktion One system that delivers every tone perfectly. The venue is open for guests 21 years or older on Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. There is small cover charge that fluctuates based on the DJ and artist.
Address: 2610 N. Halsted Ave.
The Wild Hare and Singing Armadillo Frog Sanctuary is a fun Chicago nightclub that offers authentic reggae music as well as fantastic Jamaican-style food. The inside has a tremendous amount of room split into three areas all with tables; one with a stage, one has huge video and television screens, the other a perfect area for sitting and dancing to the reggae. You can enjoy the food and live music all rolled up in one spot.
Over its 30 years of existence, the Wild Hare has hosted a number of world class reggae artists like Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff and the Original Wailers as well as local DJ’s that bring reggae to perfection. Originally located near Wrigley Field but has since moved to the Lincoln Park area. The venue is open Tuesday through Sunday from 6:00 p.m. until 2 a.m. and cover charges are modest based on performers.
Address: 5616 W. Diversey Ave.
The Stereo Chicago nightclub is the bomb when you want to have a great night of clubbing with your friends that wants to hear Hip Hop, EDM, and Techno Fusion. The interior of the venue will blow your mind and leave visions of visiting the famed nightclubs in Ibza. There are neon lit bars, plenty of house dancing men and women, confetti, bubbles and whatever you need to visually stimulate your eyes. There are elevated dancing areas as well as a huge floor to enjoy all the aspects of this club.
The Stereo is famous for its holiday celebrations and not just your normal holidays; the club ramps it up during Carnival. The venue has a strict dress code and nominal cover charge. Open only Friday through Sunday from 8:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
Address: 1575 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The Debonair Social Club has always been on the cutting edge of new trends in Chicago nightclubs and dancing. Located in the historic Flat Iron Building within the Wicker Park area, the venue has two floors. Upstairs there is a stage/DJ area, large bar, and plenty of seating. Downstairs there is also a large bar, a huge dance floor and plenty of more seating. The décor on one floor is eclectic with black and white striped walls, plenty of neighborhood art and lots of neon. The upstairs has dark colored walls with lots of neon.
The Debonair is known for its video dance parties that are led by house DJ’s as well as nationally known artists. The party starts at 9:00 p.m. and continues until 2:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday. There is a nominal cover charge and always great drink specials at this over 21 years old club.
Address: 646 N. Franklin St.
The Spybar has been part of the Chicago nightclub scene for over 18 years and a must stop for the active clubber. The interior has a trendy décor with exposed brick walls and boasts over 4500 sq. ft. of energetic space that is ready to heat up for the party. Located below street level, the club offers a fresh take on EDM, Hip Hop and other forms of dance music.
Spybar brings in talent that is well known and experienced in how to get a crowd working together for a great night of dancing. The venue offers bottle service and is open from 10:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday through Sunday. Cover charge is minimal at this 21 plus club.
Address: 209 E. Chicago St.
The Medusa Chicago nightclub in Elgin is the latest invention of the Godfather of Nightlife in Chicago, Dave Medusa. The club is diverse and offers a tremendous amount of octane to propel your night along. The interior is electric with lots of lasers and three levels of fun with plenty of bars to help quench your thirst.
The Medusa has excellent DJ’s and very sexy house dancers of both sexes. The venue also accommodates a 17 years old plus crowd, who are only allowed on one of the three levels. The other two levels are open for the 21 plus party goer. The venue is only open on Saturdays from 10:30 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. There is a $20 cover charge and a dress code.
Address: 306 N. Halsted St.
The Mid Chicago nightclub is one of the hottest venues in the Chicago area that boasts an energy feeling that is not found elsewhere. The décor is fabulous with tons of neon lights that are on the walls, inside the bar and exposed brick walls with wood floors. There are three bars and comfortable booth seating on both levels that include a balcony.
The Mid is not only a great looking Chicago nightclub but the venue also offers live music. The venue is huge and holds up to 800 people and VIP rooms include their own bar. This 21 years old and over club is open Monday as well as Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. There is a cover charge that changes depending on the event.