Chicago, of course, is renowned for its night life, offering chic hangout spaces, trendy dive bars, great dance clubs, and everything in between. The options are often overwhelming, though. Are you looking for a great night out over the weekend? Here are our choices for the top 10 Nightclubs in Chicago:

#1 Detention
Located at 9 West Division Street, Detention is making a huge contribution to the revival of the nightlife scene in the Gold Coast. Detention differs from the rest of the area s offerings, though, in that, instead of offering a dive of a hangout space, this is a high-end club. The theme is high school detention. Get in trouble and have fun.

#2 Smart Bar
Located at 3730 North Clark Street, Smart Bar is open until 4 am Wednesday through Friday (though it s open every day except for Monday). This is a dance club without the polish of many high-end clubs, and is one of the best dance clubs in the city. Techno, rave, house, and funk are the orders of the day. There are also plenty of pool tables. Check it here.

#3 Berlin
Located at 954 West Belmont Avenue, Berlin was named the best dance club in Chicago by Rolling Stone. It s a small, intimate space with two bars, a stage, and video screens that run reels created by the DJs.

#4 The Hideout
Located at 1354 West Wabansia Avenue, The Hideout is known for its music and for providing an intimate space to see acts ranging from Wilco to Mucca Pazza (a thirty-two piece punk marching band based in Chicago). On Saturday Nights, the place turns into an excellent dance floor.

#5 Empty Bottle
Located at 1035 North Western Avenue, Empty Bottle offers local charm, a huge selection of beers, and both local and national musicians.

#6 Green Mill
Located at 4802 North Broadway Avenue, Green Mill offers Jazz or Swing music almost every night and features a sizeable dance floor.

#7 Vision
Located at 632 North Dearborn Street, this offers a dance floor with house and trance music and an upper floor with a fantastic lounging space.

#8 Danny s Tavern
Located at 1951 West Dickens Avenue, this is an old house that was transformed into a casual bar. Expect to find reggae, funk, techno, soul, and more. Locals love it, find directions here.

#9 Sound Bar
Located at 226 West Ontario Street, this place is tremendously hip and modern, and offers the perfect setting for a raucous night out.

#10 Hannge-Uppe
Located at 14 West Elm Street, Hannge-Uppe offers two levels and three dance floors with different music on each level.

 

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