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Smart Bar

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Originally on the fourth floor of the magnificent Wrigleyville building (also home to Metro; see Music venues, Rock, pop & hip-hop), this venerated dance club is now in the basement. A makeover in

  1. 3730 N Clark St, (between Waveland and Racine Aves)
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The Mid

One of the most versatile venues in town, the Mid combines traditional venue options with the bottle-popping club world. Two stories allow for dancing and drinking on weekends, but smaller nights see

  1. 306 N Halsted St, (at Wayman St)
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Spy Bar

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This basement club in the River North gallery district has had the deep, underground techno sound on lock for some time now. It has the illicit feel of an after-hours bottle-service spot and the

  1. 646 N Franklin St, (between Ontario and Erie Sts)
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Primary

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Between its oversize dance floor, massive LED wall, 30-foot bar and craft cocktail program, Primary is sure to become the envy of its Gold Coast neighbors, and fast. Owned by a posse of nightlife

  1. 5 W Division St, (at State St)
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The Shrine

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Channeling the spirit of the late, great Fela Kuti, this South Loop night spot serves as an ideal place of worship for music heads and lovers of everything from house to hip-hop and soul to Afrobeat.

  1. 2109 S Wabash Ave
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Beauty Bar

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With outposts in New York, San Francisco, Austin and Portland, Chicago seemed like the next logical location for the kitsch-happy Beauty Bar concept. Retrofitted into the old Sonotheque, the bar

  1. 1444 W Chicago Ave, (between Greenview Ave and Bishop St)
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Dolphin

After a recent remodel, the one-time jazz club Green Dolphin Street has been reimagined as posh Sin City hang out with 100% dance music all weekend, multiple rooms of DJs, and an opulent outdoor

  1. 2200 N Ashland Ave, (at Webster Ave)
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Studio Paris

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Second-generation restaurateurs R.J. and Jerrod Melman raised the bar with the opening of this second-floor nightclub above their French restaurant, Paris Club. Tables can be secured only with

  1. 59 W Hubbard St, (second floor between Dearborn and Clark Sts)
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Berlin

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This freak-friendly dance destination in Lakeview built its reputation back in the mid-’80s with a mix of German new-wave music, art installations and even transvestite shows. These days, it’s

  1. 954 W Belmont Ave, (between the El tracks and Sheffield Ave)
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Evil Olive

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This spot may have changed names more than any other venue in the 'hood, but it’s become an unlikely young hipster hangout thanks to long-standing weekend dance parties hosted by local jocks Zebo,

  1. 1551 W Division St, (between Ashland and Milwaukee Aves)
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