Al Capone and other gangsters used to hang here in the 1920s, but these days it’s all about the music. Owner Dave Jemilo, who returned the club to its original luster in the 1980s, books smart bebop and free jazz with a discriminating ear. Thanks to the club's 4am license, sets can go extra-late, though if you show up past 2am you'll usually just find guests drinking cocktails and admiring the classic décor.
When the clock hits 2am in Chicago, your night on the town doesn't have to end. While most bars in the city have to close up shop two hours after midnight, a few local watering holes are able to stay open until 4am each night (and until 5am on Saturdays!). These late–night establishments are scattered throughout the city, but you'll find dive bars, a few fancy cocktail bars and some gay bars where you can keep the party going until just before the sun comes up. Have a cup of coffee and peruse our list of the best Chicago bars that stay open until 4am or later.
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