This subterranean club adjacent to Metro is a testament to Chicago's storied dance music history, hosting a weekly Sunday night party (Queen!) that carries the torch for the city's house music scene. The Wrigleyville venue is the local home base of internationally renowned DJs like the Blessed Madonna, Derrick Carter and Mark Farina—plus a stacked lineup of resident selectors. Whether you're listening to cutting-edge DJs or dusty old records, Smart Bar's cozy confines and European sound system make it an ideal place to lose yourself to dance.
There's no arguing that Chicago is a city that helped shape dance music, thanks to DJs like Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles, who began spinning a new strain of disco music (later dubbed house music) built from bass and drum machines in the 1980s. Sadly, you can't bust a move inside the most legendary Chicago nightclubs of that era, but a new crop of late-night destinations has stepped in to make sure the beat goes on. Whether you want to attend the hottest aftershow when summer music festivals take over the city or warm up in a crowd when the weather gets cold, these Chicago nightclubs keep talented DJs and electronic acts onstage into the wee hours of the morning. Searching for crowded dance floors, energetic soundtracks and bottle service? Hop in the queue at some of the best nightclubs and dance clubs in Chicago.