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The Mid

Clubs West Loop
2 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Photograph: Vladimir Zaystev The Mid

Time Out says

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 just the main floor used for everything from indie bands to up-and-coming DJ talent. Brought to us by some of Chicago's biggest promoters, this Fulton Market area club only took a few years to rise to the top. It now nabs many of the big name bookings swinging through town—which can mean huge lines to get in.



Address: 306 N Halsted St

Cross street: at Wayman St
Transport: El stop:Green,Pink to Clinton. Bus:8,20,65.
Opening hours: Mon, Fri 10pm–4am; Sat 10pm–5am (closed Tue, Wed, Thur, Sun)
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Users say (4)

2 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2 / 5

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Unlike the other reviews, I'm going to give this place a good rating, and it's not even my cup of tea (the club scene, that is). Maybe because I'm a girl, but I've had great experiences. Unlike any other club in Chicago (the first time I went, I said it reminded me of something in Vegas). I just went two weekends ago for my friend's bachelorette party and they treated her like a queen (see photo below). Oh, and DJ AC Slater wasn't too bad either. 


I've been to this club over 50 times. So, here goes:

The drinks are very weak... Absolutely not worth the price! You're better off getting a beer or shot, if you can stomach it. 

The layout is horrendous. The dancefloor is very small and behind it, there's a bunch of tables of insufferable people. The bars are on the right and left side creating a bottleneck trying to get to the dancefloor. When it's really packed, everybody is pushing and shoving because this club attracts the worst crowd. If you decide to go upstairs to listen to the music, you basically have to be up against the railing otherwise you'll just end up talking the entire time because it doesn't feel like a club at all. 

If you're not listed or know someone working the door, you're probably going to be waiting in line even if the club isn't at capacity. However, don't be a dick to the bouncers otherwise you're going to be waiting even longer. 

I don't know what type of person comes here to "go to the club". This is a club you only come to if you're trying to see that particular DJ. 

I will say, the production value at this club is pretty great... Unless you're upstairs and the CO2 cannons go off... then you can't hear anything except the noise of the CO2 coming out. Cover your drink when the confetti launches....

Good luck.

If I write everything awful about this place, they might delete it.

Go for a show, not for the club.

The dance floor is bottle service. Wtf?

They make you wait outside even if no on is inside. Just to make it bustle. Then they don't open areas up so you stay cramped and annoyed. The staff is ridiculously rude. I mean, ridiculously.

Never ever go here unless you simply must see a show.

This place is everything bad for the scene, yet squeezes all the money out of it, while giving back nothing, aggressicely competing against other clubs and talent groups, while self proclaiming themselves the reason this town has a scene.

It's a wicked machine with zero to offer other than a show.

Go support a local club if your choice instead.

This place only seems poised to harm anything sacred to music-lovers, and drink their blood in the process.

The resident DJs are pretty good though.

Still, I would catch them playing somewhere else.

Was looking forward to some dancing at The Mid but within minutes of arriving our coats were stolen.  Despite having an arsenal of bouncers and security, 'no one saw a thing'.  

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