24 hours in Chicago

Discover all the top places in Chicago for late night drinking, dining and clubbing—or soak up the best of the city in just 24 hours

Discover the city all day long with our guide to 24 hour Chicago.
Discover the city all day long with our guide to 24 hour Chicago.

We may not officially be "The City That Never Sleeps," but Chicago is not exactly "Nap Town," either. The Windy City offers loads of late-night options. Last call at the best bars in Chicago is later than most cities, going until 4am or 5am. Considering we invented house music, you can bet there are some amazing dance clubs. You can go straight from boogying to brunch in Chicago. There are options for things to do around the clock. Or, if one 24-hour cycle is all you have in our town, we'll tell you how to see the best of Chicago in only one day.

How to see Chicago in 24 hours

Quiz: What should you do with 24 hours in Chicago?
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Quiz: What should you do with 24 hours in Chicago?

Which 24-hour itinerary suits you best? Take our quiz to find out.

The Food Lover itinerary
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The Food Lover itinerary

Discover what makes Chicago's food scene tick—with a craft beer in hand, of course

The Mainstream itinerary
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The Mainstream itinerary

There's nothing wrong with following the crowd

The Cheap itinerary
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The Cheap itinerary

Don't worry, there will be no freegan dumpster diving—though we are sending you to some dive bars

The Partier itinerary
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The Partier itinerary

The party in Chicago never stops, so brace your livers and slap on your boogie shoes

The Baller itinerary
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The Baller itinerary

Well, look who's fancy. You want to make it rain in Chicago? Easily done.

The Culture Vulture itinerary
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The Culture Vulture itinerary

This city is teeming with art and culture, and you want to experience all of it. In a day.

Late-night Chicago

Late-night food you can only get after 10pm (or later)
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Late-night food you can only get after 10pm (or later)

From one of the best burgers in town to tamales served out of a cooler, here's what to eat in the waning hours of the day

Chicago bars open till 4am or later
Bars

Chicago bars open till 4am or later

Sometimes, the night just needs to keep going

24-hour restaurants in Chicago
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24-hour restaurants in Chicago

You're going to need something to soak up the booze from those 4am bars

10 best dance clubs in Chicago
Clubs

10 best dance clubs in Chicago

Party hard at these top nightclubs

Best diners in Chicago
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Best diners in Chicago

A great diner can give you everything you're looking for—burgers, late-night snacks, breakfast