The 6 Best Things About a Night in Chicago
If you are in Chicago have a look at some of the top things to do when night falls.
Chicago is a beautiful city with so much to offer. One that is filled with a mixture of all things cultural, artistic, technological, and the list goes on. To assume a city such as this goes to sleep once night falls would be foolish. If anything, the streets become even more alive. Whether you are a party lover, a wine "connoisseur", want to experience some fine dining, or just want to continue exploring the many cultural sites, you will not be disappointed. Chicago is renowned for its jazz and blues music, high rise bars, and amazing food. The after-hours culture is just as broad as when the sun is out if not more so. So, have a look at some of the top things we suggest you visit during your nights in Chicago.
Don't think that if you visited Cloud Gate during the day you don't need to visit again at night! Cloud Gate, better known as "the bean" is an incredible way of seeing the Chicago skyline through art. At night, the lights shine on the metallic bean, making the experience a real treat. Chicago is booming during the day especially where the biggest tourists attractions are. At night, however, you'll be treated to a more tranquil experience. You will see unique views of the city and yourself. Yes, that's right, you will see amazing views of yourself. The bean leaves a distorted view of anything that passes by it. A great opportunity to get some good snaps and have a walk through the most famous parts of Chicago.
Get Fit Whilst Having Fun
This may sound like an interesting pass-time for a visit to Chicago but for those fitness lovers out there you will be able to find some interesting activities to join in with. The obvious choice is to have a nice walk or run along the amazing parks Chicago has to offer. If you are willing to splash a little bit of cash then why not visit one of Chicago's 24-hour gyms. There are at least two in the city but explore the net and you'll be sure to find one that suits you. If you are looking for something more exotic then check out the pole dancing classes available. You can join classes that run as late as 8:30pm and most places have so many poles (as many as 15) that you will be sure to get a turn and even potentially get to grips with things in just one session. If you are a bit of a daredevil then Fly Yoga is all the trend in Chicago. You may wander what Fly Yoga is? Well, the instructions are in the name. You literally do yoga whilst suspended in the air. You'll feel like a part in Cirque De Soleil by the time you end your first session. Classes run through into the night in most places and it is a great way to meet new people and get fit.
Get Your Fill of Blues and Jazz Music
If you want to experience some real blues or jazz music then you need to hit up some of the music bars in the city. For constant music and the chance to watch two different stages head to the Kingston Mines. You'll be able to have a combination of great food, great music, great seats, and amazing blues with some top acts. Another famous bar for all the blues lovers out there is Blue Chicago. It costs approximately $10 per person to get in but it's worth it. Head over around 9pm and you'll be sure to get some great seats. From John Palmer to Demetria Taylor, this bar is a great place to have some fun, listen to great music, and even meet some of the locals. B.L.U.E.S won't offer you any food but will entertain you with some of the best blues music the city has to offer. The quality of the music has been described as outstanding and although the bar isn't quite as busy as others, it is an amazing place to listen to some authentic, original music. Buddy Guy's Legends is more of a club scene than a bar one but once again an incredible music experience if you are in the city. You never know you may get to see Buddy himself (no joke)!
Visit One of the Many Themed Bars
Themed bars are still a big attraction in Chicago. Tiki bars are still one of the prominent themes in Chicago, however, there are a number of other exotic and interesting themed bars in the city. If you want to veer away from the usual sports bars and clubs, then why not visit one of the more interesting ones. For all the geeks visiting the city, Geek Bar Beta is a must see. If you are worried about what people may think of your slightly quirky hobby, don't be! Geek Bar Beta is filled with geeks and nerds alike. From Battlestar Galactica to Stars Wars you won't be disappointed by the thousands of board and video games the bar has in store. You'll be able to watch anime, join in board games, play video games, and just enjoy being you. If you are a fashionista with a passion for manicure and pedicures whilst sipping on a nice cocktail head to Noble Square to visit Beauty Bar. Cocktails are named after a range of beauty treatments such as Deep Condition, Bed Head, and so on. Beauty Bar is a great place to experience an old-school vintage salon. Although a bar, Beauty Bar is better known as a great place to dance the night away. The first Saturday of the month welcomes a different DJ every time. If you want some cheap drinks make sure to visit on either Monday, Thursday, or Friday. Strange but wonderful, Monk Bar has a monastic theme throughout. Aside from the awesome theme that runs throughout, you'll get some really tasty burgers. Handlebar and Detention are two other great themed bars that can be found on Gold Coast and Bucktown.
Put on Your Dancing Shoes
For all the party animals out there, Chicago will not disappoint. Where you go completely depends on your budget and the type of music you want to dance to. If you want something themed you should head to Beauty Bar to see what they have in store. If you are looking for a techno night then visit Spy Bar. It is a combination of a bit of a dingy, underground club with music from some of the best DJs in the world. No need for all the glitz and glam, you will just be dancing all night. Debonair Social Club is perfect for those of you who are still underage to drink. It accommodates people 18 years or older and is a great place for all indie, electro, and dance rock music. There are a number of special events there from burlesque to big DJ sets. For something a little more up market you can head to Studio Paris. What started off as a restaurant got transformed into a two-story restaurant/nightclub in the later hours of the night. VIP tables can be reserved with bottle reservation and it is the perfect destination for a special night out.
Tickle Your Taste Buds
As any other big city in the world, Chicago has a lot of amazing restaurants. From cheap eats to fine dining, you will be able to find cuisine from around the world. Whether you are looking for Jamaican, Indian, Thai, French, or anything in between, you will be able to find it. With over 5,000 restaurants in Chicago, it will be hard to not find something that meets all your culinary requirements. El Ideas is maybe not the best example of dining on a budget but it is a hell of an experience. Although it doesn't look like much on the outside and is a bit of a trek to get to, it makes simple food look complex and interesting. You will most likely be spending around $200 on food though! Cemitas Pueblas on the other will offer you authentic Mexican cuisine on a budget. As its name describes, Cemitas Pueblas specializes in a local Mexican dish called Cemitas. Cemitas is a type of Mexican sandwich for which you can choose your fillings. Dishes cost between $2 and $15. Pleasant House Bakery is another food-on-the-go kind of place. All the ingredients are sourced from their own farms and you can find meals from $5 to $10 that won't leave you hungry. Other top restaurants include Alinea, Mexique, Murphy's, Bavette's Bar, and Boeuf, and the list goes on.
You Can Be Sure to Find What You Need
The options above are just a small glimpse into what the city has to offer. With over 6,000 restaurants, clubs, bars, and other tourist attractions, you could spend months exploring Chicago at night. If you’ve heard about Chicago being even more alive at night than during the day, they were not lying. Most tourist attractions are open in the evenings even if it is just for one night a week. If you want to head for dinner and then see the stars in their full glory, head to the Planetarium to see the amazing stars up close. Although better done in a group, Millennium Park often stays open until 10.30pm and you can bring your own picnic and enjoy a night away from the hustle and bustle of the big city life. If you want to find more about Chicago or other big cities in the United States, then have a look at some of the other great articles on the Daring Penguin site. You’ll be able to find what you need to know whether you are travelling solo, with a partner, with the family or with your friends.
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