City Cast

The Best Nightlife Spots

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on February 7   |   Updated on May 27
A masked bartender serving patrons at Nobody's Darling

Nobody's Darling in Andersonville in 2021.(Akilah Townsend / Washington Post / Getty)

Last week, WBEZ audience engagement manager and our fav night owl Taylor Faye Nazon hopped on the City Cast Chicago podcast to share their fav Chi nightlife spots. And, yes, Taylor has even more suggestions!

Best for dancing
: Celeste in River North
“There are four floors, all featuring different music. They’re known for their top floor, which exclusively plays disco music.”

Best queer-friendly spot
: Nobody’s Darling in Andersonville
“This queer and Black woman–owned spot was nominated for a James Beard award for the best bar program in the country.”

Best chill vibes
: Lazy Bird in Fulton Market😌 “Between the lack of lighting, unique decor, and unusual mix of people, it’s easy to feel transported to another time.”

Best strong drinks
 and loyal customers: Cookie’s in Auburn Gresham🍸 “The staff is warm, the music is good, and sometimes there’s free food.”

Best late-night bite
: Chi Cafe in Chinatown🍲 “Some of my most profound revelations have happened over sweet and sour shrimp at 1 a.m. on a Tuesday.”

Best for the after, after party
: The Owl in Logan Square🌙 “Open until 5 a.m. on Saturdays, there’s craft beer on tap, a jukebox, and usually the Tamale Guy is waiting for you outside.”

Is a dive bar more your scene? Check out this past Hey Chicago list.

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