Chicago best night Clubs

The 7 Best Dance Clubs That Don't Suck In Chicago

Here at Chicagoist we love to dance but we don't need bottle service and other attendant drama to do so. Give us a good DJ spinning some solid beats and some space on a dance floor and we can handle the rest; you won't find us hanging in River North waiting in line for overpriced drinks and bad music.

We've compiled for you our picks for the best dance clubs in Chicago that don't suck. These are the seven venues that come correct and know the score.

“Just Joey” Swanson has transformed the former Green Dolphin Street into a state-of-the-art dance club with LED lights, lasers, projection screens and everything else needed to rival Chicago’s top-rated clubs. The music ranges from local DJs to internationally recognized talent, with Swanson's long-running "Boom Boom Room" a familiar anchor. —Chuck Sudo and Katie Karpowicz

Danny's Tavern
Okay, technically Danny's is a tavern but don't let the Schlitz sign outside fool you—this Bucktown bar boasts one of the most raging dance floors in Chicago with DJs spinning a high-energy mix of music guaranteed to get the hips of even the most staid people moving. The staff encourages the party atmosphere and books their DJs accordingly but be warned—the line to get in most weekends starts early and doesn't let up until last call. —Chuck Sudo

Danny's Tavern is located at 1951 W. Dickens Ave.

Baby Atlas
Hidden in the basement of Matilda, down a (seriously, hold on to the railing) treacherous staircase, is Baby Atlas. This tiny room channels memories of college apartment parties in size and intimacy, and the vibe is decidedly low-key with a focus on fun over fashion. The DJs play a truly esoteric mix of music, often completely disavowing any beat matching or higher turntable skills in favor of simply playing music people want to dance to from all eras and flavors of the pop spectrum. The drinks are cheap and despite the small space the bartenders are pretty quick to serve, so there's plenty of chance to get properly lubricated for the dance floor (should you require a bit of liquid courage). Dress however you feel like—everything from fancy-schmancy to torn t-shirt and jeans is accepted without the bat of an eyelash—but make sure whatever you're wearing won't get in the way of your getting down with the party around you. —Tankboy / Jim Kopeny

One of our picks for the best gay and lesbian bars in Chicago also makes this list for its eclectic DJ lineup and its welcome, accommodating vibe. Regardless of your sexual orientation, all are welcome on the dance floor, as has been the case for 30 years, and the scene picks up significantly here after midnight, when the 24-hour party people converge to dance until the morning light. —Chuck Sudo

Smart Bar
Back when I considered staying out until sunrise a badge of honor Metro's subterranean sister was one of the venues I would use to bridge last call futility and a greasy diner breakfast. A makeover a few years back removed a lot of the grunge that was a hallmark of the club but the spirit and the dance tracks remain, with a lively mix of local and touring DJs spinning house, techno, dubstep, EDM and New Wave. —Chuck Sudo

The Shrine
If your dance music tastes veer towards R&B, hip-hop and Afrobeat then you need to check out this South Loop/Motor Row venue. The dace floor here is always packed with guests bringing their A-game to match the tunes spun by the DJs. Come ready for a workout—there's no parking on this dance floor. —Chuck Sudo

The Shrine is located at 2109 S. Wabash Ave.

Beauty Bar
If you’re one for theme nights-outside of the general theme of “cutting a rug”-Beauty Bar hosts a slew of them. From 90s playlists to rap karaoke to its Wednesday night “Lemonade” party with oldies and Motown tunes, there’s always dancing happening at this small but cozy West Town spot. Let’s face it, Chicago is saturated with dance clubs that charge you double digits for a well vodka cranberry and overcrowd themselves. The fact that you can get a martini and a manicure for that same price and find a corner to take a breather in once you've worked up a sweat from dancing should clue you into why Beauty Bar carved out a spot for itself on our list. BONUS: Heels? Totally not required. —Katie Karpowicz

Interesting facts

  • Westwood College, owned by Alta Colleges Inc., is an American for-profit institution of higher learning with 17 campus locations in six states and online learning options. Westwood is accredited by national organizations including the Accrediting Commission of...
  • Melissa Young is a cabaret performer and actor based in Chicago, Illinois.
    Melissa has performed at Don't Tell Mama and The Duplex in New York City as well as Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret, Drury Lane Water Tower Place, Theater Building Chicago, Bailwick Theater...

You might also like

Juliana Night Club (Chicago)
Juliana Night Club (Chicago)
Fight outside of heats nightclub chicago.
Fight outside of heats nightclub chicago.
Best Apps For Phone Bar Trivia Questions Game Free - Pub Quiz Questions and Answers!
Mobile Application (Best Apps For Phone)
  • - Pub and Club History
  • - Beer and Wine History
  • - Beer Quiz
  • - Wine Quiz
  • - Best Clubs
  • - Best English Pubs
  • - Club Camera
  • - Best Club Music
  • - Tips in Drinking Beer and Wines
  • - Famous Drinks
Deego Deego Sports Armband with Built-in Screen Protect Cover for iPhone 6 Plus (5.5-Inch) and Key Holder Slot - Purple
Wireless (Deego)
  • Designed specifically for iPhone 6 Plus, Lightweight armband keeps your phone secure and protected.
  • Water Resistant and sweat-proof funtion to better protect your mobile phone, make you feel more comfortable during exercise,Due to varying color display...
  • Built in Reflective strip for safe running in low light conditions. Built-in Key holder. Cutouts for easy access to headphones port and controls. A sweat resistant...
  • Material: Lightweight soft neoprene that is molded to twist and bend but will not stretch out of shape. Washable with gentle soap and water, then air dry. Can keep...
  • Functionality: Provide excellent protection during sport, such as running, biking, jogging, walking, working out etc. Touch screen works through the clear cover
Nightclubs | Fridays | Chicago | Evil Olive |
Nightclubs | Fridays | Chicago | Evil Olive |
Night Club Chicago
Night Club Chicago
Streamlight Streamlight 65018 Stylus 6-1/4-Inch Penlight with Pocket Clip and White LED, Black
Home Improvement (Streamlight)
  • Water-proof, machined aluminum case; anodized finish with non-slip, knurled grip
  • Pocket clip; Glare guard protector (included)
  • High intensity LED solid state bulb which lasts 100, hours
  • Run time up to 60 hours
  • 6-1/4-inches long
  • Water-proof, machined aluminum case;anodized finish with non-slip, knurled grip
  • Pocket clip; Glare guard protector (included)
  • High intensity LED solid state bulb which lasts 100, hours
  • Run time up to 60 hours
  • 6-1/4-inches long
Cheese Knives Set 5-Piece Stainless Steel tools with Microfiber Cleaning Cloth in a Housewarming Gift Box, Exquisitely Designed to Hold, Cut, Shave, Slice, Spread, Serve All Types Of Cheeses
Kitchen (Laminas)
  • ✔ HOLD, CUT, SHAVE, SLICE, SPREAD and SERVE all your favorite cheeses with this complete set
  • ✔ Give the PERFECT GIFT for housewarming, wedding, anniversary, wine and food lovers
  • ✔ GOURMET KNIVES - If you appreciate good cheese, you ll want this set
  • ✔ Includes parmesan knife, spreader, fork, chisel and narrow plane for all your cheeses, plus a BONUS of a MICROFIBER CLOTH for easy polish
  • ✔ Knives measure approximately 5.3 inches long and vary in width from .75 inches to 1.88 inches
SpotItOut, LLC CitySeekr GPS City Guide - Chicago for Garmin (Mac only) [Download]
Digital Software (SpotItOut, LLC)
  • Travel like a local when on business or leisure trips
  • How do you know where is a good place to eat or shop? Where are the best night clubs or venues for an evening of jazz? With CitySeekr GPS City Guide, you ll find...
  • imply download and install CitySeekr GPS City Guide to your GPS device and you re set for a day, weekend or week of fun and memories.
  • Every listing has all the crucial details you need to make important travel decisions
  • Compatibility: Garmin nüvi series, Dakota, Oregon, Dezl and Garmin zumo series
Best Restaurants in Chicago| Best Chicago Nightclubs
Best Restaurants in Chicago| Best Chicago Nightclubs ...
8fifty8 Chicago | Best New Nightclub into 2012
8fifty8 Chicago | Best New Nightclub into 2012
  • avatar What is the best night club in chicago? | Yahoo Answers
    • Well there is a lot of great night clubs in chicago...if you don't want to spend a lot of money..go to the rush st (division and state) you can go from one place to another...some dont have a cover fee.

  • avatar What are the best blues clubs in Chicago?
    • What Are The Best Night Clubs In Chicago?
      The Chicago Nightlife has a lot of great clubs!
      They are divided into different categories, like dance night clubs, comedy night clubs, jazz, or blues night clubs. There are also different clubs depending on age if you want to go out but aren't 21.
      Here are some great pages to review different clubs in Chicago, I hope you have a great night out! :)
      Dance Clubs
      18+ Dance Clubs:

Related Posts