Unique Chicago Nightlife Experiences

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Lagunitas Chicago Taproom

Headquarters Beercade

Metallica pinball alongside Tecmo Bowl and Donkey Kong arcades with American Gladiators playing on the TV? Yes, please! This favorite offers all of those things and more. So if you’re looking for a fun alternative to your average night out, try pairing nostalgic arcade games with some craft cocktails. Best part of all? Game play is free.

Lagunitas Chicago Taproom

Sitting above the largest brewery in Illinois, step into this beer sanctuary that serves up live music, munchies, and beers you’d be hard-pressed to nd on shelves. Pull up to the bar or snag a spot at one of the picnic tables to imbibe an expanded Lagunitas lineup featuring standbys and super seasonal suds. While the Taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday, free tours—which include tastings—are offered daily.

Untitled Supper Club

This speakeasy-inspired cocktail favorite plays host to Unbridled, a can’t-miss extravaganza every Thursday night. The cabaret style show puts an emphasis on burlesque that includes re twirlers, grinder acts, gymnasts, and more. It’s a sprawling show, too, consisting of three sets spread throughout the night. DJs spin tunes between each set, giving you plenty of time to mingle and get your own dance on.

Hard Rock Cafe

Every Thursday at 9 p.m., rock star guests can take the stage and belt out the greatest hits from their favorite artists backed by a full band. Check their website as themes change regularly, including monthly Throwback Thursdays featuring music or genres from the decades, impersonation, or tribute nights. Feel you might need some liquid courage? Thursday specials include $4 Chicago draft beers and $5 well drinks.