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Chicago Bars and Nightlife
While there are some popular hot spots for hanging out and getting a drink in downtown, the nightlife in Chicago is hardly limited to such a small vicinity. Instead, Chicago bars are found all over-in neighborhoods throughout the city and suburbs. From hole-in-the-wall pubs to swanky cocktail lounges, Chicago bars are all individual slices of life that reveal the true character and mind-set of the city's diverse makeup.
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Depending on what you are in the mood for, there's a watering hole for every taste, appeal, price range and attitude. However, it's virtually impossible to classify the Chicago bar scene by area as it not only varies from street to street, but from one bar to the next. But here's the skinny: Pretty much anyplace you go will have at least one neighborhood tavern where the bar is lined with regulars who-you may get the impression-spend more time there than at home. Now these local stomping grounds could be a Guinness-serving Irish pub (as this is Chicago and Irish heritage is a commonality among many residents), or it may be a dive where the beers are only $2 and you're wise to bring your own wet wipe to clean off the table top. Either way, you'll be able to tell it's a beloved community haunt that serves up friendship with their list of draft ales.
Chicago sports bars are a classification all their own. These loud, fan-filled establishments are very particular about who to root for-a detail typically indicated by the team flags and paraphernalia adorning the walls, not to mention the shirts and caps worn by the majority of patrons. Both Big Ten colleges and the pros are represented, so whether you're originally from Buffalo, New York or went to school at Notre Dame, Chicago has a bar with kindred spirits awaiting your arrival.
Many of Chicago's bars incorporate a theme-who doesn't love a shtick? Some have dueling pianos, some offer German-inspired beer gardens, while others are decked out to look like an underground fallout shelter. And that's only the tip of the iceberg.want to chug a brew in a vintage gas station that still has old car parts laying around? Or would you prefer to sip on a martini from the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center? Even if you're not sure where or what you'd like to drink, you can rest assured living in Chicago is certain to come through with the perfect place for an unforgettable night out.