Comfort Suites O'Hare Airport
4200 N. River Road
Schiller Park, IL 60176
Phone: (847) 233-9000
Fax: (847) 233-0842
Enigma is a cosmopolitan cocktail lounge, that transforms into a high-energy club at night. The venue welcomes with slick interior and dazzling lights which are the perfect setting for the finest vibes from the best DJs in town. Located in the Best Western O'Hare Hotel, the lounge is an ideal hang-out for those looking for a good time. Reservations over the weekend are highly recommended.
Party European style at this Chicago nightclub!
FitzGerald's is one of most famous bar-cum-club in the city. Built in 1920, the watering hole was renovated and re-modeled to cater to modern, young and suave patrons. With its casual and friendly ambiance teamed up with great music, it has managed to retain its old charm and popularity. Listen to the local bands or simply be all by yourself and enjoy your favorite drink. Every week, FitzGerald's comes up with interesting and fun events. Apart from that, it also provides excellent catering and banquet services. For more details, check website or call ahead.
Chicago is well known as home to many blues greats, and, as a result, plenty of decent blues bars feature respectable music and good bands catering to tourists. But musicians who play at these tourist clubs, they go to Rosa's when they really want to hear the good stuff. A nondescript tavern room located four-five miles from Old Town and Lincoln Park, Rosa's offers the unbeatable combination of great music and cheap drinks. Although the crowd here is friendly, any musician who gets up to play at Rosa's knows that he or she better bring some serious chops to the table, because bad music simply isn't tolerated here. Coming to Rosa's is sure to soothe your soul.
Located in Logan Square, The Whistler is a top-rated cocktail bar and a rocking music venue rolled into one. Their cocktail program has received numerous awards and offers a varied choice of classic as well as inventive house creations. The regularly changing list means there are newer delights with every visit. A packed calender of live bands and DJs throughout the week promises an exciting time for music lovers. A decided focus on jazz, with a dedicated night and top artists performing every week, has led it to be ranked among the top jazz destinations in the country. Check website for schedule and more.
The Orbit Room is a bar located in the northern section of Chicago. If you're looking to meet someone, take it from the husband-and-wife owners who met in a bar when they say that it's possible. Get dressed, bring some disposable cash, and look for your soul mate or just have fun in this new funky and relaxed Logan Square hangout.
Just west of Chicago, Engergy is unique in that it is only open on Thursday nights with the exception of special events. The club has a zero tolerance policy, freely inspecting anyone upon entry.
This posh lounge is a great place for those who actually like to hear themselves talk while enjoying their favorite drink. The setting is intimate with low lighting and dark decor. With about 50 seats throughout the place there is a fair amount of seating, but it can get busy when the late-night crowd rolls in around 2:00. Bartenders are friendly and approachable and service is pretty quick if the time is right.
A recent New York Times article that discussed Chicago theater companies rightly highlighted this growing off-Loop (the Chicago equivalent of off-Broadway) company. Now finishing its fourth season, The House Theatre of Chicago has built a citywide reputation as a fearless fringe company with a self-aware style yet readily accessible. Much of the House Theatre mission is to involve the collaboration of the artistic process. As such House shows include singing, elaborate (yet tasteful) special effects, and many other elements that play to the best parts of the spectacle of theatre. If you plan on checking out something outside the world famous theatres (i.e. Steppenwolf and Goodman), the House Theatre is rapidly becoming a staple of the brilliant Chicago theatre scene. The theater opens at 8pm from Thursday to Saturday and at 7pm on Sundays.
The Hungry Brain and thoughts of a dive bar should be synonymous, except with more artsy customers. Along with this place being a dive bar comes both the good and the bad aspects of such establishments. The confined space of The Hungry Brain makes the bar fill with smoke easily. When jazz bands play on Sunday nights talking becomes near impossible. But the local feel, the friendly service, and the great atmosphere all contribute to making this one of the most intimate and most welcoming bars in Chicago. Despite being out of the way of most touristy areas, Hungry Brain is a great place to drink and socialize.
A slightly under rated place to have a drink in Roscoe Village, the patrons here belong in the suburbs and act like they are just visiting the city for the night. The food here is a standard mini-pizza and when you are done, you can hoof it to the back room to watch a band play for a small or sometime not so small cover. But check the calendar because this place books every garage band in town. Pared down to its essentials, this is somewhere to go for inconspicuous crowd watching.
Gallery Cabaret is a cushy, though somewhat narrow, Bucktown neighborhood bar and art gallery. Bands perform here several nights a week. Local celebrity blues acts and lounge pianists Ben & Pepper regularly make appearances, and Pepper's art also frequently adorns the walls. Gallery Cabaret has a good selection of beer, though be forewarned—prices are more expensive on weekends. You can also order pizza, if hunger calls. Admission varies.