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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Always going to be some art kids up to no good...but that's what we do best! Even while at a party you will always hear talk of creative collaborations and current projects - art never rests!

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: Minus the weather this past year at Manifest, it is a great event to attend! Filled with games, interactive art and all different types of arts available, it is a must when attending Columbia. My favorite part were the local bands and singers even some attending Columbia now.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't really party much, so I am unsure as to how good the party scene is.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Its Chicago, if you can't find anything to do then you don't leave your dorm.

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: Being an urban school the party scene is the entire city of Chicago. Very cool.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 339th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1036th
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 1139th
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Whitney Fox
Topeka, Kansas
Television Writing and Producing
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Whether it's 11 p.m. or 3 a.m., Chicago is always buzzing with nightlife. From clubs to bars to theater performances to diners, there is always somewhere to go and something to do.

The South Loop's nightlife has recently been growing with the addition of several new bars and music clubs to the area. You won't have to travel far to find a great place to cut loose with your friends.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Boystown
  • Bucktown
  • Lakeview
  • Lincoln Park
  • The West Loop, UIC Campus
  • Wrigleyville
Other Places to Check Out
The Thai Spoon
Favorite Drinking Games
Beer Pong
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Organization Parties
Upperclassmen tend to throw house parties located in neighborhoods that are close to the South Loop, such as Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville, and Bucktown.
Did You Know?
The South Loop hosts the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Festival. For comic fans and collectors, this is the place to be.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

South Loop Club

This "club" screams "boys only," with its sports bar atmosphere and burger-slinging kitchen. And if the male-dominated crowd isn't enough indication of what you're in for, check out the TVs; they're all tuned to sports, sports, and more sports. Athletic posters, flags, and beer signs give this corner bar all the glam of a college dorm room. Luckily, the South Loop Club has more beer choices than your standard fraternity fridge.

701 S. State St.

South Loop

(312) 427-2787

Buddy Guy's Legends

There's a jam session every Monday and an acoustic blues artist on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

700 S. Wabash Ave.

South Loop

(312) 427-1190

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Kasey's Tavern

This Printers Row classic has been around for a century, with high, tin ceilings and a solid wood bar that nearly runs the length of the tavern. "Positively no dancing"-that's their motto!

701 S. Dearborn St.

South Loop

(312) 427-7992


This bar is one of six Hackney's locations in the Chicagoland area.

733 S. Dearborn St.


(312) 461-1116


Fun neighborhood bar with cold drinks and good eats!

755 S. Clark St.


(312) 786-1161

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

The Art Institute

111 S. Michigan Ave.

(312) 443-3600

Lucky Strike Lanes

322 E. Illinois St.

(312) 245-8331

Adler Planetarium

1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.

(312) 322-7827

AMC Loews 600 North Michigan 9

600 N. Michigan Ave.


(888) 262-4386

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 97 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 89 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 84% Public transportation.
  • 8% Taxis.
  • 8% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 92 responses

  • 21% Parties? What parties?
  • 25% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 7% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 43% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 4% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 23 responses

  • 28% Apts around the city
  • 24% A friend's house... maybe.
  • 22% Other colleges
  • 14% School events.
  • 12% Dorms

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 22 responses

  • 82% Manifest
  • 9% Casino Royale
  • 9% Off-campus parties
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