The nightlife at the University of Chicago isn’t as wild and crazy as "Animal House." However, you’ll never have a night where there isn’t something to do. You can usually find something going on in Hyde Park. The main social scene takes place at fraternities and apartment parties. While they aren’t parties that are going to be talked about for decades to come, they are a ton of fun and a lot of people go. Individuals, organizations, or even entire buildings host apartment parties. There are also some official events hosted by the University, like "Blues 'N' Ribs" and "Summer Breeze," which are very popular. You can also head into the city to see a show, go to a nice dinner, catch a movie, or basically anything you can think of. All of these are great options for underage students, but you’ll find people in all years staying on campus for a weekend night.
If you’re 21 (or have some kind of identification that says you are), you’ll never run out of bars to visit. You can stay in Hyde Park and go to some of the campus bars, like Jimmy’s or the Pub. Neither is very upscale, but they have a great college bar-vibe and are super cheap. If you’re bored in Hyde Park, you have the entire city of Chicago at your disposal. There are great bars in the South Loop and on the North Side by DePaul’s campus. You can usually find a place with a good deal, so you’re not spending too much money. If you want to drop some big bucks, any of the clubs in the city are fantastic. Basically, you’ll never use the excuse “I couldn’t find anything to do” as a reason for staying in on a Friday night.