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John Barleycorn's is the quintessential college bar and club. Students are usually pretty poor, but it doesn't matter here because there's never a cover charge. Additionally, there are tons of people to meet and loud music everywhere. The service is also good, featuring some hunky bar servers for the ladies and hot waitresses for the gentlemen. Basically, this is the place for great dinner and drinks, and in the later hours, a little dancing.
Funky Buddha Lounge
Funky Buddha Lounge is regarded as the best dance club in the area, attracting people from as far as six hours away. If you are a true dance machine, here is where you want to be. The dance music is fabulous, the atmosphere is electric, the people here love to party, and the acoustics in the room are great. You can actually talk to whomever you're dancing with! There is even a rumor that if you can't dance, or just want to sit and talk, you need to stay away from this place. There is no cover charge before 10 p.m., so definitely get there before then, or else it's $20. Drinks are rather expensive, but with good incense in the air and eclectic Buddha-esque décor, if you have the energy, bring it to the Buddha.
Right in the midst of the Rush and Division Streets' nightlife strip, the live DJ gives Bar Chicago some high energy with great dance music and plenty of `80s tunes on the floor. Bar Chicago attracts a large variety of people, from tourists to suburbians to professionals from the surrounding area, and it definitely caters to young partygoers. If you don't feel like taking part in the crazy dancing, the balcony has a good view as the techno lighting illuminates the dance crowd. Wheaton students should be warned that things do get pretty out of hand here, and you will certainly see women dancing on the bar. There is no cover charge before 10:30 p.m., and when 2 a.m. hits, the bars shut down, and the crowd gets absolutely huge. And, not that it would matter because Wheaton students aren't allowed to drink, but the cocktails and pitchers are also pretty cheap.
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North Beach is a sports bar that, in the midst of cold Chicago winters, tries to throw a little summer into the mix. Inside, there are three volleyball courts with real sand, bowling lanes, miniature golf, and a small basketball court. At the bar, there is a good beer selection, and the Wheaton students can enjoy the variety of fruit drinks. There's also a good dance floor with a great DJ and the occasional good band. Overall, it's just a good atmosphere to go to with your buddies.
1551 N. Sheffield Ave.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Rock Bottom offers the cheapest and largest variety of drinks around, and they're actually brewed in the restaurant. The pub also offers a good menu, with everything from smoked salmon to pasta. The dining experience is pretty casual, nothing high-energy about it. The rooftop deck is the prime spot during the summer to relax and have a drink. The brewery especially caters to the sports fan, as its satellite system is set up to receive all college and professional football, NCAA basketball, and major sporting events.
Shannon's Irish Pub
With great food and friendly service, here's your little Irish cottage in the midst of the suburbs. With an old-fashioned fireplace and aroma in the air, you basically walk in and just feel the anxiety flow out of your head. The bar is stocked with Irish mixes, as well as domestics-that you can drink when you're off the covenant.
428 N. Main St.
This urban bar is pretty refined, yet also brings a little funk into the Naperville nightlife. Inside, you'll find eclectic wall art, good music, and comfy furniture. Bar Louie has some classic, hometown entrees, including specialty sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and meatloaf. Various martinis make up most of the drink list, such as the favorite "appletini," yet there is also a full bar. On the weekends, Bar Louie actually turns into a club, and if you're in the mood, feel free to dance the night away.
Howl at the Moon
Howl at the Moon has a crazy and unique attraction complete with dueling pianos. At the above times, the bar has two performers on baby grand pianos who take turns playing sing-along favorites, not to mention classic rock-n-roll. They even take requests and, for a little money, play your song. Later on in the night, a drummer and guitarist are added, and the place just heats up. Although it can get a little rowdy, it is very fun to watch. Additionally, there is a great selection of barbecue ribs, chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, and burgers. And, I've heard, their drinks are pretty good and fairly inexpensive, especially when you're with a group.
Muldoon's is an Irish-American Eatery just minutes away from campus. Here you'll find a warm atmosphere, a fully stocked bar, good food, and live music.
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Also mentioned in the Off-Campus Dining section, Los is certainly the primary area for nightlife. The infamous Mexican hub, you will see Wheaton students here every night.
484 Roosevelt Rd.
Your Wheaton experience isn't complete without stopping into La Spiaza. In fact, some students come two or three times a week. A perfect coffeehouse environment, La Spiaza has great drinks, cozy seating, and sometimes offers live music.
114 S. Main St.
House of Blues
The House of Blues is one of the best venues in Chicago for concerts, featuring all kinds of different music and popular artists, from Billy Idol to Dolly Parton to Eminem to Earth, Wind, and Fire. It's a bit pricey, but it's totally worth it.
329 N. Dearborn St.
Navy Pier is the classic Chicago-land place to go. Here, you will find an amusement park, boating, children's museum, and various concerts. Make sure you take a spin on the ferris wheel!
600 E. Grand Ave.
Yo Yo Land
A favorite among Wheaton students, Yo Yo Land is a frozen yogurt shop in downtown Wheaton. It's self-service, so you can create your very own concoction by choosing which flavors and toppings you want. Just keep in mind that you pay by the ounce. Fun with friends, perfect for dates!
134 W Front Street
This is not the normal putt-putt experience. Putting Edge is pretty original, with weird psychedelic, glow-in-the-dark putt-putt. A definite must for a date.
2535 W. Golf Rd.
This auditorium features the one-of-a-kind Neo-Futurists, an improv comedy group. They've put together the longest running show in the history of Chicago, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, a truly unique show. Everyone has to go see it, not to mention you can see it again and again, as the show changes every time!
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Ah, the beautiful Cheesecake Factory. No doubt, every Wheaton student has been here at least once. As the name suggests, this restaurant features every kind of cheesecake that you could dream of, and although each slice is around $7, the heavenly bites are worth it. Additionally, the restaurant has a huge menu with numerous entree and lunch specials. On any given night, expect a little bit of a wait to get into this place.
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Caribou has a chill environment with great coffee, smoothie, and dessert selections. Feel free to have a conversation, do some studying, or get to know that special someone. Caribou is perfect for it.
280 Danada Sq. W.
California Pizza Kitchen
Right by AMC Cantera movie theater, this place has a unique environment with its old-school diner ambience. Featuring an open-kitchen arrangement, aromas of every kind of pizza you can imagine permeate through the air. You can definitely come here for a first date.
28258 Diehl Rd.
Coldstone is the best ice cream place around, and it's right around the corner in Naperville.
23 W. Jefferson St.
Cookie Dough Creations
Cookie Dough Creations combines your favorite ice cream and cookie dough together, and yes, it is as good as it sounds.
Comedy Sportz Chicago
Wheaton students love Comedy Sportz Chicago, as it has become known as the one "interactive improv experience." This group was even invited to one of the Wheaton formal events, February Formal, a few years back. A very entertaining event, don't miss out on this one.
Color Me Mine
Okay, this one may be a bit more exciting for the women than for the men, but men, you can certainly take a woman here and impress her with your cultured side. At Color Me Mine, you can create your own hand-painted ceramic piece of pottery-a perfect idea for a date or girls' night out.
125 W. Front St.