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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Columbia students don't really "party" like the cliche state school would. If anything, there will be a house party somewhere north that a few students will go hang out at. Sharing conversations over good music and a cigarette. Maybe I just don't get invite though... Hahah. I don't know.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Plenty of parties circulate around campus: you just have to find the right person to get in. House parties and school events are free but parties run by Premo or other organizations cost at least ten dollars. The best parties I've been to have been on the west side and the Black Out parties that happen in one of the campus buildings.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't party so I wouldn't know what it's like. People seem to have a lot of fun on the weekends.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you want to find parties, you can I guess. It's who you know, and we are in a city, so there are plenty. But really, you do have to know people in order to find out where.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's hard to meet people everyone is in cliques

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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

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 40 responses

  • 26% Apts around the city
  • 24% A friend's house... maybe.
  • 17% Other colleges
  • 14% Dorms
  • 12% School events.
  • 3% I don't party
  • 3% Off campus

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 19% Thursday
  • 50% Friday
  • 31% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 112 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

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

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 110 responses

  • 4% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 40% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 5% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 27% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 24% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 38 responses

  • 82% Manifest
  • 11% Off-campus parties
  • 8% Casino Royale
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