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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't party so I'll talk about transportation. Public transportation is public transportation so it's awful in general. But the difference with Loyola is that it's very easy to access so if you want to go home to the suburbs or just commute daily to and from the city it can be done without a headache or heart attack. Having a U-pass really helps. It just stinks that you have to load your own money during official school breaks.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I don't go to many parties on campus, my friends and I go downtown Chicago to the bars.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I don't attend parties on campus, my friends and I go downtown Chicago to the bars.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: You better find some friends that have an off-campus apartment if you want to go to a kickback. If you know the black students, then there are Kappa parties that you have to pay for & they're on the Southside of Chicago-- not worth the investment if you ask me. I come from a very diverse place and I'm also partially caribbean so I like to hear Reggae, Calypso, & Soca, but the students here either play trap & twerking music all day long or some really soothing music. It's a party NOT a sleepover.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are not really a thing unless you live off-campus or are willing to pay $10-$20 to enjoy a 5hr party. Really not worth it if you ask me.


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The first thing that must be said in a summary of Chicago's nightlife is that one cannot write a summary of Chicago's nightlife. There are far too many things to see and do than can be mentioned in a few meager paragraphs. A person could live in the city their entire life, go to a new bar every week, and still not find all of the hidden gems and obvious dives. Still, this vibrant scene does not exactly reach Loyola's neighborhood. The most common bar mentioned by students is Hamilton's, simply because it is generally seen as the best of a small number of choices. In a dive bar haven such as Rogers Park, Hammies has drink specials and a dance floor. This makes it the gold standard for Loyola students. The University hardly holds any events worth attending, and there are no fraternity houses on campus. Luckily enough, nearly all of the upperclassmen live in apartments within walking distance of campus, and all of them throw parties at one time or another. Although parties at other universities are often free, students can expect to pitch in to help pay for things at Loyola's off-campus parties. Five dollars is standard for a keg party, and only on rare occasions will it be more. As a general rule, if you pay more than $5 for a cup, there better be something pretty special about the party, or you should consider finding a different one.

Thankfully, there is more to Chicago than Rogers Park. In addition to bars and clubs, the city holds more than enough theaters, coffee houses, live music venues, comedy clubs, and bowling alleys to keep you busy until you reach your 21st birthday. So if you get sick of ADG, go visit the baseball house, go to a theater party, check out the physics club kegger, or whatever group appeals to you.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Lincoln Park
  • Rogers Park
  • Rush Street
  • Wrigleyville/Lakeview
Student Favorites
  • Bruno and Tim's Lounge and Liquor
  • Hamilton's Pub
  • Oasis
Other Places to Check Out
  • Cubby Bear Lounge
  • Fado
  • Funk Groove Bar
  • Gingerman Tavern
  • Hi Tops
  • The Irish Oak
  • Jack Sullivan's
  • Johnny O'Hagan's
  • Kendall's Pub
  • Kincade's
  • Leg Room
  • Murphy's Bleachers
  • Mystic Celt
  • Raw Bar
  • Schubas Tavern
  • The Sovereign
  • Whiskey Sky
Local Specialties
Goose Island microbrew:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Century Club
  • Flip cup
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
  • Sink the Bismarck
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Red Eye newspaper
  • Time Out Chicago
Closing Time
2 a.m.-5 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Hamilton's Pub
Organization Parties
Loyola’s student organizations will usually throw occasional parties in either Rambler Room or Centennial Forum Student Union and bring in delicious ethnic food from local restaurants. Sometimes a club will rent out a restaurant for a private party, generally only open to club members. Also, the Residence Hall Association puts on events for first-year students, sponsoring everything from Blackhawks games to neighborhood restaurant tours.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Formerly Domaine, Level is a late-night dance club that doesn't waste time serving food. Martinis are labeled level 1-10, so pick one to sip before you head out to the elevated dance floor. Jeans are okay, but no hats or tennis shoes.

1045 N. Rush St.

Gold Coast

(312) 397-1045

Le Passage

French house music and Polynesian drinks make this dimly lit club stand out among the after hours joints in the area. Put your name on the VIP list to help avoid long lines to get in on the weekends. Le Passage is truly one of the more innovative, intriguing clubs in Chicago.

937 N. Rush St.

Gold Coast

(312) 255-0022

Bar Chicago

If you're looking for a place to relive your wildest fraternity-oriented dreams/nightmares, Bar Chicago is the place for you. Don't look for martinis here; slide through the crowd and grab yourself a domestic bottle or a souvenir mug of "Hooligan Juice" at the bar, then bong a beer on your way back to the dance floor for good measure. The best (or worst) part is that you can stay pretty much as late as you want: the bar is open until 4 a.m. from Wednesday-Friday, and 5 a.m. on Saturdays. Put your name on their mailing list for the chance to win a free VIP party.

9 W. Division St.

Gold Coast

(312) 654-1120

Bar ListingsWhat's This?


Still not done drinking when Hamilton's closes at 2 a.m.? Head north on Sheridan road and hit the "O," Loyola's favorite four o'clock bar. If you're still functioning well enough for semi-physical activity, one half of the bar holds four dart boards and a pool table, and a couple of arcade games sit near the bathrooms.

6809 N. Sheridan Rd.

Rogers Park

(773) 973-7788

Pippin's Tavern

Slinging beers since 1949, this small local tavern also serves up popcorn and pinball to the tiny crowd that wedges its way into the bar.

806 N. Rush St.

Gold Coast

(312) 787-5435

McGee's Tavern & Grille

Especially popular with DePaul students, McGee's may have more beers on tap than any other bar in the city. Thirty different varieties await your pleasure as you watch the big game on one of dozens of flat screen TVs. Like euchre? You can play in a tournament every Monday night at McGee's.

950 W. Webster Ave.

Lincoln Park

(773) 549-8200

Moody's Pub

Moody's has the best beer garden in Chicago. Period. Once you leave the dark, cave-like interior of the bar and step into this veritable Eden of booze and burgers, you'll never want to leave. Ivy covered brick walls open up into an area charmingly set with picnic tables and oak trees, all centered gracefully around a central waterfall. If this is not enough to draw you in, Moody's has the best burger in the city, hands down. Just going for the drinks? Get a cheap pitcher of Berghoff Dark, sip sangria, or order the Moody Mama for a fruitier option.

5910 N. Broadway

Rogers Park

(773) 275-2696

Streeter's Tavern

If you're looking for a bar to play games at, go to Streeter's. You'll find pool, foosball, and Ping-Pong tables all crammed into this underground establishment.

50 E. Chicago Ave.

Gold Coast

(312) 944-5206

The Underground Wonder Bar

Groove to the sweet sounds of improvised jazz while trying to find elbow space at the bar. Every now and then, one of the bar's more famous patrons will step on stage and perform with the band.

10 E. Walton St.

Gold Coast

(312) 266-7761

The Pumping Company

The Pumping Company is Hamilton's Pub's biggest competitor with Loyola students, and frequently hosts themed nights for various holidays. There are numerous big-screen televisions throughout the cramped bar, and the prices are low enough to accommodate a student budget.

6157 N. Broadway

Rogers Park

(773) 743-7994

Rock Bottom Brewery

Originally a Colorado institution, Rock Bottom is currently challenging Goose Island's status as most popular local microbrewery. This huge establishment is frequented by a heavy after-work crowd in one of Chicago's busier business neighborhoods.

1 W. Grand Ave.

River North

(312) 755-9339

Dublin's Bar and Grill

In addition to being a good place to grab beer during a Bears game, Dublin's serves as yet another one of Chicago's great burger choices. Drinks aren't too expensive considering the area it's in, and the staff is pretty friendly. Plus, their kitchen is open until the wee hours of the mornin'.

1030 N. State St.

Gold Coast

(312) 266-6340

The Full Shilling

Within steps of Wrigley Field, this new bar has some of the best specials in the city. Whether stopping by after a Cubs win or making a special trip down for their fabulous tater tots, count on the Full Shilling to fill you up with food and drinks for a small price.

3724 N. Clark St.


(773) 248-3330

Blue Agave

This Mexican themed bar/restaurant slings tequila shots and all kinds of south-of-the-border beers. Enjoy standard Mexican fare with a tequila martini, or just toss back a shot followed by a spicy, but fruity, sangria chaser. During the summertime, the Maple Street patio provides a bit of cool shade. Specials: You get chips and salsa instead of peanuts at the bar. That can count as a meal for a hungry college student!

1 W. Maple St.

Gold Coast

(312) 335-8900

Bruno and Tim's Lounge and Liquor

Looking for a good dive bar? Bruno's is one of the best. Frequented by locals as well as students who stop in for a quick one before class, this bar/liquor store is a great place to watch a game if you want to hear expert commentary from about seven guys sitting at the end of the bar. Beer and booze are on the cheap here, and it's easy to get on speaking terms with the bartenders. Just a little hole in the wall, Bruno's is great for drinking a beer and hearing the recap of the Cubs game.

6562 N. Sheridan Rd.

Rogers Park

(773) 764-7900

The Hunt Club

The Hunt Club is one of those bars that is great during the summer, but loses some of its luster in the cold winter months. The outdoor patio, which spills out onto the busy State and Rush triangle, is perfect for sipping a cocktail in the sun and watching the crowds go by. Drinks are pricier than they are in Rogers Park, but not too bad for downtown. Fridays and Saturdays: $3 Chamberry shots

1100 N. State St.

Gold Coast

(312) 988-7887

John Barleycorn

Barleycorn was originally built in 1890 by an Irish immigrant. John Dillinger frequented the place in the `20s, when it stayed open as a speakeasy during Prohibition. Barleycorn's also has a Wrigleyville location that attracts a young crowd with its mammoth dance floor.

658 W. Belden Ave.

Lincoln Park

(773) 348-8899

Goose Island

Chicago's most famous local microbrew, Goose Island produces dozens of different varieties of beer. The Wrigleyville branch is baseball-themed, with a larger-than-life mural of several Hall-of-Famers, none of whom played for the Cubs.

3535 N. Clark St.


(773) 832-9040

Hamilton's Pub

"Hammies" is Loyola's unofficial student bar. Most students spend an unhealthy amount of their time there. Some attest to pouring more money into this newly renovated north side bar than they did into their college education. Drinks are on the cheap side, and they've got one of the city's many great burgers.

6341 N. Broadway

Rogers Park

(773) 764-8133

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


This renovated theater is one of the best places in the city to hear live music of any sort. Get down on the floor with a tightly packed crowd of musical devotees and just breathe in the scene. Metro helped spark the career of the Windy City's own Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins, and he has been known to stop by every now and then. Many shows are all-ages, and prices range from $5-$40.

3730 N. Clark St.


(773) 549-0203

Pick Me Up Café

You could call Pick Me Up Café the opposite of a bar. It's the sort of place you stay up all night and drink coffee instead of beer. Open until 3 a.m., this café is the perfect place for Loyola students to go with or without their books before their 2st birthday. Get a milkshake, one of many flavored cappuccinos, or a delectable turkey sandwich, and breathe in as much of the eclectic, smoky air as your lungs will allow. Don't forget to bring a couple of bucks for the jukebox.

3408 N. Clark St.


(773) 248-6613

House of Blues

Another of Chicago's premier music joints, the House of Blues is located right on the north bank of the Chicago River. All kinds of musical acts visit the HOB, from local indie bands to international sensations, from Dr. John to Pantera. Many shows are all-ages, and prices range from $10-$25.

329 N. Dearborn St.

(312) 923-2000


Formerly called ImprovOlympic, IO may be second only to the Second City in the famous Chicago improvisational comedy scene. This Wrigleyville club showcases teams of improv players who craft scenes spontaneously from audience suggestions. The theater is smoke-free and air-conditioned, with comfortable seats and few obstructed views.

3541 N. Clark St.


(773) 880-0199

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 132 responses

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

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 140 responses

  • 2% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 15% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 24% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 33% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 26% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 48 responses

  • 67% St. Patrick's Day
  • 10% New years eve
  • 10% Latino Ball/Italian Gala
  • 10% None
  • 2% Cinco de Mayo
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