Nightlife Tour, Part 1, Chicago

Legendary Cocktail Lounges play an important part in Chicago's nightlife. Here you can feel the city pulsing with the beat of extraordinary performances of live jazz, blues, rock, folk and country. At Chicago's cocktail lounges you can meet the trendiest people and relax over the magnificent cocktails. Take this walking tour to discover the most famous cocktail lounges that Chicago has to offer.
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Nightlife Tour, Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Nightlife Tour, Part 1
Guide Location: USA » Chicago (See other walking tours in Chicago)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: Xena
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Roof At the Wit

1) Roof At the Wit

One the hottest bars in downtown Chicago, Roof at the Wit boasts one of the most impressive views of the city. An open-air rooftop lounge with a sophisticated touch, the Roof also offers a great menu with tempting and original choices such as Duck Fat Fries, Roasted Grape Bruschetta, and Sugarcane Shu Mai Skewers. The Roof also features an assortment of unique and tasty cocktails, including Hank’s Highball, consisting of Maker’s Mark, grapefruit bitters, and grapefruit juice, as well as a...   view more
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Studio Paris

2) Studio Paris

Serving as a photography studio by day and an exclusive lunge by night, Studio Paris is a combination indoor and outdoor club that has hosted some of the most well-known DJs in the world, including Tiesto, Kaskade, DeadMau5, and Calvin Harris. Regulars at Studio Paris include some of the city’s hottest photographers. Small-plate French cuisine is available for late night snacking, and drinks include anything from a bottle of bubble to one of their exclusive cocktails. A high-end lounge...   view more
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The Underground

3) The Underground

A basement bar reminiscent of a bomb shelter, the Underground is notable hangout for celebrities and sports stars in the city. With a decidedly military theme to its décor, interior design cues include radioactive symbols on large, imposing pillars, and an armor-plated DJ booth, to name just a couple. Attractive waitresses in tightly-clad military gear serve up inventive military-themed cocktails and late-night snacks. The Underground includes two full service bars, and although there is no...   view more
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Virtigo Sky Lounge

4) Virtigo Sky Lounge

Located on the 26th floor above the State Street, Vertigo Sky Lounge offers breathtaking views. The lounge has a smart, sophisticated look and its decor is simple but tasteful. The cocktails are marvelous. They also serve wagyu beef carpaccio, sashimi and...   view more
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Signature Lounge

5) Signature Lounge

Signature Lounge, situated on 96th floor of John Hancock Center, offers magnificent views of the entire Chicago city. They serve signature cocktails along with a gourmet menu, including delicious appetizers and good dessert selections. If you want to enjoy the beautiful city views and sip premium martinis, Signature Lounge at 96th is the perfect...   view more
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Primary

6) Primary

Featuring the city’s hottest up-and-coming talent as well as the world’s best DJs, Primary is a boutique nightclub that can hold a capacity of up to 240 guests. Previous performances offered here include Orchard Lounge, WildKats, Crystal Castles, Onur Ozer, Tommy Four Seven, and many more. A variety of sounds can be heard at Primary, such as house, dubstep, underground disco, indie dance, and more. Its spacious dance floor measures heats up thanks to top-notch audio from its Void sound...   view more
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Zebra Lounge

7) Zebra Lounge

Located on the first floor of a beautiful vintage building, Zebra Lounge has been open for over 65 years. Wonderful live piano music is played at this lounge every night. There are only a limited number of ten tables at Zebra Lounge, so go earlier to get a...   view more

Walking Tours in Chicago, Illinois

Create Your Own Walk in Chicago

Create Your Own Walk in Chicago

Creating your own self-guided walk in Chicago is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Tour Part 2

Nightlife Tour Part 2

Legendary Cocktail Lounges play an important part in Chicago's nightlife. Here you can feel the city pulsing with the beat of extraordinary performances of live jazz, blues, rock, folk and country. At Chicago's cocktail lounges you can meet the trendiest people and relax over the magnificent cocktails. Take this walking tour to discover the most famous cocktail lounges that Chicago has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Chicago without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Chicago, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.9 km
Art Galleries Tour

Art Galleries Tour

The art world in Chicago is considered vast. There is a large number of art galleries in this city and each gallery has its own unique setup and outstanding exhibitions on display. The beautiful galleries feature works in a wide range of fields, from up-and-coming artists to famous artists like Pablo Picasso. Take this walking tour to explore some of the most famous galleries in Chicago.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km
The Magnificent Mile Area Walk

The Magnificent Mile Area Walk

The Magnificent Mile is located between the Chicago River and the Lake Shore Drive. It is considered one of the great avenues of the world, being Chicago's version of the Champs-Elysees. Take this walk to explore the Magnificent Mile boulevard and the surrounding area, that features a wide selection of amazing shops, world-known museums, restaurants and spectacular architecture.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Chicago without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Chicago, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Discovering Chinatown

Discovering Chinatown

Located in the Armour Square, the Chinatown in Chicago was first established in 1912. It is considered the best example of American Chinatown. Here, you will find a wide range of unique boutiques, specialty shops, amazing religious buildings, Chinese medicine stores and Chinese restaurants. Take this walking tour to discover Chicago's Chinatown.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km

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