Besides dance clubs, the Windy City also home to an underground live music scene, dueling piano bars and speakeasies. If living near evening entertainment options is important to you, be prepared to enjoy the active nightlife scene in Chicago.
To find the best apartments in Chicago near where the action is, we sifted through all the data from rent.com and compiled a list of places to find the best evening entertainment. Then, we compared that to the listing of every apartment building on the site to determine the top 10 apartment locations in Chicago close to the nightlife action — bars, night clubs and music venues.
Here are the 10 best apartments near some of the best nightlife Chicago has to offer.
10. Millennium Park Plaza
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Entertainment lovers will appreciate the location of Millennium Park Plaza since it’s near Millennium Park. The building offers residents a state-of-the-art fitness center with lap pool under a stunning dome, valet parking and a 24-hour doorman that makes it feel like you’re living in a resort.
Units, whether it’s a studio, one, two or three bedrooms, come equipped with hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
After hours, head across the Chicago River and dance to the beats of Britney Spears and *NSYNC under the glint of a disco ball at The Rec Room or enjoy dueling piano shows and bucket drinks at Howl at the Moon just a few doors away, as both are on Hubbard Street.
9. The Chatelaine
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Elaborate crown molding, arched passageways and detailed fireplaces are just some of the architectural details within each vintage apartment at The Chatelaine, conveniently located just east of the Magnificent Mile and steps away from Water Tower Place.
With only four units per floor, whether it’s a one- or two-bedroom unit, it’s easy to feel the privacy and exclusivity this building affords its residents.
For late-night hours of fun, new hotspot TAO Chicago recently opened its doors as a hybrid restaurant and nightclub. If jazz is more your style, Andy’s Jazz Club is a short cab ride away on Hubbard Street, where live jazz takes the stage seven nights a week at the intimate lounge that also serves dinner and drinks.
8. MDA City Apartments
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Contemporary kitchens are paired with sexy bathrooms in this historic yet modern, LEED-certified building with panoramic views of the city, just steps away from Michigan Avenue.
MDA City Apartments residents can choose from studios, convertibles, one- and two-bedroom apartments and penthouses, and all can take advantage of the convenient on-site restaurant and market. Along with 10- to 12-foot ceilings, units come with bamboo floors, granite island kitchens and in-unit washer/dryer.
Music fans will love the House of Blues just across the Chicago River, which hosts musicians every night of the week or head to TAO Chicago for some high-end Asian cuisine and stay for its posh nightclub. Underground on Illinois Street continues to draw crowds for both great people-watching and late night dancing to club music.
7. The Parker Fulton Market
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Historically known as Chicago’s meatpacking district, thanks to its proximity to both the Chicago River and railroads, the Fulton-Randolph Market was home to a number of food wholesale businesses.
Today, many of those former warehouses have been converted to white tablecloth restaurants and the area attracts those who appreciate good food, the arts, culture and more since other businesses have followed.
Residents of The Parker Fulton Market reap the benefits of its location as well as the numerous amenities offered within this West Loop’s property. Designed to meet their every need, the building offers studios, one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments, as well as concierge service and bicycle storage.
During the day, residents can unwind on the sun terrace equipped with a pool, daybeds, grills and fire pits. There’s also a fitness center and yoga studio on-site.
After dark, head to The Mid, a high-energy nightclub where guests can dance to the top DJs, while enjoying three bars and a VIP room. Or check out Carnivale’s schedule as the restaurant often hosts live bands in addition to its regular Friday night of live performances from DJs, aerialists and dancers. Guests can dine on South American, Spanish and Caribbean cuisine.
6. Gramercy Row Apartments
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Ever wanted to live in a charming rowhouse in the heart of River North? Gramercy Row Apartments offers residents the chance to live within these unique English Row Houses and Art Deco-style buildings, all within walking distance to the lake, train, shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
Some of the studio and one-bedroom apartments even come fully-furnished. The cable-ready units feature newly-remodeled kitchens and bathrooms.
Mom’s Place – A Chicago Gathering Spot is a funky neighborhood bar with live music, karaoke on Tuesdays and basement party rooms and is just down the street. TAO Chicago is on the opposite side of the block from Mom’s Place, if you want to put on your party clothes and be seen. Also within a 2-block radius is Hard Rock Café and Redhead Piano Bar.
5. The Chicagoan
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The Chicagoan is steps away from Water Tower and the Magnificent Mile and surrounded by some of the most stunning 360-degree views of the city. Junior one-bedroom, as well as one- and two-bedroom floor plans all include free password-protected Wi-Fi throughout the entire building, as well as an updated fitness center and heated outdoor pool with a deck overlooking the city.
Whether you’re sporting two wheels or four, there’s free bike storage as well as an electric car charging station in the garage. For those sans wheels, Zipcars and I-Go cars are available, making it even easier to enjoy the city car-free.
Enjoy drinks at Pippin’s Tavern just down the street or head to Redhead Piano Bar to enjoy cocktails until 4 a.m. at this popular late-night old-vibes lounge.
4. Hubbard 221
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Hubbard 221 is an amenity-lovers dream. Want to stay in shape without leaving the building? There’s a 24-hour fitness center, private yoga studio with Fitness OnDemand and a pool to make it easy.
Love to cook or entertain? A chef-grade kitchen and rooftop grilling stations stand at the ready. Have a car? Park it in the controlled-access garage parking.
Choose from a studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom unit and enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows, a full-sized washer and dryer, KOHLER plumbing fixtures, Whirlpool stainless-steel appliances and pearl quartz kitchen and bath countertops.
When you are ready to leave in the evenings, dance to the glimmer of a disco ball and wall-to-wall LED dance floor at DISCO, an energetic club featuring rotating DJs just down the street. Or, enjoy some tiki drinks, including flaming options, in a retro Polynesian-island setting at Three Dots and a Dash, just a few blocks away.
3. Lakeview 3200
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Lakeview’s newest luxury apartment complex is conveniently located in the heart of fun and entertainment, including some of the hottest gay and lesbian nightclubs in the city and the beach.
Residents of Lakeview 3200 can get ready for the fun with their trainer one-on-one or on their own in the 24-hour fitness room or soaking in the rays on the sun deck. Choose from studios, one- and two-bedroom units with exposed concrete ceilings, stainless steel appliances and an in-unit wash and dryer. Enjoy complimentary coffee in the lounge and Wi-Fi throughout the common area.
Near Lakeview 3200 is Roscoe’s, a neighborhood gay and lesbian bar with a dance floor, pool table and outdoor space. Sidetrack, a multi-level gay club offers a rooftop deck to party-goers, while Hydrate is a late hour and energetic gay dance bar complete with theme nights.
A block south is The Closet, a tiny and unpretentious gay and lesbian bar dating back to 1978, featuring dancing, games and karaoke. Or, head to Deuces and The Diamond Club just a few blocks away, an industrial-chic spot featuring American fare as well as multiple bars and generous outdoor space.
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Formerly an industrial warehouse, The Ardus now offers residents sleek and contemporary studios or one-bedroom, loft one-bedrooms or junior one-bedroom units filled with natural sunlight streaming through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Units include glazed concrete and wood floors, custom kitchens, spa-like baths with glass enclosed rain showers and an in-unit stack washer/dryer.
Take a complimentary fitness class in its 24-hour fitness center complete with a yoga room or grab a cup of coffee in the lobby coffee shop by Heritage Outpost. The roof lounge offers residents a kitchen with an expansive deck complete with fire pit, grills and lounge sitting. Or, play a round of pool with friends.
For fun after the sun sets, head to The Drifter, a speakeasy underneath the Green Door Tavern, which offers live entertainment and craft cocktails inspired by tarot cards. Nacional 27 offers diners modern Latin cuisine and then, tables in the center are moved to allow for dancing into the wee hours of the night, thanks to DJs spinning and live bands playing.
For a more traditional nightclub experience, head to Sound Bar, which doesn’t open until 10 p.m. and features multiple bars and DJs spinning a mix of tunes.
1. EnV Chicago
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Residents of EnV Chicago will fall in love with its floor-to-ceiling seamless glass windows overlooking some of the city’s most popular hotspots. From a 24-hour fitness center complete with a yoga and Pilates studio, as well as a rooftop swimming pool with chaise lounges, billiards room and complimentary on-site bike storage, residents won’t need a gym membership.
Choose from studios to one- and two-bedroom options. Flexible lease terms, as short as four months or as long as 17 months, make it convenient to rent on your unique situation.
And while it’s easy to hop on the el train to find some fun since it’s next door from EnV Chicago, it won’t be necessary since Moe’s Cantina is also next door serving Northern Mexican cuisine and drinks in a fun warehouse setting. Many of the nearby hotels have rooftop bars that stay open well into the night and nearby House of Blues offers nightly musical performances, too.
We looked at all apartments in Chicago and rated them on the number of nightlife-related businesses within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, clubs located across the street from a specific property would carry more weight than those a quarter-mile away. Our establishment counts come from commercially available business listings and may not reflect recent openings and closings.