In any city, you can leave your lodgings and quickly stumble upon a bar that looks decent enough to spend the rest of the night. It’s just as easy to enjoy a night out that is truly Chicago, so why not get into the spirit of the Windy City?
Chicago has the best comedy scene in the country, with alumni like Amy Poehler and Mike Meyers to prove it. What this means for you is that you can experience some of the best comedians and the most promising up-and-comers in the country in a city where comedic talent flows freely, from the improv grind to the standup scene.
Check out The Second City, ComedySportz, Laugh Factory, The Annoyance, IO, and many more. That’s not even mentioning all the free open mic shows, where you’d be shocked at how talented these aspiring comedians are.
Chicago is the blues capital, and you can check out this genre every night at Kingston Mines, B.L.U.E.S., and Buddy Guy’s Legends. If you’re in the mood to break it down, Green Mill is an awesome dance club. Schubas, Double Door, and The Empty Bottle are great for cheap but incredible shows by local acts.
Sure, your any city might have some breweries and distilleries, but it doesn’t have Chicago’s breweries and distilleries. As for the breweries, Chicago is home to Revolution, Goose Island, Half Acre, Atlas, DryHop, Lake Effect, and more. The distilleries are a real treat, with Chicago Distilling Company, KOVAL, Rhine Hall, CH Distillery, Few Distillery, and North Shore. You’ll get plenty of samples at all of these spots and learn a few fun facts to impress your friends.
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The literary community in Chicago is brimming with excitement. The Windy City is home to some of the biggest names in the short story, novel, and educational worlds of literature. Key places for readings, meet and greets, and more, include Wit Rabbit, The Dollhouse, Red Rover, and plenty of others. We can guarantee there is something going on every night of the week.
The theatre scene in Chicago is full of passion. You’ll find the tried and true classics and new works spanning all genres at any given time. While we love Steppenwolf, Athenaeum, The Den, and Theater Wit, there are a near countless number of options.