The 9 Best Dance Clubs & Destinations in Chicago

Sometimes you’ve just gotta leave it all on the floor. Time to brush up your moves, ’cause here are the top 10 dance clubs and destinations in the Chicagoland area.

Photo Credit: RJ Eldridge
Photo Credit: RJ Eldridge

The Promontory

5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago, IL 60615 

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The Promontory is a dance bar and restaurant in Hyde Park that hosts dance parties almost every night of the week. From Body (Sunday night Afro-Caribbean grooves) to Afro Fusion (DJs spinning hip-hop, R&B, reggae, Afrobeats, and more), it’s hard not to feel intoxicated by the contagious beats at this dance club in Chicago. You can’t go wrong when you decide to hit up the Promontory on your night out, so make it your mainstay any day of the week.

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Danny’s

1951 W Dickens Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

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Danny’s might seem like another unassuming building on this residential block in Bucktown, but inside the house party vibes are alive and kickin’. Eclectic records from funk, to disco, to jazz, are always spinning on the retro-turntables tucked into the corner of the dancefloor, maximizing that body-shaking space. Don’t let the exterior fool you, Danny’s dazzling secrets are here to remind you that the fun starts as soon as you walk in.

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Slippery Slope

2357 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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There’s really no better combo for dancing than a red-lit bar with a lit DJ stand. Featuring semi-regular live performances, amazing DJ sets, and a pretty rowdy late-night crowd, Slippery Slope is an excellent dance place in Chicago for anyone looking to let off a little steam. With the added bonus of a killer beer list and a set of ski ball lanes, this casual dance bar and hangout will become your new fave dance hall in no time. Even with the COVID-19 restrictions, Slippery Slope has been offering virtual happy hours and cocktail classes to keep you entertained, and you definitely will be. Trust us.


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Berlin

954 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657

Berlin is a dance club in Chicago that does not mess around when it comes to throwing an amazing dance party. Chicago’s premier LGBTQ+ bar, Berlin is all about dressing up, letting loose, and getting down. Featuring performances from the likes of the iconic Black Madonna – and some of the city’s best drag queens – we can pretty much guarantee that a night at this Boystown dance bar and music venue won’t end ’til 3 am. While they’re currently working on their reopening strategy during COVID-19, you can donate to their employee relief fund to support their amazing staff.

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Photo Credit: Windy City Soul Club Facebook
Photo Credit: Windy City Soul Club Facebook

Windy City Soul Club

Various Locations

Windy City Soul is Chicago’s worst kept secret dance club. Established in 2008, this traveling soul-based dance party is one of the longest-running of its kind. With regular appearances at city-wide favorites like The Empty Bottle, Windy City Soul Club will have you bopping along to all the best Motown classics in no time. Plus, all the music played at one of WCSC’s events comes from actual, old-school vinyl. Really, there’s no other party in Chicago quite like it.

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Smart Bar

3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

Lose yourself in the music at Smart Bar, a resident independent dance club and bar in Chicago. Though they pride themselves on showcasing some of the best up-and-coming DJs the city has to offer, the true appeal of Smart Bar is their giant, constantly full dance floor. Like many other clubs and businesses at large affected by closures from COVID-19, Smart Bar is working hard to reopen their doors soon but, in the meantime, a fund is taking donations to support the staff of Smart Bar, Metro, and GMan Tavern.

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East Room

2354 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

This Logan Square bar and music venue is definitely not what you’re expecting. A hipster spot with a dance-hall twist, East Room plays everything from classic soul to modern mixes and, believe me, you’re gonna love it. Serving up simple drinks for a great price, East Room will keep you dancing and drinking. Bring all the energy you’ve got because this hotspot keeps their doors open all the way until 5 am, ensuring that you and your crew can truly dance the night away (and even part of the morning).

Beauty Bar

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1444 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

If you’re looking to let your freak flag fly this weekend, Beauty Bar has got you covered. This dance club and salon combo in Chicago opened in 2010 with the express purpose of keeping Chicago quirky and cool. Showcasing awesome DJs, stellar drinks and a lineup of wild events that you’ll have to see to believe (seriously) Beauty Bar is a dance hall in Chicago that you won’t wanna miss. From manicures to themed decade nights to emo vs. pop-punk nights (Pete Wentz eat your heart out), Beauty Bar never stops with the surprises. In light of COVID-19, Beauty Bar has set-up a virtual tip jar for its staff and offers a nightly virtual happy hour from 9 pm to 10 pm on their Instagram page.

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Spybar

646 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60654

Spybar is a dance club in Chicago that has been supplying residents with killer DJ sets for over 18 years now, and they show no sign of slowing down. This dance place is located directly underneath the heart of the city. This subterranean dance club is the exact kind of place you head to when you just need to dance it out. With a shockingly minimal design and none of those schmaltzy club add-ons, Spybar is one Chicago dance club that’s all about the music. While the physical location is currently closed due to coronavirus, you can catch virtual sets from time to time live on their Twitch channel.

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