Downtown Chicago Bars

After a long day, sometimes you just need to unwind with a stiff drink at one of downtown Chicago's best bars. Throw one back at these downtown Chicago bars in the midst of the action, where a mix of locals and out-of-towners dress to impress and make it their mission to mingle: The drinks are cool, the crowd is hot, and inappropriate behavior ensues as the night turns into morning. (Photo: Le Bar)

Updated: July 06, 2010

Downtown Chicago Bars

Le Bar Chicago

20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611

Swanky, intimate setting and trendy drinks make this bar inside the Sofitel a hot spot to take your hot date.


610 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Hidden VIP-style next door to the James Hotel, JBar is a swanky, dark and intimate lounge where the music is bumping and the lights are low.


2 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60610

The crowd at Vertigo, on top of the Dana Hotel, is nothing short of pure sex appeal. It's not surprising--just take one look at the view, and you'll be in the mood for sultry behavior, too.


18 E Bellevue Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

A fun, happening spot, Luxbar is always packed, especially during summer, when crowds of young socialites spill out onto the sidewalk tables to sip their martinis.

D4 Irish Pub & Cafe

345 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

For a no-frills night at the pub, belly up to the bar at D4 and order yourself an ice-cold pint.

Signature Room At The 95th

875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

When in need of a little romance, head to the Signature Room, a stunning, classy bar elevated 95 floors inside the John Hancock building.

The Cedar Hotel

1112 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

On a warm afternoon, 20-somethings flock to Cedar to lounge in the crowded outside patio and kick back a few. In colder months, patrons squeeze into the space and keep each other warm.

Le Passage

937 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

When dancing all night long is on the agenda, head to this swanky dance club, hidden down an alleyway off Rush Street. Dark and intimate, you won't even notice it's morning until you emerge and get blinded by the sun.