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5 Places You Should Definitely Take Non-Chicagoans To When They Visit

These spots are guaranteed to not only impress your friends, but are also the perfect place to create fun memories to last a lifetime.

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1. Headquarters


You can't go wrong with a night at a Beercade, especially one that has free games.

That's right with two locations, one in Lakeview and one in River North, you can decide which one would typically be your friend's sort of vibe. They have an absolutely great selection of craft beers, as well perfectly crafted signature cocktails. Check out their daily specials for Lakeview here and for River North here.

2. Beauty Bar

Steph MacDonald

Themed Dance Parties, Martinis, Manicures, and More...

Venture out into West Town, and at 1444 West Chicago Avenue you will find Chicago's Beauty Bar. Riotous Wedsneday's, Another 90's Themed Party, The Motown Party, are all regular parties you can attend. See which party night appeals to you and which day you can make it (right here). Not to mention every night from 7 pm to roughly midnight you can get a manicure, as a walk-in, no reservations are required (see pricing here). Often you can get in free cover by RSVPing on Do312 here and arriving early, so make sure to check that!

3. Kingston Mines


Join a diverse crowd for some fun, classic, and real live jazz and blues.

Near Halsted and Wrightwood in Lincoln Park, beholds one of Chicago's most historic world famous music bars', Kingston Mines. Free on week nights if you have your college ID, otherwise depending on the night you can check prices right here. Two rooms of constant music and dancing until 4 a.m., drink specials daily (check here), and defiantly a great place for groups.

4. The Bedford


An old refurbished bank adds an exquisite edgy feel to night, doesn't it?

Located in the heart of Wicker Park, on West Divison and Ashland, you will find The Bedford. The 1920’s historical landmark building, filled with architectural history, foodie-loving bites, and a full bar with special punches made for sharing (see full menu here). Makes the perfect recipe for your late night adventures.

5. Three Dots and a Dash


Friends will surely be impressed, after you lead them into an alley for a tiki bar.

Located right in the heart of River North, in the back alley on Hubbard street lies this hidden gem. Great place for groups, so if you want to plan ahead you can book a reservation right here. Grab your friends, grab a late night bite to eat, while sipping on exotic cocktails, many of which are made for sharing, (see menu here).

p.s. there is a fabulous donut shop right in front of it.


Firecakes Donuts is on Hubbard Street and is open until midnight Thurs-Sat (or until they are sold-out of donuts).

I would highly recommend the Ice Cream Donut Sandwich with fudge.**

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