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Chicago nightlife

Chicago's reputation for unadorned, hard-drinking bars has softened in recent years. A taste for lush, nighttime revelry has brought in swish cocktail lounges and baroque hybrid venues, such as the Violet Hour and Sepia, a Fulton River District lounge-and-restaurant combo in a 19th-century printing shop (123 N. Jefferson St.; 312-441-1920; And while the city's premier blues clubs still draw the country's best blues and jazz musicians, a growing alternative music scene, centered in Bucktown and Wicker Park, has begun jockeying for Chicagoans' attention.

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Second City, Chicago

If you only go to one comedy club in your life, this should be it. Yes, you'll find Second City franchises scattered about the country, but there's no matching...more

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Vic Theater, Chicago

In the early 1900's, the Vic was the Victoria Theatre, a five-story vaudeville house. These days, the intimate venue (it holds up to 1,400) is looking its age,...more

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The Violet Hour, Chicago

This posh Wicker Park lounge is the place for a hip, dressy night on the town. The unmarked door recalls a speakeasy, the name (a line from T. S. Eliot's The...more

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