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The Underground

The Underground

Nightclub, Speakeasy, and Lounge · Near North Side
56 W Illinois St (at N Dearborn St.), Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Closed until 10:00 PM Wednesday (Show more)
  • Wed–Fri, Sun
    • 10:00 PM–4:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 10:00 PM–5:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

The Underground is Chicago’s premiere, upscale, cutting-edge nightclub where every guest is a VIP. Among the congregation of Chicago’s brightest and most talented you will always find a rotating whose who of celebrities, international DJs, and other bold-faced names.


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    Pascale W.
    "best nightclub in chicago"(2 Tips)
    Réjane P.
    "The DJ lineup here's usually pretty me some StoneRokk"(3 Tips)
    Danielle @.
    "Kitchen! Grilled cheese... some of my fav djs in the city."(3 Tips)
    Heidi S.
    "Best dance club in Chicago!"(3 Tips)
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  • DJs
  • dancing
  • good for a late night
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • good for singles
  • trendy
  • dressy
  • bottle service
  • lively
  • cocktails
  • TVs
  • wine
  • martinis
  • music
  • staff
  • cozy
  • good for special occasions
  • clean
  • cucumbers
  • performances
  • Angie O.

    Great atmosphere an good drinks

    Angie Osmanski · October 14
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    SpringRewards · July 16
  • Alex G.

    Very crapy line. Also they hire someone to spill your drink, and clean it up after you...awkward.

    Alex Grunberg · May 27
  • Leah F.

    Great place to meet people and have a drink

    Leah Frisbee · March 4
  • Ashley S.

    This place is a blast - young professionals getting super loose after a long work week. You'll hear top music, get drunker than you want to and probably dance with a Blackhawks or Bulls player.

    Ashley Sheeran · January 22
  • Adam R.

    Great venue. Great staff. Fun vibe

    Adam Rowe · November 26, 2014
  • Jenn S.

    Martin rules

    Jenn Small Holladay · October 10, 2014
  • Yura L.

    Popping bottles. Usually selective on who gets in. Either you're hot.. Or you need to know someone in the industry.

    Yura Lee · October 6, 2014
  • Elizabeth W.

    Consistently best nightclub in Chicago!

    Elizabeth Wypasek · August 22, 2014
  • Mohamed O.

    Finest place

    Mohamed Otaibi · August 18, 2014
  • Nicky D.

    This place is so underground that it's actually literally underground.

    Nicky Digital · August 17, 2014
  • Emily W.

    mah people

    Emily Weinstein · August 10, 2014
  • Becky R.

    Ok so the door guy Josh was so rude ..

    Becky Richter · April 25, 2014
  • Nick B.

    It was always an awesome place to get wild, but the expansion makes it a great place to relax with friends as well!

    Nick Brennan · February 24, 2014
  • Natalia D.

    WARNING! WATCH YOUR BELONGINGS! If I could give this place a ZERO I would! Security personnel are very condescending people!

    Natalia Derevianko · February 10, 2014
  • shannon s.

    Went here for a private event. Service was good except for the security guards- they were rude: pushed me out of the way to get to the back room to do basically nothing.

    shannon sterne · December 15, 2013
  • Billboard

    Perfect if you’re looking for a danceable scene with the atmosphere of a NYC lounge. Just a tip: the name doesn’t lie – this place really is underground!

    Billboard · August 20, 2013
  • Vladimirov N.

    Waiting in the line more then 50min . I am pissed off ! Clubs us sucks

    Vladimirov Nikita · August 2, 2013
  • Ieva S.

    still don't understand why people would go here. bartenders def don't know how to make real shots!

    Ieva Sasnauskaite · January 19, 2013
  • Red Bull

    One of Chicago's premier nightclubs featuring stellar entertainment and some of the hottest staff around!

    Red Bull · November 15, 2012
  • House Life TV

    Underground is definitely a Chicago staple. If you enjoy the nightlife and dance music, check out for original videos, exclusive content, and news.

    House Life TV · August 30, 2012
  • Jennifer S.

    Typical, trendy nightclub. This place doesn't offer a lot of seating space. That perk is reserved for those with bottle service.

    Jennifer Straub · August 3, 2012
  • Matt H.

    Don't miss Mix(ology) & Match on 7/13 at 8pm! Read more

    Matt Hensler · July 10, 2012
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    The Expendables 2 · July 3, 2012
  • Michael H.

    @undergroundchi and theodore is on some bullshit w this lame party. Really Chicago do better

    Michael Hall · June 24, 2012
  • Diana F.

    Had a confirmed reservation for tonight and was told to go somewhere else and return. Visiting for the first time.

    Diana Florez · June 24, 2012
  • Heidi S.

    Best dance club in Chicago! You very well could be sitting a table right next to a celebrity.... and never even know it! ;)

    Heidi Sutton · May 24, 2012
  • Jasmine J.

    Make your life easier and RSVP for events

    Jasmine Jenkins · April 23, 2012
  • Matt R.

    First time experiencing the nightlife in Chicago and I had to visit this place. Very impressed. Count on me recomending it to all my DC industry folks.

    Matt Rosenberg · April 21, 2012
  • Laurie

    This place is only fun as an after-hours bar. Don't waste your time until everywhere else is closed. The crowd is kind of sketch and the venue is a bit small. The drinks aren't that great either.

    Laurie · April 14, 2012
  • Sofia

    Grilled cheese is AMAZING. A must!

    Sofia · February 27, 2012
  • Annie M.

    Staff training with Hun

    Annie McDonnell · February 5, 2012
  • Paul C.

    Freeze Pops!!! Best

    Paul Colando · February 4, 2012
  • Tarrin (Tavets)

    Chicken Uggets

    Tarrin (Tavets) · January 7, 2012
  • Marcus R.

    Try the "Swedish Fish" shots.

    Marcus Ramirez · December 25, 2011
  • Danielle @.

    Kitchen! Grilled cheese... some of my fav djs in the city. If you're out on a Sunday, it is my favorite night

    Danielle @DanielleDuncan · December 22, 2011
  • Mashun W.

    Its a nice place to have fun

    Mashun W. · December 18, 2011
  • nolis a.

    If you're not plugged at the door. make sure you always have 3 times more girls than guys.. actually just leave the guys outside. RAGE!

    nolis anderson · November 25, 2011
  • @djbencastaneda

    Say Hi to Travis for me.

    @djbencastaneda · November 15, 2011
  • Time Out Chicago

    With populist hip-hop and house remixes, the sleek, dark, militaristic space comes alive. Celebrity command performances might not always be A-list. Read more

    Time Out Chicago · October 31, 2011
  • Marcello G.

    Apparently when you don't have a funktion1 system in your club you're allowed to act like a kook.

    Marcello G · October 30, 2011
  • Time Out Chicago

    With populist hip-hop and house remixes, the sleek, dark, militaristic space comes alive. Celebrity command performances might not always be A-list.

    Time Out Chicago · October 20, 2011
  • Janai W.

    Make sure to check out Cole (the man) Cameron at the back bar!!! He's a certified mixologist <3

    Janai Williams · October 14, 2011
  • Vincent F.

    Awesome door guys. I remember when we first opened Moes Cantina in river north and I took care of them everytime they came up. They don't return the favor. Way to be industry. Fucking clowns.

    Vincent Fiorito · September 9, 2011
  • Allen M.

    If you happen to wander in, say hello.

    Allen Meacham · September 3, 2011
  • Pascale W.


    Pascale W. · August 26, 2011
  • Pascale W.

    best nightclub in chicago, not to mention tastiest late night snacks and friendliest staff

    Pascale W. · August 25, 2011
  • Heather N.

    The guys here are hot....most of the time.

    Heather Nausid · July 26, 2011
  • Vince L.

    There is a burger thats not on the menu called the Art Attack. Named after Arturo G. , this thing is the bomb!

    Vince L · May 30, 2011
  • Adam S.

    Try a bottle of hum-70 proof and delicious with Effen Cucumber or Patron

    Adam Seger · May 28, 2011

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