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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 (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)
    Dana T.
    "best grilled cheese sandwiches in the WORLD???"(3 Tips)
    Heidi S.
    "Best dance club in Chicago!"(3 Tips)
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  • dancing
  • DJs
  • good for a late night
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • good for singles
  • trendy
  • bottle service
  • dressy
  • lively
  • cocktails
  • TVs
  • martinis
  • wine
  • music
  • cozy
  • good for special occasions
  • clean
  • cucumbers
  • performances
  • crowded
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, 2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Brad J.
    if you're a poser and like to pretend like you're talking to people while really looking around to see who's looking at you, this place is a perfect fit...
    Brad J · September 2, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Alex G.
    Very crapy line. Also they hire someone to spill your drink, and clean it up after you...awkward.
    Alex Grunberg · May 27, 2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • SpringRewards
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    SpringRewards · July 16, 2015
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    The Expendables 2 · July 3, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pascale W.
    best nightclub in chicago, not to mention tastiest late night snacks and friendliest staff
    Pascale W. · August 25, 2011
  • Réjane P.
    The DJ lineup here's usually pretty me some StoneRokk
    Réjane Pierre · February 18, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • Marcelo M.
    I get to most VIP places elsewhere but quit this one after 5 minutes of being treated like shit.
    Marcelo Miranda · December 5, 2015
  • 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
  • Dana T.
    Did you know they have the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the WORLD??? See @UG_Allen for #VIP treatment!!!
    Dana Tedesco · November 6, 2010
  • Adam R.
    Great venue. Great staff. Fun vibe
    Adam Rowe · November 26, 2014
  • Adam S.
    Try a bottle of hum-70 proof and delicious with Effen Cucumber or Patron
    Adam Seger · May 28, 2011
  • Jessie M.
    Went here for the first time last night. Kept waiting for a game of lasertag to start.
    Jessie Moskowitz · January 23, 2011
  • Femke v.
    Very nice club! Good music and interesting people!
    Femke van Ginkel · April 8
  • Nicky D.
    This place is so underground that it's actually literally underground.
    Nicky Digital · August 17, 2014
  • Leyla A.
    This is my last stop before I go straight to hell. Just kidding. Sorta. @FIJIhunt
    Leyla Arsan · July 24, 2010
  • Sofia
    Grilled cheese is AMAZING. A must!
    Sofia · February 27, 2012
  • Jeffrey B.
    Worst club in Chicago... Way better time staying home & jerking off with a cheese grader than to spend money or time at this dump
    Jeffrey Belluomini · October 12, 2010
  • Angie O.
    Great atmosphere an good drinks
    Angie Osmanski · October 14, 2015
  • Michael H.
    @undergroundchi and theodore is on some bullshit w this lame party. Really Chicago do better
    Michael Hall · June 24, 2012
  • Travis A.
    Email me for table and/or guest list reservation! Travis at!
    Travis Allison · May 14, 2010
  • Matt H.
    Don't miss Mix(ology) & Match on 7/13 at 8pm! Read more
    Matt Hensler · July 10, 2012
  • Elizabeth W.
    Consistently best nightclub in Chicago!
    Elizabeth Wypasek · August 22, 2014
  • Aaron B.
    Dj Rock City should have a billboard in the city. That kid goes hard.
    Aaron Brown · August 6, 2010
  • Allen M.
    If you happen to wander in, say hello.
    Allen Meacham · September 3, 2011
  • Heather N.
    The guys here are hot....most of the time.
    Heather Nausid · July 26, 2011
  • Marcus R.
    Try the "Swedish Fish" shots.
    Marcus Ramirez · December 25, 2011
  • Leah F.
    Great place to meet people and have a drink
    Leah Frisbee · March 4, 2015
  • Kellen D.
    I could have done with never going here while in Chicago, not worth it
    Kellen Deady · May 2, 2011
  • Vladimirov N.
    Waiting in the line more then 50min . I am pissed off ! Clubs us sucks
    Vladimirov Nikita · August 2, 2013
  • Inessa S.
    If your @ Underground come say Hi and lets do some shots !!
    Inessa Shafran · May 21, 2010
  • Mashun W.
    Its a nice place to have fun
    Mashun W. · December 18, 2011
  • Marco M.
    The level of douchebaggery here is off the scale.
    Marco Morelli · June 29, 2010
  • Jasmine J.
    Make your life easier and RSVP for events
    Jasmine Jenkins · April 23, 2012
  • Becky R.
    Ok so the door guy Josh was so rude ..
    Becky Richter · April 25, 2014
  • Annie M.
    Staff training with Hun
    Annie McDonnell · February 5, 2012
  • @djbencastaneda
    Say Hi to Travis for me.
    @djbencastaneda · November 15, 2011
  • Mohamed O.
    Finest place
    Mohamed Otaibi · August 18, 2014
  • Jenn S.
    Martin rules
    Jenn Small Holladay · October 10, 2014
  • Emily W.
    mah people
    Emily Weinstein · August 10, 2014
  • Paul C.
    Freeze Pops!!! Best
    Paul Colando · February 4, 2012
  • Tarrin (Tavets)
    Chicken Uggets
    Tarrin (Tavets) · January 7, 2012
  • Pascale W.
    Pascale W. · August 26, 2011
  • Rafa R.
    La música es excelente ...
    Rafa Ramos · September 8, 2014

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