its earliest frontier days, Chicago has had some of the best nightlife
in the US. "Sweet Home Chicago", birthplace of Muddy Waters'
urban blues, as well as R&B's Chess Records, is still going
strong, inspiring the energetic dance beat of 1980s house music
as well as the groundbreaking jazz of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Nightclubs aplenty are all over town, especially along Halsted Street,
Lincoln Avenue and Clark Street on the North Side. Uptown, at the
intersection of North Broadway and Lawrence, is a bit down-at-heel,
but has half a dozen good venues. The best gay clubs congregate
in the Lincoln Park area. Highbrow pursuits are also well provided
for; Chicago's classical music, dance and theater are world-class.
what's-on information, Chicagoans pick up the excellent free newspaper
The Reader (copies comes out Thursday afternoon and are usually
all gone by Saturday).
The weekly New City and the gay and lesbian Windy City Times are
good sources as well. Full listings also appear in the Friday issues
of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune, and Chicago magazine
has useful arts and restaurant listings. The Gramaphone Ltd record
store at 2663 N Clark St (tel 773/472-3683) is the best place for
details of one-shot dance nights.