Unlike most of the nation, happy hour is a recent phenomenon in the city of Chicago. Drink specials were not allowed until 2015 and after the pandemic happy hour has spread to tempt people back into indoor spaces. But one of the best ways to enjoy drinks with your favorite people is to rent a happy hour space instead.
You have the option of choosing themed spaces like experiential theaters
with artistic installations and pop culture themes. Or you can choose one of dozens of rooftop bars in Chicago, where guests can view the iconic skyline of the city while enjoying drinks and company. Rented happy hour spaces mean you aren't limited to the drinks, times, or schedule of a particular venue. Karaoke night can be every happy hour if you wish!
Every neighborhood has a spot to grab a drink and relax with friends. Chicago is also full of repurposed warehouses, lofts, and rooftop bars
for those looking to host their own happy hour.
Hosting a successful Chicago happy hour starts with choosing the right venue. It should be spacious enough for the number of guests you have in mind and come with entertainment to keep the vibe active and exciting. Quiz nights, karaoke, darts, live music, and foosball are perennial favorites for good reason.
Many rooftop bars in Chicago are themed for extra fun. Decor and drink options that invoke Elvis, Barbie, Spongebob, and other pop culture icons provide an even more immersive experience for guests.
Don't forget the snacks, either. Chicago is world-famous for its deep dish pizza, which pairs amazingly with good beer. Pretzels, chips, wings, and nuts complete the salty snack profile, with extras that fit your theme or the tastes of your friends. Snacks ensure the non-drinkers also have something to nibble while socializing.
For corporate happy hour venues in Chicago think relaxed yet still professional. The near North Side is full of appropriate venues that offer cocktails and serve dinner. Office parties help strengthen relationships between employees and enhance corporate culture.
Start with North Milwaukee Avenue and West Division Street in Wicker Park. You have the choice of maritime, library, and classic-themed happy hour venues like The Revel Room and Queen Mary. River North is home to upscale sports bars and cocktail bars by the canal. And if you don't want to head downtown the Windy City hosts hundreds of bars scattered across its 200+ neighborhoods. Hosting a happy hour in Chicago has never been easier.