When last call hits but you’re not ready to call it a night, Chicago’s so-called 4:00 AM bars have you covered. A standard tavern license in Chicago allows a bar to stay open until 2:00 AM (and until 3:00 AM on Saturdays going into Sunday), but a select number of bars with a late-night license can stay open until 4:00 AM (and 5:00 AM on Saturdays going into Sunday). These licenses are hard to get, making late-night bars few and far between.
Late-night bars are hubs for the not-ready-to-go-home drunk crowd. The scene is rarely pretty, but it is a great time. Whether you’re looking to dance, listen to live music, or just want to keep a great time going with friends, Chicago’s best bars for a late-night drink have you covered.