Do you want in on some of the local nightlife secrets in Chicago? Chicago offers a variety of fun, exciting events every night of the week. The staff at Ray’s Bucktown B & B will reveal some of their favorite weekday activities!
Let’s be honest, nobody likes Mondays. Luckily, there are relaxing things to do to make Mondays suck a little less. Take a trip to Chicago’s famous Millennium Park to enjoy FREE music in the park! Bring a bottle of wine, some snacks and you got yourself a peaceful and fun night. You can even borrow some of the picnic blankets at Rays – just ask! Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph Street to the south, Columbus Drive to the east, and Monroe Street to the south. Convenient parking is provided in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph), Millennium Lakeside, and Grant Park North.
If a concert in the park isn’t really your thing there is also a free music performance at The EmptyBottle. The Empty Bottle is a bar and music venue located at 1035 N. Western. The venue is well known for an punk/alternative music scene, but you can hear a variety of music being played here. It is located in the Ukrainian Village on Western & Cortez, just south of Rays!
If you are still not completely satisfied with these suggestions then I would head on over to Beauty Bar’s non-gender conforming open mic night called Salonathon! Yes it is, yet again, FREE! As you walk into Beauty Bar, you will feel like you have gone back in time to a luxurious, late sixties Parisian salon with big hair, pink nails, and dry martinis. Open mic night is a wonderful safe space where talented artists of all types express themselves through poetry, song, and more! In addition, DJ Swaguerrilla plays great dance music until 2 am, and a manicure and martini is $10! Beauty Bar is located at 1444 W Chicago Ave, just southeast of Rays.
I particularly enjoy going out and getting rowdy with a drink or two… or maybe three on Tuesday nights. On Bluegrass Tuesday’s you can find local, rejuvenating and dance inducing Bluegrass performances. There are a couple spots that we here at Rays suggest you go. “Miles Over Mountains” plays at The Abbey Pub located at 3420 W. Grace Street, just northwest of Rays. Also, “The Mudflapps” can be found jamming out at the Red Line Tap, at 7006 N. Glenwood Avenue in East Rogers Park.
Aliveone is another groovy spot to get down on a Tuesday! Join the soul party to hear good old throwbacks like Michael Jackson and James Brown. Aliveone’s soul night offers a break from the repetitive pop music one would generally hear playing at a your ordinary bar. If I haven’t sold you yet, all the drafts are $2, and there are awesome Chicago brewed options (who doesn’t like cheap beer?). Aliveone is located in Lincoln Park, on 2683 N Halsted Avenue, and northeast of Rays.
During the summer, ChicagoPark District offers movies in the park on Tuesdays for free. This gives you an opportunity to see some old but good flicks on a big screen while lying in the grass. All are welcome. Check out the movie listings and park locations in the link below.
Have some laughs on "Hump Day" at Studio BE right off the Belmont Red, Purple, and Brown lines Wednesday nights! The event is called "Thunderdome", and clever, sarcastic, and funny comedians perform stand up and improv. There is a suggested donation of $3, and if you remember to get your hand stamped then you can get a free beer after at Trader Todd’s. Trader Todd’s is a karaoke bar a block away. Bring your friends, and BYOB to 3110 N Sheffield.
Room 13 is a super secret speakeasy! You’ll find a discreet alleyway entrance just to the left of the Old Chicago Inn on Sheffield and Belmont. Find the red-lit gate with the "RM-13" logo -- it'll be open starting at 8p. This speakeasy really is secret and you'll need the password to get in (or some wit!). It is home to old slot machines, prohibition era-style cocktails, and lots of dark, musty detail to make you really feel like you've stepped back in time. The technical address is 3222 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657.
While you're enjoying your night you should keep an eye out for any familiar faces! The staff at Ray's would be more than happy to take a shot of Malort with you.
(awesome Chicago-mouthwash-tasting-wormwood liquor)
Also, keep watching out for the next blog update with our favorite weekend activities!