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Old 11-09-2012, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Chicago nightlife has gone down hill since the early 2000s. I been to alot, not all of these places you mentioned. You people must be very easy to please. I hear tons of people complaining about the nightlife here in chicago
I've never heard anybody complain about the night life here, honestly. There's a lot of different stuff. The only thing I can think of is that there's not a ton of TRUE lounges. I can name a few but not a ton. I've never heard anybody complain at the lack of types of bars, clubs, lounges etc though EVER.

I hate some of the clubs, but the other nightlife is fine. Tons of people are out every weekend. I don't know what you're seeing or hearing, but it's obvious you haven't been to many cities outside of Chicago, Miami, NYC, and LA.

Spend 5 years in the Des Moines, IA area or the Minneapolis area, or pretty much anywhere else other than a handful of places and then ***** about the nightlife here in Chicago. I guarantee you won't.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:16 PM
 
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Nothing wrong with that, though I'm going to guess you might be younger than me. (I don't know many 30-somethings and older who are into dance clubs, unless they're swing dancers or something.) I'm more into good live music and good conversation (both of which are quite different things from reading a book, and neither of which put most people to sleep), but Chicago has plenty of places to dance. The rave/EDM scene is legendary and is still going strong, from what my friends in their early-to-mid-20's tell me. I'd personally rather poke my ear drums out with a stick.

I am not into dance clubs right now. The problem is that I like to dance and not drink. I am trying some more upscale lounges with dj's and dance. I just don't do the whole stand around and drink thing. I never understood that even when I was 21. I found that really uninteresting. I did not go out in college the first six months I turned 21 because it was people just standing at bars and drinking. I found a couple places that eventually suited me. Btw, I am in my 30s, so I am caught in the middle I like to dance, but too old for dance clubs except maybe in Vegas. Plus I am not a big fan of staying out late.

Chicago bars/clubs always stayed open to late for me. I am a morning person and like to go to bed. I hear people complain in other cities about how nightlife is too early, but places like L.A and Seattle are perfect for me when comes to nightlife.

Seattle was great that the energy was at happy hour after work and had music to dance to and everything. Happy hour is such a big deal there. I love that I could socialize there like it was late, but it was only 6pm. I could go bed maybe get a run in the morning and not sit in bed all night thinking that I am missing something. But overall, Seattle was just ok.

Living in Chicago, I feel like I am missing out because all the action is so late, but I like to go asleep by certain time and wake up by 9:00am on weekends.

I am excited about the Vertigo outing because it starts early, so I figure I can get in there socialize, dance, head back home and relax.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:21 PM
 
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I've never heard anybody complain about the night life here, honestly. There's a lot of different stuff. The only thing I can think of is that there's not a ton of TRUE lounges. I can name a few but not a ton. I've never heard anybody complain at the lack of types of bars, clubs, lounges etc though EVER.

I hate some of the clubs, but the other nightlife is fine. Tons of people are out every weekend. I don't know what you're seeing or hearing, but it's obvious you haven't been to many cities outside of Chicago, Miami, NYC, and LA.

Spend 5 years in the Des Moines, IA area or the Minneapolis area, or pretty much anywhere else other than a handful of places and then ***** about the nightlife here in Chicago. I guarantee you won't.

I agree with this, and Minneapolis was super boring when it came to nightlife. I have had a better time in my hometown of Detroit.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:23 PM
 
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Uh, I don't think you fully understand the scene. First of all, the downtown scene is not older necessarily. There are many places downtown that are chalked full of college kids and people around that age. Vertigo Sky Lounge is a mix. Everytime I walk by there when there's a line, it's a good number of not so old people. Division Street is full of college kids, and Cedar Hotel and Proof in the Viagra Triangle is about half and half.

Usually the places that are older downtown are the more expensive places or chill places.


Also, neighborhood stuff? Depends on the neighborhood or part of the neighborhood! Go to certain bars in Lakeview East. Older. Go to Lincoln Square or Ravenswood, or anywhere up there. OLDER.

Oh I understand that. I have lived here for four and half years. I guess overall, I just hate typical bars unless there is a specific game going on. I need activity and drinking does not count for me.
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:02 AM
 
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So, you don't like bars because people "stand around and drink" there. You don't like clubs because people there are young and stay up late. It sounds to me like you don't really like nightlife, then.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:28 AM
 
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So, you don't like bars because people "stand around and drink" there. You don't like clubs because people there are young and stay up late. It sounds to me like you don't really like nightlife, then.
Not necessarily. I think one can logicallly infer, that Stephie simply likes, as she stated, places where you can dance, but where its all ages, and where it starts a little earlier. The term "night" is very inclusive to include anytime that is dark out. I too am not someone who really enjoys staying out past midnight.

So dancing, all ages, and before midnight. Sounds good.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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Not necessarily. I think one can logicallly infer, that Stephie simply likes, as she stated, places where you can dance, but where its all ages, and where it starts a little earlier. The term "night" is very inclusive to include anytime that is dark out.
That's a stretch of semantics, but sure, rather than saying she doesn't like night life, I'm fine with saying she prefers a very specific niche of "night life" that is not normally thought of as night life, at least in places where I've lived.

With that in mind, are there cities that are known for having a lot of early-evening non-alcoholic dance places? I can't think of where that might be, other than retirement areas, perhaps? If there are such places, I still find it odd to say that cities that do not have this very specific type of scene have no night life or dead night life.

The people I know who are really into dancing tend to just accept that it's something that is done late and where many people drink, even if they're not rave kids and are into an older kind of scene. Go to Green Mill around midnight or 1:00 on Thursday night and check out the wide age range of folks (20's through 70's) dancing the night away.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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With that in mind, are there cities that are known for having a lot of early-evening non-alcoholic dance places?.
I'm pretty sure these cities are all located in, or adjacent to, hell.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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That's a stretch of semantics, but sure, rather than saying she doesn't like night life, I'm fine with saying she prefers a very specific niche of "night life" that is not normally thought of as night life, at least in places where I've lived.

With that in mind, are there cities that are known for having a lot of early-evening non-alcoholic dance places? I can't think of where that might be, other than retirement areas, perhaps? If there are such places, I still find it odd to say that cities that do not have this very specific type of scene have no night life or dead night life.

The people I know who are really into dancing tend to just accept that it's something that is done late and where many people drink, even if they're not rave kids and are into an older kind of scene. Go to Green Mill around midnight or 1:00 on Thursday night and check out the wide age range of folks (20's through 70's) dancing the night away.
Cities that don't have a long history of extensive public transportation and must drive to many hot spots, say LA, or wherever, people typically watch how much they drink more carefully. Obviously you still have that binge/get DUIS, etc.

And I wouldn't say early evening. In LA last call is 2am. That still offers plenty of time to have fun, meet and mingle, even if you would rather be in bed by 1 or 2am. We're not talking about rolling up the sidewalks at 9. A lot of people still like to go out for 2-4 hours between 8 and 12.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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A lot of people still like to go out for 2-4 hours between 8 and 12.
Clubs are deader than Mitt's presidential bid at 8pm in LA.
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