From its earliest frontier days, Chicago has had some of the best nightlife in the USA. Blues fans who celebrate Chicago as the birthplace of Muddy Waters’ urban blues will not be disappointed. The city remains proud of its blues traditions, while continuing to innovate in other genres, such as the energetic dance beat of 1980s house music as well as the groundbreaking jazz of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. There are nightclubs aplenty 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, has a couple of excellent venues for jazz and rock. The best gay clubs congregate in the Boystown area, which is a mile north of Lincoln Park. Highbrow pursuits are also well provided for: Chicago’s classical music, dance and theatre are world-class. For listings, Chicagoans pick up free weeklies including the excellent Chicago Reader (available Thurs afternoon and online at Wchicagoreader.com), the New City and the gay and lesbian Windy City Times. The Friday issues of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune are useful, while Time Out Chicago has good arts, music, theatre and movie listings.

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