A Guide To Great Ladies Night Locations In Chicago
There are times that call for significant others, and there are times that require just the girls. Maybe it’s a long overdue get-together with the besties from childhood who have scattered around the country, maybe a bachelorette party weekend or maybe just gathering a few friends from the suburbs for a weekend in the city and some good, old-fashioned girl gossip. Chicago welcomes it all with outstretched arms—and plenty of fun and wine. Mix up the socializing with some sightseeing, shopping and culture, and it’s the perfect blend for making memories and taking social-media-worthy selfies.
It’s also good to know of places to hold a more organized ladies-only event such as a birthday or engagement celebration. With so many places to go in the Chicago area, the challenge is narrowing down the choices. Different venues appeal to different ages and style. So, match the place to what your groups likes. Here are top excellent contenders for your next ladies night out in Chicago:
This place gets loud at dinner and drinks time. It’s a scene worth dressing stylish for, though, and if there’s a bar table available, conversation is easier. No matter the outside temps, the view from the terrace is worth checking out. After Cindy’s, go play at the incredible (and free) game room. Think of everything you want in a rooftop – comfy couches, shareable plates, and some kind of lavender cocktail.
Now add great music and one of the best views in the city, and it’s easy to understand why Cindy’s is so good for a girls’ get-together. Come here for dinner or brunch, but either way, hang out well after your meal. It’s a great time, and easily one of the most photogenic places in Chicago.
Location – 12 S. Michigan Ave.
Three Dots and a Dash
At Three Dots and a Dash, the Lagoon is perfect for 16 guests and the Bamboo Room holds up to 30 guests. In case you wondered about the name, three dots and a dash sends a Morse code message. It equals “V for victory (think WWII) and the bar’s famed rum drink. Actually, all the drinks look special in their Tiki-styled containers. The atmosphere and the concoctions are fun, even if going with a few friends merely to catch up on news and relationships.
Girl groups sing it loud and strong after sharing one of this tiki lounge’s Group Drinks: Zombie Punch, Blood of the Kapu Tiki, that sort of thing. Pretty much all the drink names are fun to say and pack a punch. Purchasing appropriately themed mugs to use back at the hotel room is totally acceptable. Best new feature here: Reservations.
Location – 435 N. Clark St.
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Return to regular life with some well-acquired knowledge about one of Chicago’s shining stars: its architecture. With some drinking thrown in for good measure. We’re talking CAF Pub Tours of neighborhoods like Andersonville and Lakeview. If those aren’t running, hop on the popular river cruise—there’s a full drink and snack bar.
RM Champagne Salon
The prime West Loop location makes it easy for post-dinner drinks, and it gets extra points for a charming ambiance and a French vibe without being cheesy. Inside RM Champagne Salon you may feel as if you stepped into a cozy neighborhood Left Bank bistro, making it a perfect option for a girl’s night out.
RM Champagne Salon doesn’t have a private party room but it is a popular celebration spot. If you’re thinking of inviting a larger crowd then be sure to reserve tables on the large patio. Considering the quality of food, cocktails, wines and beers, menu items are reasonably priced.
Your group thread wants a GNO, but there’s no consensus on what to do. Half the crew wants to eat and the other already ate Sweetgreen at home. Solve the problem by throwing RM Champagne into the ring—the name sells itself for drinks, and there’s a solid small plates menu too.
Location – 116 N Green St.
Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar
Quartino is downtown, West of North Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile stores, but it has the feeling of a neighborhood bar and dining spot. Quartino is so ideal for a big group that your guy friends will be jealous they aren’t invited. Italian small plates like pizza, pasta, and veggies mean even the pickiest of eaters can find something to eat.
The restaurant is large and loud so you don’t have to be on your best behavior, and the prices are beyond reasonable even cheap-ass Barb won’t be able to complain. A popular venue for bachelorette parties, at Quartino’s you can tell the group they are eating in Naples, Venice and Rialto and drinking in Rome, all names of the restaurant’s private dining spaces.
Part of the restaurant group that includes Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar and LUXBAR, it likewise pays close attention to food and cocktails. When there for some girls gab time, relax and chat over Italian specialties that are easy to share such as Neapolitan-style pizza.
Location – 626 N. State St.
The Second City
Besides a good girls gab session, laughter is the best medicine. The Mainstage shows get all the glory, but this theater complex mixes it up on the smaller stages like UP Comedy Club, E.T.C. Theater and de Maat Studio Theatre. Plus, call the box office for dinner deals at restaurants nearby that also get you lower ticket service fees.
Do your friends tend to get pretty loud when alcohol is involved? Feel confident bringing them to Steakbar, where this type of behavior is welcomed, if not encouraged. It’s pricey and kind of feels like a club, but the food is delicious and the music is playing all night. Steakbar also serves an Old Fashioned cocktail with Fireball, so there’s a 100% chance you can hang here all night and have fun.
Location – 1500 N Wells
A girls’ trip to San Francisco sounds fun, but it’s also not happening in the next 24 hours. Head to Presidio in Bucktown instead. It’s a cocktail lounge in front and a dining room in the back, which is pretty ideal for a leisurely evening with friends. Sip drinks for a while before heading to the dining room for seasonal “California inspired” dishes, which is really just American food you’re accustomed to like steak tartar, beet salad, rotisserie chicken, and a bone-in pork chop. It’s trendy without being stuck-up, and that’s a vibe everyone can appreciate.
Location – 1749 N Damen Ave.