The Chicago metropolitan area is home to about 8 million people, many of whom like to find a place to let loose and go dancing after work, and closer to home than within the confines of the Windy City. Whether you are looking for a club north, south or west of the city, you will find a place to give your dancing shoes a workout.
Zero Gravity, in the western suburb of Naperville, is a dance club for people ages 16 to 23. This club has a zero-tolerance policy, and it does not serve any alcohol. Zero Gravity is open from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.; however, Illinois state law requires 16-year-olds to abide by a midnight curfew. So even if you are at the club with an older friend, if you are 16, you have to go home. The club hosts special events, including college nights and celebrity meet-and-greets, with stars from such shows as "Jersey Shore."
115 Bourbon Street
115 Bourbon Street is located just outside the Chicago city limits in the south suburb of Merrionette Park. This New Orleans-themed neighborhood bar/nightclub/sports bar/music venue has it all throughout its 40,000 square feet. The nightclub is open only on the weekends, Thursday through Saturday, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. If you want to pre-party a bit before hitting the dance floor, come early, enjoy some pub grub and a few drinks, and be first in line to enter the club. Inside, you will enjoy top-40 hits and progressive club music.
Schaumburg, Illinois, is located about 25 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, and is also home to many younger business workers, as a handful of international businesses call Schaumburg their home. The Alumni Club is a popular place for twenty-somethings to come, kick back and have a few drinks or have a few more and get out on the dance floor. The club holds special events throughout the week, and also offers food and drink specials.
Hunters Nightclub is located in Elk Grove Village, a mere five-minute drive from O'Hare International Airport. Hunters caters to the gay community, but it welcomes everyone to come dance the night away. The nightclub holds a 2 a.m. liquor license throughout the week, but from Thursday through Saturday, it is able to stay open until 4 a.m. Hunters has both beer and wine of the month clubs, as well as other promotions to help draw people in and keep them coming back.
Jaime Swanson started working as a journalist in 2001. She has written and edited for newspapers in northern Illinois, including the "Daily Southtown" and the "Daily Herald," both in suburban Chicago. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University.