Whether you’re looking for a delicious meal accompanied by some light salsa music, or the loudest bachata beats in a swirling nightclub, Chicago
delivers. Check out some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and clubs for experiencing Latin music.
Bar, Nightclub, South American, Wine, Pub Grub, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
If you’re looking for an upscale club with plush lounge seating and the best Latin beats spinning all night long, then Latin Bliss is the place for you. It serves ‘especially to cater and indulge the VIP Clientele in order to delight their needs and take Chicago Nightlife to [the] next level.’ Wear your most comfortable shoes, and prepare to dance all night.
Bar, Restaurant, Cuban, American, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
You can’t miss the bright yellow façade, picturesque flower boxes, and tell-tale Latin music spilling onto the street at Havana Grill, named for Cuba’s famous capital city. You’d never guess that you’re still on Chicago’s Near North Side, and they want to keep it that way. Enjoy their specialty cocktails, Cuban-American cuisine, and live music nights.
Restaurant, South American, Caribbean, Spanish, $$$
Carnivale in the West Loop is nothing short of a haven for all things Latin in the Windy City. Experience their authentic global cuisine in their massive, yet inviting, vibrant space, have a drink or two, and be sure to come back on their live music Fridays for a spin on the dance floor.
Restaurant, Nightclub, South American, Caribbean, Spanish, Wine, Beer, $$$
Some places excel in the dining aspects, while others are known for good music, and Nacional 27 is a rare find that does everything extremely well. Come during the day at off-peak times to taste their amazing Latin-fusion cuisine, and return on the weekends for a party that never stops. Their DJs play a wide range of mixes from cultures throughout Latin America, and it’s a terrific place to pack in the food and then dance all of your troubles away.
Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, South American, Peruvian, Cuban, $$$
Friday and Saturday nights are their special salsa nights, but Congas is worth a visit any day of the week. They serve an inclusive Latin menu from the likes of Colombia, Cuba, Peru, and many others. Make the trip to Norwood Park, and join them for a special event, rent out their space or call them for catering.