8 Best McCormick Place Bars

April 4, 2018

Located just one mile from downtown Chicago, McCormick Place attendees have all of the great offerings of the city at their fingertips! However, when you desire more immediate access to cocktail therapy, it makes sense to look at even closer options.

Reports on the one-and-only true McCormick Place bar, the newly opened Arc Bar at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, are that food and drink prices outpace quality. Thus, those without expense accounts might want to venture out beyond the walls of the McCormick Place campus to see what the neighborhood has to offer.

Here is a list of some great bars near McCormick Place to fit any budget or occasion. Whether you need a quick drink after a conference or a night out with friends, one of these McCormick Place bars will definitely fit the bill.



The Velvet Lounge
Located less than half a mile from the McCormick Place Convention Center, the Velvet Lounge features strong drinks, great DJ’s, and a club like atmosphere. On occasion you can catch live music and comedy shows. This venue is a bit cozy, so if sitting is important to you it’s best to arrive early- which is also a good way to avoid the cover charge. (.6 mile, 13 min walk)



M Lounge
The M Lounge features an intimate atmosphere, a wide selection of drinks, and a more mature clientele, all accompanied by live jazz and an amazing martini bar. If you’re in the mood for a place to enjoy a cocktail without having to scream to be heard, this cozy jazz lounge might be the perfect place for you. The booths fill up quickly, so try to arrive early to get seats-especially if you need accommodation for a large group. (1.2 mi, 25 min walk)


Most Affordable:

SL Sports Lounge
The SL Sports Lounge-located in the Chicago South Loop Hotel-is a friendly place to have some bar food and a few drinks. If you’re looking for a diverse crowd and place to have a beer or two while you watch the game, SL Sports Lounge has you covered. Their drink prices mean you can keep a full glass even in extra innings, just be sure you’re cheering for Chicago. (0.9 mi, 19 min walk)



Acadia boasts an upscale atmosphere as evidenced by its two Michelin stars. This is a place you might want to throw on a suit or nice evening dress for. Fancy some fine dining with your expertly mixed drinks? Do yourself a favor and check out one of Acadia’s tasting menus. If you are so inclined, their sommelier can offer wonderful wine pairings to complete the fine dining experience. Wining and dining clients doesn’t get better than this. (1.1 mi, 22 min walk)


Most Unique Atmosphere:

Reggie’s Trainwreck Rooftop Deck
Rooftop bars in Chicago tend to be a bit pricey. For the frugal drinker that craves the rooftop experience in a more laid back environment, Reggie’s Trainwreck Rooftop Deck fortunately combines the dive bar ambiance with a rooftop setting. You can shoot hoops or pool while you hang out and enjoy reasonably priced drinks. If you don’t mind a crowd, Reggie’s might be the bar for you. (0.8 mi, 16 min walk)


For Boat Lovers:

Weather Mark Tavern
The sailboat themed Weather Mark Tavern is a great destination for casual dining, especially for weekend brunch when they feature bottomless mimosas. There is adequate seating, so getting a table is usually not an issue. Whether you need a quick drink in an informal atmosphere, a place that’s relatively kid friendly, or you just really like sailboats, Weather Mark Tavern is worth a look. (1.2 mi, 24 min walk)

Or, Go Local:


Jamaica Jerk Villa Bar & Grill:

Jamaica Jerk Villa is a Caribbean bar and restaurant featuring entrees such as ox tail and jerk chicken. Their rum punch is complemented by reggae music and there are plenty of TVs available to catch the game. (0.6 mi, 12 min walk)


Sakura Karaoke Bar:

You can get your karaoke fix at the Sakura Karaoke Bar in nearby Chinatown. Whether you want to sing on the main stage for all to hear or are interested in a more private room for you and your friends, Sakura Karaoke can accommodate. With Japanese-style cuisine and specialty drinks, Sakura Karaoke bar is the perfect place to sing the night away- East Asian-style. (1.0 mi, 22 min walk)

McCormick Place features many bars with great atmosphere. From Michelin starred restaurants to dive rooftop bars, there is something for everyone. Of course, bars aren’t the only thing around McCormick Place.

Need some coffee to help perk you up for the convention? Check out McCormick Place’s best coffee options. Or, explore McCormick Place’s best restaurants.


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