Chicago’s Craziest Nightlife

by Kelly on October 27, 2016

 

Photo by Kevin Dooley, Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Kevin Dooley, Flickr Creative Commons

A Reputation Since Prohibition

Quick: what do you think of when the word “bootlegger” is put before you? You probably think of gangster hats, Tommy guns, and crazy, fun, bustling nightlife in a free atmosphere replete with flapper girls and zoot-suit sporting wunderkinds smoking furiously. You think of Chicago’s nightlife.

What a reputation this nightlife has! Since the era of prohibition, Chicago’s reputation as a place to find excitement and adventure in the small hours of the morning has been historically established. While you probably won’t stumble into the kind of Al Capone elegance of yesteryear today, you can still find some pretty swanky clubs to hit up during your stay in the windy city.

Eight Of The City’s Top Dance Parties

The Chicagoist lists eight exceptional opportunities to hit the dance floor and throw caution to the wind. Three of these options are entirely free, and include Soul Summit at Double Door, Living on Video at Neo, and Burly.

Burly is short for “The Burlington”, which is located at 3425 W. Fullerton Avenue. Double Door is at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., and you’ve got to go on Facebook for Neo to get the password. It’s at 2350 N. Clark St., but you can only get in free prior eleven.

Things To Do In The Day

The Navy Pier is a beautiful area with a 150-foot ferris wheel and put-put golf, among other things like boating tours and sightseeing expeditions. Because of this area’s high quotient of tourists, there are quite a few hotels in close proximity, and it makes plenty of sense.

There are a lot of good reasons to search out Chicago hotels near Navy Pier; according to IHG.com: “You’ll find great live music at Green Mill, amazing urban architecture at Millennium Park, and a whole universe to discover at Adler Planetarium.” All these areas are within walking distance of Navy Pier—though be sure you dress to fit the season!

Chicago gets brutally cold starting in November, and stays that way through early March/April. But the summers are generally very temperate. While a few hot days may make their way through the winding thoroughfares, in general you can expect temperatures in the low seventies. You may need a jacket in the evening, but during the day you’ll be perfectly comfortable.

Other Discoveries

Chicago has a shifting political landscape that has come under media scrutiny recently. While it can be a lot of fun to branch out on your own of an evening and see what adventures await, you’re going to want to avoid certain areas in this historic metropolis.

Top on this list is West Englewood, followed by Englewood, Riverdale, Auburn Gresham, Fuller Park, Gage Park, Chicago Lawn, West Garfield Park, Grand Crossing, and Chatham. For reasons behind this list, check roadsnacks.net.

A wise thing to do before you book your hotel in Chicago is to check its proximity to these areas, as well as other hotels’ proximity. Then you’re going to want to book accordingly. That said, if you avoid areas which have accrued reputation like this, you should remain relatively safe.

The most fun aspect of any city is getting free of established tourist morays and discovering what natural experiences you can discover. To this end, Chicago is a cornucopia of infinite delight. In order to fully capitalize on this urban wonderland, you’re going to want to do your homework before you go.

One Last Tip

Avoid driving where you can. Your vehicle probably won’t get broken into; but then again, it might. You will pay tolls, you will have difficulty parking, you will encounter ubiquitous traffic, and you will lose your temper at least one time if you decide to navigate the streets in your own vehicle. Instead, park outside of town and take the train in, or leave your vehicle at the hotel and use public transit.

Kevin Bennett

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Kevin is an SEO marketeer with OutreachMama and Youth Noise who designs value-rich content aimed at increasing clientele for expanding businesses. Networking, building partnerships, and providing quality products with shareable value make this possible. He’s an author (Amphibian and The Thief and the Sacrifice to his credit) whose professional writing follows business trends in technology, marketing, SEO application, and much more.

 

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What are the World’s Best Raves?

by Kelly on January 29, 2015

Preparing for the rave experience

A little planning can help ensure that you have the most fun possible at a rave. Here are some essentials for the ultimate rave experience.

Ibiza, Spain

With a large selection of nightclubs and raves, combined with the natural beauty of the island, it is no wonder that more and more party vacationers are choosing to go to the beautiful island of Ibiza. Try going to the west side of the island and enjoying a rave in a cave near the beach for an experience unlike any other.

Remember that raves are a place to let loose. Don’t be afraid to experiment with far-out fashions and styles that you wouldn’t wear anywhere else. Rave wear is available in a wide variety of sizes and styles at www.lingeriediva.com. You will want to be sure to pack extra so that you can look your best for the whole of your vacation.

Nissi Beach, Ayia Napa, Cyprus

With beautiful blue waters, a vibrant young party scene, and host to world famous DJs, Nissi Beach is the place to be. Make sure you don’t try to pack too much into a day or two at this popular location. It is a busy and lively scene that you will want to take your time to enjoy. Be sure to get a beachfront room for easy access to all the action, not to mention an absolutely stunning view.

Lima, Peru

Make sure you check out Rebel Rave, a huge concert that often features top acts. On your downtime there is so much to enjoy in Lima that you will want to be sure to plan a longer trip. Low-cost drinks make Lima a great place to let loose.

Berlin, Germany

With long hours, parties at Berlin clubs can go on for a very long time. Enjoy the best beers while dancing the night away. Germany is a destination that can be enjoyed year-round but for those seeking some sun, the warmest months are June, July and August. Berghain is one of Berlin’s best clubs but make sure you dress your best because it can be a bit exclusive. Your efforts will be well worth the investment.

Being safe

A water bottle is an essential item to take with you to a rave. When you are dancing for hours it is very important to stay hydrated. Consuming alcohol increases your risk of dehydration, so you should up your water intake accordingly. Try to go to a rave with a friend and have a way of communicating with them. Make sure you turn your cellphone to vibrate because you are not likely to be able to hear a ringtone over the loud music.

Having fun

Remember that the whole point of being at one of the world’s best raves is to have the time of your life while enjoying the music and beautiful scenery. Don’t miss out. Plan your vacation and start picturing your rave adventure today!

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Going on long-haul flights can be downright boring. Yes, there may be entertainment options provided for you by the airline, but even the movies, music and games get dry after a while. You don’t always get something you actually like. And if you’re a frequent traveller on business, you’ve probably seen it, heard it, and played it. Think about making your flights more interesting by getting corporate travel specialists like FCm Travel Solutions to plan things for your group, including making requests for all your flight preferences. In the meantime, why not go back to basics when it comes to entertaining yourself?

1. Read

When was the last time you read a good book? For some, there’s nothing like purchasing a crisp new book before a trip. Make sure the book is about something that interests you, or is by an author whose work you’ve enjoyed in the past – you don’t want to discover it’s a yawn-fest. If you prefer, take a book that you’ve already started and can’t wait to read more. If one book isn’t enough, an e-reader is for you! You can switch from one novel to another when you need a break. If you fully charge it, you’ll get 8,000 page turns out of it, so you can read to your heart’s content! If you’re a lighter reader, you can always grab some magazines from the airport newsagent – at least you can pick and choose what you read from each magazine.

2. Listen to Music, Podcasts or Audiobooks

Music is ideal for when you need to drown out that distracting chatter around you, or the screams of unruly kids! There may be some music as part of the inflight entertainment, but it may not be what you like. Come prepared. Load up your iPod with your favourites, maybe some new music too, pop on your noise-cancelling headphones, and relax (or dance in your seat depending on what you’re listening to!). Consider downloading some podcasts before your trip too. Many of them are free. You may want to listen to podcasts featuring guides for where you’re going, or podcasts that teach a language –you can brush up on the languages of your destination. If you prefer to rest your eyes, an audiobook is a great alternative to actually reading a book!

3. Games

Firstly, electronic. Nintendo DS and PSP are the obvious portable choices. Games designed for a few hours play are great. The hours will disappear. Make sure your consoles are fully charged. But when you don’t want to worry about charging your gaming devices, there’s something to be said about playing good ol’ fashioned games. Card decks don’t take up much room in your luggage, and it’s fun to play card games with your companions. Some games are available in travel-size, like Scrabble, Cluedo and Monopoly – all fun classics, and some even come with magnetic boards with storage compartments. No losing pieces!

Now you’re all set to pass the time away on your next long-haul flight! In the age of digital inflight entertainment, it’s easy to forget the activities that used to keep travellers occupied. What’s great are the classic options that have evolved to suit our modern lifestyles. There are still plenty of other ways to entertain yourself on a flight. Can you think of anything else?

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