Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Belmont(773) 348-4975 berlinchicago.com41.940036 -87.653651 954 W Belmont Ave (between the El tracks and Sheffield Ave) Lakeview, Chicago
Tue, Sun 10pm–4am; Wed–Fri 5pm–4am; Sat 5pm–5am (closed Mon)Average cocktail: $5
This freak-friendly dance destination in Lakeview built its reputation back in the mid-’80s with a mix of German new-wave music, art installations and even transvestite shows. These days, it’s still quirky but more retro, with Prince-tribute, disco and ’80s nostalgia nights. Goths and gays are extra welcome, but the scene here is made up of almost everyone. Thursday night's Stardust a major locus of creativity in nightlife.