By Angela Hazen

Want to experience something different this weekend? Instead of going to your tried-and-true watering hole, do something new this weekend with a different take on a night out. Why not try out a retro night at some of Chicagoland’s best bars and restaurants? With a variety of music from the 80s and 90s to the time of Elvis and Sinatra, there is something for everyone. And along with some of your favorite music that you grew up with, enjoy excellent drink and dinner specials. Try going retro with some of these top stops in the Chicago area.


2051 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 394-2066

Need to break the weekday rut? Get in the groove with classic 80’s hits. The best thing about Innjoy on Division is that it has several retro-themed nights a week. “I Love the 90’s!” is on Thursdays, Fridays are “Old School Cool” and Saturdays are its “World Famous Retro Dance Party.” Innjoy has retro nights that include everything from DJs and or/music videos from back in the day, as well as drink and appetizer specials. Watch sports and enjoy pop hits from the 70s through the 90s while you fill up on dinner and drinks with your friends. Enjoy a fun night out at Innjoy and put some excitement into your week.


Neo Chicago
2350 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 528-2622

Miss the Belmont and Clark Street scene of the late 1980s into the early 1990s? Don’t go digging through your tape collection to recall those great nights out. Check out Neo Chicago on Clark Street, which is old school itself having openend in 1979. Go back in time with others looking to dance like it’s 1991 again at Neo Chicago’s “Technique: New Wave Thursday nights.” This place will make you think back to your nights sitting out at Punkin’ Donuts.

(Credit: Stereo Chicago’s facebook)

Stereo Nightclub
5616 W. Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
(773) 889-7171

Ready to groove like you did in 1987? Sunday nights are retro night at Stereo Nightclub on Diversey. Get ready to dance the night away to some of the most awesome pop, disco and rock music of the 1970s, 80s and 90s. This spot’s “Stereo Saturdays” is a party that everyone should have a chance to attend. Bring your friends and get ready to get fired up in this awesome dance place.


Café Zalute and Retro Bar
9501 W. Devon Ave.
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 685-0206

Looking for a classy night out and love listening to the sounds of Elvis and Sinatra? Go for a classic night with some of the favorite dinner club music and fare. Check out Café Zalute out in Rosemont and treat your party to a night of Italian dinner and desserts. To top it off, Café Zalute has wonderful music nights featuring live performances of hits by live artists, as well as retro nights with Motown, disco and rock and roll. One of the must-see events here is the “Italian Soul Food and Sounds of Sinatra.” These Sinatra nights are quite popular so make sure you reserve ahead to get a great table.

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Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at