If you love the look of a crisply dressed crowd and the sounds of spinning DJs, then you’ll love a night of Latin dancing in Chicago. The music is beautiful and the crowd is dressed in its best. Young and old dancers of all backgrounds come to work on their technique and enjoy the music that they love. They are joined by newbies who are coming to learn the dances for themselves or just out for a night of fun. Chicago has excellent venues for Latin dancing, as well as great food. Some even offer classes that could help even the shyest people become confident dancers. If you are looking for a night out like no other, here are just a few places where you can dance the night away.
Foursquare Favorite: Carnivale
702 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 850-5005
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True, Carnivale is more lounge than nightclub, but this Latin American restaurant regularly features live music and professional dancers. Add it to your night on the town—it’s a great choice to get your salsa and merengue on! For more places to dance, check out this list of the 15 best places for dancing in Chicago.


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Alhambra Palace
1240 W.Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 666-9555

The amazing design of this venue is inspired by the Alhambra palace in southern Spain, which makes it one of Chicago’s most unique restaurants. Along with the beauty of Alhambra Palace, dancers flock here because the Latin nights are superb. There is a multitude of choices: salsa nights on Tuesdays, a flamenco show and dinner on Thursdays and tango dancing on Sundays. Alhambra also offers classes, so check the times.

Dylan’s Tavern and Grill
118 S. Clinton St.
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 876-2008

Chicago is hot all year round when the dancing starts at Dylan’s on Clinton. On Fridays and Saturdays, it hosts salsa nights, when the DJs thrill the crowds with excellent Latin music. Get your dance on with you friends while enjoying delicious food and drinks. Dylan’s has two dance floors, ensuring the party goes on all night. Make your night memorable with a night of dancing at Dylan’s.

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Nacional 27
325 W.Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 664-2727

Nacional 27 on Huron is one of the hottest places to be if you are looking to go dancing. Have a stylish evening on Thursday nights when it offers complimentary salsa lessons. On Saturday nights, enjoy one of the biggest dancing evenings when it plays everything from bachata to merengue with Vida 27. The delicious food and dancing at Nacional 27 is a great way to enjoy your weekend.

The Cubby Bear
1059 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 327-1662

Across from Wrigley Field and on one of Chicago most popular strips sits the Cubby Bear, where it doesn’t need to be a game day to have a great night out. One of Cubby Bear’s biggest nights is Live Salsa Sundays when there are lessons along with a night of dancing. The Cubby Bear is open all year, so even when baseball is not in season, you can meet up with your friends for a night of salsa dancing.

Patron’s Hacienda
316 W. Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60654

There is almost always a party going on at Patron’s Hacienda on Erie. Come join in the fun and dance all night with Latin dancing nights. Patron’s is known for Salsa Mondays and Bachata Thursdays. Not only can you eat great food, but you can enjoy terrific dancing in this River North spot. One night at Patron’s can make you an instant fan.

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