While there are some occasions that prove worthy of a music-pumping nightclub, not all nightlife in Chicago requires a club atmosphere. For those looking for a bar to check out on a rainy day, there are some great low key options to choose from. Going out on a rainy day doesn’t have to be considered a humdrum outing, especially if you know just which bars to visit. Whether you’re looking for a sports bar that will surely have on the big game or a bar with comforting food and drinks, spending a rainy day in Chicago can be a great opportunity to hang out with friends and check out a new favorite hotspot.

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Photo credit: Victoria Kent / Rockit Ranch Productions

Ay Chiwowa
311 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 643-3200
www.aychiwowa.com

Located in the Near North Side neighborhood of Chicago, Ay Chiwowa features a completely revamped menu highlighting Mexican cuisine with a twist. The dinner and late night snack menu is hugely popular, whether it’s for date night or just a casual outing with friends. With over 100 tequilas behind the bar, any one of their signature margaritas will be a great fix for a rainy day visit. House-made sangria, tequila-focused bottle service, and innovative taco selections help to make Ay Chiwowa a premier location for those looking to get out from the rain without sacrificing on quality.

Billy Goat Tavern
430 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 222-1525
www.billygoattavern.com

Besides the historical significance regarding the curse of the billy goat, the Billy Goat Tavern has appeal that reaches far beyond just Cubs fans. Located underneath Michigan Avenue, the facade won’t exactly strike you as one of the trendy bars Chicago is known for. However, the dive-like atmosphere can be just the thing to warm you up on a rainy day in Chicago. While there, make sure to order the infamous Cheezborger!

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Emmit’s Irish Pub
495 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 563-9631
www.emmits.com

Located in the West Loop, Emmit’s Irish Pub is one of the more popular Irish establishments for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago. While they definitely go all out with annual bagpipers for the holiday, it’s not just a venue for a special occasion. The charm from the shamrock decorations and authentic Irish tablecloths creates a softened atmosphere, perfect for a cozy Chicago outing on a rainy day. While there, warm yourself with some Irish whiskey or an Irish ale and make sure not to forget your fish and chips.

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Joe’s Bar
940 W. Weed St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 337-3486
www.joesbar.com

Joe’s Bar on Weed Street is hugely popular for all of its concerts and live entertainment, but not every visit requires a ticket purchase. With more than 110 flat screen televisions, visitors can be comforted to know that their favorite sporting event will inevitably be in view. Featuring both professional and college sporting events, Joe’s Bar caters to all ages. There is a wide selection of beer and cocktails to choose from, as well as a large variety of food items ranging from everything from pizzas to tacos. This 20,000 square foot venue ensures you aren’t all cramped in when coming in from the rain, and the music and flat screens ensure you’re kept entertained.

Guthries Tavern
1300 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 477-2900
www.guthriestavern.com

Located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Guthrie’s Tavern offers a huge selection of beer with a full bar. The ultra casual atmosphere helps to make visitors feel comfortable, whether you’re on a first date or just out with friends. However, the biggest draw to Guthries Tavern are the board games. A wall of board games to choose from; visitors can pick old school favorites like Battleship, Monopoly, Sorry, and much more. While the drinks are perfect for keeping out of the rain, the board games will keep you entertained long after the rain stops.

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