Karaoke is entertaining whether you are the one up on stage belting out “Livin’ On A Prayer” or you’re simply listening to others sing their hearts out. Toss in some drinks and food, and you’ve got yourself a hot karaoke spot. Check out our list of great places throughout Chicago where you can spend the night eating, drinking, and singing the night away.
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3216 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Trader Todd’s is so much more than a karaoke bar. There’s a wonderful beer garden so that you can get the latest craft beer on tap and enjoy yourself outside. Indoors, there’s a notable nautical theme going on that makes Trader Todd’s a total party. The food menu includes chicken wings, burgers, shrimp tacos, and more. Their key lime pie is also made in-house! The karaoke gets increasingly more festive as the night goes on. The location is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so be sure to keep that in mind when planning your visit.
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Sakura Karaoke Bar
234 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616
Sakura is fun, even just to find it since it is a subterranean lounge within Chinatown. There’s dancing, TV displays, and karaoke. You’ll find a comprehensive cocktail menu (that includes 20 house-crafted martinis!!) along with light bites. The location opens up for the evenings only, and you’ll want to get there early so that you can snag one of the cozy sofas. Private party rooms can be rented along with bottle service, too.
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1659 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Louie’s has been a mainstay in Chicago since 1987. You’ll find a diverse beer list and free popcorn to munch on as you’re entertained by the brave who go up on stage. Digital karaoke makes it easy to follow along. There’s always plenty who take the stage, so it adds to a lively vibe throughout the bar. Cocktails are abundant, and you’ll find the offerings on a chalkboard above the bar. They’re open late every night, but they are closed on Mondays.
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Sidekick’s Entertainment Lounge & Restaurant
4424 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
Sidekick’s is the epitome of the neighborhood bar. The no-frills location has a stage for karaoke, which happens every night. The menu features some appetizers, sandwiches, and pizza. They’re open until the wee hours of the morning, and the kitchen is open late, too. There’s beer on tap along with a full bar. One thing to be aware of is that it is cash only, so be sure to plan accordingly.
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343 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60604
Brando’s Speakeasy is found within a historic building, which adds to the vintage vibe felt throughout the inside. The location offers an intimate space where you can enjoy drinks, karaoke, and dancing. Much of the décor will transport you back to the 1920s. The cocktails are well-garnished, which will make them photo-worthy. There is a small “eats” menu, too, featuring everything from pizza to cheese boards. The karaoke picks up a bit later into the evening.
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Green Light Korean Pub & Karaoke
2519 W Peterson Ave, Chicago, IL 60659
Green Light is one of the few Korean pubs and karaoke bars that you’ll find in Chicago, offering a memorable experience. The song catalog is expansive, and you’ll find people singing a little bit of everything. There’s a menu that’s fully inspired by Korea, including rice and noodle dishes, Korean pancakes, and more. Drinks include beer, cocktails, as well as soju. There are private karaoke rooms that you can reserve, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead.
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5526 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Lincoln Karaoke features private rooms and multiple microphones, making it easy to do duets and invite more people onto the stage. Sofas are abundant, allowing you to relax and get cozy. There’s plenty of bar eats for you to choose from, and there’s a cocktail menu that won’t disappoint. Each private room has a swanky feel, complete with a disco ball. Party platters are available, too, for when you are visiting with a group. Reservations are highly encouraged so a room is ready when you arrive.
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650 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654
Mom’s Place is one of the funkier places on the list. It is a well-known Chicago spot to gather because of the live music and the karaoke. There are basement party rooms so that you can celebrate in style without having to share space with others. You’ll find lights decorating the entire interior to create a fun and eclectic vibe. There are daily food specials and events as well as a comprehensive list of beers that are on tap. Be sure to note that there is a two-drink minimum that applies upon entering.