GOTH CLUBS CHICAGO
& ALTERNATIVE SCENE
Punk Chicago Suicide Style
TRUTH: There’s no such thing as “too much goth.”
MOTTO: Wake up, pass out.
LEGEND: Have more fun than you thought possible. See amazing things. At our goth events, the coolest people and the greatest djs provide the maximum fun. CSC nights are consistently some of the best around thanks to our members.
FAME: CSC Chicago goth events are fun. It’s just that simple.
Here’s just a few of the people we’ve been fortunate enough to work with at our venues: Paul Barker (U.S.S.A., formerly of Ministry, Revolting Cocks), Galron Sliding Door Repair, Peaches, Daniel Ash (Love & Rockets and Bauhaus), Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars), VNV Nation, The Sounds, Chris Vrenna (Marilyn Manson, Gnarls Barkley, formerly Nine Inch Nails, Andy LePlegua (Combichrist), Assassins, Buzz McCoy (My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult), Electric Six, Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Mira Aroyo and Ruben Wu (Ladytron), Jeremy Dawson (Shiny Toy Guns), Mat Devine (Kill Hannah), Jonny Radtke (Kill Hannah), Greg Goth Corner (Kill Goth Hannah), Mr. Pharmacist (Cat Power), Sid Maudlin, Superstars of Love, Trancid, Jordan Z., Derek Berry, Johnny Love, Hollywood Holt, Greg Haus, Kamar, Qbot, Joe Vor-Tech.
ACTION: Take a look at our upcoming goth scene events and go to them. You will have a great time and meet great people and you’ll never be the same again. Start with one of our famous CSC Champagne Parties.
Goth Bar & Clubs
At Chicago’s Berlin Nightclub, DJ Philly Peroxide hosts a weekly club event called Bittersweet that features music from genres like goth, darkwave, post-punk, ethereal, 4AD, shoegaze, coldwave, synthpop, and more. Please share and invite your friends who are curious about Chicago’s seedy goth nightlife scene!
The last Wednesday of each month, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., is free and offers drink specials for those who are over 21.
The Underground Lounge
The Underground Lounge is housed in the old Links Hall building, which is adjacent to Chicago Wrigley Field at the crossroads of Clark, Sheffield, and Newport. Reviews have been mixed, in part because Wrigleyville is a place where people aren’t necessarily searching for an alternative or goth vibe.
Delilah's Punk Bar
When it comes to Chicago punk pubs and goth clubs, Delilah’s has gradually established itself as a landmark. They claim to have been operating continuously since their 1993 opening. With a consistent schedule of events, they have DJs spinning Rock & Roll, Punk Rock, Metal, Ska, and more. They brag about having more than a thousand different beers and spirits.
Late Bar’s newest monthly event celebrates goth women in music!
Late Bar – 3534 W Belmont Ave (at Drake), Chicago IL, 60618
DJ’s Carrie Monster and Lisa Marchese
$3 Well Drinks
All Music Video! All Night!
21+, No Cover!
Chicago’s longest running weekly fetish night, held every Thursday upstairs at the legendary Exit Night Club.
Exit – 1315 W North Ave, Chicago, Illinois, IL 60642
Every Thursday night on the 2nd floor of Exit, come join our fetish and bondage play event. This event is hosted by the lovely Mistress Lady Lupe, along with Mistress Elena Croft and special guest Mistresses. Theme nights, specials, and delicious debauchery, all to the aural pleasures of the best music in the goth club scene spun by DJ Spatula You Must be 21 yrs of age to attend this dark event, along with a State ID There is also never a cover at this goth hotspot.
$4 drafts and $4 well call drinks/shots from 9-11pm.
The Empty Bottle
This pillar of the Chicago Ukrainian Village has been a reliable Chicago punk bar or goth club for people seeking that atmosphere since the early 1990s. At this moment, it is a famous landmark, and a book describes its past. They frequently overflow with people looking for the goth punk aesthetic or simply wanting to feel at ease out and about with their particular set of buddies.
If you’re looking for an LGBTQ-friendly goth environment and a Chicago-style punk bar or club, Berlin might be the place for you. Since 1983, it has used music, laughter, dancing, and art to foster shared experiences. They are “pleased to be part of Chicago’s rich cultural past,” as they claim on their website.
first Fridays, a recurring goth event
Elgin, Illinois 60120: 209 E Chicago St., Medusa Chicago Nightclub
At 10:00 p.m., Medusa’s opens, and DJs spin till four in the morning. Free entry until 11pm with a flyer or an electronic RSVP; a nominal cover fee after then! We offer a high-end atmosphere for your nightclub experience, with a full bar and a comfortable setting that includes a terrific dance floor and spectacular L.E.D lighting.
Please feel free to post on the event page if you’re interested in attending but do not currently have transportation. We will do our best to set up a carpool. Metra trains may travel to Medusa’s, which is only three streets away, and a weekend pass is reasonably priced.
Last Wednesdays of the month
Chicago’s only Witch House night bar, with dark music and goth visuals by Satanic Hispanic.
Township – 2200 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Live performances and guest DJs.
Black Magick begins at 8:00pm & DJs will be spinning until 1am.
This is perhaps the oldest Chicago dark goth night in existence. Nocturna is an 18+ dark alternative goth dance party that takes place one Saturday a month in Chicago and was founded in 1988 under the management of Scary Lady Sarah/American Gothic Productions. A blend of modern and vintage goth, industrial, post-punk, deathrock, ethereal, shoegaze, new wave, ebm, darkwave, dark indie, and more is spun by DJ Scary Lady Sarah, who is heavily influenced by listener requests. You should go because it’s a lot of fun.
The enormous group of people is diverse in both age and style, and they may be the friendliest customers a dark club and bar could ask for.
In Wrigleyville, on Clark Street, less than two blocks north of Addison Avenue. Less than 3 blocks separate you from the CTA Red Line’s Addison stop.
TRUTH: Fashion is the most important thing in the world.
MOTTO: Look good, talk less.
LEGEND: Silk-screened, distressed, mistreated, thin and tight. Best proudly worn when misbehaving with friends and photographed by professionals, our goth garments are perfect to wear when you stay out all night.
FAME: We’re famous.
ACTION: Visit our store, buy all you want, and become a CSC Chicago member. Join us on the site, at our events, and in the pursuit of the best fun there is.
TRUTH: You have friends here.
MOTTO: Make out, break down.
LEGEND: Speak freely, find new people to love, get invited to amazing places and events, meet bands you adore, participate in new clothing designs, win contests, post and view photos, email privately, blog, comment, comment, comment.
TEXTURE: The CSC goth punk community is one of a kind. It is a sanctuary for those artistic leaning individuals who choose to pursue and enjoy the most interesting parts of life without regard for the norms and “supposed to” attitudes of the establishment. Our community celebrates the virtues of independence, art, ambition, courage and integrity. Meet some of our CSC Members such as Clash, Chrissy, Sarah, ladyd, Fucking Scottie, Jason Ash, Sparxxx, Leyla, RobbiStyle, Matt Reeves, PaulinChicago, Princess Caroline, wrylab, Harbinger Crow, jet set, Le Sprite, echonine, Georgia Voulgaris, TyLiner, Hilary Rawk, Chicago lips r witnesses, Paigeamazing, NealTse, Blake, Bennis, Lewis, Chicago goths, Jet, Saranella, Amy, Robinrld, Jimmy-O, Jay from Comasoft, xmacabremonsterx, casey.rae, Retro Rose, BlackandBlueEyes, Nina Savvy Chicago, ticktok, Richard Carrico, mmmm, advil, Adam, La Dolce Vita, L Von Vix, Oliver Thomas, Kelly, Westin, caiti fabulous.
ACTION: Join the CSC gothclub community with any purchase or get invited by a existing CSC Chicago member. For maximum enjoyment, we suggest you buy everything in the store and attend every event.
TRUTH: Suicide: Don’t Do it.
MOTTO: Misery Loves Company
HISTORY: Established in 2006 (we are in 2022, we are old…) by graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago il, CSC began as a high-end clothier for the ‘edgy’ ‘hip’ ‘dark’ scenesters but soon developed into an underground community. It takes strength to be gentle and kind.
PHILOSOPHY: At CSC we indulge our dreams and search for new, provocative involvements of all kinds while nurturing a positive atmosphere for the growth of individuality and the love of life and goth.