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Phone: (773) 395-8002

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Central Chicago, Goose Island
Bars, Disc Jockeys, Night Clubs, Taverns
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Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Alcohol: Full Bar

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Great club for those not into 'normal'

EXIT looks intimidating to lots of people. The bar is a goth/metal/punk/S&M/God knows what I'm missing bar. But, if you are into that crowd, EXIT is up your alley.

However, even if you are not into that scene, EXIT is still a fun place to go once in a while. Thursdays are particularly interesting as on the second floor you can watch some professional dominatrixs give people some pleasure and pain, or pay them to perform their devious fun on you...

People are generally very nice, you run into your occasional scene-ster who thinks he is too cool for life, but jerks can be found at any bar in the world, so I won't hold it against EXIT.

The atmosphere is so perfectly grimy. Seeing beat up motorcycles, gas masks and black walls, it feels like the bar belongs in the Mad Max universe or something. I give it the 5 star treatment.



Provided by Citysearch - 
What dancing?

OK....I hadn't been to The Exit in a good 8 years. I was just there on Saturday Feb. 17th 2007. What a difference. Apparently the city of Chicago re-zoned the area into what is basically classified as a ""no dance club zone"". So I digress.....there is really no longer dancing at The Exit. The music was also turned down MUCH lower than I remember on my previous visits. Tables and chairs were placed on what I remember to be the dance floor area. The music downstairs (jukebox) was also very low volume. The drinks are ridiculously overpriced, but that didn't stop me from dropping a good $150.00 on them with my wife. Anyhow, I give it a 7 or so. I do however want to really emphasize the change is not The Exit's fault. You have the typical politicians and city officials to thank for that.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great atmosphere, decent people, expensive/weak drinks

This place is a great place to dress however you like and not be afraid of sticking out like a sore thumb!! Great DJ music, different themes every night - $5 cover after 9? on weekends. The crowd seems generally cool. The only con is the drinks can get expensive and they are made really weak! though they do have drink specials on the weekdays, such as $2 black-and-blue beers...enjoy! ;)



Provided by Citysearch - 
Hell Yeah !!

I used to hang at the ""ORIGINAL EXIT "" on Wells St / North Ave back in latter 70s & 80s and this Exit now lives up to the Original name ..if your a PUNK or a ROCKER this still is your home RIP O'Banions - & La Mare



Provided by Citysearch - 
So Damn Cool!!!

I Love the exit. The first bar I went to in the city that understands cool punk vibe crosstones of metal and industrial atmosphere is so cool I had my band Diamond Rexx record a a rock video there. If you want to spend a night in the coolest diviest rock and roll atmosphere the city has to offer the exit is the bar 4 U dont dress up. dress out there. lipstick leather and bring your laid back additude and hang with some cool cats and dolls. Its Like Partying in a Video/Movie But its realitytrendy for Rockers not the izod



Provided by Citysearch - 
The best!

If you are looking for the alternative scene, Exit is the best bar in Chicago. Downstairs always plays punk rock and some heavy metal. Great music that, even though is loud, still creates an athmosphere that is good to hang out with friends and meet other people. Upstairs is the dance floor and the music they play will depend on the night. It ranges from Industrial Goth, Heavy Metal, Punk... The music is super loud and it is hard to talk unless you go to the very small room in front of the back bar. The athmosphere upstairs is however, the best! It is the most fun place and the people are very approachable and friendly.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Long time

It's been more than a year since I've been to Exit. But what I do remember is that I loved the music, atmosphere, and the staff. I've never been to a bar that the staff was so courtious. Today is my birthday and I'm planning on making an appearence there this Saturday. Hopefully with a big group.

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