Hours: Sunday-Friday 4 PM-2 AM, Saturday 4 PM-3 AM
Historic club known for producing musicians, artists, and writers.
The gorgeous Rainbo is hallowed ground for successive generations of musicians, artists, writers (Nelson Algren among the earliest), and hangers-on, all of whom vie for position on the annual photo-booth calendar—the nonconformist's equivalent of the high school yearbook, issued every New Year's Eve. Over the years the reception to new faces has veered unpredictably between warm and chilly, but no matter your position in the hierarchy there's nothing quite like quaffing a cheap libation in the chill dark, listening to a rigorously tasteful selection of music and peering around for rock stars and ghosts. —Mike Sula