Chicago Urbanite: Where to dance Salsa in Chicago?

I recently met a girl who is new to Chicago and who has the Salsa bug. During the month she has been here, she has been paying full price to get in anywhere. I promised her that I would give her the scoop on how to get in to most of these places for free or by paying half price. So this post is for you Anna, and for anyone who wants to experience the Chicago Salsa scene. Keep on reading and get your salsa shoes ready to dance and to get free Salsa lessons every night of the week. These listings are subject to change, so it is recommended to contact the club or the promoter to confirm. Also, click here to read about Proper Dance Floor Etiquette before you go dancing. Happy Salsa time y’all!


Aquarius Club and Restaurant
2459 N. Pulaski Ave Chicago
Salsa, Mambo, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia. Doors Open at 7:00 pm. Milly “La Salsera Sensual” of Chicago’s Latin Entertainment teaches at 7:30 pm. Open Dance Time: 9:00 pm. Street Parking. No cover charge and no guest list
Patron’s Hacienda
316 W Erie St. Chicago312-642-2400
Doors open at 8:00pm – dancing until 1:00am. $5.00 cover. Music by DJ Double O. $5 Margaritas & Mojitos. Street parking and discounted valet parking available. More info at

Output Lounge
1758 W Grand Ave. Chicago
Door’s open at 6:30pm. Dancing until 12am. No cover charge. Music by DJ Edgar Marroquin & DJ Prieto. Dance Lessons starts at 6:30PM by ENRIQUE CALDERON. Enjoy Salsa, Mambo & ChaChaCha. Featured Specials:
35¢ Wings
$2 Miller Lite Pints
$4 Vodka Mixers
$5 Rumchata Shots
For more info, photos and more:
or call 773-562-2328


Alhambra Palace Restaurant
1240 W. Randolph St. Chicago312.666.9555
Salsa, Mambo, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha with DJ El Prieto and DJ Luis “Rollin” Rivera. Doors Open: 7:30 pm. Juan Paredes or Nino DiGiuio teach Salsa from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm.Open Dance Time: 9:30 pm to 2:00 am. Street Parking. Cover Charge: $10. Reduced cover charge until 10:30 pm with RSVP. RSVP must be received before 3:00 pm. Email 4 Fantastic Events or click here to get on the guest list & pay half price


Lalo’s at Maxwell
733 W. Maxwell St.
Chicago IL 60607312-455-9380
No cover charge.Free Salsa Lesson from 9:30pm-10:30pm by Dennis Pa Samba


Nacional 27
325 W. Huron Chicago312-664-2727
Complimentary Salsa Lessons from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
632 N. Dearborn. (corner of Dearborn & Ontario)(312) 266-1944
8pm-4am. Learn to dance from 8:30pm – 9:30pm Two rooms of Latin dancing all night. On the Salsa/Mambo in the Club, DJ Luis Rollin Rivera & El Papichulo spin Salsa, Mambo & Cha Cha Cha. Bachata Thursdays on the Deck with Djs Alex Perez & Party Boy Pete. They spin Bachata , Merengue & Cumbia Sonidera. Cover: $7.00. Reduced Valet Parking ($7). First cocktail is free until 9pm courtesy of Latin Street Dancing. Guest list allows you to enter Free until 9p.To get on the guest list, click here


Alhambra Palace Restaurant
1240 W. Randolph St. Chicago312.666.9555
Complimentary Salsa lesson from 9pm to 10pm by Dennis Pasamba.The Best In Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbias and Mambo by DJ Escandalo. Party from 9pm – 2am. Get on the guest list for reduced admission until 10:30pm at
Nacional 27
325 W. Huron Chicago
Miami Nights: Dance floor opens at 11 pm; Salsa through 2 am. Cover charge: $10
351 W. Hubbard St. Chicago, Illinois 60610312.222.1226
Live band every Friday from 7:30 to 11:30pm followed by dancing till 2am. No cover before 9:00pm. $10.00 cover after 9:00pm. Get on the guest list here & save $5.00.


Nacional 27
325 W. Huron Chicago
Vida27! Saturdays: Dare to dance to sultry salsa sounds and Latin beats by DJ X and special guest DJ’s. Dance floor opens at 11 pm; salsa through 3 am. Cover charge is $10
351 W. Hubbard St. Chicago, Illinois 60610
Salsa, Mambo and Tropical rhythms.  Live Salsa bands from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. DJ Alberto “Escandalo” Gomez from 11:30 pm to 3:00 am. Doors Open: 5:00 pm for dinner. Open dance time: 10:00 pm to 3:00 am Parking: Metered Street and Valet available. Meters operate 24 hours per day. Cover Charge: $10


The Cubby Bear
1059 W. Addison Chicago, Illinois 60613
Live Salsa bands play at the legendary Chicago landmark. DJ Frankie J spins Salsa, Mambo & Tropical Rhythms all night. Doors open at 6pm. Salsa lesson by Latin Street Dancing at 7pm. Live music from 9pm to 2am.Free Parking next to the Cubby Bear on Addison St. Just tell attendant you are going to the Salsa Night.$7 cover charge. To get on the guest list for free admission click here. For more information call 312 427 2572

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