ALA Annual 2017

Chicago Nightlife Suggestions at #alaac17

Chicago has fabulous activities to offer if you are willing to travel a little bit. Below you will find at least two for each day of the conference, one earlier in the evening for the early birds and one later for the night owls. Directions are based on the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel headquarters at 151 E. Wacker Dr.

Friday, June 23rd

MSI After Hours: Humans Welcome

7 p.m. (21+) $30 includes complimentary drink and snacks and a cash bar. A chance to see all the Museum of Science and Industry has to offer without the crowds. 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637. (773) 684-1414

The Improvised Shakespeare Company at IO Theater

10:30pm. $16. The Improvised Shakespeare Company performs an improvised play using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Also available at 8pm. 1501 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642. (312) 929-2401

Saturday, June 24th

  Chicago SummerDance

6 pm, Free. Grant Park Spirit of Music Garden

Dance to R&B and Motown hits for free in the park considered “Chicago’s Front Yard.” 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601.

Hideout Inn Dance Party

11:59pm. $5. This indie music venue turns into a dance party at midnight. 1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago, IL 60642. (773) 227-4433.

Sunday, June 25th

Although it is happening during conference hours, it would be a mistake to ignore Chicago’s Pride parade- it  is taking place starting at noon on the North side. It travels south down Halsted and Broadway between Montrose and Diversey. You can find comprehensive information at

The Winner…… of Our Discontent

8pm. $29 Check out the famed Second City’s mainstage show for a discounted price and a less crowded audience. 1616 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614. 312-337-3992


10pm. $10. Queen is a weekly dance party at Smart Bar hosted by Chicago House legend Derrick Carter. This week’s event is a special Pride edition. 3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613. (773) 549-4140. .

Monday, June 26th

Monday Night Sunset Cocktail Cruise

6pm. $16.50. Beat the crowds and enjoy a Lake Michigan cruise at a discounted price. The Anita Dee II boards at 6pm, departs at 6:30pm, and returns at 9pm.

White Sox vs Yankees

7:10pm. $7+. The Cubs are out of town, but the White Sox are playing the Yankees in a sizzling American League rivalry. Tickets are as cheap as $7. Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616.

Which nighttime activities did we miss? Let us know in the comments!


Our guest blogger today is Deidre Winterhalter. Deidre is the Digital Learning Coordinator at the Oak Park Public Library wrote this post as a current member of the ALSC Local Arrangements committee.

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