Best Places to Latin Dance in Chicagoland

Dance lessons can be intimidating. It’s hard to gauge how your experience level will compare with others who attend, and some people find it uncomfortable to dance in front of complete strangers. But Latin dancing is all about having fun, and formal lessons may not be your ideal setting to let loose. For those of you who feel that way, we’ve put together a list of some of the top bars, clubs and venues in Chicago where you can hit the dance floor without feeling like you have to impress everyone else in the room. Read on the check out where and when you can put your Latin dance skills to the test while having a great time.

Congas

Located out west in Norwood Park – not too far away from O’Hare International Airport – Congas’ offers both food and entertainment. Their menu features food from Colombia, Cuba and Peru. They open up their dance floor on Friday and Saturday nights, offering a mix of Latin music styles performed by Carlos GuateDj on Fridays and DJs Edgar Marroquin and Giovanni Fallas El Chapin on Saturdays. This also is the only place where you can get a Congarita, a 56-ounce margarita they serve.

When is it?
Fridays from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. and Saturdays from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Where is it?
7021 W. Higgins Ave.
Chicago, IL 60656
How much is it?
$5 cover fee on Fridays and free on Saturdays with food or drink purchase

Esteban’s

Naperville being one of Chicago’s biggest suburbs, it’s not surprising that it has a good place to go dancing. You can get down to Latin music at Esteban’s in Naperville on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Each night has a specific focus; there’s Bachata Thursdays, Latin Fridays and Salsa Saturdays. The best night to catch live music is Saturday night, which features performances by DJ Vampiro, DJ Saffiro and sometimes a band.

When is it?
Thursdays from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., Fridays from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. and Saturdays from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where is it?
1550 IL-59, #152
Naperville, IL 60563
How much is it?
$10 cover fee or free with dinner entree purchase

Lalo’s Mexican Restaurant

Lalo’s has several restaurant locations in Chicagoland, but only a couple offer dancing. For those who live in Chciago, your best bet is the location in University Village, and for those who live in the suburbs, you may want to head to the Lalo’s in Berwyn near O’Hare International Airport. Both locations have Mariachi bands and DJs that perform throughout the week and on weekends, and the Berwyn location features the Lalo’s house band the second, third and fourth Saturdays every month.

When is it?
– Wednesdays from 9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. at the Chicago location
– Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. at the Berwyn location
Where is it?
733 W. Maxwell St.
Chicago, IL 60607
and
3011 S. Harlem Ave.
Berwyn, IL 60402
How much is it?
Free with food or drink purchase

Alhambra Palace

Located in the heart of restaurant row in the West Loop, this restaurant hosts Latin dancing every Tuesday night. It has two dance rooms and the main room fits up to 1500 people, so you should have no trouble finding a dance partner. You can RSVP up until 3 p.m. the day of for a reduced entry fee of $7. It cost $12 at the door. There’s a lineup of DJs that play a wide variety of Latin music styles, including Salsa, Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha, Merengue, Bachata, Kizomba, Steppin and R&B.

When is it?
Tuesdays from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where is it?
1240 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
How much is it?
$7 cover fee for RSVPs or $12 cover fee at the door

La Taberna Tapas

This restaurant is named after casual restaurants in Spain. It’s menu features food from Spain’s Basque region, which includes Latin American, Mexican and Mediterranean cuisines. As the name suggests, it’s focused on small plates. The kitchen is ran by Chef Enrique Cortez.

When is it?
Wednesdays from 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Where is it?
1301 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607
How much is it?
$5 cover fee or free with food or drink purchase

The Promontory

You can head here the third Wednesday of every month for Southside Salsa at the Promontory. This monthly event is sponsored by The University of Chicago’s Ballroom and Latin Dance Association. Following a lesson at 8 p.m., the dance floor opens up and anyone is welcome to attend and show off their moves. The open dancing segment features DJ El Caobo who spins a mixture of Latin tunes, including Salsa, Mambo, Bachata and Cha-Cha-Cha.

When is it?
Third Wednesday of every month beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Where is it?
5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West
Chicago, IL 60615
How much is it?
Free

The Glendora

This venue is in Chicago Ridge; it is a banquet hall that hosts Latin Wednesdays. They do not serve food, but they do have drinks for purchase – cash only. The biggest draw for this space is it’s huge 5,000-square-foot dance floor, so you won’t have to worry about running into other dancers – or holding back your most elaborate and spacial dance moves – here. Another plus is that they have free parking, something you likely won’t find in Chicago.

When is it?
Wednesdays from 8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Where is it?
10225 Harlem Ave.
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
How much is it?
$12

The Cubby Bear

It may seem odd to Chicagoans that the Cubby Bear made this list, but people who have attended Live Salsa Sundays at this historic Wrigleyville bar attest to the quality Latin music and fun dancing. Salsa Sundays feature a live band, and you’ll be able to order from the bar’s food and drink menus while you dance the night away. You may even be able to catch a cubs game on the big screen while you’re there as well.

When is it?
Sundays beginning at 9 p.m.
Where is it?
1059 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
How much is it?
$5 cover before 9 p.m. and $10 cover fee after 9 p.m.

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