Whether you're a nervous karaoke newbie or you sing in public regularly, Chicago is home to many great bars to exercise your singing voice either by yourself or with a group of friends. Most of these spots fall into two categories: Private-room karaoke-focused establishments you book by the hour (or longer) with a group, or neighborhood bars that offer karaoke where you put your name on a list and sing in front of everyone there.
Most of the latter — the neighborhood taverns with open mics — lie on the north and northwest sides. Private room karaoke lounges are numerous in Chinatown and the surrounding areas, as well as the far northwest side neighborhoods of Rogers Park, Uptown, and nearby. So whether you're confident (or drunk) enough to flex your vocal chords in a packed bar or prefer to sing in privacy with your close friends, check out 15 of Chicago's best karaoke bars below.
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