smartbar is Chicago’s premiere independent nightclub, celebrating 40 years of showcasing the vast and varied offerings of the dance music world, as well as the most cutting edge DJs from around the globe. 

smartbar is located at 3730 N Clark Street Chicago, IL 60613.

P: 773-549-4140
E: ask@metrochicago.com

smartbar does not have dedicated parking for its patrons. However, metered street parking is available on Clark Street. There are also several pay lots in the nearby area.

Those who wish to use public transportation can take the CTA #22 Clark St. bus or the Red Line (Addison stop at Wrigley Field). CTA bus and train schedule can be viewed here.

smartbar is open:
Thursdays – 9pm until 2am (starting 5/2/24)
Fridays – 10pm-4am
Saturdays – 10pm-5am
Sundays – 10pm-4am

smartbar is, without exception, a 21 & over club. To enter smartbar, you must show one physical and valid form of federal or state ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport, etc.) as proof of age. Our policy is to request ID from any customer who appears to be under the legal age. We have the right to, and will, refuse entry to any customer who cannot produce a valid, adequate ID. We also reserve the right to ask for a second form of ID if the first form is unacceptable or unclear.

Acceptable forms of ID include the following:

• A valid, current driver’s license issued by the Illinois Secretary of State Office or any other state.
• A valid photo identification card issued by the Illinois Secretary of State Office or any other state.
• Armed Forces Identification
• A valid U.S. Passport or travel visa/passport issued by a foreign country containing the holder’s photograph.

The Metro/smartbar Box Office is located at 3728 N Clark Street and open Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm. We are closed Sundays, unless there is a show in Metro. 

Tickets for all smartbar shows are available for purchase at the box office with cash or credit card. There is no service fee for tickets purchased with cash! Credit card purchases will incur a 4% fee.

All tickets sold at door are Cash Only.

Students: Receive $5 off tickets at the door before 12AM with valid student ID.

Attention: We strongly encourage customers to purchase tickets directly through the Metro/smartbar box office, smartbar website or Etix.comThe validity of tickets purchased through a third-party seller is not guaranteed. Entrance into smartbar is only guaranteed with a valid ticket.

Cameras: Flash photography, video or audio recording devices are not permitted during smartbar events. All professional cameras (ie: a camera with a detachable lens) must be checked, unless a photo pass has been provided by smartbar staff. Small, digital cameras are allowed.

Bags: Backpacks and bags that are larger than 9″ x 11″ must be checked. For your convenience, we offer Coat & Bag Check for $4 (cash only). Bags may be inspected at security’s discretion.

If you have tickets to an upcoming event and need special accommodations or other assistance, please contact us at ask@metrochicago.com prior to the event so we can make appropriate arrangements and offer the best possible assistance.

smartbar resides in the basement of a 100-year-old Auditorium Hall, and as a result, may have structural limitations on accessibility for some guests. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990, smartbar has removed structural barriers when readily achievable to do so. In addition to these ADA-compliant modifications, smartbar also provides in-person assistance to individuals with disabilities, upon request. We are committed to providing accommodations and ensuring a positive experience to the best of our ability for all our guests.

Our outside entrance leading into smartbar on the first floor is wheelchair accessible, as is our Box Office/Merch store and Will Call window. To access the club there is one flight of stairs.

smartbar offers an ADA accessible restroom stall. There is also limited seating available inside the club.

Our staff is trained and can physically assist guests with stairs or provide reserved stools for seating when requested in advance.

smartbar is dedicated to meeting the needs of all our guests and creating an unforgettable experience for everyone.

If you require additional assistance during your visit, please contact us at ask@metrochicago.com well in advance of your event.

Per City of Chicago guidelines, guests are not required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or wear a mask in order to attend an event. However, vaccinations are still strongly encouraged for the continued health and safety of our shared community. If you feel sick or display any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and avoid public spaces. 

We will continue to honor specific wishes of our artists or event organizers. In those instances, we will notify ticket buyers of any changes that would affect our current policy as it stands. 

We encourage all patrons to “Know Before You Go” and refer to the venue’s website prior to purchasing tickets and attending shows for all of the most current information and protocols. 

For questions, lost & found, or any other general inquiries, contact us at ask@metrochicago.com.