Written by: Monique A. Maldonado

Taking dance classes is the start to becoming a great dancer. But, your learning doesn’t stop there.

Any seasoned dancer will tell you that social dancing has a big impact on how they’ve advanced as a dancer. At Latin Rhythms, we encourage our students to go out to local clubs, events and congresses to continue their growth.

Going social dancing gives you the opportunity to dance with other local, and sometimes non-local, dancers in the scene. You can test what you’ve learned in classes and work on the areas you may struggle with.

We want our dancers to learn and advance, but most importantly, we want them to enjoy their dance experiences.


There are plenty of places in Chicago that offer salsa, bachata and kizomba nights. Here are some of the top places we recommend. 

Seasonal (Summer ‘18)

Pier 31: Every Tuesday 6pm-10pm (all ages)

Chicago Summer Dance: Join Latin Rhythms at Summer Dance (2018 schedule to be determined) 

Weekday Spots

Alhambra – Every First and Second Tuesday

The Drake Hotel & The Wild Hare– Wednesdays 

The Promontory (18+) -Third Wednesday of the Month

Patrons,  Reverie, Trophy Room, Stereo Nightclub – Thursdays

Weekend Spots

Dylan’s Tavern & GrillJC Martini Night Club – Fridays & Saturdays

Cubby Bear & The Apartment – Sundays


Don’t like the club scene? Have you been to one of our socials? Latin Rhythms hosts a social bi-monthly to give our students the opportunity to feel right at home while social dancing. Socials are the perfect place to get your feet wet and dance with your fellow classmates and instructors. Plenty of other dancers frequent socials giving you the same opportunities to dance with others you don’t get to dance with while taking classes. It’s a win, win!


Follow Chicago Salsa Dancing on Facebook to learn about other local social happenings in Chicago.

Here’s a video of our very own Maricza Valentin, social dancing with Luis Aguilar for the first time back in 2012. 

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