2017 Halloween Happening & Events in Chicago

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Halloween this year might fall on a week day but you have the entire weekend to celebrate the ghoulish holiday.  Whether you’re channeling a character from Stranger Things, recycling a slutty costume or just want to people watch, here are some of the halloween parties and happenings going on in and around/Chicago. Make sure you snap/insta story the heck out of your night because #memories.

SafeHouse Chicago (60 East Ontario) will be hosting its first-ever Halloween bash on Saturday, October 28th from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Those who venture beneath the Chicago streets to the covert location will be treated to an over-the-top costume contest, with cash prizes in different categories, a hosted cocktail upon entry, and a DJ spinning ghoulish classics all night long. SafeHouse is urging all spies to go incognito in their best costume and prepare for a night of mayhem and Halloween fun. You have to pay an $8 cover which gives you entry AND one drink ticket, good for a draft beer, house wine, or a rail cocktail. There’s also a costume contest, where judges will choose a winner from three categories: Scariest, Most Creative, and All Around Best Costume. The winner for All Around Best Costume will receive a $100 cash prize, while the winners for Scariest and Most Creative will win a $100 SafeHouse gift certificate.

Come out and celebrate Halloween at LondonHouse Chicago’s first annual costume party Saturday, October 28 from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. LondonHouse Chicago (85 E. Wacker Drive) inviting Chicagoans and visitors to travel back in time to the glory days of disco for an exclusive Disco Halloween Party at Chicago’s only Tri-Level Rooftop. Guests can come in their best, far out 70s garb and enjoy music from Dj Pedro J. and an open bar on LH21. At the hotel’s rooftop, guests can also sip on specialty spooky concoctions – such as the Witches Brew cocktail. There’s a costume contest with the prize being a chance to win a weekend stay at LondonHouse Chicago. The winner will be announced at the end of the party. General Admission tickets starts at $25/person, click here.

Grab your ticket to Fat Rice (2957 W. Diversey Ave.) one-night-only N’awlins and zydeco-style prix fixe dinner by acclaimed chef Abraham Colon with included cocktail pairings at the Big Sl-Easy: All Hallow’s Eve Jazz Funeral

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel…A Twilight Zone. On Saturday, October 28, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel opens its doors for its third annual Halloween event, and this time unlike any other.  A Twilight Zone opens a rooftop portal through which guests will be drawn to explore the hallowed halls of the hotel under night’s cover. This Halloween haunting explores the intersection of highbrow costumes and downtown dance parties with a live DJ performance in Cindy’s coupled with sensory-defying artistic expressions in select suites along the hotel’s 13th floor for those daring enough to step into…A Twilight Zone.

Halloween Is Coming and you’re invited to celebrate a night of magic, dragons and intrigue with the House of Conrad. The Conrad Chicago Hotel (101 E Erie) is hosting a Game of Thrones themed halloween party on Saturday, October 28 from 7pm-11pm. The party’s taking place at the hotel’s rooftop, Noyane, where guests will be transported to Westeros and Essos. Sip on Wild Fire Veuve and King’s Blood Belvedere cocktails throughout the night while vying to become Ruler of the 7 Kingdoms. There’s also a  Best Costume contest, chosen by the Small Council,  and the winner will become the ruler of all they see and win a one night’s stay at The Conrad with dinner for 2 at Baptiste & Bottle; Tickets cost $25 which includes a glass of Veuve and entry into the costume contest. Guests will feast on $5 Turkey Legs, with proceeds benefiting Hurricane Relief efforts (Cash only).


Lyric Opera House of Chicago’s Young Professional’s invite you to Halloween Masquerade: Gilded on Friday October 27 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Featuring live music from DJ Fess Grandoise, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and a costume contest judged by the effervescent drag group, SADHAUS. Tickets are $125 for General Admission, $75 LYP Member AND $200 VIP Admission, $150 LYP Member which includes an open bar on the main level, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and access to the after party at Untitled Supper Club. VIP guests get exclusive access to VIP modern speakeasy. All proceeds support the emerging operatic talent of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center.

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 W. Huron St.) celebrates Halloween for the third year. I|O Godfrey invites Chicagoans and visitors to Haunted Hotel, a night of frightful frivolity at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago. At I|O Godfrey’s fourth floor indoor|outdoor rooftop lounge, guests may gather for enchanting music and specialty potions crafted by Executive Chef Nathaniel Cayer – such as the black-as-night Dia de los Muertos margarita. When monsters aren’t mingling on the fourth floor, the bravest may travel to the hotel’s fifth level to investigate the 20 haunted rooms with different terrors lurking behind every door, including ghostly spectacles and even some virtual reality nightmares. Each of the haunted guestrooms on The Godfrey’s fifth floor is available to book overnight for those who dare try to sleep on the haunted floor. General admission tickets start at $20/person and VIP expedited entry starts at $30/person

Attendees who stay at The Godfrey or wish to return the next day may awake and refuel at the “Walk of No Shame” brunch at I|O Godfrey on Sunday. Those who still feel a bit ghoulish can show up to the brunch in costume or make-up from the night before to receive a complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary with their meal.

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck is getting in the halloween spirit with series of events that includes special Sunday Funday family entertainment, creepy cocktail specials for the adults, and the entire 94th floor dressed for the holiday (including candy stations while supplies last). During TILT or Treat celebrations between Saturday, Oct. 28 and Tuesday, October 31, guests dressed in costume will be rewarded with one complimentary ride (valued $18.45) on the thrill ride, TILT, where they hover 30 degrees over the busy streets below.

Party 20,000 leagues under the sea and 27 stories above the city at the Wit Hotel’s ROOF on the Wit (201 N. State St) on Saturday, October 28. Transformed into a mystic world, home to the most peculiar and mesmerizing Creatures of the Sea to create the Halloween party of a lifetime. This event will feature six signature themed cocktails hand-crafted by ROOF’s expert mixologist including “Swimming with Sharks,” “The Marina Trench,” and “Coral Reef.” In addition to this, guests will be treated to a seafood fare with items such as “Abyss Paella”, a Fresh Scallop and Crab Cake, and a signature Octopus dish. Those attending will have the chance to enter an Instagram Halloween Contest for an incredible prize (a one night stay at theWit and two tickets to ROOF’s New Years Eve Party). For more details or to make a reservation, click here.


As soon as West Loop cocktail lounge, Moneygun (660 W. Lake St.) announced they were dressing up as its favorite red-and-white themed restaurant chain with loads of flair, TGI Fridays, it attracted a whole lot of attention including that of TGI Friday’s legal representation. Though they got a bunch of swag with the cease and desist letter, Moneygun is still going forward with the party with a few adjustments. The original party was called TGIMONEYGUN but according to Moneygun partner Will Duncan “there are just a few things we really can’t say. So put it this way: there’s a certain bar we all love, you know the one… ‘it feels like it’s the end of the week all the time in there’ and they got super killer, super premium mudslides, for reals.” Now they are throwing a wtfMONEYGUN (Wear the Flair MONEYGUN), on Friday, October 27th (5pm-2am) and Saturday, October 28th (5pm-3am)


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