Halloween might fall on a weekday, right in the middle of the week this year but that won’t stop Chicago’s celebration. The one time (for many of us) to dress up whichever way we want. Going for the vixen, sexy angle? Are you more of the funny costume type? Or are you the type to wear a costume that makes someone scratch their head, pause for 5 minutes, to figure out what you are dressed as? Whatever you decide we’ve rounded up a few Chicago parties happening the weekend before and day of halloween to check out.
Halloween Weekend at TAO Chicago
The new TAO Chicago has a three day lineup of special DJs culminating with award winning DJ Afrojack. The festivities begins on Friday with Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano. Saturday will have DJ Saint Clair and halloween day, Wednesday will feature AFrojack. All events are ticketed and you can get more info and tickets here.
Come have some boozy fun at this FUNdraiser put on by the Associate Producers Junior Board of the Gene Siskel Film Center. Brunch & BOOze will take place on Saturday October 27 from 11am, so you can get your brunch and day drinking before round 2 later that evening. Tickets are $35 per person. Festive and costumes are optional. More info and tickets.
Celebrate the spooky season with a special 50th anniversary viewing of the classic film, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, after you enjoy devilishly delicious brunch bites, sweet treats, and frighteningly good drinks.
Drake Hotel Masquerade Ball
If the club scene is not really your thing, get dressed up, black tie encouraged, and put on your best masquerade mask to join the celebration at the Drake Hotel for their Masquerade Ball. The fee of $40 is only to enter and does not include drinks or food. For more info and tickets here.
Halloween Goes Disco: Studio 54 Takeover @ Travelle Kitchen + Bar
This Halloween, take one step inside the second floor of The Langham, Chicago and you’ll be transported to Studio 54 during the 1970s: an era of disco fever, platform shoes, bell-bottoms, leisure suits, and more! On Saturday, October 27, surrounded by servers and bartenders dressed according to theme, guests will boogie to the best of the decade’s hit songs while sipping specialty ‘70s-inspired cocktails.
To make a reservation for Travelle Kitchen + Bar’s Studio 54 party, please call 312.923.7705 or visit here.
Chicago Athletic Association’s Annual Halloween Party: Underworld’s Fair
Dance into the dystopia with us this Halloween, as we draw inspiration from Chicago’s acid house music scene. Think Mad Max meets 80’s warehouse party, with local legend DJ Pierre headlining. More info and Tickets
HAUNTED HOTEL @ GODFREY CHICAGO
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 W. Huron St.) is back with its fourth annual Haunted Hotel – a combination costume party and haunted guestroom experience on Saturday, October 27. Costume-clad guests may enjoy specialty potions at the fourth floor rooftop lounge I|O Godfrey, while waiting on the hotel’s fifth floor are 20 “haunted” rooms with spooky spectacles lurking behind each door. The bravest of guests can rent one of the haunted guestrooms overnight with their tickets, if they dare.General admission tickets to Haunted Hotel start at $45/person. Haunted Hotel begins at 9 p.m. and ends at 3 a.m. Walk of No Shame Brunch: Sunday, October 28 from 12-4 p.m. More info and tickets. Witches and warlocks staying at The Godfrey or wishing to return the next day may attend the “Walk of No Shame” brunch at I|O Godfrey on Sunday. Guests who attend the brunch in costume or makeup from the night before receive a complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary with their buffet-style meal.
TERROR FROM THE TOP @ 360 CHICAGO
Chicago’s highest Halloween party at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck. Come and celebrate with a skyline view like no other at the first-ever exclusive, adults-only Halloween event at 360 Chicago (formerly Hancock Observatory). There will be much more to be afraid of than heights on Saturday, October 27th. Expect live music, tarot card and palm readings, magicians, a burlesque show and costume content.
Tickets are $60 per person. More info and tickets.
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