Virgin Hotels Chicago
Attention, dog lovers: Head to Commons Club at Virgin Hotels Chicago on October 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a Pup of Tea! Commons Club is transforming its regular Upside Tea Party into a doggie costume contest and boozy tea for a good cause. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets in advance here. 2-hour tea packages are 1 for $50 or 2 for $90 and include 1 boozy tea cocktail, tea bites and bottomless mimosas for each guest. A portion of every tea package/reservation sold will support our friends at Paws.
Celeste & DISCO
Get ready to take a walk on the wild side, on Celeste and DISCO are hosting a Halloween jungle party. On Saturday, October 26, both venues will be transformed into a tropical paradise for a serious jungle boogie. Doors open at Celeste starting at 5 p.m., DISCO at 10 p.m. The best part? No tickets or cover required! Just bring your dancing shoes.
SX Sky Bar
Craving an upscale Halloween? Grab your fangs and head to The Vampire Ball at SX Sky Bar on October 26 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Earlybird tickets are available for $10 here and include express entry, a free drink before 11PM, plus free perks from Via, Doordash, Ritual, and Rover. Don’t have $10 to spend? Fret not, SX is offering free tickets if you attend the event on your birthday, fundraise for the event, or agree to spread the word to others. More details are available on the EventBrite page. Halloween high rollers may purchase a VIP ticket for $500, which includes a table, $500 in credit towards the bill, and entry for 10 guests.
Virgin Hotels Chicago
Join Virgin Hotels Chicago for a night of talents and illusions at
their Halloween freak show this October 26. Spanning the second-floor lounge, Commons Club, and the 26th floor nightclub, Cerise, the party will feature musical acts, awe-inspiring talents from contortionists and trampoline artists to fire breathers as well as classic circus treats like cotton candy and popcorn balls.
Tickets start at $45 for entry and one drink on the house before 10 p.m., and guests can also reserve VIP all access passes for $150 to get premium open bar accesses for the whole night.
The rooftop lounge at The Peninsula Chicago, Z Bar, is going wild this Halloween, just their second since opening in the summer of 2018, with an “AnimalZ” theme, Saturday Oct. 26. DJs will spin from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and special cocktails will be available. Costumes are encouraged. There is no cover charge.
On October 31, come to Bordel at 8 p.m. for “THE BOODOIR” a Vaudevellian Halloween. Spend your Halloween in one of Chicago’s speakeasies entertained by a variety of spooky acts.
The Talbott invites you to its HOWL’oween Happy hour. Stop by the Talbott with your dressed up pup on October 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for discounted spook-tacular drinks and snacks from 20 East. Humans will receive a 15% discount on food and drinks and doggies will get trick-or-treat goodie bags. Post cocktails, enter your pup in a costume contest. The winning good boys (and girls) get even more prizes.
Untitled Supper Club
Fancy a trip to The Big Easy and a second line dance for the undead? New Orleans fans don’t need to travel down south this fall – Nightmare on Bourbon Street is coming to River North for one night of Untitled’s Thursday night Unbridled show on the night of Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. It’s an All Hallows Eve party with three rooms featuring over 30 of Chicago’s burlesque, circus, contortion, pole, freak and fantasy performers. Mario Abney and his big brass band will be performing live, as well as DJs throughout the evening and in between shows. Costumes are suggested for one big live performance night on Halloween. Tickets are for admission only for guests 21+, starting at $10 per person here. For a VIP experience with bottle service, guaranteed seating and other accommodations, contact DVelasquez@AtomicHG.com.
Yacht rock in all its groovy, sunscreen-scented glory at the second-annual Yacht Rock Halloween Extravaganza at Bar Biscay, on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. Fins Up, Chicago’s preeminent yacht rock DJ duo, will play from 10 p.m. into the wee hours (last call at 1:30 a.m.). Sip vermouth shots with the friendly Biscay bartenders and don’t be shy to order a Miller High Life if that’s your go-to. Expect porrons to be passed around and a flamingo koozie or two.
“The Nightmare Before Halloween: A Tim Burton Experience”
The interactive adventure will take guests through a portal to a magical and sinister world from October 17th – November 3. In addition to photo backdrop moments from BeetleJuice (tiptoe through the graveyards and sandworms), Edward Scissorhands (spooky castle with trimmed shrubs) and Sweeney Todd (beware of the barber chair), guests can sip spooky cocktails, take part in Tim Burton themed trivia as well as costume contents.
If patrons can pry them from bartenders skeleton hands, they can bite into three flavors of boozy candied apples – Pumpkin Spiced Rum Apple with milk chocolate and pumpkin spiced walnuts, Sour Mash Whiskey with caramel and pretzels, and Vanilla Vodka with white chocolate and pretzels. Additional Tim Burton inspired beverages include three flavors of adult Capri Sun pouches, like Ox Blood with Stolen X, Cappelleti, Pomegranate, lemon and rooibos tea.