Halloween (and the weekend preceding it) can be the scariest time of year, especially if you're not great at making plans. If you're feeling frighteningly indecisive about where to show off your costume, we've gathered some of the best Halloween events where you can enjoy a cocktail, head to a dance party or hang out in a hotel. Embrace the spirit of the season at spookiest parties in Chicago.
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The Godfrey's I|O rooftop gets transformed into a creepy apothecary at the hotel's annual Halloween party, serving Dia de los Muertos black margaritas and cocktails in syringes. After you've gained a bit of liquid courage, head up to the fifth floor where 20 hotel rooms have been transformed into haunted experiences, each with a different terror lurking behind its door.
Throw on some bell bottoms and celebrate Halloween on the dance floor at this ‘80s-themed bash on LondonHouse's tri-level rooftop. Each ticket includes an open bar from 9 to 11pm and access to the costume contest, which will award the best-dressed attendee with a free weekend stay at the hotel.
You may have to wait until 2019 before the final season of Game of Thrones finally arrives, but you can travel to Westeros (for a night) at the Conrad's Halloween bash. The bar will be serving Wild Fire Veuve and King’s Blood Belvedere cocktails, while the Small Council determines the evening's best costume and awards a banquet for two at Baptiste & Bottle and a one-night stay at the Conrad.
A vintage 19th-century residential building is the perfect setting for a murder mystery, especially one set during the Columbian Exposition of 1893. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a three-course dinner in the historic ballroom, while trying to figure out whodunit. Period attire is encouraged, so don your top hats, suits and frilly gowns.
Enter a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity as the Chicago Athletic Association takes some cues from Rod Serling with its Twilight Zone-themed Halloween bash. The event takes place on the hotel's 13th floor and its rooftop lounge, Cindy's, with DJs, dancing, mind-bending experiences and a special Zombie cocktail.
John Barleycorn hosts Chicago Sport and Social Club's Halloween party, featuring a three-hour drink package that will make your Friday night extra fun. The theme of this year's gathering draws inspiration from Stranger Things and the ‘80s, so arrive prepared to dance to the Clash, Toto, New Order and more.
Hop into "San Junipero," the Black Mirror episode with a cult following, at this 80s-tastic Halloween bash. The BYO-leg warmers event kicks off with a cocktail hour called “Meet me at the Quagmire” (a reference to the shady club in San Junipero). Following drinks, there’s a four-course meal, dance party and costume contest. The October 31 event starts at 7pm, and tickets are $45. Dressing up isn’t a requirement, per se, but c’mon, how could you not?
A tiki bar in Wrigleyville? It's happening on Halloween weekend for one night only, as GMan Tavern recasts itself as Misplaced Lagoon. You'll be able to throw on a Hawaiian shirt while sipping tiki drinks, listening to tropical tunes from DJ Samorama and enjoying Polynesian-inspired cuisine from Döner Men.
Don't half-ass your costume for the Haunted Halloween Ball—this annual celebration at the Congress Plaza Hotel has some pretty high standards when it comes to seasonal getups. Once you're inside, you'll find cash bars, DJs and a costume contest with a $3,000 cash prize. Did we mention that the Congress is haunted?