One of Chicagoans’ favorite holidays is being celebrated this weekend with a host of Halloween parties that are not for the faint of heart. In fact, all should be very, very afraid given Chicago’s haunted history!
Come experience a night of frightful thrills at Chicago’s biggest Halloween costume party, the Haunted Halloween Ball this Saturday (9 p.m.-2:30 a.m.) at the Congress Plaza Hotel (520 S. Michigan Ave.) in the South Loop. This 122-year-old hotel, which has been classified as one of the most haunted hotels in the world, is being transformed into an abandoned hotel run by zombies in their massive 20,000 square foot ballrooms. Guests will be entertained by world-renowned DJs and recording artists as well as the hotel’s zombie cocktail servers, the vampire bellmen, and performances by costumed go-go dancers. Plus, costumed partygoers can enter the Ball’s costume contest and compete for the most outrageous, bizarre, and risqué costumes to win $2,000 in cash and prizes!
Come celebrate Halloween at the 2nd annual Nightmare on Wacker Drive this Saturday (8 p.m.-12 a.m.) at LondonHouse Chicago (85 E. Wacker Dr.) in The Loop. This lavish party offers partygoers a venture into a captivating, haunted carnival with three spectacular venues consisting of LH on 21 Lounge, the mystical Etoile Ballroom, and LH’s panoramic rooftop each offering a distinct carnival experience. Plus, attendees can enjoy a premium open bar until 12 a.m. along with live DJs, and a costume contest at midnight where the 1st place winner will walk away with an overnight stay and 2 NYE tickets with 2nd place receiving 2 NYE tickets!
This Saturday (8 p.m.-3 a.m.) is your opportunity to step into the haunting world of a decaying mansion at the Godfrey Hotel’s Haunted Manor located at 127 W. Huron St. in the River North neighborhood. The hotel’s fourth-floor rooftop is being transformed into a haunted manor filled with dark secrets, ghostly sights, eerie encounters, and more!
The world’s largest rooftop is transforming its expansive space for its Haunted Shipwreck this Saturday (8 p.m.-12 a.m.) at the Offshore Rooftop (1000 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood. This haunted, sunken pirate ship offers its guests a four-hour premium open bar, passed appetizer bites, a costume contest, plenty of music and dancing, and a night filled with giveaways! Are you brave enough to walk the plank and get shipwrecked for Halloween?
Have you ever attended a Japanese Horror Halloween party? Well, Izakaya at Momotaro is back again with their annual Japanese Horror Halloween party this Saturday (7 p.m.-1 a.m.) located at 820 W. Lake St. in the West Loop. Izakaya is transforming its space into a haunted cinema this year with spine-tingling vintage horror movies and featuring Izakaya bites, special cocktails paying homage to the classic films, and an array of hauntingly delicious desserts. Don’t let this night of horrors slip through your grasp!
Don’t forget the 26th annual Haunted Halloween Night Parade kicking off from Belmont Avenue and Halsted Street at 7:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday in the Lakeview neighborhood. Here you will see some of the best Halloween costumes in the city, dancers performing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and possibly partake in their spectacular costume contest with hundreds of entrants (sign up is free) vying for $4,000 in cash prizes!
Have a Spooktacular Halloween!
Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago