With Halloween on the horizon, it’s time to start figuring out your party plans for the weekend long-festivities! Chicago already has a buzzling nightclub and nightlife scene, but get ready for what places have in store for the spooky holiday. Whether you want a casual Halloween with your pet or are ready to party until 4 a.m., we’ve got you! We put together our list of where to go for Halloween parties in Chicago this year!
1. Party at the Halloween Music Showcase
To kick off Halloween weekend, aliveOne in Lincoln Park will host their 4th Annual Halloween live music showcase in the Back Room on Friday, October 27, at 9 p.m.
This is a free event as there is no cover charge, and featured local bands will include Turn N Fire, Nice Motor, and Anything is Everything, covering music like Pink Floyd, Lady Gaga, and Dave Grohl. The event is 21 and over, and costumes are, of course, encouraged.
🗓️ When: Friday, October 27 at 9 p.m.
📍Address: aliveOne, 2683 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
2. Bring Your Dog To this Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest
One of Chicago’s most dog-friendly bars will host one of the best Halloween parties in Chicago for pets. So, head to a halloween store to get ready for this Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest for your dog and yourself! In West Lakeview, Cody’s Public House will kick off its contest at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 29. Best Doggy Costume ($100) and Best Dog + Human Combo Costume ($200) will be awarded cash prizes.
There will be raffles benefitting Second City Canine Rescue and free pup cups, dog swag, and drink specials all day! Guests are invited to stick around for the Bears vs Chargers game at 7:20 p.m.
🗓️ When: Sunday, October 29
📍Address: Cody’s Public House, 1658 W Barry Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
3. Get Out Your Favorite Costume For The Owl Halloween Party
Perfect for night owls and late-night Halloween party revelry, The Owl in Logan Square will host a Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 28, until 5 a.m. and Tuesday, October 31, until 4 a.m. This might be one of the only Halloween parties in Chicago that goes all night on the official day. Party-goers can enjoy a free photo booth from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., a costume contest, and a DJ all night.
🗓️ When: Saturday, October 28, and Tuesday, October 31
📍Address: The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
4. A Summer House Haunted Event
Get your ghoul on at the Spooky Sweets & Spirits Cocktail Halloween Party in the Summer House All-Seasons Courtyard. The evening includes themed cocktails like the Nightmare on M Street Margarita, passed bites like the Devilish Eggs and Hallo-weenies, pumpkin and sweet treat decorating stations, and more.
🗓️ When: Tuesday, October 24: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
📍Address: 1954 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
5. Head to the Streeterville Boostro!
The space will be decorated with Halloween décor, offering several photo opportunities and featuring a limited seasonal menu with spooky seasonal cocktails. On Friday, October 27, they will have special activations, including a tarot card reader and beer tasting with the hotel’s Flavor partner, Half Acre Beer, featuring Original Reaper and more.
🗓️ When: October 27th, 4 PM – 9 PM
📍Address: Streeterville Social, 455 N Park Dr, Chicago, IL 60611
6. Enter the Halloween twiLIT Zone!
There’s no better spot to celebrate Halloween than Bandit, one of our favorite Chicago sports bars known for its cool and vibrant nightlife/late-night scene. On Saturday, October 28th, Halloween enthusiasts can “Enter the twiLIT Zone” and visit Bandit’s lively second-floor bar.
Doors open at 9 p.m. and are open until 3 a.m. Live DJ and musical performances will accompany the already pristine party vibes that Bandit is known for, in addition to the always enthusiastic staff who will be dressed to the theme. Costumes are welcome, and the bar will be decked out for the holiday!
🗓️ When: Saturday, October 28th, 9 PM – 3 AM
📍Address: Bandit, 841 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
7. Dance at a haunted Halloween ball
Haunted Halloween Ball combines elements of a lavish VIP nightclub and lounge experience with the exclusiveness of a luxury hotel gala and the terror and chills of a haunted house.
When you enter Congress Plaza Hotel, you will be directed to the massive 20,000 square-foot ballrooms of the 122-year-old hotel, which has been transformed into an abandoned hotel run by zombies.
🗓️ When: Saturday, October 28th, 9 PM – 2:30 AM
📍Address: Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
8. Get Spooked at Nightmare on Wacker Drive 23
To celebrate Halloween this year, LondonHouse will host “Nightmare on Wacker Drive 23” on Saturday, October 28th. The haunted carnival-themed party will occur in the LH on 21 Lounge, Etoile Ballroom, and the LH Rooftop. Doors open at 8 pm with a Premium-hosted bar from 8 pm – 12 am, live DJs, and a costume contest.
🗓️ When: Saturday, October 28th
📍Address: LondonHouse, 85 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
9. Twirl at a lavish rooftop grand manor party
On Saturday, October 28th, from 8 pm – 2:30 am, the I|O Godfrey will transform its rooftop into a grand manor layered with dark secrets, eerie encounters, and the mystique of the past clashing with the present. Discover the gothic ambiance and navigate through the night, where haunted igloos and enigmatic performers hint at eerie secrets and a ghostly past.
🗓️ When: Saturday, October 28th, from 8 pm – 2:30 am
📍Address: I|O Godfrey, 127 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654
Step into a 4-part interactive cocktail experience run by the descendants of Ichabod Crane at The Haunted Tavern: A Dark Pop-Up Cocktail Experience! This event allows guests to explore one of the most haunted venues in Chicago while sipping on themed cocktails and listening to dark, chilling tales. So, prepare for lots of spooky surprises!
🗓️ When: October 26th, 27th, and 28th
📍Address: 2257 N Lincoln Ave., 60614-3717
11. Party at L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge
Calling all those closer to the suburbs to enter L Wood’s Frank-enstein’s Taproom if you dare, where witches, wizards, and party monsters alike can mix and mingle as they sip spooky Pumpkin Sangria, creepy Cranberry Gin & Tonics, and more from the bar, and snack on Deviled Eggs and Pigs In A Blanket. Wear your Halloween costume and enter the costume contest to win the first ($50) or second ($25) place.
The L. Woods Halloween Party is free to attend and includes light-passed appetizers, and seating at and near the bar will be available on a first-come, first-served basis—otherwise, standing room is open to all!
🗓️ When: Tuesday, October 31: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
📍Address: L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge, 7110 Lincoln Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
12. The Bassment’s “Bloody Hollywood Halloween Party
On Saturday, October 28th, The Bassment will transform into a sinister yet stylish Hollywood haunt. Enjoy live music all night long in your best Halloween costumes, and make sure not to miss their signature cocktail, “The Bathtub,” served with a Halloween-themed rubber duck.
🗓️ When: Thursday, October 28th
📍Address: 353 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
13. LG’s Halloween Costume Party
Out of all the Halloween parties in Chicago, we love nothing more than a costume contest. At the Spine-Chilling Halloween
🗓️ When: Thursday, October 28th
📍Address: 1525 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610
Are you attending one of these Halloween parties in Chicago? With all of these parties, we’re sure it will be a spooktacular holiday this year!