Girls just wanna have fun! What defines one girl’s idea of fun, however, may be not the same for another. While some brides-to-be want to experience a rollicking night out on the town, others may prefer to kick up their heels and enjoy a more low-key affair. To ensure you and your best gal pals share an event to remember in Chicago, make sure you design a ladies’ night out with your bride-to-be’s style and preferences in mind.
From the quintessential bachelorette experience to more out-of-the-box ideas of fun, we’re sharing five fun bachelorette party ideas for any bride-to-be in the Chicago area to say goodbye to the single life with one last hoorah with her best friends.
1. The classy connoisseur
For the gourmand wine lover and art enthusiast, plan an upscale affair that treats the sophisticated bride-to-be to all of her favorite passions.
Activity: Uncork your creativity at one of Chicago’s Bottle and Bottega art studios, where you can wield a paintbrush in one hand and enjoy a refreshing libation in the other. Bring along bottles of wine or champagne to enjoy while creating handmade works of art – as well as lasting memories — with the ladies. To make it an even more intimate occasion, you can host your bachelorette’s art and wine pairing outside of the studio at a venue of your choice.
Food: For exquisite cocktails and contemporary cuisine, look no further than The Violet Hour in the heart of Wicker Park. Serving handcrafted artisanal cocktails and delicately scrumptious cuisine, The Violet Hour serves as a perfect chic party place with lots of character. For a private affair, The Violet Hours rents out the Back Saloon in cocktail party fashion with passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails available to bring the party to a whole new level of sophistication.
Accommodations: “Wine” down the night with lush accommodations at one of Chicago’s trendiest hotels. The InterContinental, located right on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, is home to ENO, a stylish wine tasting room where your bachelorette guests can sip on flights of fine wine and savor decadent chocolates and flavorful cheeses from around the world, all dished out by the tasting room’s master sommelier. This experience is a must-do for a taste of something special to top off a refined evening out.
2. The life of the party
For the bride who wants to paint the town red with her leading ladies, Chicago offers some of the perfect venues to do just that.
Activity: After dinner, really get the party going with an unforgettable night out at Howl at the Moon. These guys really know how to throw a bachelorette party, pulling out all the stops for a high-energy event your group of girls will never forget. Not only can the ladies dance the night away, they can also enjoy dueling pianos, Jell-o shots, drink specials and a good-hearted roast of the bride-to-be on stage.
Food: The lively, festive atmosphere at Carnivale in Chicago’s West Loop is the perfect pairing for any spirited bride-to-be and her raucous pack of party-goers. The Latin-inspired flavor and one-of-a-kind cocktails at this celebratory location can be paired with energetic entertainment courtesy of DJs, bands, performance artists and even aerial performances when you book a private room for your very own carnival.
Accommodations: To unwind after a wild night, retreat to Thompson Chicago, a hip and urban hotel overlooking the Chicago skyline. For those who want to keep the party going, Thompson’s Salone Nico bar is open late, offering light bites and exquisite after-party cocktails for a late night snack and night cap.
3. The casual bride-to-be
For the girl who just wants to unwind, think about planning an easy, breezy and relaxing Chicago escape on the water.
Activity: For a girl who likes to go with the flow, why not relax on the waters of Lake Michigan on one of Chicago Sailing’s charter boats? Kick back in the sunhine and enjoy a picnic onboard while you and your best friends enjoy a casual weekend getaway and take a break from all the wedding planning madness for a while.
Food: Just a few minutes away from the harbor is the primo picnic pick-up spot, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine. Grab a few gourmet salads and sandwiches to go and a bottle of wine to top off your casual bachelorette boating party!
Accommodations: For some cozy digs near the water, try Chicago’s Majestic Hotel for accommodations filled with classic charm and upscale comforts. With suites and services catering to your every whim, this effortless stay has the relaxing, home-away-from-home atmosphere you and your ladies need to chill out after a day in the sun.
4. The thrill-seeker
Some girls just can’t get enough adventure in their lives. For those thrill-seeking ladies in your life, plan a high-flying, action-packed adventure for your whole crew.
Activity: For a thrilling activity that fuses gymnastics and performing arts, gather up your best girlfriends for a high-flying adventure at Aloft Loft in the Kinzie Industrial District. For beginners and professionals alike, the 8,000-square-foot aerial performing arts space accommodates plenty of room for you and your crew to test your skills on the trapeze or tight wire or soar through the air for some aerial acrobatics. After everyone has their adrenaline pumping, catch El Circo Cheapo’s cabaret-style circus performance, featuring Chicago’s most talented circus performers in an entertaining show.
Food: For a taste of something different, grab the gals and go on a culinary adventure around some of the Windy City’s most scrumptious – but off-the-beaten-path – neighborhoods like Gold Coast and Old Town or Bucktown and Wicker Park. Let Chicago Food Planet organize a food tour for you at exotic locales in Chinatown and Lincoln Park or plan your own food expedition through the neighborhood of your choice. These walking food tours allow everyone in your crew to get a taste of what’s cookin’ in some of Chicago’s hidden gems.
Accommodations: Make your home base the contemporary Kinzie Hotel in River North and take advantage of the hotel’s “Point of View” package where you and your best girlfriends can tour the city on bicycles with a GoPro video camera to document the ride. Visit some of Chicago’s main attractions or make a pit stop for a picnic in the park before unwinding after an adventurous day with a rejuvenating massage back at the hotel.
5. The girly girl
For the traditional bride looking for a night fit for a princess, treat the ladies to a night of luxe, girls-only pampering.
Activity: Pamper your ladies Sex and the City style with a celebratory spa experience at Polish and Pour in Old Town. With its plush décor and sophisticated ambiance, you and your guests can enjoy relaxing manicure and pedicures, while also indulging in some juicy gossip and luscious libations, including wine and champagne or premium cocktails and martinis. Book a private party room with its very own outdoor patio and bar, and Polish and Pour will take care of the rest!
Food: Pops for Champagne near North Side offers the perfect celebratory atmosphere for any girly girl bride-to-be. With its swanky decor and ever-flowing champagne and sparkling wine, this landmark locale offers a vibrant and fun-loving atmosphere that matches the energy level of your favorite group of girls. Have a professional staff member help plan your private event or simply make a reservation and pop the bubbly for the perfect bachelorette party ambiance to celebrate friendships and milestones together.
Accommodations: Pampered princesses deserve an enchanted castle in the city for their whole crew. It doesn’t hurt to be in the heart of Chicago’s fashion-forward shopping districts either! Book a suite at the Park Hyatt for luxurious accommodations – including oversized tubs, 24-hour concierge and butler services — near some of Chicago’s best designer shops.