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Where to Throw the Ultimate Bachelorette Party in Chicago

Make the last fling before the ring count

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No one wants to oversee organizing the bachelorette party or bridal shower festivities. It’s just too much pressure.

Plus, guests expect either an abundance of scantily clad strippers or an over-priced, over-the-top fete that’s typically created for the purpose of Instagram bragging rights. We believe you can do so much better — and not break the bank — which is why we put together this exciting new guide of unique hot spots certain to make your event memorable and enjoyable. They include a midday pita party at a trendy Greek eatery, secret subterranean lounge once frequented by Vince Vaughn and Jon Bon Jovi, and others.

As of August 20, the city has mandated that everyone wear facial coverings while indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Chopping Block

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Cooking classes are always a great interactive experience, so why not hook up with one of the very best for your event? The Chopping Block will help you customize your party, ensuring it fits your group’s culinary personality. Your group can learn how to pair wines with appetizers or entrees; take lobster grilling classes; bake gourmet cookies; or learn how to make maki rolls. Also, if someone forgets to bring a gift, they can always pick up something from the on-site gourmet market, which sells the likes of small-batch wines and spirits, provisions, baking tools, and candles.

Andros Taverna

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It’s no secret that chef Doug Psaltis has a hit on his hands with this modern Greek eatery in Logan Square. It’s one of the most difficult reservations to snag on weekends, but there’s a way to bypass all that. Book space for a midday pita party, and you’ll be treated to some of Andros’ signature dishes. The best part is that guests get to build-their-own gyros that they may pile high with juicy, wood-fired lamb or chicken. There are also Greek fries, spicy whipped feta and crudite. The restaurant is on a busy strip on Milwaukee Avenue, so after the pita party create your own after-party. Bar hop to fun spots like Estereo, Billy Sunday, and The Owl.

A modern looking bar. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Kismet Table

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Taryn Huebner, Oprah’s former personal chef, has cooked for the likes of former First Lady Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, and Sarah, Duchess of York. She promises to make you feel like royalty, too, by customizing an event for the bride to be in her Lincoln Park facilities. Kismet books seated dinners for up to 14 guests and cocktail receptions for up to 26. The venue also features small batch gourmet retail and housewares to purchase; many are created by Black and brown female purveyors.

The J. Parker

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The J. Parker celebrated nine years in 2021 with a renovation. It’s like a brand-new rooftop lounge, and the best part is that it’s a year-round venue due to its retractable glass ceiling. What you’ll also get during your visit are signature cocktails made with local ingredients, small bites like sweet potato waffle fries and smoked pork belly, and a spectacular view of downtown. There’s a modern take on the billboard featured in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” that’s a centerpiece of the bar. It’s a sprawling mural nicknamed “Lady Lincoln” and it watches over all the action, so you’d better behave. 

Somerset

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The sleek dining and drinking establishments on the premises of the Viceroy are prime for bachelorette parties. Now under new management, and the culinary direction of Stephen Gillanders (S.K.Y.), the menus boast a sexy, Asian-influenced vibe. So much joy can be found in Somerset’s share-able options, from crunchy lobster spring rolls to smoked salmon toast to a hearty portion of asparagus risotto topped with local parmesan. After dinner, head to chic rooftop lounge Devereaux for beautiful views of the Gold Coast skyline and drinks. Pitch in and order one of several large-format cocktails, including Fully Vaxxed, comprised of gin, lychee, ginger, lemon meritage tea, and a bottle of Champagne. During warmer months, your group may reserve a poolside table. 

A large glitzy dining room Anthony Tahlier/Viceroy Hotel

Prosecco

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Take the elevator down to the lower level for a luxury hideaway that’s played host to Vince Vaughn, Jon Bon Jovi, Johnny Depp, and countless other stars. It’s surprisingly spacious enough to hold up to 100 guests but can also accommodate smaller gatherings. Vintage in setting, Prosecco’s lounge features antique light fixtures, plus lush sofas and a sound system for a full-scale party. There’s also a catering menu for lighter bites, beverages, and dinner.

Marchesa

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Boasting French and Italian influences, Marchesa is a staple for sophisticated crowds who love to party in the Champagne Cave. The River North space is also a great destination for those planning a bachelorette party or bridal shower. There are several hidden private dining rooms, which boast opulent, luxury accents that have been carefully curated by owner Kathryn Sullivan Alvera. From restored portraits of her Italian ancestors to artwork and furniture she found throughout Europe, your guests will feel as though they stepped in some wealthy woman’s boudoir. The cuisine is mostly classic French, with several house-made pastas as well. Here’s a little secret: You can book the Owner’s Flat, a guest suite for overnight guests, which holds up to 10 people. That might be the way to go if you stay until last call in the Champagne Cave.

Kostali by Naha

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It doesn’t get any better than a “Tipsy Tea” party, and chef Carrie Nahabedian is doing it big at her Mediterranean-influenced eatery at The Gwen. You may choose from two boozy packages at Kostali: Spill the Tea or A Bit of Bubbly & Spot of Tea for 90 minutes every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Both are bottomless, with unlimited tea cocktails for the former and all-you-can-drink prosecco or traditional tea for the latter. The idea of infinite No Drama Llamas (high mountain mango tea-infused macchu pisco, ginger liqueur, lime, coconut liqueur, high mountain mango tea) sounds tempting. Each package comes with a tea tower topped with a variety of house-made sweet and savory treats like vanilla cream scones and smoked salmon toast.

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Kostali’s Tipsy Tea.
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Sundays are prime for an authentic Brazilian brunch, with two seatings at 2 and 4 p.m., at Sinha. The setting includes traditional Brazilian music, an occasional dance performance, and beautiful Brazilian artwork and photos. The all-you-can-eat buffet features flash-fried plantains, black beans cooked with beef and pork, salads, and additional chicken, beef, and seafood dishes. There’s also an outdoor patio, and it’s BYOB.

Color Cocktail Factory

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If your friends insist on having something a little risqué, head to this large Pilsen art studio used by professional artists and other creatives by day. They have all sorts of hands-on events, from candlestick and soap making to a “naughty night” where you sip adult beverages and paint a nude male model. There’s also an adult toymaking session. It’s BYOB.

Eméché Cakery & Cafe

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The glamorous little pastry shop in Bronzeville is best known for its spirit-infused creations like bourbon pecan pound cake, chocolate bourbon pound cake, and mini rum butter Bundt cakes. But Eméché is not gimmicky. Owner Janell Richmond is a talented baker who makes everything she sells by hand, including the elaborate, custom-designed cakes she creates for special occasions. The spot is open daily (except Sundays) for breakfast and lunch, and it accommodates up to 50 people for a full buyout.

The Chopping Block

Cooking classes are always a great interactive experience, so why not hook up with one of the very best for your event? The Chopping Block will help you customize your party, ensuring it fits your group’s culinary personality. Your group can learn how to pair wines with appetizers or entrees; take lobster grilling classes; bake gourmet cookies; or learn how to make maki rolls. Also, if someone forgets to bring a gift, they can always pick up something from the on-site gourmet market, which sells the likes of small-batch wines and spirits, provisions, baking tools, and candles.

Andros Taverna

A modern looking bar. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

It’s no secret that chef Doug Psaltis has a hit on his hands with this modern Greek eatery in Logan Square. It’s one of the most difficult reservations to snag on weekends, but there’s a way to bypass all that. Book space for a midday pita party, and you’ll be treated to some of Andros’ signature dishes. The best part is that guests get to build-their-own gyros that they may pile high with juicy, wood-fired lamb or chicken. There are also Greek fries, spicy whipped feta and crudite. The restaurant is on a busy strip on Milwaukee Avenue, so after the pita party create your own after-party. Bar hop to fun spots like Estereo, Billy Sunday, and The Owl.

A modern looking bar. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Kismet Table

Taryn Huebner, Oprah’s former personal chef, has cooked for the likes of former First Lady Michelle Obama, Maya Angelou, and Sarah, Duchess of York. She promises to make you feel like royalty, too, by customizing an event for the bride to be in her Lincoln Park facilities. Kismet books seated dinners for up to 14 guests and cocktail receptions for up to 26. The venue also features small batch gourmet retail and housewares to purchase; many are created by Black and brown female purveyors.

The J. Parker

The J. Parker celebrated nine years in 2021 with a renovation. It’s like a brand-new rooftop lounge, and the best part is that it’s a year-round venue due to its retractable glass ceiling. What you’ll also get during your visit are signature cocktails made with local ingredients, small bites like sweet potato waffle fries and smoked pork belly, and a spectacular view of downtown. There’s a modern take on the billboard featured in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” that’s a centerpiece of the bar. It’s a sprawling mural nicknamed “Lady Lincoln” and it watches over all the action, so you’d better behave. 

Somerset

A large glitzy dining room Anthony Tahlier/Viceroy Hotel

The sleek dining and drinking establishments on the premises of the Viceroy are prime for bachelorette parties. Now under new management, and the culinary direction of Stephen Gillanders (S.K.Y.), the menus boast a sexy, Asian-influenced vibe. So much joy can be found in Somerset’s share-able options, from crunchy lobster spring rolls to smoked salmon toast to a hearty portion of asparagus risotto topped with local parmesan. After dinner, head to chic rooftop lounge Devereaux for beautiful views of the Gold Coast skyline and drinks. Pitch in and order one of several large-format cocktails, including Fully Vaxxed, comprised of gin, lychee, ginger, lemon meritage tea, and a bottle of Champagne. During warmer months, your group may reserve a poolside table. 

A large glitzy dining room Anthony Tahlier/Viceroy Hotel

Prosecco

Take the elevator down to the lower level for a luxury hideaway that’s played host to Vince Vaughn, Jon Bon Jovi, Johnny Depp, and countless other stars. It’s surprisingly spacious enough to hold up to 100 guests but can also accommodate smaller gatherings. Vintage in setting, Prosecco’s lounge features antique light fixtures, plus lush sofas and a sound system for a full-scale party. There’s also a catering menu for lighter bites, beverages, and dinner.

Marchesa

Boasting French and Italian influences, Marchesa is a staple for sophisticated crowds who love to party in the Champagne Cave. The River North space is also a great destination for those planning a bachelorette party or bridal shower. There are several hidden private dining rooms, which boast opulent, luxury accents that have been carefully curated by owner Kathryn Sullivan Alvera. From restored portraits of her Italian ancestors to artwork and furniture she found throughout Europe, your guests will feel as though they stepped in some wealthy woman’s boudoir. The cuisine is mostly classic French, with several house-made pastas as well. Here’s a little secret: You can book the Owner’s Flat, a guest suite for overnight guests, which holds up to 10 people. That might be the way to go if you stay until last call in the Champagne Cave.

Kostali by Naha

A high tea set
Kostali’s Tipsy Tea.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

It doesn’t get any better than a “Tipsy Tea” party, and chef Carrie Nahabedian is doing it big at her Mediterranean-influenced eatery at The Gwen. You may choose from two boozy packages at Kostali: Spill the Tea or A Bit of Bubbly & Spot of Tea for 90 minutes every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Both are bottomless, with unlimited tea cocktails for the former and all-you-can-drink prosecco or traditional tea for the latter. The idea of infinite No Drama Llamas (high mountain mango tea-infused macchu pisco, ginger liqueur, lime, coconut liqueur, high mountain mango tea) sounds tempting. Each package comes with a tea tower topped with a variety of house-made sweet and savory treats like vanilla cream scones and smoked salmon toast.

A high tea set
Kostali’s Tipsy Tea.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Sinhá

Sundays are prime for an authentic Brazilian brunch, with two seatings at 2 and 4 p.m., at Sinha. The setting includes traditional Brazilian music, an occasional dance performance, and beautiful Brazilian artwork and photos. The all-you-can-eat buffet features flash-fried plantains, black beans cooked with beef and pork, salads, and additional chicken, beef, and seafood dishes. There’s also an outdoor patio, and it’s BYOB.

Color Cocktail Factory

If your friends insist on having something a little risqué, head to this large Pilsen art studio used by professional artists and other creatives by day. They have all sorts of hands-on events, from candlestick and soap making to a “naughty night” where you sip adult beverages and paint a nude male model. There’s also an adult toymaking session. It’s BYOB.

Eméché Cakery & Cafe

The glamorous little pastry shop in Bronzeville is best known for its spirit-infused creations like bourbon pecan pound cake, chocolate bourbon pound cake, and mini rum butter Bundt cakes. But Eméché is not gimmicky. Owner Janell Richmond is a talented baker who makes everything she sells by hand, including the elaborate, custom-designed cakes she creates for special occasions. The spot is open daily (except Sundays) for breakfast and lunch, and it accommodates up to 50 people for a full buyout.

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