Fans dig into lunch at the Brixen Ivy rooftop before the Chicago Cubs play… (Brian Cassella, Chicago…)
When the ordinary options just won’t do for the big night out, check out these creative choices based on the bride-to-be’s personality. We’ve paired together fun, centrally located activities that will be remembered long after the last glass of champagne.
FOR ARTSY BRIDES
You love this free-spirited friend for her low-key, creative personality,
so it’s only natural that you throw her a bachelorette party to match.
Just Bead It
First: Learn to create your own jewelry at Wicker Park boutique Beadniks (1937 W. Division St. 773-276-2323) while you nosh on your own food and drinks. The bride-to-be can pick a color scheme or everyone can create bracelets, earrings or necklaces they design themselves. A two-hour party is $10 per person plus cost of materials, which start around $20.
Next: Take a stroll down the street to Sea Dog Sushi (1500 W. Division St. 773-235-8100), an intimate East Village BYOB where you can indulge in decadent maki and sashimi.
Booze and brushstrokes
First: Bring your own booze and snacks for a painting party at Bottles & Bottega (2900 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-313-9133). An instructor will explain how to create your masterpiece, step by step, so everyone in the group need not be artistically inclined. Class cost is $40-45 per person.
Next: Just a few blocks away at Lincoln Park’s newest lounge, The Barrelhouse Flat (2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421), your crew can snack on small bites and sample exquisite craft cocktails.
FOR FOODIE BRIDES
If the guest of honor has already dined at every hot new
restaurant, take her out to whip up a creation of her own.
First: Grab an apron and get cooking at The Chopping Block (4747 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-472-6700) in Lincoln Square. A variety of themed classes are offered in a private kitchen where your group can be as hands-on or hands-off as you want. Pricing is customized to your group, varies by menu and which starts at about $80 per person.
Next: Not looking to put your group in the spotlight? Head over to Lincoln Karaoke (5526 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-895-2299) to rent a private room so you can belt out cheesy tunes with no shame. Rates range from $30-$50 per hour.
Sugar and spice
First: For a night of sweet treat-making, head to Give Me Some Sugar (2205 W. Belmont Ave. 312-281-3154), an uber-cute Roscoe Village spot that offers decorating classes for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, candies and more in a social atmosphere. Parties range from $45-$90 per person, and each participant will go home with a box of goodies.
Next: After licking the spoon one too many times, your group will probably want to forgo a full dinner in favor of some shareable small plates. Settle in at Volo Wine Bar (2008 W. Roscoe St. 773-348-4600) for light bites and wine pairings.
FOR SPORTY BRIDES
She’d rather talk about Jay Cutler’s health status than wedding details any day, so go for a baseball-centric bash that plays to her sporty side.
First: Set up a party package at a Cubs rooftop —try Wrigleyville Rooftops (3609 N. Sheffield St. 773-248-7663) or 3639 Wrigley Rooftop (3639 N. Sheffield Ave. 312-382-9100)—where she can eat, drink and watch the game from a bird’s-eye view. Packages start around $75 per person but vary by date, so call for details.
Next: Move the post-party to Deuces & the Diamond Club (3505 N. Clark St. 773-644-5554). Depending on the rowdiness of your crowd, you can hang out in the first-floor sports bar or pop bottles in the second-level lounge.
First: For the bride who bleeds black and white, grab group tickets to an afternoon White Sox game. Arrive at U.S. Cellular Field (333 W. 35th St.) when the gates open and grab seats together at the Bullpen Bar, where you’ll enjoy table service and an unbeatable view just off right field. Group tickets are available at online at whitesox.com.
Next: Post-game, have a low-key dinner at Nana (3267 S. Halsted St. 312-929-2486), Bridgeport’s sustainable and organic-focused eatery. The vintage-chic space serves fresh favorites with a Latin twist, along with wine, beer and signature cocktails.