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Halloween Weekend in Chicago


Halloween is this weekend, which means come Saturday it will be totally normal to witness grown adults passed out in costume on the CTA as the city celebrates this spooky holiday. Sure, Halloween is Saturday, but since it’s the weekend, why not stretch it out and make Friday count as well? Because who doesn’t love two days of celebration over one?

Kick off your weekend Friday after you get off work and stop by the new Bucktown boutique RSVP Gallery, located at 1753 N. Damen. The new upscale store has a wide array of limited edition kicks and shirts, a huge selection of specialty accessories, and much more. And on Friday from 5-7pm, you’ll get one complimentary glass of Dom Perignon when you stop by and browse. A free glass of high quality champagne is a perfect way to start out the holiday weekend.

Then head up to The Congress, where indie dance rockers Chromeo, Crystal Castles, and Boys Noize will be keeping the dance floor packed all night long. The show is 17+, and tickets are $35. Doors open at 7pm. Boys Noize tore it up this year at Lollapalooza in Perry’s DJ tent, while the brash and electro sounds of Crystal Castles will work the crowd into a frenzy before Chromeo adds a little soul and funk into the night’s show.

On Saturday, start your day off by checking out the Busy Beaver Button Party at Uncle Fun. Busy Beaver Button Company make some of the cutest buttons around, and they’ll be setting up shop at the always interesting novelty store Uncle Fun to make spooky buttons. Stop by from 12:30-6:30pm, and get crafty with the folks from Busy Beaver, and leave with some sweet buttons to pin to your costume later on in the night.

If you don’t have plans for Saturday night, and want to head out and dance, you’ve got some wonderful options. The folks behind the Spandexxx dance parties are presenting with Moneypenny and UR Chicago a special Halloween edition of Spandexxx at Sonotheque. They’ll be drink specials, DJs, and photos by Glitter Guts. And it’s totally free with an RSVP here. And what better excuse do you have to wear spandex than the excuse of it being Halloween?

Want a more dark and sinister dance party? Then head to the Metro, where they’ll be hosting the annual Nocturna All Hallows Eve Ball. DJ Scary Lady Sarah will be spinning a lot of goth tunes, they’ll be a belly dancing troupe, and a costume contest with giveaways as well. Tickets are $16 with costume, $19 without, so get dressed up in your best crushed black velvet and head over to the Metro.