Everything You Need to Keep in Mind for Your or Your Best Friend's Bachelorette Party If You Are Celebrating in Chicago
One of the most exciting parts of getting married for both bride-to-be and her bride tribe is definitely a Bachelorette Party. If you live in Chicagoland area or planning a bachelorette party in Chicago you are lucky! We have so many great activities, fabulous dining spots, hotels, city attractions, and places with gorgeous views for the perfect bride tribe photo memories. All of those and much more that Windy City has to offer, will make your party truly unforgettable. However, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the options and miss some very important details.
This is why we put together this guide of our favorite bachelorette party ideas for some planning-inspiration. From fun activities, unique themes, important details and helpful tips, we've got some great ideas for organizing a bachelorette party the bride-to-be and her tribe will absolutely LOVE!
1. Pick A Theme, Colors & Party Slogan For All That Swag
This is where you start. Theme and slogan are the first things you want to think about when planning your party. Fun theme and sexy slogan will add an instant feel of a party to your special occasion. It doesn't have to be stereotypical "Gettin' Hitched", distasteful "Naughty Bachelorette" or corny "Palyboy Bunny" theme. Take a look at this 58 funny bachelorette party phrases proposed by The Knot and here are some sexy Bride Tribe & Bride Squad goodies that you and your girls will love.
2. Dress Up Your Party With Sexy Decorations
Now, as you have your theme, start shopping for Instagram & Pinterest worthy party decorations. Whether you are staying at a hotel, AirBnB or planning on making reservation for brunch or dinner, these banners, balloons, and accessories from Stag & Hen are your must-haves!
3. Get A Hotel or AirBnb Party Pad
It does not matter if you are visiting from out of town, suburbs, or various neighborhoods of Chicago, it is a great idea to have a place where bride and her team can relax and change after "daylight" activities into "ready for a night out". Get a discounted secret deal for a hotel room on Hotwire or rent a condo through AirBnB, Bangtel (10 -21 people friendly) or HomeAway.
4. Get Creative With Guests' Gift Bags
Get this super cute Hangover Kits and/or Welcome Bags from Becollective on Etsy and fill them with all the good stuff girls will need this weekend: bandaids, mints, chapstick, aspirin and activated charcoal (for hangover), sunglasses, deodorant, thermal water spray and, of course, coconut water to stay hydrated.
5. Hire A Photographer
Yes, photographer can be pricey but hiring a professional who knows what he/she is doing when capturing those best memories, might be one of the best decisions you will ever make. Hire a photographer for 2-3 hours and surprise the bride at her wedding day with a photo book or a framed picture from one of the best days of her life. Flytographer is the best website to find Chicago local photo guru (services start at $250).
6. Style The Bachelorette & I Do Crew With Cute Party Accessories
Stag & Hen will be your best friend on this mission and will help you make the bride-to-be feel extra special. Don't worry, they have plenty of festive and classy party accessories for the bride tribe as well.
7. Use Technology to Set Your Party For Success
$ MONEY $
Set up Venmo accounts for all members of the bride squad to easily split costs.
Instead of texting pictures to each other, create a shared iCloud album where everyone can add images to.
Create a playlist on Spotify with all time and bride-to-be's favorite songs to get the party going.
If your party is Snapchat friendly, order a custom Snapchat filter for only $7 on Etsy or design your own.
8. Get The Day Going With Fun Exercises And Coffee
Now it's time to start planning your activities for The Day. Chicago has a lot offer - get the day going with some morning funcercise classes. Book morning AIR Aerial Fitness, yoga session, private Spin class or check out Dabble.co for other fun exercising activities.
Not into working out but want to start the weekend with something fun besides mimosas? Book a private or join Art Room Events for the public BYOB Painting With Coffee & Coffee Tasting class. You will learn how to make coffee without coffee or espresso machine, taste different kinds of coffee, including pour over and cold brew, learn how to paint with coffee and will create a piece of art while siping on Mimosas. You can always do this fun activity after exercising, as classes start every weekend at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm.
9. Brunch Is A King
Here is the list of the top rated and most popular brunch places in Chicago. Make sure to pick the one that accepts reservations.
Bad Hunter – West Loop
Balena – Lincoln Park
Baptiste & Bottle – River North
Blue Door Kitchen & Garden – Gold Coast
Bohemian House – River North
Dove’s Luncheonette – Wicker Park
Dos Urban Cantina – Logan Square
GT Fish & Oyster – River North
Hash – Wicker Park (BYO)
Hot Chocolate – Bucktown
Jam – Logan Square
Lula Café – Logan Square
Southport Grocery and Cafe – Lakeview
Takito-Kitchen – Ukrainian Village
The Allis @ SoHo House – West Loop
The Bristol – Bucktown
The Publican – West Loop
Batters & Berries – Lincoln Park (BYO)
Beatrix – River North , West Loop& Streeterville
Flo – Noble Square
The Bongo Room – Wicker Park, South Loop, Andersonville
Toast – Bucktown & Lincoln Park
WHISK – Ukrainian Village (BYO)
Wildberry Pancakes and Café – Loop
Yolk – River North, Streeterville, West Loop, Lakeview (BYO)
10. Schedule SPA Appointment, Get Mani/Pedi Or Visit Blowout Bar
Chicago has so many spa salons to offer that you will definitely find one within your budget and neighborhood of interest. There are plenty of mani pedi places as well but if you are looking for a cute place downtown, check out Polish & Pour. Place is BYOB and has two locations - in Streeterville and Old Town. Another amazing spot is Goldplated salon in Lakeview. Not only it offers blowouts but also professional makeup services. Makeup applications (including a consultation and face prep) go for $45; blowouts are $38 and dry styles are $25.
11. Unique Things To Do In Chicago Day Or Night
This is probably the hardest choice you'll have to make. What is it going to be? Active, relaxing, cultural, or wild? We prepared the list of unique ideas and activities for your bachelorette party in Chicago.
You've heard about BYOB art classes, now imagine this fun experience with a gorgeous male and NUDE model. Art Room Events will add some wildness and creativity to your special event! Bride-to-be and guests will receive an unforgettable experience during this one of-a-kind two-hour private art party. Guests will receive a welcoming glass of champagne and bride-to-be is always free with the party of 12 or more! Prices start at $39/Person.
SAIL BEFORE THE VAIL!
Party on Michigan lake, paradise style, while enjoying gorgeous skyline of our amazing city. Island Party Boat offers Tiki boats for parties of 12 or more, starting at only $90/person. Some boats are BYOB, others offer full bar service; all boats are bring your own food. Boats are equipped with water slides and some are event dog friendly. This is probably one of the most fun activities for your summer bachelorette party.
PARTY ARIEL STYLE - BECOME MERMAIDS AND BE MERRY
If the bride-to-be loves water, you'll want to host a bachelorette party at Chicago’s very own AquaMermaid school: This is the only spot in Chicago that provides this unique experience and lets you transform into mermaids. Private party for up to 7 participants is $300.
BOOK A PARTY BUS OR TROLLEY
Why can't they all be pink? However, there are several trolley companies in Chicago that are BYO and will fire up your party as you move throughout the city. Some well-reviewed companies include LimoTainment, Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co., and Premier Trolley and Limo.
FOOD TOURS & COOKING CLASSES
If you and you crew are true foodies, Chicago is the best place to be. Not only we have the best restaurants in the country but also fun food related experiences and activities. According to Chicago Beer Experience , the “best in class” food tour is Chicago Food Planet Food Tours. It is Chicago’s oldest food tour that provides an incredible, professional, fun experience in several of Chicago’s great neighborhoods. , Chicago Beer Experience Beer Tours offer educational walking beer tours in the afternoons and evenings in different parts of Chicago. Check out this list of cooking classes if you'd rather stay in one place but to make it not only tasting but a learning experience:
Chopping Block (River North & Lincoln Square)
Cook Au Vin (Bucktown)
Cooking Fools (Wicker Park)
Give Me Some Sugar (Roscoe Village)
Naveen’s Cuisine (Wicker Park)
Read It & Eat It (Lincoln Park)
The Wooden Spoon (Andersonville)
Social Table (Lincoln Park)
WINE TASTING OR A CRAFT COCKTAIL MAKING CLASS
If food and beer are not up your alley, this is probably what you are looking for! Visit Eataly Chicago in River North or Chicago City Winery in West Loop for wine tastings and more. Or check out this fun Mixology Class at Hollow Leg from Devin Kidner, in Ukrainian Village.
SEE A MAGIC SHOW INSTEAD OF A STANDUP
Yes, our standup comedy theaters are amazing but have you heard of Chicago Magic Lounge in Uptown neighborhood of Chicago? Rated "TOP 5" IN NIGHTLIFE AND "TOP 5" IN CONCERTS AND SHOWS ACCORDING TO TRIPADVISOR. Tickets start at $35/person.
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12. Chicago Bars, Clubs & Rooftops
This is where you probably don't need our help. Chicago is world known for it's night out destinations. You need to decide on the neighborhood, whether you are looking for a barhop, dancing, live music, karaoke, craft cocktails or city views, and Google Maps should take care of the rest. Whatever you decide, your bachelorette and her squad will have the time of their life, because this is Chicago, baby!