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Best Halloween Parties In Downtown Chicago

By Jessica Cage

Halloween is here and the first thing most people will think of is trick-or-treating. Children will be dressed in their Halloween attire and roaming the streets, hoping to come home with a bag full of tasty treats. But what about the adults? Those of you who are far past the stage of dressing up in fun outfits, knocking on doors and asking for candy, there is still some fun to be had. Check out any of these great Halloween parties throughout Chicago.

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Halloween Trolley Crawl
Declans Irish Pub
1240 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-5522

Date: October 27 at 8 p.m.

The Halloween Trolley will travel throughout the Lincoln Park, Old Town, Gold Coast and a few more areas. Every 15 minutes, you will be able to hop on and off a trolley at any one of its 10 mapped stops to enjoy a new Halloween party. There will be beer available on each trolly, bar specials at all locations and costume contests to win. Fill your Halloween with variety at this year's Halloween Trolley Crawl.

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Haunted Hotel Ball

Haunted Hotel Ball
Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-4400

Date: October 27 at 9 p.m.

The Hilton Hotel of Chicago presents the largest and scariest Halloween costume party in the city. With over 2,000 expected attendees, Chicago's top DJs and a top designer creating the scene, this is sure to be one to remember. There will be both pre- and post-parties and the Hotel is offering special room rates for those who want to party hard and travel responsibly. What's more responsible than a trip up the elevator?


Northalsted Halloween Parade: Apocalypse 2012!
Circuit Nightclub (parade check in)
3641 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 883-0500

Date: October 31 at 4 p.m.

The Northalsted Business Alliance will be presenting the 16th annual Northalsted Parade, and this year's theme is Apocalypse. This parade is known as one of the most fiercely competitive and creative events. Join in the costume contest or just watch from the sidelines, but participation is free. Registration will be from 4-6 p.m. followed by the parade and finally the stage show at 8 p.m. There will be six tricky performers and prizes awarded for the best costumes in seven different categories. The parade route goes south along Halsted Street from Waveland to Belmont.


Shipwrecked Aboard the Kanan Yacht
Kanan Yacht
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(212) 724-3900

Date: October 27 at 9 p.m.

Boarding begins a 9 p.m. for one of the most anticipated Halloween events in Chicago. At 9:30 p.m., the Kanan Yacht will depart from Navy Pier and on board will begin a Halloween party like none other. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Chicago while dancing and sipping a drink or two. Come dressed to impress, or to frighten, but don't forget your dancing shoes as some of Chicago's best DJs will be along for the ride.


Chicago Halloween PubCrawl
Dugout Sports Bar (Registration)
950 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(217) 724-3900

Dates: October 27 and October 31

Pub crawling is the best way to get a taste of everything a night has to offer. And what's the best night to do that on? Halloween. Each new location will hold costume contests, drink specials and more. Enjoy top DJs and entertainment as you take in the scary yet sexy costumes that fill the rooms of the clubs on this year's list. Stay hydrated with deals like $2 draft beers, $3 bottled beers and $4 well drinks. Happy Halloween!

Jessica Cage is a freelance writer from Chicago. Her work can be found at

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