Update: Halloween in Chicago is going to look a bit different this year. While there are plenty of safe and fun activities planned, many of the below events may be canceled or changed. Check our Halloween 2020 guide and outdoor Halloween parties in Chicago for the most up-to-date information.

Chicago loves Halloween. Each October, the city goes all out for the spookiest season of the year with galas, booze cruises, masquerade balls, and more. Whether you’re looking for something fun or scary (or a little bit of both), there are tons of Halloween parties and events at cool venues across the city.

Check out 13 of our favorite Halloween parties in Chicago this year.

Nightmare at Navy Pier: Haunted Halloween Ball

The Aon Grand Ballroom is a stunning backdrop for your Halloween celebrations, featuring commanding views over Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Dance under the 80-foot domed ceiling as you party the night away with top live DJs and drinks from the fully stocked cash bar. Treat yourself with a VIP ticket add-on for access to the ballroom’s balcony.

Oct. 26, 2019
8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Navy Pier, Aon Grand Ballroom
Tickets: Start at $20

Haunted Halloween Ball at Congress Plaza Hotel

Think you’re brave enough for a night at Chicago’s most haunted hotel? Get all your thrills and chills at one of the city’s largest Halloween costume parties — Haunted Halloween Ball at the Congress Plaza Hotel. The 122-year-old hotel will be transformed into an abandoned hotel run by the undead, complete with vampire bellmen and zombie cocktail servers. Dance in the grand ballroom, enjoy top DJs, and win cash prizes for best costume.

Oct. 26, 2019
Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave.
Tickets: $20 – $1,000

Illumination 2019 at Revel Fulton Market

Experience a Halloween party like no other, surrounded by interactive light sculptures and live performances. Illumination is bringing their largest, most experiential event yet to Revel Fulton Market on Oct. 26, with an open bar and bites from some of Chicago’s top chefs. The event benefits research of Retinal Vasculopathy with Cerebral Leukodystrophy, a rare genetic condition.

Oct. 26, 2019
Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market
Tickets: Start at $125

The Godfrey Haunted Hotel

There are plenty of haunted hotels in Chicago — and for one night only, the Godfrey is one of them. Make your way though 20 haunted hotel rooms on the 5th floor of the Godfrey Hotel Chicago in order to reach the Halloween party on the rooftop bar. General admission tickets are $35 (with cash bar), while group and VIP experiences are available at various price points.

Oct. 26, 2019
IO Godfrey, 127 W. Huron St.
Tickets: Starting at $35

Drake Hotel Masquerade Ball: A Nightmare On Walton Street

The stunning Palm Court at the historic Drake hotel is the setting of a Chicago tradition: a luxurious masquerade ball, filled with history and mystery. Enjoy live jazz and blues music and come dressed to the nines in black tie attire — there’s prizes for best masques. Seating will be available in the Palm Court and Club International rooms on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Oct. 25, 2019
9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Pl.
Tickets: $40

Freak Show Halloween at Virgin Hotels Chicago

Virgin Hotels Chicago is transforming two of their hot spots, the Commons Club and Cerise Rooftop, into a surreal circus in honor of Halloween. Gawk at performances by stilted performers, a bearded lady, fire breathers, a contortionist, and more throughout the evening. Plus, Halloween treats and cocktails will be available all night long.

Oct. 26, 2019
Virgin Hotels Chicago, 203 N. Wabash Ave. 
Tickets: $25 – $150

Halloween Late Night Booze Cruise

Dance, drink, and dine with a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline on this Halloween Late Night Booze Cruise with Mystic Blue Cruises. The night features a buffet, live DJ, dance floors, full bars, a costume contest, giveaways, and more.

Oct. 26, 2019
11:59 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.
Tickets: $50

Lyric Halloween Masquerade

Lyric Halloween
Photo by Fox & Harrison

Grab your best mask and spend an evening at the Halloween Masquerade inside the historic Lyric Opera House. Enjoy hours of signature cocktails and beer from local distilleries and breweries, bites from local restaurants, and tunes from a live DJ. Come dressed to impress in costume or formal attire with a mask.

Oct. 26, 2019
Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive
8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Tickets: $100 early bird, $150 general admission

Titanic Masquerade on the Spirit of Chicago

Set sail on the Titanic for a ghostly evening of music and dancing. The Spirit of Chicago will transform into the doomed ship for one night only, with top DJs, two floors of dancing, VIP areas, and stunning skyline views. Costumes are encouraged.

Oct. 23, 2019
11 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.
Tickets: $28 – $185

Terror from the Top Halloween Party

360 Chicago

Chicago’s highest Halloween party is back. 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck is hosting their second annual, adults-only Halloween party, with spellbinding views, live music from an undead DJ, treats, themed drinks, and unlimited rides on TILT (if you dare). Costumes are encouraged.

Oct. 26, 2019
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

360 CHICAGO, 875 N. Michigan Ave.
Tickets: $30

Rock the Yacht: Midnight Halloween Yacht Party

Join Odyssey Cruises for a midnight monster mash out on Lake Michigan. Grab your costume and party with vampires, ghosts, goblins, and ghouls until late into the night. Enjoy a live DJ, three dance floors, sky deck, climate-controlled interior deck, and multiple bars.

Oct. 25, 2019
11:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.
Tickets: $40 – $160

Dead Poet’s Halloween Party

Mingle with dead poets as Life Force Arts Center summons the spirits of literary giants to its annual Dead Poets Halloween Party. Come dressed as your favorite dead poet and compete for the best costume prize. You can also take part in an Open Mic session, reciting your favorite poet’s works or sharing your own spooky sonnets. There will also be bites and libations, Tarot and other oracle readings, and Halloween jewelry, masks, and artwork.

Oct. 26, 2019
7 – 10 p.m.

Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W. Belmont
Tickets: $10/$20

A Funhouse Halloween Party at ROOF

Party at ROOF for Halloween

ROOF will be transformed into a surreal and electrifying circus this Halloween. During this rooftop Funhouse Halloween Party, you’ll find a world of hypnotic illusions, spooky cocktails, curated beats, and circus-inspired performances, all 27 stories in the sky. Come in costume or dressed to impress.

Oct. 26, 2019
9 p.m. – 3 a.m.
ROOF on theWit, 201 N. State St.
Tickets: $15