Planning one last fling before the ring? Chicago is the perfect spot for a getaway with your girls. That’s because there’s a little something for everyone, whether the bride wants to bliss out at a spa, have a low-key beach weekend, or dance ‘til dawn.
Here are some of the best places for a bachelorette party or girls’ weekend in Chicago:
The West Loop is the perfect place for trendy brides-to-be. And the exclusive Soho House might one of the hottest spots around. While some amenities are members-only, anyone can take advantage of the chic Cowshed spa. Treatments include manis, pedis, massages, lash and brow tinting, facials and more. After you’ve been pampered, head to The Allis for the cool-kids version of tea time. Choose from a selection of fancy cakes, loose leaf teas, and champagnes (you are celebrating, after all). If you’re feeling brave, see if you can sneak your way into the private rooftop pool.
If you’re looking for a totally immersive spa experience, head a few blocks north to AIRE Ancient Baths. Located in a restored 1902 factory building, the soaring space offers a traditional ancient bath experience. Achieve total zen as you travel through the six candlelit thermal baths. Plus, enjoy add-on special rituals like massages, Himalayan sea salt or argan oil experiences, and even a bath full of red wine.
Let’s go to the beach
There’s not many places you can get all the amenities of an urban city, plus 26 miles of sparkling waterfront. Our lakefront includes 26 free beaches, each with a unique vibe and view. If you’re looking for a party, hit the sands of North Avenue beach. You’ll find sunbathers, volleyball courts, kayak and jet ski rentals, plus a killer skyline view.
For sustenance, hit up Castaways. The giant beachside bar and grill offers appetizers, salads, sandwiches and plenty of frozen drinks on their top deck. Or head to the swanky Shore Club, where you can feel like a VIP with your own cabana or daybed. They’ve even got high-end bubbly and bottle service if your bride wants to go all out.
Wine and dine
It’s a bachelorette party — you need more than your basic dinner and drinks. If you’re looking for something cozy and intimate (and anything but ordinary), check out City Winery’s see-through domes along the Chicago Riverwalk. The heated domes are filled with blankets, chairs, cute decor, and, of course, plenty of wine. Your group will be able to sip rosé while gazing out at some of the city’s most stunning views.
Now onto the dine part. If you want something showstopping for your bridal party, look no further than Barton G: The Restaurant. The new restaurant is dinner and a show all in one, with ultra-creative cocktails and over-the-top plates. Pro tip: don’t skip out on Insta-worthy desserts, like the towering cotton candy on the Marie Antoinette.
Root for the home team
Baseball season is a big deal in Chicago. Starting in April, fans flock to the north and south sides to cheer on their team at Chicago’s two MLB parks.
The Chicago Cubs call the north side home, with their iconic stadium that has spawned at entire neighborhood. Wrigleyville is a party year round, but it really comes to life during baseball season. Grab some drinks at one of the many sports bars surrounding the park before heading to the game. Or cheer from the Wrigley Rooftops, a series of residential buildings outfitted with rooftop bleachers so you can watch the game from above. Plus, your price of admission typically includes unlimited food and drink.
On the south side, the White Sox reign. Guaranteed Rate Field is blessed with the one thing Wrigley doesn’t have — tons of parking. And with giant lots comes plenty of room to tailgate. Pull up in a spot or just hop through the rows clustered with grills, coolers, and ongoing bags tournaments. If you can, get tickets in the Fan Deck, a laid-back area where you can watch the game with an all-inclusive buffet and your own bartender.
If your bride is an adventure seeker, Chicago has plenty of ways to get her adrenaline fix. Maggie Daley Park, which neighbors downtown Millennium Park, offers a lakeside climbing wall that soars 40 feet in the air. The park is encircled by an all-seasons skating ribbon — roller skate or scooter in the summer and ice skate in winter.
Want to get on the water? Rent a kayak and paddle down the Chicago river, surrounded by soaring skyscrapers and some of the city’s most iconic architecture. There’s also kayak, paddle board and jet ski rentals available on the lake, all a great excuse to snap a photo with the city’s gorgeous skyline.
Or grab a bike from one of Chicago’s 570 bike share stations and ride along the Lakefront Trail. On the west side, The 606 is an elevated trail that runs above some of the city’s most eclectic neighborhoods. Your crew can take a leisurely ride to tour Chicago’s west side, with plenty of stops at the popular bars and restaurants along the route.
Dance the night away
Ready to hit the dance floor? Head to the River North neighborhood, one of Chicago’s top areas for nonstop nightlife. You’ll know you’ve found the Flamingo Rum Club when you see the colorful mural on North Wells Street. Inside, you’ll find swanky Cuban vibes, tropical rum drinks, and live entertainment. Just a few blocks away, The Underground is a sultry nightclub with a late-night dance floor and celeb clientele that give it an exclusive reputation.
Enter through the secret door to find The Bassment, a hip cocktail lounge with live music every night. Check out their craft cocktail selection, but be sure to order their signature drink, The Bathtub, that comes in a bathtub — a must-have shot for your Insta story. In the Loop, head to ROOF on theWit to dance all night long at this all-seasons rooftop hotspot with sweeping skyline views.