Gorilla Tango Theatre

Halloween isn't just for little ghosts and ghouls. Be creative, pull a fun costume together, and head out on the town to get your trick-or-treat on. Here are 8 unique ways to celebrate Halloween in Chicago, the city's spooky fun holiday, with everything from a burlesque cabaret, to a tour of a hidden burial site, to a murderous opera.

 

 

1. See a Halloween-Themed Burlesque Show

Saturday, October 29

Gorilla Tango Burlesque puts on one of the best burlesque shows in the city, and its Spook-tacular holiday hit, Spooky Boobs! A Gorilla Tango Burlesque Cabaret, brings out the best of Halloween. Think Frankenstein, mutant turtles and zombies paired with gorgeous gals and glittery gore. More costumed fun this week includes Game of Thongs: A Game of Thrones Burlesque and A Nude Hope: A Star Wars Burlesque. See Spooky Boobs performed at the crack of midnight October 29 at Gorilla Tango Theatre Bucktown (1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue). Tickets are $28; ages 18 and over only. Advance purchase highly recommended via the website or by phone at 773-598-4549.

 

 

2. Set Sail on a Haunted Halloween Cruise 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 28–30

Seadog

Step aboard the speedy Seadog and enjoy a Chicago architecture cruise at night. As the ghostly secrets behind our city's eerie past are unveiled, you'll enjoy a spirited cruise with costumed tour guides and plenty of high-speed thrills. Tours depart from Navy Pier. Reserve tickets online or by calling 888.636.7737.

 

 

3. Tour a Haunted Michigan Avenue Hotel

Wednesday–Saturday, October 26–29, and Monday, October 31 

The Drake Hotel

Legend has it that a mysterious, ghostly woman in red haunts the iconic Drake Hotel. This Halloween, enjoy high tea in this haunted hotel then step behind the scenes to discover the decades of ghost stories and crimes of the times that took place in the hotel's hallowed hallways. Tours are held Wednesday through Saturday in October and on Halloween Day. Tickets are $65 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 312.932.4619 or send an email to Amy Verdon at Amy.Verdon@hilton.com.

 

 

4. Learn about the Haunted Past of the Lincoln Park Zoo

Thursday, October 27

Lincoln Park Zoo Haunted Lecture

Being one of the oldest zoos in the country, Lincoln Park Zoo may be home to more than a vast and varied array of animals. Brave souls can relive the zoo's haunted history this October. Chicago ghost lore expert and paranormal investigator Ursula Bielski returns to the zoo to relay the ghostly happenings she and her team have documented on zoo grounds during the Haunted Zoo Lecture at the allegedly paranormal Café Brauer. 7–9 p.m. Tickets are $29 ($25 for Lincoln Park Zoo members); ages 16 and older.

 

 

5. Set Off on a Spooky Tour of Lincoln Park

Thursday, October 27

The 3rd Annual Spooky Tour: Death, Disease and Bones: The Lincoln Park Walking Tour promises to reveal the haunted underbelly of the beautiful Lincoln Park neighborhood. Join historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach on a walking excursion through Lincoln Park and learn more about its macabre history as a vast, windswept burial site. Tickets are $30 ($22 for Driehaus Museum member). The 90-minute tour will start at 4 p.m., rain or shine.

 

 

6. Party Like the Mad Hatter at a Hot Rooftop Bar

Saturday, October 29

Chicago's hottest rooftop bar of 2016 announces A Mad Hatter Halloween! Raised, located at 1 W. Upper Wacker Drive, will be hosting an Alice in Wonderland–inspired Halloween party. Kicks off at 8 'til midnight. Tickets are $65 and include complimentary beer and wine.

 

 

7. Enjoy Spooktacular Fireworks and a Floating Masquerade Ball

Saturday, October 29

Masquerade Dinner Cruise Odyssey II

Navy Pier's fireworks will light up the autumn night sky with a spooky synchronized show to remember, set to a dramatic soundtrack. Don your fanciest costume and board the Odyssey II Chicago for a fireworks cruise: You'll sail the high seas of Lake Michigan while enjoying creative appetizers, entrées and mouth-watering desserts then sashay to the lit dance floor where you can twirl to the live DJ tunes while sipping cocktails.

When the Navy Pier fireworks blast off, you'll have the best seat in the city! The cruise boards at 6 p.m. and sets sail from Navy Pier at 7 p.m., returning at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $134.90, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

 

 

8. Enjoy a Mysterious Evening at the Opera

Wednesday, October 26, and Saturday, October 29

Just in time for Halloween, the Lyric Opera presents a new-to-Chicago production of Donizetti's haunting Lucia di Lammermoor. Often described as a Scottish Romeo-and-Juliet-style tragedy, the opera is famous for its dazzling and haunting tone. Now onstage at the Civic Opera House. Get tickets.

 

For more ways to get into the spirit, visit choosechicago.com/halloween for a complete Halloween in Chicago 2016 guide.