If the excitement of the city makes your heart race a little faster, a Chicago bachelorette party should be high on your list. Tucked within the Midwestern heartland, this urban oasis is a bustling hub of culture, theater, cuisine, and nightlife to rival any major city you’ll find on the coast. Spend your Chicago bachelorette party gallivanting through Millennium Park and sampling the best deep dish pizza, while of course, incorporating a Michigan Avenue shopping spree for good measure.
The Windy City is the ideal backdrop to any girls trip, so get your Chicago bachelorette party itinerary in order and let your epic weekend unfold.
What to Do
Start your Chicago bachelorette party off with a wander through the Chicago Riverwalk which includes a 1.25-mile pedestrian path along the Chicago River. You’ll pass eateries and public art, plus get to enjoy the city’s famous architecture along the way.
Next, head over to Millennium Park for a glimpse of Chicago’s iconic public sculpture known as Cloud Gate or “The Bean.” Make sure to grab a group picture right here, or head 10 minutes south to Grant Park for a photo opp at Buckingham Fountain. The stunning European-style fountain is most definitely worth a visit during its operating months from May to October.
If you’re up for more tourist action on your Chicago bachelorette party, the observation boxes and the ledge at Skydeck Chicago will get your adrenaline pumping in all the best ways. Or, make your way to Navy Pier for amusements, food, and fun along Lake Michigan.
No Chicago bachelorette party is complete without a little retail therapy on The Magnificent Mile. This North Michigan Avenue stretch is home to over 450 stores, from major department stores to luxe boutique brands, and everywhere in between. Don’t miss the eight-floor Macy’s at Water Tower Place or the array of shops at 900 North Michigan.
Where to Eat
Pizza, pasta, and gelato lovers will be in seventh heaven at Eataly Chicago—a multi-level food market that feels like you’ve just stepped into Italy. Eataly also offers cooking classes and wine tastings, so check their events calendar to book an activity for your Chicago bachelorette party.
During your River North tourist adventures, stop in at Beatrix for modern American eats in an ultra-trendy setting. This place serves up food any time of day but makes an especially great Chicago bachelorette party brunch location.
On Dearborn Street, you’ll find downtown Chicago’s Restoration Hardware, which also happens to house a much-talked-about eatery in the prettiest space you’ve ever seen. 3 Arts Club Cafe serves everything from coffee to light bites to cocktails, so relax and enjoy with the cafe’s glass dome and chandeliers glittering overhead.
You can’t leave Chicago without trying their famous deep dish pizza that’s every bit as decadent as it sounds. Giordano’s and Pequod's Pizza are a few deep dish favorites, but find any local spot and you can’t go wrong.
For a little nightlife fun, head to the rooftop restaurant of Hotel Lincoln, The J. Parker. You’ll sip on yummy cocktails with city skyline views for a perfect Chicago bachelorette party experience. Or, try RM Champagne in the West Loop where you’ll find bubbly French wines in a particular swanky setting.
Where to Stay
For a Chicago bachelorette party hotel that won’t completely bust your budget, look to the Aloft Chicago City Center. Located in River North, you’ll stay right within a quick walking distance of the city’s major sites, without the tourist chaos that comes with other downtown options.
Set on Walker Driver, you can enjoy sophisticated accommodations at the Wyndham Grand Chicago. This riverfront hotel will make a great home-base, no matter what you’ve got planned for your Chicago bachelorette party.
Treat yourselves to an unforgettable stay at The Gwen, which was recently named one of the best Chicago hotels by Travel + Leisure. Or, splurge with a stay at theWit Hotel which includes an amazing rooftop lounge for you and your ladies to enjoy.