Best Hotel For Celebrating Halloween in Chicago

Casting about for Halloween plans this year? Come experience the world-class celebrations of this spookiest holiday that the Windy City serves up, and allow our Autograph Collection hotel here in River North to be your Halloween H.Q.

We’ll give you the luxurious and well-appointed accommodations and hospitality for whatever sort of All Hallow’s Eve mischief you want to get involved in. There are far too many Chicago Halloween festivities to list here, but we thought we’d compile at least some representative options to get that brainstorming going…

Halloween Balls

Again, too many Halloween balls and soirees to mention, but two definite standout options (within nice and easy reach of Hotel Chicago, mind you) are the Lyric Opera’s Halloween Masquerade and The Nightmare at Navy Pier Presents: The Haunted Halloween Ball at the Aon Grand Ballroom, both held the evening of Saturday, October 27th. Costume up and hit these swanky/spooky parties!

Chicago Monster Dash

Participate in (or watch) a costumed 5k, 10k, or half-marathon run on Saturday, October 20th.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America

Scare the bejeezus out of yourself among the Haunted Attractions and Scare Zones of Fright Fest at Six Flags, running through October 31st.

Day of the Dead at Maxwell Street Market

The Maxwell Street Market will host a free Day of the Dead celebration on Sunday, October 28th, complete with a mural dedication (Josue Aldana’s “Road to Paradise”/“Camino al Paraiso”) as well as a workshop on altar/ofrenda-making and pumpkin-decorating.

Spooky Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo

Trick-or-treat among the birds and the beasts at Lincoln Park for the always-popular Spooky Zoo event, going down during the zoo’s Fall Fest on Saturday, October 27th.

Arts in the Dark

One of Chicago’s top Halloween traditions, Arts in the Dark Parade of Artists sees a magnificent procession of masked and costumed participants, floats, puppets, lanterns, and more turning State Street between Lake and Van Buren into a dream-scape on Saturday, October 20th from 6 to 8 PM. After parties follow up the parade at Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park (the latter including a screening of Beetlejuice).

Edgar Allen Poe Readings at the Glessner House Museum

This fabulous Halloween tradition—marking its impressive 32nd year in 2018—sees Lifeline Theatre actors reading spine-tingling Poe tales and poems amid the appropriate 19th-century décor of the John J. Glessner House.

Halloween Concerts

There’s always plenty of music to enjoy in Chicago around All Hallow’s Eve, but it’s hard to top seeing Ween on Halloween (get it?) at the Aragon Ballroom.

Make it a Windy City Halloween With Hotel Chicago Accommodations

Book your Halloween getaway at Hotel Chicago today, and explore more holiday goings-on in the Windy City here.

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