Sunday, February 1, 2015

This Weekend

  • Captain Midnight: Nightboat Chicago

    Three of Chicago’s top live electronic bands prove it’s cooler by the lake with a late-night dance party on a midnight cruise.

    Party favors: No cruise is complete without live painting, BBQ meatballs, and a chance to win a mystery “treasure chest."

    Fri midnight-3a. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., River East. $89 here.

    Nearby: Riva; Billy Goat Tavern; Capi’s Italian Kitchen

  • History Lesson: Boo: A Halloween Ball at the Chicago History Museum

    Top mixologists from Scofflaw and Tavernita mix with DJs from The Bedford and Studio Paris to class up your Halloween.

    Show stoppers: Ghost stories and magic tricks make this a museum party your neighborhood bar can’t touch.

    Tonight 7-11p. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park. (312-642-4600). $40-50 here.

    Nearby: Perennial Virant; Corcoran’s Grill & Pub; North & Clark Cafe

  • Chill Out: Wicker Park Chili Cookoff at Moonshine

    Spicy, vegan, meat-based, or sweet…if it’s chili, it’s here as 16 pro and amateur chefs compete for (literally) a bowlful of cash.

    Cool down: Pair your chili with a bottle of Dom Perignon, Tripel Karmeliet on tap, or a pitcher of mojitos.

    Sun 1-6p. Moonshine, 1824 W. Division St., Wicker Park (773-862-8686). $5-10 here.

    Nearby: Prasino; The Anthem; Fatpour

  • Dead Heads: Dia de los Muertos at Moe’s Cantina

    Enter a world of elaborate altars and sugar skulls as you welcome the spirits of the dead at this hangover-be-damned party.

    Walking dead: Get your face painted and check out original artwork while stilt walkers put on a show.

    Fri 5-7p & Sat 6-10p. Moe’s Cantina, 155 W. Kinzie St., River North (773-348-8899). No cover.

    Nearby: Public House; Chicago Cut Steakhouse; Bridge House Tavern

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