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