6 Interactive Bachelor/Bachelorette Party Ideas
After months of wedding planning, it's time to celebrate your final days of singlehood with your closest friends. And you want this celebration to be one everyone in attendance will never forget. Fortunately, there are a ton of fun and unique things to do for your bachelor or bachelorette party around Chicago's North Shore. From learning circus skills to dining on a meal you prepared yourself, here are a few ideas if you're planning a party (or want to drop some hints to your best man or maid of honor).
The Actors Gymnasium
Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston
This circus and performing arts training center not only produces entertaining shows throughout the year, but also gives you a chance to learn new skills with a fun and exciting bachelor or bachelorette party. Book a Circus Arts class and choose two of the following activities: juggling, silk knot, tightwire, trapeze, and rolling globe. You’ll have a blast and get to show off some new tricks on social media.
8125 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Challenge your friends to Call of Duty, Fortnite, Madden 20, Mario Kart, and more, plus arcade and VR games at this social gaming experience. You can order cocktails like Metroid Margarita with tequila, orange liqueur, lime, agave, and melons and Saturday Morning Old Fashioned made with bourbon, toasted oats, Demerara sugar, and bitters, plus pizzas like Triple Kill topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon, and red sauce and Chicken and Waffle with maple hot sauce drizzle and white sauce to be ordered to your seat. You can even order milkshakes like Oreo, Strawberry Shortcake, and Nutella with or without alcohol. Learn more about events for large groups with food and drink packages and custom gaming sessions.
The Actors Gymnasium, Evanston
1150 Willow Road, Northbrook
Bowling is a classic activity, but take it up a notch at Pinstripes. Not only can you go up against your friends with bowling, but you can also try bocce. Plus, you can enjoy delicious Italian and American fare like Barbecue Chicken Pizza, the Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Fettuccini Bolognese, and Baby Back Ribs. There's also a large selection of wine, beer, and cocktails, and the late night menu features starters like Jumbo Pretzel, Tenderloin Sliders, and Crispy Calamari.
Ignite Gaming, Skokie
2011 Tower Drive, Glenview
For those who want to show off their artistic side, plan a party at this painting studio. With private parties, your group will have a room to itself, a music playlist with your favorite hits, and your choice of painting. And as always, an instructor will guide your group through the entire process (so don't worry if you don't have a ton of painting experience!) and you'll be able to enjoy food and drinks throughout the evening. Learn more about private parties and start planning your event today.
The Talking Farm
3669 Howard St., Skokie
The mission of this nonprofit is "to provide education, example and hands on experience to members of the community to expand the awareness, importance, and availability of food grown sustainably." Through the Howard Street Farm in Skokie and off-site gardens, The Talking Farm produces 21,000 pounds of sustainably-grown produce every year. And in addition to this work, the organization hosts Farm Dinners that are perfect for the foodie bride or groom. The Talking Farm partners with local restaurants to prepare four delicious courses using sustainable, local food. Because there’s nothing better than connecting with friends over a delicious meal.
Pinot's Palette, The Glen Town Center, Glenview
Feast and Imbibe
1601 Payne St., Suite C, Evanston
Want to enjoy a delicious meal, but play a role in the creation of the food? Sign up for a cooking class at this catering company. During the evening you'll learn techniques to create a three-course meal and cocktail, which you'll then consume after the class. Past themes have ranged from pasta to street food. This is a great way to enjoy dinner with friends while also learning skills you'll be able to use in your own kitchen.
Talking Farm, Skokie
Feast and Imbibe, Evanston
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