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Aug 4, 2009 09:16 AM

NYC to Chicago for Bachelorette Party-NEED HELP

Hi Chicago,

I am a NYC chowhound in need of your help. I am coming this weekend for my best friend's bachelorette party. There are only 4 of us in the wedding party, 3 in NY so the planning for this party is some what difficult. The one Chicago girl is laid back and more of a go with the flow gal. I need a plan. I don't want to get to Chicago and waste all of Saturday stressed and planning. I want this to be a special night.

We are starting at the drakehotel in a suite downtown Saturday night. We don't want to do dinner but will be doing snacks and plenty of drinks in the hotel before we go out. Is there a whole foods downtown? I konw there are a handful in CHI so I figure there is one near by. Where else can I get some good food that isn't too pricey in the area? Good liquor stores as well?

We aren't going the cheesy route route with t shirts (although fun at times) but trying to be more of a classy crew that wants to have fun and be wild. Any suggestions on bars or places for us to go? I think there will be 10-12 girls.

Any help you can give me is appreciated. I want this to be a fun & special night but it is hard to do when I don't know your city very well. I came for NYE a few years back and had a blast. Hoping this trip is just as fun. Thanks!!

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  1. Hi, MCH. There is a Whole Foods on North Avenue, but it is a little far from where you'll be. Instead, I would suggest going to Fox & Obel to get snacks for your shindig. I'm not sure on a liquor store, so I would ask the Concierge at the Drake. As for bars, it completely depends on what you're looking for. Lots of bachelorette parties end up in the Rush/Division area (which is right near your hotel), but it really is a matter of preference. You could try to go to the Underground, which is one of the hottest clubs in the country, but you'll have to email them to see if you can get on the list. Given that you'll be a group of 10+ girls, your chances are good. Sorry, I don't have more downtown bar recs, I tend to hang out in more neighborhood-y places. Have a blast!

    1. There is a Whole Foods about 10 min. from your hotel at State and Superior. Another fun place to get food is the Goddess and the Grocer at 25 E. Delaware, which is a couple of blocks from the Drake. I know they have beer and wine, but I'm not sure about hard liquor. It is a bit pricey though. Fox & Obel is also a good suggestion.

      If you're going for classy, I can't in good conscience recommend the Rush/Division area. It can certainly be fun, but there is a good reason that Rush St. once (still is?) known as the Viagra Triangle, and Division is geared largely toward tourists. It really depends on what type of scene you're looking for, but the West Loop are might be good (Randolph St.). I don' t live in Chicago anymore, so I'm not up on the bar/club scene.

      1. i just found out the hotel room which i thought was a suite is really just a king bed room. no couch or anything. i am waiting to hear from the one girl who lives in chicago that booked the room but i don't think 12 girls pre gaming in this tiny room is going to work out. any ideas on what we could do before we hit the bars instead? i'm hoping someone's apt will be offered up to hang at.

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        1. re: mch

          Bummer on the suite.

          If you are looking for affordable snack options, try L'Appetito, which is at the Hancock Plaza a block from the Drake. it is an Italian deli. They have many prepared salads available, as well as meats, cheeses, sandwiches, and foccacia-like pizzas. Italian liquors galore if you are so inclined (Campari, Sambuca, etc).

          1. re: ms. chow

            Here's the link

            875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

          2. re: mch

            I would recommend Quartino (626 N. State) for a light dinner. They have Italian small plates so you can order as much or as little as you want. Cheap and good wine and fun drinks. Crowded and fun atmosphere. Walkable from your restaurant.

            As for hitting the bars, I would stop first at Pops (601 N. State) for a glass of champagne (just down the street from Quartino) and then maybe cab it over to The Market (1113 W. Randolph) and check out the rooftop lounge if the weather is nice. Another good option is Le Passage (937 N. Rush St.) and also walkable from your hotel. Both places are kind of a scene, but not cheesy. They are perfect for a bachelorette party when you want more upscale places.