The royal wedding fever has certainly not infected everyone, but many are looking forward to watching the big event. Whether you're caught up in the romance or just want to see the clothes, there are several royal wedding viewing parties going on in Chicago Friday. We rounded up a few below.
Four Seasons Chicago: On the afternoon of the wedding, the Four Seasons will host a "Crumpets and Couture" afternoon tea complete with an English-inspired menu from Executive Chef Kevin Hickey. The event will be accompanied by TV wedding coverage and a fashion show featuring creations from British designers Karen Millen and L.K. Bennett. In addition to a champagne toast to the happy couple, guests also get a swag bag and the chance to win an overnight stay at the hotel and a shopping spree at the 900 North Michigan Shops.
Friday, April 29 at 3 pm; $55 per person
120 E. Delaware Place; 312-280-8800
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club: In addition to showing wedding coverage, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will also offer a three-course menu with Brit comfort food dishes like bangers and mash and shepherd's pie. Also included with the meal are a few wedding-themed extras, like the "Put a Ring on It" martini and a candy ring garnish. Meanwhile, Australian diva Kathryn Cole will be performing live and diners will have the chance to win tickets to an advanced screening of the romantic comedy "Something Borrowed."
Friday, April 29 at 7 pm; $30 per person for the prix fixe dinner
3700 N. Halsted St.; 773-525-1111
Cityscape Bar: Sip on themed cocktails as you watch the prince and princess walk down the aisle at Cityscape Bar's all-day royal wedding viewing party. Among the special $7 drinks developed for the event are the "The Courtship" with prosecco, X Rated Liquer, Razzmatazz and cranberry juice, "The Bitter Queen" with Absolut Vanille, Peach Schnapps, pineapple juice and grenadine and "The Royal Wedding" with vodka, gin, rum, Blue Curacao and sour mix.
Friday, April 29 from 11 am – 1 am
350 W. Mart Center Dr.; 312-836-5000
Jack's Bar and Grill: Jack's understands that many women will be feeling down this Friday, so to cheer them up they'll be offering tiaras to the first 50 ladies at their "But I Was Supposed to Marry Prince William!" party. While drowning your sorrows in glasses of champagne and Crown Royal cocktails priced at just $5 each, patrons can watch wedding footage on the bar's TVs, munch on free appetizers and enter a raffle for tickets to "The King and I" at Porchlight Music Theatre.
Friday, April 29 from 7:30 pm – 9 pm
2856 N. Southport Ave.; 773-404-8400
The Drake Hotel: Enjoy tea service and live harp music while attending this private viewing of the royal wedding at The Drake Hotel, where Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana also once enjoyed an afternoon tea. The first seating will be accompanied by a hat fashion show from Chicago-based milliners, while the second seating will include a bridal show from Giselle Couture.
Friday, April 29 at 12 pm (first seating) and 3:30 pm (second seating); $35 per person
140 E. Walton Place; 312-787-2200
Palmer House Hilton: Chicago's Palmer House Hilton is hosting a super early Royal Wedding Tea where attending guests can view the wedding live from London. The tea and breakfast starts at 5 a.m. For those who aren't that excited but still want to see it, the hotel will switch to a classic afternoon tea at 2 p.m.
Friday, April 29 at 5 a.m. and 2 p.m.; $45 per person (Reservations required--make them here.)
17 E. Monroe Street; 312-917-3404