Didn't manage to get your hands on tickets to Obama's election night rally at McCormick Place but still looking to diffuse political angst by surrounding yourself by some friendly strangers in the president's hometown?
We've gathered a number of Chicago election night parties to serve as McCormick Place alternatives this Tuesday. Most of the events and free and many feature specially-priced and -themed drink and food specials -- perfectly suited for either celebration or sorrow.
Prefer to watch the action unfold from home? We've also curated an (admittedly Chicago-style) Spotify playlist of suggested election night jams in the event that you put the pundits on mute. Click past our party picks for the playlist.
Nuts & Bolts: American Queer Party @ Township
Trandroid hosts <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/162460823897960/">Nuts & Bolts: American Queer Party at Township</a> (2202 N. California). The event will feature live election results, performances, beats from DJ Swaguerilla and "glitter bombing galore." <em>FREE</em>
Blues Mamas For Obama @ Mayne Stage
The Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse Ave.) is <a href="http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3171154&pl=mayne">hosting a special musical event on election night</a> which will be music to the ears of at least one political party's loyal supporters: The "Chicago Blues Mamas for Obama" -- ten female blues musicians including Cookie Taylor and Deirta Farr who will be singing about women's rights. NFL alum Charlie Brown provides commentary on the election results. <em>$13</em>
WBEZ Party @ Schubas
WBEZ, Schubas and Do312 are partnering for a special election night party at Schubas Tavern (3159 N. Southport Ave.). The party will feature "freedom rock" from The Statutes Of Liberty and WBEZ members will get a free round of 312 plus some food specials. Those with "I Voted" stubs will also get a free dessert with their purchase of any entree. <em>FREE</em>
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar
Maria's Packaged Goods (960 W. 31st St.) will be serving up a number of special drinks in honor of election night, including the Mint Romney and the Biden My Time, "a self-described working man's drink." <em>FREE</em>
The Whirlaway Lounge (3224 W. Fullerton) is known for attracting a politically-engaged crowd and election night will certainly be no exception. The bar's Facebook page invites: "Cast your vote and come to Whirlaway to wait for the election results...we'll either drink to celebrate or forget!" <em>FREE</em>
Kit Kat Lounge
The Kit Kat Lounge (3700 N .Halsted St.)'s election night results viewing party will feature half-priced martinis and appetizers plus the bar's usual Tuesday special: Chicken and waffles with a glass of champagne for just $12.95. <em>FREE</em>
Rogers Park mainstay Heartland Cafe (7000 N. Glenwood Ave.) will be featuring a number of food and drink specials and will have their tubes tuned to election results. <em>FREE</em>
Patch Party @ Beer Bistro
Patch will be offering up free snacks, $4 pints of Sierra Nevada’s Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale and $2 burgers at its election night party from 7:30-10 p.m. at Beer Bistro (1415 W. Fullerton Ave.). <em><a href="http://lincolnpark.patch.com/articles/election-night-watch-party-chicago-patch">FREE with RSVP</a></em>
Standard Bar & Grill
The Standard Bar & Grill (1332 N. Milwaukee Ave.) will have their many television screens tuned in to election coverage and will also be hosting an interactive lounge inviting guests to support local literacy programs, sponsored by ClicktheCause. <em>FREE</em>
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