The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are less than a week away and Chicago has already been hit by Gold fever. However you opt to celebrate - at a star-studded soiree sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences or in a luxe rooftop tent overlooking a magnificent metropolis - there are plenty of parties honoring everyone's lovable little golden boy, Oscar! Here is round-up of a few of our favorites:
A Red Carpet Affair
STATE Restaurant & Café
935 W. Webster
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
With more than 100 HDTV’s televising the Oscars at one time, your ADD-afflicted significant other will even know who won Best Supporting Actress. Hosted by the Chicago Sports and Social Club, the evening features great food, an Oscar trivia contest and an open bar with beer, vodka, rum and whiskey cocktails. This event will feature some hot red carpet action so don your best duds and leave your favorite Bears jersey at home.
Cost: Tickets are $25 per person. Includes open bar and dinner buffet.
Contact: 773-975-8030 to RSVP your table or visit the Website.
On the Red Carpet: Center on Halsted Oscar Party 2011
Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted Street
6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
We were excited to hear that The Weather Channel was predicting snow showers for the evening - perfect weather to view the Oscars in the Center on Halsted’s heated rooftop tent! In addition to exciting awards coverage, and a silent auction, guests will sip and sup the night away with unlimited cocktails and a buffet. Participate in the prediction competition and win special prizes. Proceeds benefit programs at Center on Halsted.
Cost: Director tickets ($75) and Producer tickets ($125) are available. Both include open bar and a lavish buffet.
Contact: 773-472-6469 to purchase tickets or visit the Website.
Oscar Viewing Party
The Palm Court at The Drake Hotel
140 E. Walton Place
5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Hosted at one of the city’s most iconic properties, our favorite fashion duo, Cece & Melinda of Raymi Productions, will kick the evening off in high style with a red carpet entrance and one fashionable fêter will receive the award for Best Dressed. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner and a glass of bubbly as they watch their favorite Hollywood stars on a huge life-sized screen.
Cost: Tickets start at $75 per person. Includes dinner, bubbly and a goody bag.
Contact: Space is limited so email Shaun.Rajah@hilton.com to secure your table.
Oscar Night America
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street
6:00 p.m. - Midnight
Don’t confuse the sparkling you see on the horizon for a diamond heist at Tiffany's. It‘s just the city’s glitterati glamming their way down the red carpet at Oscar Night America, Chicago’s only Academy Awards-sanctioned event. Broadcasted on multiple screens, guests won’t miss a single minute of Oscar action as they enjoy creative cocktails and cuisine catered by Petterino’s. Check in with Amanda Puck, who will be on the red carpet interviewing the most fashionable VIP guests.
Proceeds benefit theeducational programs of the Film Center and The Chicago Academy for the Arts Scholarship Fund.
Cost: Tickets start at $100 per person. Includes open bar, buffet, raffle, silent auction and an official Academy Awards program.
Contact: 312-846-2072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.