If you’re still waiting for your invitation to the Royal Wedding to arrive, don’t hold your breath. Grab some friends and join the wedding fever sweeping the nation at one of these Chicago Royal Wedding events.
But I Was Supposed To Marry Prince William Party
Jack’s Bar & Grill
2856 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
When: April 28, 2011 – 7:30PM – 9:30PM
Lincoln Park staple, Jack’s Bar & Grill, 2856 N. Southport Ave., is excited to present a Prince William and Kate Middleton Wedding Celebration on Thurs., April 28 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. The lovelorn of Chicago are invited to drown their sorrows with several drink specials, including: $5 glasses of Champagne, $3 Budweiser bottles, $5 Crown Royal cocktails, and $7 Crown Royal Manhattans.
Guests will be treated like queens with complimentary hors d’ouevres, tiaras for the first 50 ladies in the door and a raffle ticket for the opportunity to win the ultimate ‘Princess Package’ featuring Cubs tickets, wine, tickets to Porchlight Music Theatre’s THE KING AND I, and more. Princes are also welcome.
Blokes & Birds Royal Affair
Blokes & Birds
3343 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60657
When: Friday, April 29 – 5:00pm-2:00am
Blokes & Birds English gastropub will honor the over-the-pond nuptials of William and Kate with a viewing party in a well-suited setting. Beginning at 7:00pm, the (taped) ceremony will be shown throughout the bi-level venue. To really get into the British spirit of the highly anticipated wedding soiree, Blokes & Birds will offer half-pints of Wells Bombardier for $3 (a Bedford, England brew), traditional Pimm’s Cup cocktails for $6, complimentary cucumber sandwich amuse and all-you-care-to-enjoy Fish & Chips with malt vinegar aioli and thick-cut tartar sauce for $10.
Blokes & Birds, which is British slang for guys and girls, redefines the English pub experience in Chicago. The contemporary English spot combines updated gastropub fare and a smart selection of beers and spirits. With plenty of nods to Anglophile favorites, Executive Chef Greg Cannon offers twists on English cuisine and American comfort food. The menu is complemented by 70 global imports and American craft beers, a well-edited wine list and custom craft cocktails. Music is a featured accompaniment at Blokes & Birds, with a play list featuring 70s and 80s British rock.
London’s Calling: The Royal Wedding Tea Party
140 E Walton Pl.
Chicago, IL 60611
When: April 29, 2011- 12:00pm
Price: $35- reservations are required
Guests are cordially invited to attend a private viewing of the Royal Wedding while enjoying afternoon tea service in the Palm Court at The Drake Hotel, Chicago. The room will be prepped for this momentous and historical occasion so that guests will feel as though they’re part of the wedding itself. Highlights include a screening of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, a fashion show by Chicago’s top Milliners and traditional Afternoon Tea Service featuring tea, scones, finger sandwiches and pastries. The event is sponsored by the Palm Court, Tea Room & Lounge.
A Royal Wedding Night
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
When: April 29, 2011 – 7:00pm
Assuming your workplace will not be showing the royal wedding live, and an invitation was not received to attend the services at Westminster Abbey, the reality is that you still want to actually see Prince William marry Kate. This is where Kit Kat Lounge can not only help, but create quite the local viewing party.
On the evening of the royal wedding, Friday, April 29, the martinis will be flowing and the (drag) Queens will be out in full force. Beginning at 7:00pm, wedding footage will be shown on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo projection screens. “Queen Diva” Kathryn Cole will perform throughout the evening.
Executive Chef Mark Kasper has created a special three course prix fixe menu fit for any king or queen ($30 per person, menu below). This royal occasion deserves a toast, so mixologists will be shakin’ up “Put a Ring On It” martinis.
For those getting married soon: brides may enter to win a bachelorette party for six at Kit Kat followed by a night of clubs and dancing courtesy of VIP Bachelorettes.
XRT Friday Feature: Rock Royalty
In honor of the royal wedding, join XRT as they bow and curtsy to the members of the rock elite who have bestowed their majestic presence on us through their music. Starting with their own morning knave, Lin Brehmer, and his personal princess, Mary Dixon, will spin tunes by the King (B.B., Albert and Elvis- of course), Kings of Leon, Prince, Queen, Aretha the Queen of Soul, Koko Taylor the Queen of the Blues, plus assorted Knights and royal honorees who may or may not have played the Palace.
The Wedding Bash
1045 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
When: April 30, 2011 – 6:00pm-9:00pm
Celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton at a 3 hour bash at Proof. Admission includes 3- hour premium open bar package, a picture with a life-sized poster of Will and Kate and a donation to the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer.
Afternoon Tea In Chicago
Various Chicago location
Rachel Azark/CBS Local Chicago
The Royal Wedding is rapidly approaching and while we’re not British, we do have a sort of curiosity of the spectacle. If you want to pretend to be British, or you just like tea, maybe finding an afternoon tea is just for you. Dip your toe into a very British tradition going back to the early 1800s with Queen Victoria. It is a time to gather with friends, between lunch and dinner (usually between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.) and to enjoy a pot of tea, sandwiches, small cakes and sweets.
Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago