There's more to (night)life than Halloween, so before the ghosts and ghouls take over the streets full-time, the About Last Night crew will see what else is going on around town. Don't worry, we still threw in some Halloween flavor with a twist. Meet up with us, flash your purty mug for our cameras, and check out the evidence of your debauchery Friday morning. Here's the plan:
What recession? Chicago's retail juggernaut keeps rolling along with the anticipated opening of the new Zara store in Chicago. After teasing us with the huge sign on Michigan Avenue all summer, we finally get to see what this clothing empire is all about with a launch party from 7-10 p.m. featuring celebrity DJ Paul Sevigny. The store, owned by a Spanish tycoon, offers mens, womens and kids clothing lines, and is known for showcasing a multitude of new designs throughout the seasons. Tomorrow you can shop. Tonight, let's party. Zara, 700 N. Michigan Avenue. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trick or Teets
There's only two more days to check out Off Off Broadzway's Halloween show, so we'll hit up tonight's performance to see what the buzz is all about. This show isn't for the faint of heart, as the burlesque-inspired all-female sketch comedy troupe and their creepy ringmaster showcase their anything-goes humor. Sorry fellas, no nudity here, but you can expect to hear catchy songs, and some of the foulest mouths you'll find this side of Sarah Silverman. Costumes are encouraged. 8 p.m., Davenports Piano Bar, 1383 N Milwaukee Ave., (773) 278-1830. $12. Also Friday at Fizz Bar and Grill
Oontz Oontz Ootra
The stylish chicas will be out in force at The Underground for the official launch party of Ootra, a new deluxe handbag shop inside the 900 Shops on Michigan Avenue. The private reception is from 9 - 11 p.m., which includes a fashion show and plenty of complimentary stuff (Kilo Kai drinks, not handbags). The Underground, 56 W Illinois St., (312) 644-7600. RSVP to VIP@rockitranch.com