Inauguration Day is on Tuesday, but not everyone is able to head to D.C. to celebrate. Even if you'll be in Chicago, there's plenty of Inaugration-themed soirees around the city.
- Renewing America's Promise Chicago Inaugural Ball - Location: McCormick Place, Skyline Ballroom
- South Shore Fancy Family Inaugural Ball - Location: Chicago Public Library, 2505 E. 73rd St. FREE
- Bronzeville Inaugural Ball - Location: Bronzeville Historic Parkway Ballroom - Portion of the proceeds to benefit Teen Cyber Café
- YES, We Did Inaugural Gala - Hosted by Simeon Alumni for Obama - Location: Simeon Alumni Village - Portion of the proceeds to benefit Sisters of Distinction and Project Simeon 2000
- Obama Chicago Ball - Location: Condesa del Mar, Alsip, IL
- If you want to watch the inauguration on a really big screen, Landmark Theatre's Century Center Cinema will be simulcasting the event starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are free, on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Moonshine (1824 W Division Street) will have an Inauguration bash called "Cheers to Change!" all day long. You can catch the ceremony live at lunch or come in after work for an after-party.
Starting at 6 p.m., the restaurant will offer a complimentary All-American food buffet with sliders, a hot dog & chili bar, $4 O-Bombs, $4 Old Bidens, and $2 PBR Drafts. Call (773) 862-8686 for more information.
The Silver Room (1442 N. Milwaukee) is hosting a day-long event, showing the inauguration on projection screens around the space. In the evening, they'll host a Celebration of Change forum discussion from 8 to 9 p.m., then kick off their Celebration Party at 9. Free. Call 773.278.7130 for more info.
- Café Magazine is hosting an Inauguration Party Tuesday at Zocolo (358 W. Ontario). Lunch and drink specials (CirocObama?) will be offered as the ceremony is played on the large screens. At the close of the ceremony, they will salute the new "don" with a complimentary Don Julio toast. All guests must RSVP by e-mailing email@example.com.
- If you're in the charitable mood but still want to get your dance on, head to the Aragon for the Chicago Inaugural Ball. Tickets are $65, and a portion goes to Amnesty International. The ball will also be hooked up to other inaugural bashes around Chicago and the country via livestreaming video. Attire is "creative black tie."
- Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club (3700 N Halsted St) will be hosting an Inauguration Day Ball from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., complete with champagne to toast the new President. The event is $25 per person, with half-price martinis served until 2 a.m., including the O-bomb Tini and the Go Green Tini. Tarot card reader, Therese Murphy, will also be on hand to provide her thoughts on the future of the new administration. Call (773)525-1111 for more information.
- Dunlays on the Square (3137 W Logan Blvd.) will open at 10 a.m. for patrons to watch the Inauguration Day festivities on its three 42" plasma screen TVs. A complimentary celebratory "Obama Chicago Champagne" toast will also be offered. Children can eat free from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., and $5 O-bombs and a full menu is available upon request. Call (773) 227-2400 for more information.
- Dine (733 W. Madison St.) is inviting Democrats and Republicans to their "Obama-Nation Inauguration" at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Patrons can celebrate with an Obama Buffet Inauguration Luncheon. For more information call (312) 602-2100.
- Radio station WVON is hosting an Inauguration Day celebration at the Grand Ballroom (6351 Cottage Grove). The party runs from 6 p.m to midnight, and features comedian Reggie Reg and singers Tovi Kalil and DJ Insane Ywain. Tickets are $25 each or $44 for couples.