Oscar Night in Chicago: Viewing Parties for the Academy Awards

Oscar Night in Chicago: Viewing Parties for the Academy Awards
Nominees for the 87th Oscars® at the Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 2 (list of attendees at bottom of post)

Chicagoans have many choices when it comes to watching the 87th Annual Academy Awards ceremony this Sunday February 22.  Here are a few:


Where: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

When: Sunday, February 22. Doors open at 6 p.m. The 87th Academy Awards® Telecast begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Deal:  Chicago’s longest-running awards show viewing party at the Gene Siskel Film Center does its best to mimic the real thing. The evening features a Hollywood style Red Carpet Celebration.  Guests can dig into gourmet food from Jewell Events Catering, Eli’s Cheesecake, Sugarbliss and Pure Kitchen Catering. Libations, aplenty, will be flowing from Guinness Blonde and Bow Truss Coffee Roasters. The Academy Awards will be shown on the Film Center’s big screen.

Cost: Tickets: $100 General Admission, $200 VIP (reserved seating), Valet parking will be available for $25. For more information or to RSVP by phone call 312 846 2072.

Dress: Cocktail Attire.


Where: Municipal Bar + Dinning Company, 216 W Ohio.

When: Sunday, February 22 from 6 p.m. until the last envelope is opened.

The Deal: A Red Carpet Party will be hosted by Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Illinois Young Leadership Committee. The festivities will be led by Ashley Pettit, healthy living expert and media personality.  Partygoers can bid on silent auction items to benefit JDRF, while enjoying dinner-by-the-bite and sipping on movie themed cocktails.The Academy Awards will be broadcast on screens throughout the bar starting with the red carpet coverage and continuing through the entire award ceremony.  During commercial breaks a DJ will be spinning.

Cost:   $60 in advance and $70 at the door VIP tickets and sponsorship options available.Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.


Where: The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 N Columbus Dr.

When: Sunday, February 22.  3 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The Deal: Watch the Academy Awards Ceremony in a Grand Suite.  The Red Carpet Package includes a lavish Sushi Bar, a gourmet Chocolate Bar, and chilled champagne for up to 50 guests. The Grand Suites feature 50-inch TVs–and if you get tired of watching the awards you can check out the views of the downtown Chicago skyline.

Cost: The Red Carpet Package is available for $75 per person plus taxes, fees and gratuities.  For complete details on the Red Carpet Package, contact Corinne Beede at Corinne.beede@fairmont.com or at 312 861 3798.

Extras: Fairmont Chicago is offering a pre-party mySpa featuring an aromatic Champagne and Roses scrub treatment for $165.


Where: Pump Room, 1301 N. State Parkway.

When: Sunday, February 22 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The Deal: The Pump Room is hosting a “Haute Oscars” viewing dinner of the 87th Annual Academy Awards. The event will be hosted by Janet Lee Mandell of Fashionaholic.  The evening kicks off with cocktails and guests receiving mini champagne bottles followed by a four-course tasting menu for 120 guests at 6 and 6:30 p.m. Dessert will feature an Oscars themed cake from Sugar Hills Bakery.

Cost: Tickets are $55 per person with group reservations encouraged. Ten percent of the proceeds from each ticket will be donated to Chicago Blackhawks Charities.

Dress: Required attire for the evening is le smoking, Yves Saint Laurent’s tailored take on the classic black suit. An award for best dressed will be given at 9 p.m.

Extras: Each of the 71 tables and booths will be named after different nominees. Six TVs will be placed throughout the room with a double-sided projector screen. Prior to the show, guests will fill out their own Oscars ballots with a special prize for the winner.

Pictured at top of post:

Kristin Reed, Ian Hunter, David Lancaster, Mat Kirkby, Christopher Hees, Graham Annable, Bonnie Arnold, Robert Duvall, Host Neil Patrick Harris, Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, Richard King, Gregg Rudloff, Barney Pilling, Aneta Kopacz, Emma Stone, Jason Blum, and Mathilde Bonnefoy.

First Row:
Ronan Blaney, Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Cathleen Sutherland, Gary Dennis Liddiard, Jr., Russell Earl, Teddy Schwarzman, Nicolas Aithadi, E. Max Frye, Ben Wilkins, Dice Tsutsumi, J. Christian Jensen, Julien Féret, Dirk Wilutzky, Andrew DeCristofaro, Dan Gilroy, Keven McAlester, Oded Binnun, Robert Kondo, Anthony Stacchi, Jeremy Dawson, Aaron Glascock, Hu Wei and Bub Asman.

Second Row:
Daniel Sudick, Gary Fettis, Gregg Alexander, Gregg W Landaker, Brent Burge, Ido Ostrowsky, Erik Winquist, Patrick Osborne, Adam Stockhausen, Craig Mann, John Lesher, Tim Crosbie, Robert Yeoman, Paul Franklin, Hans Zimmer, Travis Knight, Rosamund Pike, Jason Hall, Tomm Moore, Laura Poitras, Daniel Barrett, Helen Estabrook, Yoshiaki Nishimura, and Isao Takahata.

Third Row:
John T Reitz, James Lucas, Andrew Lockley, Thomas Curley, Mihal Brezis, Peter Morgan, Felicity Jones, Jonathan Fawkner, Colleen Atwood, Robert Lorenz, Michael Keaton, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Armando Bo, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Damián Szifron, Roy Conli, Jeremy Kleiner, Torill Kove, Dan DeLeeuw, Rory Kennedy, Joel E Cox, Hugo Guinness, Diane Warren, Bill Corso, Stefan Eichenberger, Nora Grossman, Alan Robert Murray, Talkhon Hamzavi, and Michael Lennox.

Fourth Row:
Alexander Dinelaris, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier, Bennett Miller, Reese Witherspoon, Anthony McCarten, Jason Canovas, Maria Djurkovic, Morten Tyldum, Pawel Pawlikowski, Suzie Davies, Sandra Adair, Bradley Cooper, Charlotte Watts, Lisa Bruce, Tom Cross, Common, Graham Moore, Mark Coulier, Bryan Grill, Frank A Montano, Eddie Redmayne, Julian Raymond, Orlando von Einsiedel, Gary Rizzo, J. K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette, Lou Pecora, Gary D. Roach, and Chris Williams.

Fifth Row:
Julianne Moore, Charlie Siskel, Dan Lemmon, Shawn Patterson, Edward Norton, Laura Dern, Danielle Brisebois, Oprah Winfrey, Damien Chazelle, Joanna Natasegara, Richard Linklater, Jon Taylor, Mark Weingarten, Dana Perry, Don Hall, Clint Eastwood, Joe Letteri, Paul Young, Marion Cotillard, William C Goldenberg, Abderrahmane Sissako, Richard Stammers, Steve Carell, Dean DeBlois, Dede Gardner, Scott Fisher, Becky Sullivan, Tomasz Śliwiński, Mark Bridges, Stephane Ceretti and Andrew Lazar.

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