IRVING PARK — You can dance the night away Friday wearing your best Halloween costume at an alcohol-free party with spooky mocktails from an open bar.
The sober party is 7-11 p.m. Friday at Trigger, 2810 W. Addison St. It’s hosted by Chicago AF, an organization dedicated to creating fun community spaces that don’t involve alcohol.
“It’s about creating a space to truly socialize sober, to be able to dance and flirt if you’re single,” Chicago AF founder Carrie May said. “When I first got sober, I missed that feeling of going out on the weekends. There weren’t really spaces for that unless you were able to tolerate being around other people drinking and not everyone can. I’m so excited to get dressed up and feel that excitement that comes with partying.”
The event will feature a DJ, dance floor, costume contest and photo booth. Bartenders will serve non-alcoholic Halloween-themed drinks with names such as B—-’s Brew, Bloody Good Paloma and We’re All Wolves.
“The thing that’s so exciting about this event, is that it’s an actual party,” May said. “It’s not just meeting up to do an activity together. It’s just fun to feel ice shaking in your drink and see the bartender making it and feel the festiveness that comes with an open bar. People really enjoyed that on the no-booze cruise, and we wanted to replicate it.”
Members of Chicago AF previously have gone to sports games, painted pottery, completed a ropes course and set sail on a sold-out no-booze cruise.
“After the no-booze cruise, we’ve really gotten to see Chicago’s sober community coming out of the woodworks,” May said. “Our organization has become much bigger and more diverse. Even though there’s a price tag, we want to make it very clear that whatever people can afford will get you there.”
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