After Prom Ideas in Chicago

Prom is one of the biggest nights of your life, and you want every detail to be perfect: the dinner, the dance, the clothes, the date, and even the afterparty. Though you may think it is difficult to find after-prom ideas in Chicago due to age restrictions, there are actually many things you can do to have a safe, enjoyable night with your friends.

House Party

One popular after-prom idea in Chicago for teens is to have a house party or sleepover at someone's house. You'll find that most parents would rather have you safe under their roof then out where something could happen to you. Therefore, they will most likely be more than happy to host an after party at their house. Ask your parents' permission to have friends over to hang out in a basement, a finished garage, or even an outdoor patio. Make a playlist of your favorite songs, and buy a variety of snacks and drinks. You could serve a sandwich tray from a deli, along with salad, chips and dips, a veggie tray, and cookies. This will allow people to snack throughout the night. If your parents are comfortable with the idea, you could even have a slumber party so no one will have to worry about getting home later.

Navy Pier

A visit to Navy Pier is excellent after-prom idea in Chicago. Navy Pier is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and it offers a romantic atmosphere for couples, and also many activities for groups of friends. Rides include the Ferris wheel, carousel, swing ride and light tower, and there are also a variety of gardens, parks, shops and restaurants you can enjoy with friends.


Though bowling may sound more like a family activity, it is a delightful after-prom idea in Chicago. Diversey River Bowl on West Diversey Avenue downtown has open bowling on Fridays until 2 a.m. and Saturdays until 3 a.m. This bowling alley has a light show that runs from 8:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Fridays and from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. on Saturdays. During this time, there is a DJ and sound system that pumps music throughout the bowling alley, creating a party atmosphere. There is also a snack bar and lounge area with TVs and seating, so you and your friends can hang out when you're not bowling.

Lucky Strike Lanes is another popular Chicago bowling alley. Lucky Strike Lanes is part of a popular nationwide chain, and has received many celebrity guests as well, such as Beyonce, Paris Hilton, Hilary Duff, and Ashton Kutcher. This bowling alley is an upscale, modern bowling alley with a full lounge and food menu, so you and friends can enjoy a deluxe bowling experience.

Dance Clubs

Though many clubs require you to be 18 and over to get in, there are a variety of 16-and-over dance clubs where you could go for your Chicago after-prom party. Gather a group of friends, and either go in your prom attire, or change into something a little more casual. However, be sure to contact the club before you make plans. Most of these clubs require anyone under the age of 17 to leave by midnight. You will also want to research the type of ID and cover charges that are required to enter the club. One popular 16-and-over club in Chicago is Zero Gravity, which has been voted one of Chicago's top indoor and outdoor night clubs. Zero Gravity is open every Saturday until 4 a.m., and features free food and specialty nonalcoholic drinks.