July 18, 2011

Ashley's Bachelorette Extravaganza

This weekend, I attended the bachelorette party for my best friend since age 14. Her sisters planned the perfect day of events, and we had a great time celebrating! 

Runaway Bridal Party representing the CHI at Fullerton Beach.
 The day started with a Chicago scavenger hunt/5K put on by Challenge Nation (where I recieved my first ever race bib!). We were given a packet of 12 (super hard) clues that led us to various hot spots in the city. We had to rush to each location and take a picture of our group as evidence. The goal was to solve 11 of the 12 clues and be the first group to return to the finish line to win a $200 prize.  The first group usually finishes in 1.5-2 hours, and let's just say that we didn't even solve all of the clues in that amount of time much less make it to each location. To be completely honest, we only solved five clues on our own before running into another team (who ended up winning second place) and getting the rest of the answers from them.  Nevertheless, we had a great time running around the city in our tutus (our team costume was Runaway Bridal Party) with 1200+ other participants, and getting strange looks from people everywhere we went. I would highly recommend this activity to anyone with great knowledge of their city and a knack for solving clues (and really fast smart phones).

After abandoning the race (we lasted more than three hours in 90+ degrees... don't judge us!), we stopped at my favorite bakery for some delicious cupcakes to bring back to Ashley's house.  We spent a few hours resting, showering, eating pizza, laughing a YouTube videos, and challenging Ashley to a "How Well do You Know Your Fiance?" game before heading out for the evening.

In line at the Baton Club.  Ignore my creepy eyes!

We started our evening festivities with a few drinks at the swanky Hub 51 and then headed over to the Baton Club for a hilarious drag show.  Apparently, it is the thing to do for bachelorette parties because there were at least 10 there for our show alone.  Some of the drag queens were kinda disappointing, but others made up for them.  My favorite was one who did Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" and Beyonce's "Run the World" and clearly had a dance background because she was amazing!

After the show, we headed back to Ashley's to enjoy our delicious cupcakes and hang out.  Her older sister, Kelsey, lives in LA, so it was a real treat to just all be together again.  There was a lot of reminicing about life back-in-the-day well into the early morning.  It was the perfect bachelorette party! 

I can't believe my best friend is getting married on Friday!  Soooo excited! 


  1. Have you ever eaten at Hub51?!?! The food is absolutely amazing!

  2. I haven't, but I'm sure it would be good. I loved the atmosphere at that place!