Mad Hatter’s (Gin &) Tea Party Chicago Pop-Up

Mad Hatter’s (Gin &) Tea Party Chicago Pop-Up

Alice in Wonderland is a magical movie, but it’s even more magical as an event. I recently stepped out of another Chicago thunderstorm and into Wonderland and everything about it was simply enchanting.

This fun, theatrical, cocktail-laced evening has been making it’s way around the globe (London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles) and Fever & Rabbit Hole Bespoke Gin are now brining it to the best city, Chicago, right by the South Loop. Mad Hatter’s Gin & Tea Party has rave reviews and I personally think it’s because you start the night off with meeting the Cheshire Cat and picking up your very own trinket of gin.

From there you are welcomed into a garden party with tea cups pouring out from the ceiling and lights peaking through tree branches.

Alice in Wonderland could be you in Wonderland at this Chicago pop-up

When you’re seated at your own private table, you have bite sized British snacks, a few packets of magical ingredients and a stack of tea cups that will feel more like chemical beacons after you mix magical potions throughout the night.

As I opened the mineral water, which was one of my favorite parts of the event, something about cleansing your palette, the rabbit came up to us and offered us hats. We got to choose our own hats and there’s something about dressing up that puts you in a stilly mood. My hat was a mix of popsicle sticks meets Big Bird and my friends hat was pizza meets street dancer.

Dressing up really does make an event better. At this pop-up, you can choose your own hat and take lots of selfies.

With our masks still on our face, the girl across from me could see I was struggling with my hat. She smized and I loved how we’ve started to feel more connected to strangers even when 75% of our face is covered with a mask.

I had put my hat on backwards. And I hadn’t even had a drink yet. As I was adjusting, the show began. I was quite surprised when the Mad Hatter had an opening monologue that was more clever than the opening of SNL.

We opened our small glass bottles and took a sip only to realize that I was one shot in. Throughout the night, we were treated to dancing and singing by talented performers and three cups of gin based tea, which you will realize is potent when you’re singing along to Time After Time with the Mad Hatter in the closing act.

We started the evening with a shot of gin and ended it with a spot of tea.

Don’t miss your opportunity to sip a series of cocktails led by the Mad Hatter and his eccentric friends in a vibrantly decorated, Instagram-worthy hidden garden.

If you’re looking for a first date idea in Chicago – I would add this one. If your date isn’t fun, atleast this tea party is and it makes for a great conversation piece when there’s that awkward lull.

I had a really great time going with my friend. We didn’t take ourselves too seriously after we put on the hats.

And it wouldn’t be a cocktail and connections evening without properly talking about these gin based tea cocktails. Highlights include The Smoking Caterpillar, a stunning, sophisticated and totally smokin’ drink that combines Rabbit Hole Gin with a dash of Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Rye Whiskey with rosemary flavored smoke bubbles for a touch of wonderfully mad magic.

This Alice in Wonderland themed pop-up runs til the end of the year. Tickets are available for $65 per person and can be purchased through the Fever app or by visiting https://bit.ly/3cBJ9P4. Along with entry to the 90-minute experience, tickets include snacks, three creative cocktails and an additional welcome drink. Seatings are limited and run multiples times Thursday through Sunday. For a schedule, click HERE.

The last tea of the night was one of the coolest cocktails I’ve seen.

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES: We are taking every precaution to keep guests safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will have your own two-top table that will be separated from others by 6ft, masks are required upon entry, the space and costumes are disinfected between performances, and you will undergo a temperature check at the door.

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Amanda Elliott
Amanda Elliott

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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