No matter how bad those previews look (come on, you know they look pretty bad), you're probably going to see "Sex and the City 2" if you were even a tiny fan of the show. With that in mind, here are some movie-themed parties that would make Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha proud.
Wednesday, May 26 - Sunday, May 30
This Chatham cinema offers up a whole Weekend of Euphoria in honor of this momentous premiere, including a private movie screening with pre-party on Wednesday ($35), the Pamper Me Pretty spa day on Thursday ($5), a cocktail party and movie screening on Friday ($60), a bellydancing class on Saturday ($20) and a Mimosas and Manolos brunch on Sunday ($30). Get all tickets here. (Make sure to also check out the exclusive Noir Woman magazine party and screening on Thursday here.
Thursday, May 27
Head over to this Lincoln Park bar (not far from the Webster Place cinema) for $5 Cosmos in anticipation of the flick. If you can't get tickets, stick around for the BBQ Thursday special, featuring $2 hot dogs, $4 burgers and $5 chicken sandwiches, as well as $2.50 Miller Lite and Coors Light bottles, $3.50 call drinks and $4 house wine on the patio.
Carlucci (Downers Grove)
Thursday, May 27
The suburban location of Carlucci is offering up $5 martini specials on premiere night, including the Flirtini (Skyy Passion Fruit, X-Rated liqueur, cranberry juice and candied lemon). There will be live music all weekend long.
Thursday, May 27, 8 p.m.
The James Hotel bar's regular Addiction Thursdays event takes on a "Sex and the City" theme: "Addicted to Aidan" (as in Carrie's ex, who makes an appearance in the new movie). The original flick will play on the big screen all night, and $6 signature cocktails will include the Scout-tini and the Nice Guy Finishes First Fizz. It pays to get there early, as the first four guests will get a "Sex and the City 2" swag bag as well as have a chance to win tickets to the movie.
Thursday, May 27, 5-7 p.m.
Skyy vodka hosts a special cocktail party in the River North restaurant's lounge, complete with $7 Cosmos (also available in wild raspberry flavor), plus complimentary hors d'oeuvres like whole wheat pizza and roasted vegetable quesadillas.
Thursday, May 27 - Friday, May 28
All 20 area locations of this Italian favorite will be getting "Carried" away with deals this week, with $5 Cosmos offered on Thursday and Friday.
The Lucky Monk
Thursday, May 27 - Saturday, May 29
Enjoy themed cosmos like the Miranda Pomegranate-Tini, the Charlotte Big Apple-Tini, the Carrie Cosmo and the Samantha Lemon Drop at this South Barrington bar. There will also be live entertainment on the patio. Best part? It's right next to the AMC 30 cinema, so you won't have to wobble far for the main event.
Living Room (W Hotel)
Thursday, May 27 - Sunday, May 30
Bring in your "Sex and the City 2" ticket stub anytime during the weekend and you'll get a free Cosmo for your troubles.
Thursday, May 27 - Monday, May 31
Carrie and co. would feel right at home in the swank surroundings at this Gold Coast bar - especially with $6 Cosmos on offer all weekend long.
Thursday, May 27 - Friday, July 9
Order a flute of Moet Imperial or Moet Rose at this River North bar, and you could win tickets to see "Sex and the City 2," courtesy of Fandango (other prizes include bubble candles, wine charms and paper corks). The spot will also feature the Bombshell cocktail, a mix of tangerine juice, maraschino liqueur and Moet Imperial, sure to bring out your inner Samantha (as well as The Socialite, The Fashionista, and The Player, to complete the quartet). District Bar, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Firefly and Market Bar and Restaurant offer the same deal.
Friday, May 28, 6-8 p.m.; $35
CheekyChicago.com hosts an evening full of fashionable fun at this rooftop lounge at the Dana Hotel and Spa. You'll enjoy drinks from Chimney Rock Wine (the signature wine of the film) and Effen (Cosmos, of course), passed hors d'oeuvres, make-up from Bloomingdales, accessories from Love Lulu Mae and more. You'll also have the chance to buy Laudi Vidni handbags, and win tickets to the movie as well as David Barton Gym memberships. RSVP to RSVP@CheekyChicago.com.
Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort
Friday, May 28 - Saturday, May 29
Take advantage of the "Sex and the Suburbs II" package, which includes an overnight stay, a 10 p.m. screening of the film, three themed cocktails per person and a special reception with free spa treatments and giveaways. Packages start at $198 plus tax for two guests.
D.O.C. Wine Bar (Lincoln Park and Lombard locations)
Friday, May 28 - Monday, May 31
Bring in your ticket stub (and a friend, hopefully) to either location of this wine bar for a buy-one-get-one-free Cosmo special.
Old Town Social
Thursday, June 3, 5 p.m.; $60
Join the Sassy Moms for this Neighborhood Parents Network fundraising reception featuring a cocktail party with passed hors d'oeuvres and (of course) Cosmos, plus a private showing of the movie at AMC River East 21. Get more info and tickets here.