8 months ago Tips and Review for The Queen’s Ball: Bridgerton Experience in Chicago
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For months, I saw advertisements that The Queen’s Ball: Bridgerton Experience in Chicago was coming all over Instagram. I was interested because I would jump at a chance to dress up. But I hadn’t yet seen any episodes of the popular Netflix series Bridgerton that everyone was talking about last year. I felt like the tour was for true die-hard fans. I WAS INTRIGUED when I saw previews for season two, I was intrigued, and after the first episode, I was hooked and binged and watched both shows in two days. Now I was a fan and could go to the ball and know what was happening. Not that you need to see the show to attend, but it makes it more fun. Here are my tips and review for The Queen’s Ball: Bridgerton Experience in Chicago.
After I decided I wanted to go to The Queen’s Ball, I searched online for a dress. Every store I checked online was either out of a dress in my size or didn’t come in a size larger than a 14, I looked at shops on Etsy to have something made, but it would take up to six weeks for delivery, and cost over $750. During one of my searches, I saw a dress pattern for a Regency period dress like they wore on Bridgerton, so i said to myself, I can make my dress. So I did. I’ll share more details about that later.
The dress and a link to the accessories I was here:
Here are a few tips you should know before you go and my review of the overall Bridgerton Experience in Chicago.
Get There Early
The Queen’s Ball site recommends arriving at least 30 minutes before the start time. In our case, that would mean coming at 6:00 pm for the 6:30 pm show. There were two options for parking, $10 for self-park and $25 for valet parking. When we arrived 25 minutes before start time, the self-parking lot was full, and the only option available was to valet park. If you are taking an Uber or having someone drop you off, 30 minutes before the start time will be enough. General admission tickets are $45. VIP admission is available that includes a glass of champagne and seating. You will be spending most of your time on the dance floor so I wouldn’t recommend it.
Take all of your photos.
Three stations are set up to take photos, a bar, and a gift card to buy fans and various accessories. We were there early before the lines started to form, but the staff was good at moving everyone along. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to take individual pictures at the pearl booth. Once you go into the dance floor area, you can not go back to take photos.
While we were in line to get a photo together, the Queen came out, and everyone lined up to greet her and do our best curtsy. After that, the performers taught everyone a dance. I was having fun, but I kept stepping on my dress. I don’t regret making a dress with a train, but it is something to consider when choosing your attire.
Wear comfortable shoes
I can not stress enough to wear comfortable shoes. I only have one pair of shoes that matched my dress, and I had bought them months ago and never tried them on. After an hour of taking pictures and dancing, my feet were killing me. My dress was floor length, and it didn’t matter what I had on, so I could have worn my black flats. My friend was wise and wore boots.
The last and most important tip is to have fun. Your time spent at the ball goes by fast, The Queen’s Ball: Bridgerton Experience lasts for 1 1/2 hours, and it will be over before you know it. So make sure you take all your pictures, do your best curtesy for the Queen, and dance. I don’t suggest that everyone make a dress, but you should dress up. It is a ball, after all.
It’s not too late for you to get your tickets here. The Bridgerton Experience leaves Chicago on June 19, 2022. is being held at:
XS Tennis and Education Foundation
5336 S State St, Chicago, IL 60609
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Full disclosure the tickets were given to me, but the views and opinions expressed are my own.