The 82nd annual Academy Awards ceremony takes place on Sun 3/7. Many Chicago venues will celebrate by hosting Oscar viewing parties with drink specials, special drinks, red carpets, and even blue Avatar-inspired lighting. A sampling of the fetes follows. —Lauri Apple
"The Land of Avatar" Oscars Viewing Party Gift bags filled with Hpnotiq giveaways and blue boas, drink specials, and the Oscar telecast projected on seven screens. "Diva" Aurora Sexton will perform as the warrior princess Neytiri throughout the evening. Sun 3/7, 5:30 PM-2 AM, Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club, 3700 N. Halsted, 773-525-1111, kitkatchicago.com.
On the Red Carpet Oscar Party Center on Halsted, a Lakeview-based community center for GLBTQ people, hosts this party featuring a red-carpet reception, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a raffle, and more. Sun 3/7, 6 PM, Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus, 773-661-0787, centeronhalsted.org, $75-$100.
Oscar Night America Party Sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with a red carpet, a silent auction, champagne, a dinner buffet, and more. Sun 3/7, 6 PM-midnight, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org, $100.
Oscar Party and Benefit Featuring an appearance by NBC Chicago meteorologist Ginger Zee, a silent auction to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and more. Sun 3/7, 6-10:30 PM (or last award), Luxbar, 18 E. Bellevue Pl., 312-642-3400, luxbar.com, $65.
Oscars Bowling and Viewing Party Themed cocktails and bowling for movie-related prizes. Sun 3/7, 6 PM-1 AM, 10Pin Bowling Lounge, 330 N. State, 312-644-0300, 10pinchicago.com.