In my quest to bring Hawaii to Chicago, I heard about Broken Oar’s Sunset Party Luau on Wednesdays. I heard it was a fun time and family-friendly to boot. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to bring a little Hawaii to Chicagoland. It did not disappoint!

Family Fun at Broken Oar's Luau Wednesdays Sunset Party

Highlights of Broken Oar’s Luau Wednesdays:

  • The best atmosphere.  It’s all outdoor and the party happens under the tent. Broken Oar is right next to the river so it makes for the perfect ambiance. It almost feels as if you’re in the islands!
  • Live music. I almost forgot what it was like to listen to live music. Loved the music performed, and totally reminded me of the islands.
  • Get your (tropical) drink on! Can’t go to the islands without some island juice. They serve 22 oz. tropical drinks for $12. I highly recommend the Oar Juice. They also serve food if you want but it was just okay. I’d eat dinner first then come here for drinks. The kids ordered the bucket of nuggets (pretzels) and devoured it. (It did not come out in a bucket, FYI.)

Family Fun at Broken Oar's Luau Wednesdays Sunset Party

  • Fun dancing. The performers were great. Loved their costumes!

Family Fun at Broken Oar's Luau Wednesdays Sunset Party

  • Kids can participate. Yes, keikis were able to go on stage to learn how to hula. The cutest thing ever!

Family Fun at Broken Oar's Luau Wednesdays Sunset Party

  • Fire dancing. The kids and I were really excited about this one. So much fun!

Tips to enjoy Broken Oar’s Luau Wednesdays:

  • Come early to snag a table, especially if you’re eating or drinking.
  • Don’t bring outside food or drinks. They actually check the bags.
  • Watch out for smoking. Although we were sitting in a non-smoking area, it seemed that smoke was everywhere.
  • Come at the right time. If you don’t think the kids can wait for the show portion of the evening, come around 8 p.m. That’s when the dancing started.
  • Find a spot by the side of the stage. You don’t necessarily need a table – you can just sit on the floor. That’s where many of kids and parents were sitting. Perfect views!

Bottom Line:

So much fun! I encourage all families to check it out at least once this summer.

Nitty Gritty:

Location: 614 Rawson Bridge Rd., Port Barrington, IL
Hours: Luau Wednesdays Sunset Party starts at 6:30 p.m. Happening until Labor Day.
Cost: No admission fee.
Parking: Parking at the lot.
Crowded: We visited on a Wednesday evening at around 7 p.m. and found a table under the tent.
What to expect: Live tropical music, tropical drink, food, and a luau show

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