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Wiener’s Circle Becomes ‘Goatbusters’, Watch Ellen DeGeneres’ Deep Dish-Related Challenge, More Intel

Plus, Halloween freebies abound today

Daniel Gerzina

—Happy Halloween, Chicago—what are you dressing up as? If you’re the iconic foulmouthed hot dog joint The Wiener’s Circle, then you’re dressing up as "Goatbusters" in honor of the Cubs quest to win the World Series and conquer the curse of the billy goat. The Lincoln Park restaurant replaced its signage, parked a giant inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man out front, and is even serving a special "Holy Cow" menu that includes items like their "Maddon Poutine."

—And speaking of that curse and the Chicago restaurant icon that caused it, the Billy Goat Tavern owners told Business Recorder that it’s officially dead now that the Cubs have reached the World Series and that "it’s up to the Cubs" to win. "Winning the Series is how we want the goat to be remembered and not for 71 years of a curse," Tom Sianis said to the publication.

—In more food- and Cubs-related news, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" went to Murphy’s Bleachers on Friday to pit two fans in a deep dish-related challenge to win World Series tickets. Two women stuck their faces in oversized pizzas to find a W flag with their mouths—check out the video below.

—And another—sports and food fans are used to cities and restaurants making bets on sports, but they don’t usually involve James Beard Award-winning chefs like this one. Chicago’s Jimmy Bannos and Tony Mantuano announced a wager with Cleveland’s Jonathon Sawyer this morning where the chefs will cook a charity dinner in the other’s cities if their city’s team loses.

—A few restaurants are offering Halloween deals today. Chipotle is offering $3 burritos to those in costume from 3 p.m. until close, you can score a free espresso shot at La Colombe if you say "trick or treat" when you order, and snag a free cookie at Insomnia Cookies if you arrive in costume. If you know of any other deals, leave a comment to this story.

—And finally, are meal delivery spots in trouble? Crain’s explores the issue following the folding or changes at UberEats, Sprig, and Radish. The answer appears to be no, but expect more changes to the trendy business model.

The Wiener's Circle

2622 North Clark Street, , IL 60614 (773) 477-7444 Visit Website

Murphy's Bleachers

3655 North Sheffield Avenue, , IL 60613 (773) 281-5356 Visit Website

Billy Goat Tavern

1535 West Madison Street, , IL 60607 (312) 733-9132 Visit Website