clock menu more-arrow no yes
A decked-out Christmas bar
Buckle up for a wild Christmas ride.
Santa Baby

Sensational Holiday and Christmas Pop-Ups Around Chicago

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at these bars and restaurants

View as Map
Buckle up for a wild Christmas ride.
| Santa Baby

As Thanksgiving is now in the rear view mirror, it’s officially time to break out the twinkly lights, set up Christmas trees, and bust out the ugliest red-and-green sweater around. Many of Chicago’s bars are doing the same, as more spots than ever are decking the halls with over-the-top holiday decor, special drinks in Santa mugs, festive flicks, donation opportunities, and much more. Here are 20 jolly pop-up Christmas and holiday bars across Chicagoland this holiday season.

As of August 20, the city has mandated that everyone wear facial coverings while indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
If you book a reservation through an Eater link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics policy.

1. Sippin’ Santa at Cortland's Garage Arlington Heights

Copy Link
1 N Vail Ave
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(847) 577-2525
Visit Website

Suburbanites have their own Christmas pop-up bar at Cortland’s Garage in Arlington Heights. Sippin’ Santa is an outpost of the New York-based pop-up bar network from tiki legend Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, offering signature cocktails, plenty of decorations, and more through New Year’s Eve.

2. A Christmas Story at Hey Nonny’s

Copy Link
10 S Vail Ave
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(224) 202-0750
Visit Website

This Arlington Heights bistro is also getting into suburban holiday fun with a tribute to seasonal film favorite A Christmas Story, complete with a flagpole, leg lamp, and Red Ryder BB gun. Thematic menu items include Chinese Christmas Egg Rolls, Doggone Turkey (rolled with stuffing), Randy Hates Meatloaf, and a Christmas Story tart (cranberry, citrus, hazelnut crust). Wash it all down with bar concoctions such as the Triple Dog Dare (bourbon, RumChata, eggnog) and Drink Your Ovaltine (vanilla vodka, crème de menthe, cocoa). Reservations and more details are available online.

3. Deck the Halls at Pit & Tap

Copy Link
1168 Wilmette Ave
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 920-7227
Visit Website

Newish Texas-style barbecue spot Pit & Tap in suburban Wilmette is celebrating the season with an over-the-top Deck the Halls pop-up draped in tons of twinkly lights, ornaments, and tinsel. Patrons can crank up the merriment with Christmas cocktails like white peppermint martinis and spiked hot chocolate through Sunday, January 9.

A restaurant exterior entirely covered by Christmas lights. Pit & Tap

4. The Sixth

Copy Link
2202 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(312) 256-2960
Visit Website

Cocktail bar the Sixth has developed a reputation for creative pop-ups, and this year’s holiday entry takes a novel approach to two winter holidays: Oy to the World, a Hanukkah-meets-Christmas extravaganza. A line down the center of the bar splits the space in two sections, with one half decorated in blue and white with plenty of chanukiahs and Jewish puns, and the other decked out in colorful ornaments and tinsel. The same applies to food and drink, with options including Gin & Tanukkah (gin, blue curacao, cranberry bitters, elderflower soda) and loaded latkes ( apple sauce, horseradish cream, caviar) versus Fuck Milk and Cookies (rye, cognac, apertivo liqueur, spiced pear liqueur) and glazed ham (pineapple glaze, maraschino cherries). Reservations are available via Resy.

5. Santa Baby at Deuces and the Diamond Club

Copy Link
3505 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 644-5554
Visit Website

One of the largest over-the-top Christmas bars, Santa Baby, is back again this year at Deuces and the Diamond Club in Wrigleyville. The popular pop-up offers multiple themed spaces and an extensive menu of kooky yuletide creations, including group-size drinks like Christmas Vacation (rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice) and Yule Mule (vodka, ginger beer, cranberry juice, lime). There are also tons of hot and boozy options, plus Christmas spins on classic cocktails and booze-free milkshakes smothered in cookies and candy. The pop-up runs through early January, and reservations are available online.

A spread of Christmas-themed milkshakes, drinks, and candies on a table surrounded by tinsel decoration. Santa Baby Bar

6. Elf’d Up at Stretch Bar & Grill

Copy Link
3485 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

Fans of the popular Will Ferrell Christmas movie Elf can flock to this pop-up for a third year. Elf’d Up’s decor pays homage to the fictional syrup-eating adult elf with more than 1,000 elves, an upside-down Christmas tree, wall quotes, and condiment carriers on every table with the “four main food groups” — candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. Naturally, the bar is touting holiday cocktails such Naughty Coffee (bourbon cream liqueur, Irish whiskey, maple syrup, caramel coffee) and the tooth-rotting Buddy’s Breakfast Pasta, a plate of spaghetti doctored up with maple syrup, chocolate fudge, and mini-marshmallows. Patrons can also munch on complimentary elf-shaped cookies nightly at 10 p.m. More details are available online.

7. The Christmas Club

Copy Link
3460 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

Another of Wrigleyville’s most popular pop-ups, Christmas Club at Country Club, is back for another year. The two-floor Christmas party includes three bars offering six naughty and nice shots, house eggnog in souvenir mugs, and snacks such as snowballs, a cheesecake sampler served in waffle cones, and “Baby Cheesus” battered cheese curds. More details are available online.

8. Let It Snow at Le Sud

Copy Link
2301 W Roscoe St
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 857-1985
Visit Website

This Roscoe Village restaurant’s Let It Snow pop-up is a family-friendly affair with festive food and drink in its main dining room, salon, and enclosed sidewalk cafe, all decorated for the holiday. Grown-up offerings include bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys for weekend brunch, plus rosemary roasted lamb rack (fingerling potato, leek fondue, madeira jus) and an eponymous “Let It Snow” cocktail (bourbon, cocoa, vanilla whipped cream, salted bourbon brown sugar) for weekday dinner. Young diners can expect familiar hits like macaroni and cheese alongside hot cocolate and apple cider, with 23 percent of sales from the children’s menu going to Audubon Elementary School. Reservations and more details are available online.

9. Krampus at DMen Tap

Copy Link
2849 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 961-8757
Visit Website

Krampus-themed D&D, a kids’ Krampus day, and a craft fair are just the beginning of DMen Tap’s European anti-Santa Krampus pop-up, back for another year in Avondale. A special brew from Revolution Brewing made just for the pop-up called “Fist of Krampus” will be available as well as raclette sandwiches and mulled wine (plus at-home and gift kits). Goat kebabs, a chance to tattle on friends at Krampus’s naughty wall, and more are on offer through Thursday, December 23.

10. A Very Harry Christmas at Replay Lincoln Park

Copy Link
2833 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 665-5660
Visit Website

The pop-up afficionados at Replay Lincoln Park are bringing back a prior hit on Friday, December 10 with Hogwarts-themed A Very Harry Christmas. Details remain under wraps for the time being, but revelers can expect intricate decor for top-notch selfies and magical drinks fit for a Yule Ball. The pop-up runs through Saturday, January 1 and more details are available online.

11. Pilot Project Brewing

Copy Link
2140 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 270-5995
Visit Website

Brewery hub Pilot Project is launching into the Christmas season with a weekly holiday movie series with beer and popcorn at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays inside its 100-seat heated patio tent. Upcoming flicks include Full Court Miracle (December 7), Home Alone (December 14), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (December 21), and Happiest Season (December 28). Reservations are available via Tock.

12. World’s Tiniest Tree Lot at Parson's Chicken & Fish

Copy Link
2952 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 384-3333
Visit Website

Parson’s outpost in Logan Square will from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 11 host a wee fundraising pop-up, the World’s Tiniest Tree Lot. A joint effort with hard seltzer brand Half Past, the event touts complimentary mini Christmas trees, photos with Santa, and mini ornament decorating to benefit mutual aid nonprofit Love Fridge.

13. Holiday Cheers Bar at Good Measure

Copy Link
226 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 600-9268
Visit Website

Cocktail hotspot Good Measure has plenty in store to make the Christmas season special at its Holiday Cheers Bar pop-up, including celebratory drinks, a weekly holiday movie series, and treats for those who get into the spirit of giving. Decorated from floor to ceiling, the bar is putting out boozy delights like a Festivus Hot Toddy, Persimmon Mule, and Yuletide Martini. Diners and drinkers can also take in seasonal films like Home Alone at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in December, with popcorn and appropriate toppings. Staff are accepting new toys and new and gently used winter coats for community group People Over Profit in Humboldt Park, and giving out drink tokens in exchange for donations.

14. The Christmas Inn: Holidays on Hubbard Street

Copy Link
110 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 273-6207
Visit Website

River North nightclub Hubbard Inn aims to delight celebrants with three floors of Christmas cheer, from a classical Christmas wonderland to a 1960s-inspired “kitchmas” to a spooky yuletide “Christmas apocalypse.” Patrons can explore each level of holiday madness while sipping hot and cold drinks such as egg nog and apple whiskey sours and partake in a range of activities like gingerbread house and ornament decorating and holiday trivia night with prizes. The pop-up runs through Thursday, December 30. Reservations and more details are available online.

15. Winter Wonderland at JoJo's Shake Bar

Copy Link
23 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 624-8963
Visit Website

Decadent milkshake purveyor Jojo’s Shake Bar has popped up with a heated Winter Wonderland tent in River North to thrill patrons of all ages with a huge display of oversized presents, a massive tree, and other festive decorations. Over-the-top treats include a Santa’s Milk and Cookies Flight and a cookie-studded peppermint Winter Wonderland shake, with special adult selections like Santa’s Sangria and Jingle Juice. Celebrations run through Monday, January 17, and reservations are available via OpenTable.

16. Santa’s Bar

Copy Link
355 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

The party experts behind Bandit and Radio Room has transformed its flexible Blank’s Bar space in River North into Santa’s Bar, a Christmas destination dolled up in lights and glittery ornaments. Revelers can bask in the holiday glow with special cocktails like Santa Baby (silver tequila, amaretto, hot chocolate, marshmallow) in a $6 keepsake mug and the Polar Express (vodka, Kahlúa, Rumplemintz, crushed candy cane rim).

17. Secret Sand-ta at Time Out Market Chicago

Copy Link
916 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 637-3888
Visit Website

Secret Sand-ta — the new Christmasy incarnation of tropical-themed speakeasy-style bar Secret Sound from Paul McGee and Shelby Allison (Lost Lake) — is slinging rummy and fruity takes on winter classics at Fulton Market food hall Time Out Market Chicago. Head to the market’s second floor for a Banana Xmas Tree (Jamaican rum, spiced butter banana liqueur), Silent Night Zombie Night (amaro, spices, lime juice, grapefruit, star anise), and more.

18. Fairmont Lodge at Fairmont Chicago

Copy Link
200 N Columbus Dr
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-8000
Visit Website

This hotel in Millennium Park has unveiled its holiday pop-up Fairmont Lodge, decking the halls with tons of light-covered trees and indoor fire pits. It also is offering chances to give back: a portion of sales from the Lodge’s egg nog cocktail will go to the Service Club of Chicago, and some proceeds from its All I Want for Christmas is You” LGBTQ singles event on Thursday, December 16 will go to Howard Brown.

19. Happy’s at Chicago Athletic Association

Copy Link
12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 940-3552
Visit Website

The Chicago Athletic Association hotel has brought back Happy’s, its popular pop-up bar on the ground floor on Michigan Avenue. Expect top-notch holiday cocktails, decked-out decor, and belly-warming bites like dry-aged beef chili. Take in the sounds of the season at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 18 with performances of Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Tim Stine Jazz Quartet. Happy’s is open through Thursday, December 23.

A white mug with red lettering reads “There’s Booze in Here” beside a few small Santa figurines. Chicago Athletic Association

20. Eat Local Holiday Pop-Up Market at Revival Food Hall

Copy Link
125 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60603
(773) 999-9411
Visit Website

Revival Food Hall in the Loop has plenty of goodies and gifts in store for Chicagoans as they prepare for Christmas. The Eat Local Holiday Pop-Up Market, slated for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 10 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, will feature a menagerie of treats from local chefs and businesses like Stephanie Izard, Edward Kim, All Together Now, and more than 30 other Chicago-area vendors. Free registration and a full list of participants are available online.

1. Sippin’ Santa at Cortland's Garage Arlington Heights

1 N Vail Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Suburbanites have their own Christmas pop-up bar at Cortland’s Garage in Arlington Heights. Sippin’ Santa is an outpost of the New York-based pop-up bar network from tiki legend Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, offering signature cocktails, plenty of decorations, and more through New Year’s Eve.

1 N Vail Ave
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

2. A Christmas Story at Hey Nonny’s

10 S Vail Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

This Arlington Heights bistro is also getting into suburban holiday fun with a tribute to seasonal film favorite A Christmas Story, complete with a flagpole, leg lamp, and Red Ryder BB gun. Thematic menu items include Chinese Christmas Egg Rolls, Doggone Turkey (rolled with stuffing), Randy Hates Meatloaf, and a Christmas Story tart (cranberry, citrus, hazelnut crust). Wash it all down with bar concoctions such as the Triple Dog Dare (bourbon, RumChata, eggnog) and Drink Your Ovaltine (vanilla vodka, crème de menthe, cocoa). Reservations and more details are available online.

10 S Vail Ave
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

3. Deck the Halls at Pit & Tap

1168 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091
A restaurant exterior entirely covered by Christmas lights. Pit & Tap

Newish Texas-style barbecue spot Pit & Tap in suburban Wilmette is celebrating the season with an over-the-top Deck the Halls pop-up draped in tons of twinkly lights, ornaments, and tinsel. Patrons can crank up the merriment with Christmas cocktails like white peppermint martinis and spiked hot chocolate through Sunday, January 9.

1168 Wilmette Ave
Wilmette, IL 60091

4. The Sixth

2202 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Cocktail bar the Sixth has developed a reputation for creative pop-ups, and this year’s holiday entry takes a novel approach to two winter holidays: Oy to the World, a Hanukkah-meets-Christmas extravaganza. A line down the center of the bar splits the space in two sections, with one half decorated in blue and white with plenty of chanukiahs and Jewish puns, and the other decked out in colorful ornaments and tinsel. The same applies to food and drink, with options including Gin & Tanukkah (gin, blue curacao, cranberry bitters, elderflower soda) and loaded latkes ( apple sauce, horseradish cream, caviar) versus Fuck Milk and Cookies (rye, cognac, apertivo liqueur, spiced pear liqueur) and glazed ham (pineapple glaze, maraschino cherries). Reservations are available via Resy.

2202 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

5. Santa Baby at Deuces and the Diamond Club

3505 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
A spread of Christmas-themed milkshakes, drinks, and candies on a table surrounded by tinsel decoration. Santa Baby Bar

One of the largest over-the-top Christmas bars, Santa Baby, is back again this year at Deuces and the Diamond Club in Wrigleyville. The popular pop-up offers multiple themed spaces and an extensive menu of kooky yuletide creations, including group-size drinks like Christmas Vacation (rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice) and Yule Mule (vodka, ginger beer, cranberry juice, lime). There are also tons of hot and boozy options, plus Christmas spins on classic cocktails and booze-free milkshakes smothered in cookies and candy. The pop-up runs through early January, and reservations are available online.

3505 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

6. Elf’d Up at Stretch Bar & Grill

3485 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Fans of the popular Will Ferrell Christmas movie Elf can flock to this pop-up for a third year. Elf’d Up’s decor pays homage to the fictional syrup-eating adult elf with more than 1,000 elves, an upside-down Christmas tree, wall quotes, and condiment carriers on every table with the “four main food groups” — candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. Naturally, the bar is touting holiday cocktails such Naughty Coffee (bourbon cream liqueur, Irish whiskey, maple syrup, caramel coffee) and the tooth-rotting Buddy’s Breakfast Pasta, a plate of spaghetti doctored up with maple syrup, chocolate fudge, and mini-marshmallows. Patrons can also munch on complimentary elf-shaped cookies nightly at 10 p.m. More details are available online.

3485 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

7. The Christmas Club

3460 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Another of Wrigleyville’s most popular pop-ups, Christmas Club at Country Club, is back for another year. The two-floor Christmas party includes three bars offering six naughty and nice shots, house eggnog in souvenir mugs, and snacks such as snowballs, a cheesecake sampler served in waffle cones, and “Baby Cheesus” battered cheese curds. More details are available online.

3460 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

8. Let It Snow at Le Sud

2301 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618

This Roscoe Village restaurant’s Let It Snow pop-up is a family-friendly affair with festive food and drink in its main dining room, salon, and enclosed sidewalk cafe, all decorated for the holiday. Grown-up offerings include bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys for weekend brunch, plus rosemary roasted lamb rack (fingerling potato, leek fondue, madeira jus) and an eponymous “Let It Snow” cocktail (bourbon, cocoa, vanilla whipped cream, salted bourbon brown sugar) for weekday dinner. Young diners can expect familiar hits like macaroni and cheese alongside hot cocolate and apple cider, with 23 percent of sales from the children’s menu going to Audubon Elementary School. Reservations and more details are available online.

2301 W Roscoe St
Chicago, IL 60618

9. Krampus at DMen Tap

2849 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Krampus-themed D&D, a kids’ Krampus day, and a craft fair are just the beginning of DMen Tap’s European anti-Santa Krampus pop-up, back for another year in Avondale. A special brew from Revolution Brewing made just for the pop-up called “Fist of Krampus” will be available as well as raclette sandwiches and mulled wine (plus at-home and gift kits). Goat kebabs, a chance to tattle on friends at Krampus’s naughty wall, and more are on offer through Thursday, December 23.

2849 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

10. A Very Harry Christmas at Replay Lincoln Park

2833 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

The pop-up afficionados at Replay Lincoln Park are bringing back a prior hit on Friday, December 10 with Hogwarts-themed A Very Harry Christmas. Details remain under wraps for the time being, but revelers can expect intricate decor for top-notch selfies and magical drinks fit for a Yule Ball. The pop-up runs through Saturday, January 1 and more details are available online.

2833 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

11. Pilot Project Brewing

2140 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Brewery hub Pilot Project is launching into the Christmas season with a weekly holiday movie series with beer and popcorn at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays inside its 100-seat heated patio tent. Upcoming flicks include Full Court Miracle (December 7), Home Alone (December 14), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (December 21), and Happiest Season (December 28). Reservations are available via Tock.

2140 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

12. World’s Tiniest Tree Lot at Parson's Chicken & Fish

2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Parson’s outpost in Logan Square will from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 11 host a wee fundraising pop-up, the World’s Tiniest Tree Lot. A joint effort with hard seltzer brand Half Past, the event touts complimentary mini Christmas trees, photos with Santa, and mini ornament decorating to benefit mutual aid nonprofit Love Fridge.

2952 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

13. Holiday Cheers Bar at Good Measure

226 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

Cocktail hotspot Good Measure has plenty in store to make the Christmas season special at its Holiday Cheers Bar pop-up, including celebratory drinks, a weekly holiday movie series, and treats for those who get into the spirit of giving. Decorated from floor to ceiling, the bar is putting out boozy delights like a Festivus Hot Toddy, Persimmon Mule, and Yuletide Martini. Diners and drinkers can also take in seasonal films like Home Alone at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in December, with popcorn and appropriate toppings. Staff are accepting new toys and new and gently used winter coats for community group People Over Profit in Humboldt Park, and giving out drink tokens in exchange for donations.

226 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

14. The Christmas Inn: Holidays on Hubbard Street

110 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

River North nightclub Hubbard Inn aims to delight celebrants with three floors of Christmas cheer, from a classical Christmas wonderland to a 1960s-inspired “kitchmas” to a spooky yuletide “Christmas apocalypse.” Patrons can explore each level of holiday madness while sipping hot and cold drinks such as egg nog and apple whiskey sours and partake in a range of activities like gingerbread house and ornament decorating and holiday trivia night with prizes. The pop-up runs through Thursday, December 30. Reservations and more details are available online.

110 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

15. Winter Wonderland at JoJo's Shake Bar

23 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

Decadent milkshake purveyor Jojo’s Shake Bar has popped up with a heated Winter Wonderland tent in River North to thrill patrons of all ages with a huge display of oversized presents, a massive tree, and other festive decorations. Over-the-top treats include a Santa’s Milk and Cookies Flight and a cookie-studded peppermint Winter Wonderland shake, with special adult selections like Santa’s Sangria and Jingle Juice. Celebrations run through Monday, January 17, and reservations are available via OpenTable.

23 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

Related Maps

16. Santa’s Bar

355 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

The party experts behind Bandit and Radio Room has transformed its flexible Blank’s Bar space in River North into Santa’s Bar, a Christmas destination dolled up in lights and glittery ornaments. Revelers can bask in the holiday glow with special cocktails like Santa Baby (silver tequila, amaretto, hot chocolate, marshmallow) in a $6 keepsake mug and the Polar Express (vodka, Kahlúa, Rumplemintz, crushed candy cane rim).

355 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

17. Secret Sand-ta at Time Out Market Chicago

916 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

Secret Sand-ta — the new Christmasy incarnation of tropical-themed speakeasy-style bar Secret Sound from Paul McGee and Shelby Allison (Lost Lake) — is slinging rummy and fruity takes on winter classics at Fulton Market food hall Time Out Market Chicago. Head to the market’s second floor for a Banana Xmas Tree (Jamaican rum, spiced butter banana liqueur), Silent Night Zombie Night (amaro, spices, lime juice, grapefruit, star anise), and more.

916 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

18. Fairmont Lodge at Fairmont Chicago

200 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

This hotel in Millennium Park has unveiled its holiday pop-up Fairmont Lodge, decking the halls with tons of light-covered trees and indoor fire pits. It also is offering chances to give back: a portion of sales from the Lodge’s egg nog cocktail will go to the Service Club of Chicago, and some proceeds from its All I Want for Christmas is You” LGBTQ singles event on Thursday, December 16 will go to Howard Brown.

200 N Columbus Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

19. Happy’s at Chicago Athletic Association

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
A white mug with red lettering reads “There’s Booze in Here” beside a few small Santa figurines. Chicago Athletic Association

The Chicago Athletic Association hotel has brought back Happy’s, its popular pop-up bar on the ground floor on Michigan Avenue. Expect top-notch holiday cocktails, decked-out decor, and belly-warming bites like dry-aged beef chili. Take in the sounds of the season at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 18 with performances of Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Tim Stine Jazz Quartet. Happy’s is open through Thursday, December 23.

12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

20. Eat Local Holiday Pop-Up Market at Revival Food Hall

125 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60603

Revival Food Hall in the Loop has plenty of goodies and gifts in store for Chicagoans as they prepare for Christmas. The Eat Local Holiday Pop-Up Market, slated for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 10 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, will feature a menagerie of treats from local chefs and businesses like Stephanie Izard, Edward Kim, All Together Now, and more than 30 other Chicago-area vendors. Free registration and a full list of participants are available online.

125 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60603

Related Maps