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Looking to kick off your holiday season in a big way? Black Wednesday, the second biggest bar night of the year, is nearly here. These spots are throwing the big bashes to get you ready for the Thanksgiving/Hanukkah madness so you can party like a rock star before it's time for turkey.


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1. Pump Room

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1301 N State Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 229-6740
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Kid Color takes over the tables at the Library Bar at the Pump Room on Wednesday. Expect little dresses, lots of champagne and great tunes from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. There's even a special room rate if you're partying goes all night.

2. Old Town Social

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455 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 266-2277
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DJ's Castro and Curly are going to keep the dance floor packed at Old Town Social. They have drink specials and even chances to win gift certificates to start your holiday shopping. Table reservations still available.

3. Untitled

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111 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 880-1511
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Untitled is channeling Paris with their "French Connection" bash. French-inspired acts will will take to the stage and take you back to Toulouse Lautrec's dance halls and the turn of the century Paris nightclubs.

4. The Fifty/50

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2047 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-5050
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The Fifty/50 is throwing a “Drumsticks & Dreidels Party” from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Wednesday that will celebrate both Black Wednesday and the first night of Hanukkah. Specials include $6 Manischewitz bombs rimmed with crushed turkey bacon.

5. The Dawson

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730 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 243-8955
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The Dawson crew are getting into the holiday spirit with their Thanksgiving-themed Jello shot made with Bombay Dry Gin, cranberry sauce, Vya sweet vermouth, acid phsophate, and old fashioned bitters garnished with sage and Southern Tier Pumking beer for $5 a glass.

6. EPIC

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112 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 222-4940
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DJ Gus Karas is headlining Epic's party on Wednesday night. There's a $20 cover that night (except for bottle service), $200 bottles of absolut, $6 Jameson shots, and $5 special black Wednesday shots.

7. RM Champagne Salon

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116 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-1199
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Not content with a single night of festivities, starting Wednesday and going through the new year, RM Champagne Salon will offer a cranberry champagne cocktail to ring in the holiday season made with Piper, sugar cube, angostura, and floating cranberries for $15.

8. The Original Mother's

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26 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-7251
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The Original Mother's celebrates 45 years on Division street Wednesday night with Chicago cover band The Spazmatics performing classic 80's hits. To commemorate the occasion, the block will be renamed the Division Street Entertainment District.

9. The Barrelhouse Flat

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2624 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-0421
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Barrelhouse Flat will help you start your holiday season off with a good buzz by offering drink specials, including: $7 pear cider by the glass, $7 apple cider by the glass and $5 Virtue Percheron cider on draft.

10. Public House

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400 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 265-1240
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Public House is throwing a special Black Wednesday edition of their Clock Out, Tap In brewery series, with complimentary samples of Guinness Black Lager and Guinness Draught. Guinness will even bring its engraving equipment to laser etch guests' names into Guinness Gravity glasses.

11. Parliament

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324 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 380-0004
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Parliament is going dark Wednesday night for their Coven-themed party. Black attire is suggested for guests and there will be body painters, a live art installation, an electric guitar set, and choreographed performances throughout the evening.

1. Pump Room

1301 N State Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60610
Kid Color takes over the tables at the Library Bar at the Pump Room on Wednesday. Expect little dresses, lots of champagne and great tunes from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. There's even a special room rate if you're partying goes all night.
1301 N State Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60610

2. Old Town Social

455 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
DJ's Castro and Curly are going to keep the dance floor packed at Old Town Social. They have drink specials and even chances to win gift certificates to start your holiday shopping. Table reservations still available.
455 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60610

3. Untitled

111 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
Untitled is channeling Paris with their "French Connection" bash. French-inspired acts will will take to the stage and take you back to Toulouse Lautrec's dance halls and the turn of the century Paris nightclubs.
111 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

4. The Fifty/50

2047 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
The Fifty/50 is throwing a “Drumsticks & Dreidels Party” from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Wednesday that will celebrate both Black Wednesday and the first night of Hanukkah. Specials include $6 Manischewitz bombs rimmed with crushed turkey bacon.
2047 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

5. The Dawson

730 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
The Dawson crew are getting into the holiday spirit with their Thanksgiving-themed Jello shot made with Bombay Dry Gin, cranberry sauce, Vya sweet vermouth, acid phsophate, and old fashioned bitters garnished with sage and Southern Tier Pumking beer for $5 a glass.
730 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

6. EPIC

112 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
DJ Gus Karas is headlining Epic's party on Wednesday night. There's a $20 cover that night (except for bottle service), $200 bottles of absolut, $6 Jameson shots, and $5 special black Wednesday shots.
112 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. RM Champagne Salon

116 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
Not content with a single night of festivities, starting Wednesday and going through the new year, RM Champagne Salon will offer a cranberry champagne cocktail to ring in the holiday season made with Piper, sugar cube, angostura, and floating cranberries for $15.
116 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

8. The Original Mother's

26 West Division Street, Chicago, IL 60610
The Original Mother's celebrates 45 years on Division street Wednesday night with Chicago cover band The Spazmatics performing classic 80's hits. To commemorate the occasion, the block will be renamed the Division Street Entertainment District.
26 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60610

9. The Barrelhouse Flat

2624 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Barrelhouse Flat will help you start your holiday season off with a good buzz by offering drink specials, including: $7 pear cider by the glass, $7 apple cider by the glass and $5 Virtue Percheron cider on draft.
2624 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

10. Public House

400 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Public House is throwing a special Black Wednesday edition of their Clock Out, Tap In brewery series, with complimentary samples of Guinness Black Lager and Guinness Draught. Guinness will even bring its engraving equipment to laser etch guests' names into Guinness Gravity glasses.
400 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

11. Parliament

324 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
Parliament is going dark Wednesday night for their Coven-themed party. Black attire is suggested for guests and there will be body painters, a live art installation, an electric guitar set, and choreographed performances throughout the evening.
324 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

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