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Your Blowout Guide to Halloween Haunts

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Halloween is just a week away and if you still don't have a costume, now is the time to get on it. Many restaurants and bars around the city will be having spook-tacular parties and other holiday specials to celebrate. So put on your most creative outfit and get ready for a haunted time full of tricks and treats. After all, you're never too old to dress up as your favorite childhood character for one night of the year, especially when there are costume contests to be won.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Untitled

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111 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 880-1511
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Stop in for a very Unbridled Halloween on Oct. 31 starting at 8 p.m. The outrageous party will feature performances by Dead Man’s Carnival, a vaudevillian, circus and burlesque troupe from Milwaukee, along with Unbridled’s bizarre cast of characters for an atmosphere of intrigue, sex, mystery and fantasy inside Untitled’s dimly lit rooms and pathways. Tickets for the event can be purchased online.

2. Scofflaw

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3201 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-9700
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Logan Square's favorite dive bar lives on at Scofflaw’s 2nd Annual Bonny’s Halloween Party on Oct. 31. Bonny’s DJ crew will be laying down the tunes and enjoy specials like $3 “Mallory” shots (Malort and Campari), $3 PBRs and $5 Highballs.

3. Mercadito

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108 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 329-9555
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Patricio Sandoval will be holding his annual Day of the Dead Cooking Demonstration on Oct. 28 and 29 at Double A below Mercadito. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes live pumpkin carving demonstrations as well as a $65 five-course menu with paired cocktails. Reservations can be made by calling 312-329-9555. In addition, the restaurant will be offering specials between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 that include Sopa de Calabaza (butternut squash soup), Tamal de Puerco (braised pork tamale) and Pan de Muerto (housemade sweet day of the dead Mexican bread).

4. Hubbard Inn

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110 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 222-1331
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Hubbard Inn will transform into the Haunted Inn from Oct. 19 through Nov. 1, including a Halloween Bash on Oct. 26. There will be several themed food and drink items as well as a special prix-fixe menu featuring dishes like country pork pate with pickled pumpkin, seared scallops with pumpkin puree and sage hazelnut brown butter, and pumpkin crème brulee. The cost for the three-course prix-fixe menu is $31 per person.

5. The Grid

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351 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 321-1351
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Let the crazy out at the Grid’s Psych Ward Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 26. Party-goers can purchase a $35 drink package from 8 to 11 p.m., and the first-place winner for best costume will receive dinner for 2 as well as a $250 prize. Tickets for the event can be purchased online.

6. The Boundary

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1932 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 278-1919
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Put on your best attire for The Boundary’s 6th Annual Halloween Costume Party starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. The first place winner will receive a $100 gift card. Enjoy the spook-tacular cocktail “The Vampiro” (Bacardi rum, sloe gin and candied hibiscus syrup) while getting into the mood with Halloween-themed movie clips and tunes from a live DJ.

7. The J. Parker

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1816 N Clark St Fl 13
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 254-4747
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J. Parker’s First Annual Halloween Bash will take place on Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightmare on Clark Street will feature specialty cocktails, DJ Will Galvan and costume contests with cash prizes.

8. Three Dots and a Dash

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435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 610-4220
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Tiki meets spooky for five nights from Oct. 27 to 31 with a blood-chilling menu of classic Tiki cocktails. Drinks include Blood of the Kapu Tiki (Amber Rum, Lime, Grapefruit, Curaçao, Grenadine, Angostura Bitters, Absinthe), Shrunken Skull (Demerara Rum, Gold Puerto Rican Rum, Grenadine, Lime), Blackbeard’s Ghost (Virgin Islands Rum, Demerara Rum, Apricot Brandy, Falernum, Lemon, Curaçao, Angostura Bitters) and more.

9. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

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41 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-0400
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Celebrate Halloween with flavorful October specials like the Helloween 4, an original burger with a habanero and cheddar patty topped with ghost pepper mayo, guacamole, cayenne spiced crispy onions and pepper jack. Other dishes include Mac n’ Poutine, and Pumpkin Pesto Wings featuring basil and pumpkin seed pesto and roasted pepper cream sauce.

10. Jerry's Sandwiches

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1938 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-1006
It’s throwback night at Jerry’s on Oct. 31. Starting at 10 p.m., Chicago’s own Hood Smoke will play The Police’s album ‘Synchronicity’ while miss remember will do their best rendition of Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged in NY.’ Don your best costume and enjoy the show with a lineup of sandwiches, whiskey and craft brews.

11. Crossing

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2548 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 327-4900
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Come dressed as your favorite Clue character from the movie or board game. The bar will be transformed into three rooms: the Library, Ball Room and Lounge, each with its own specialty themed cocktail. Receive a clue card with the purchase of every cocktail and submit your guess by the end of the night for the chance to win prizes. Prizes will also be awarded to the best dressed character male and female.

12. Moe's Cantina

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3518 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-0002
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Come dressed in your best 1920s-themed attire for a Roaring Twenties Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 26. The winner will take home a $500 grand prize. Drink deals include $5 4 Rebels Dragonbombs, $5 4 Rebels cocktails and $5 domestic bottles.

13. Quartino

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626 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 698-5000
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Join Quartino on Oct. 31 for its Halloween Wine Bash from 7 to 9 p.m. Guests can mingle over a variety of appetizers while sipping on wines, sangria and beer. A costume contest will be held for those donning creative attires, with special prizes going to the winners. Admission is $20 at the door.

14. Headquarters Beercade

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950 W Wolfram St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 665-5660
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Get your game on this Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Headquarters. The live entertainment starts at 10 p.m. with a DJ set by Viceroy, and the person with the most creative outfit in the Mashup Costume Contest will take home $500.

15. Emporium Arcade Bar

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1366 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-7922
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A Halloween Spectacular features live performances, a costume contest with prizes, a trick or treat bag with two free shots and of course, arcade games. Purchase tickets to the event online.

16. Sunda

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110 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 644-0500
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Do something different with Dim Sum in the Dark at Sunday on Oct. 31 from 8 to 10 p.m. Enjoy Halloween-themed cocktails and wine, appetizers and buffet stations along with a live DJ.—all in the dark. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online.

17. III Forks Prime Steakhouse

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180 N Field Blvd
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 938-4303
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III Forks will host a rooftop Halloween Party on Oct. 31 from 5 to 12 p.m. Come dressed to impress as dinner for two will be awarded to the best male and best female costume. Diners will have the opportunity to carve a pumpkin, and a special “Anos de Oro” cocktail will also be available (Elix, Benedictine, pear juice, fig, cinnamon, egg yolk and nutmeg, $5).

18. Fountainhead

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1970 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 697-8204
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Attend the Great Punk’n Party at on Oct. 29. Starting at 7 p.m., Fountainhead will be tapping Southern Tier Pumking and Uinta Punk’n and pouring them through pumpkins lined up on the bar. Guests can get a pumpkin to carve and a pumpkin poured beer for $15 while jamming to an punk rock playlist.

19. The Monarch

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1745 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-6053
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Come into Monarch dressed as Elvis between Oct. 25 and 31 and receive a free glass of "All Shook Up Champagne" from Graceland Cellars. Couples that dress up as Elvis and Priscilla will get a full bottle on the house.

20. Old Town Social

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455 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 266-2277
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Drop in for a costume party starting at 9 p.m. with cash prizes to the winners. In addition, there will be food and drink specials and music from DJ Aileen 13 and DJ Bobby Lite.

21. Roots Handmade Pizza

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1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 645-4949
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Roots is teaming up with neighborhood bars High Dive and Cleo’s for the third annual Chicago Avenue Bar Crawl starting at 9 p.m. on Oct. 26. The three stops on the crawl will give away $100 cash prizes for the best costumes, and drink specials at all three locations include $3 Jameson shots and $4 select pints.

22. D'Noche

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2710 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 289-4274
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Join D’Noche on Halloween night from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. for a costume party featuring a live DJ and drink specials.

23. ARTango South American Bistro

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4217 North Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 697-7479
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ARTango, the new South American bistro in Ravenswood, will host a special Halloween night on Friday, Oct. 25 from 8 to 11 p.m. Enjoy a three-course dinner followed by tango.

24. Taco Joint

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1969 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 951-2457
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In celebration of the Mexican holiday, Taco Joint will offer Day of the Dead deals on Nov. 1 and 2. The specials include turkey leg carnitas taco and a “Lil’ Blood” mescal cocktail featuring Tawny Port, El Buho Mezcal, Agave Loco Tequila, orange, ruby red grapefruit and citrus bitters.

25. dana hotel and spa

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660 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 202-6000
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The Dana Hotel will become Spellbound this Halloween with a series of week-long supernatural encounters and events. Don a costume inside Vertigo Sky Lounge while reveling in tricks and surprises or enjoy a ghastly cocktail, like the Black Magic, at the new freestyle food + drink.

26. West Town Bakery & Diner

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1916 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 904-1414
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West Town Bakery has created a special Halloween basket that can be pre-ordered by calling. Each basket contains festive items such as a caramel corn package, a rocky road candy bar, 12 Halloween-themed macaroons and many more. The basket retails for $40 and a pumpkin cake can be added to each order for an additional $30.

27. Yo Soy

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Yo Soy celebrates Dia de los Muertos with a five-course underground supper on Sunday, Oct. 27. The meal will include a songwriter performance and is BYOB. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased online.

28. Rodan

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1530 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 276-7036
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Rodan will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a spook-tacular weekend. Stop in on Oct. 31 for a costume contest giveaway, as well as Four Loko drink specials and half price bottles of wine.

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1. Untitled

111 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
Stop in for a very Unbridled Halloween on Oct. 31 starting at 8 p.m. The outrageous party will feature performances by Dead Man’s Carnival, a vaudevillian, circus and burlesque troupe from Milwaukee, along with Unbridled’s bizarre cast of characters for an atmosphere of intrigue, sex, mystery and fantasy inside Untitled’s dimly lit rooms and pathways. Tickets for the event can be purchased online.
111 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

2. Scofflaw

3201 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Logan Square's favorite dive bar lives on at Scofflaw’s 2nd Annual Bonny’s Halloween Party on Oct. 31. Bonny’s DJ crew will be laying down the tunes and enjoy specials like $3 “Mallory” shots (Malort and Campari), $3 PBRs and $5 Highballs.
3201 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

3. Mercadito

108 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60610
Patricio Sandoval will be holding his annual Day of the Dead Cooking Demonstration on Oct. 28 and 29 at Double A below Mercadito. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes live pumpkin carving demonstrations as well as a $65 five-course menu with paired cocktails. Reservations can be made by calling 312-329-9555. In addition, the restaurant will be offering specials between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 that include Sopa de Calabaza (butternut squash soup), Tamal de Puerco (braised pork tamale) and Pan de Muerto (housemade sweet day of the dead Mexican bread).
108 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60610

4. Hubbard Inn

110 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Hubbard Inn will transform into the Haunted Inn from Oct. 19 through Nov. 1, including a Halloween Bash on Oct. 26. There will be several themed food and drink items as well as a special prix-fixe menu featuring dishes like country pork pate with pickled pumpkin, seared scallops with pumpkin puree and sage hazelnut brown butter, and pumpkin crème brulee. The cost for the three-course prix-fixe menu is $31 per person.
110 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

5. The Grid

351 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60610
Let the crazy out at the Grid’s Psych Ward Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 26. Party-goers can purchase a $35 drink package from 8 to 11 p.m., and the first-place winner for best costume will receive dinner for 2 as well as a $250 prize. Tickets for the event can be purchased online.
351 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60610

6. The Boundary

1932 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Put on your best attire for The Boundary’s 6th Annual Halloween Costume Party starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. The first place winner will receive a $100 gift card. Enjoy the spook-tacular cocktail “The Vampiro” (Bacardi rum, sloe gin and candied hibiscus syrup) while getting into the mood with Halloween-themed movie clips and tunes from a live DJ.
1932 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

7. The J. Parker

1816 N Clark St Fl 13, Chicago, IL 60614
J. Parker’s First Annual Halloween Bash will take place on Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightmare on Clark Street will feature specialty cocktails, DJ Will Galvan and costume contests with cash prizes.
1816 N Clark St Fl 13
Chicago, IL 60614

8. Three Dots and a Dash

435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Tiki meets spooky for five nights from Oct. 27 to 31 with a blood-chilling menu of classic Tiki cocktails. Drinks include Blood of the Kapu Tiki (Amber Rum, Lime, Grapefruit, Curaçao, Grenadine, Angostura Bitters, Absinthe), Shrunken Skull (Demerara Rum, Gold Puerto Rican Rum, Grenadine, Lime), Blackbeard’s Ghost (Virgin Islands Rum, Demerara Rum, Apricot Brandy, Falernum, Lemon, Curaçao, Angostura Bitters) and more.
435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

9. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

41 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611
Celebrate Halloween with flavorful October specials like the Helloween 4, an original burger with a habanero and cheddar patty topped with ghost pepper mayo, guacamole, cayenne spiced crispy onions and pepper jack. Other dishes include Mac n’ Poutine, and Pumpkin Pesto Wings featuring basil and pumpkin seed pesto and roasted pepper cream sauce.
41 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Jerry's Sandwiches

1938 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
It’s throwback night at Jerry’s on Oct. 31. Starting at 10 p.m., Chicago’s own Hood Smoke will play The Police’s album ‘Synchronicity’ while miss remember will do their best rendition of Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged in NY.’ Don your best costume and enjoy the show with a lineup of sandwiches, whiskey and craft brews.
1938 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

11. Crossing

2548 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Come dressed as your favorite Clue character from the movie or board game. The bar will be transformed into three rooms: the Library, Ball Room and Lounge, each with its own specialty themed cocktail. Receive a clue card with the purchase of every cocktail and submit your guess by the end of the night for the chance to win prizes. Prizes will also be awarded to the best dressed character male and female.
2548 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

12. Moe's Cantina

3518 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
Come dressed in your best 1920s-themed attire for a Roaring Twenties Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 26. The winner will take home a $500 grand prize. Drink deals include $5 4 Rebels Dragonbombs, $5 4 Rebels cocktails and $5 domestic bottles.
3518 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

13. Quartino

626 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Join Quartino on Oct. 31 for its Halloween Wine Bash from 7 to 9 p.m. Guests can mingle over a variety of appetizers while sipping on wines, sangria and beer. A costume contest will be held for those donning creative attires, with special prizes going to the winners. Admission is $20 at the door.
626 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

14. Headquarters Beercade

950 W Wolfram St, Chicago, IL 60657
Get your game on this Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Headquarters. The live entertainment starts at 10 p.m. with a DJ set by Viceroy, and the person with the most creative outfit in the Mashup Costume Contest will take home $500.
950 W Wolfram St
Chicago, IL 60657

15. Emporium Arcade Bar

1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A Halloween Spectacular features live performances, a costume contest with prizes, a trick or treat bag with two free shots and of course, arcade games. Purchase tickets to the event online.
1366 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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16. Sunda

110 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
Do something different with Dim Sum in the Dark at Sunday on Oct. 31 from 8 to 10 p.m. Enjoy Halloween-themed cocktails and wine, appetizers and buffet stations along with a live DJ.—all in the dark. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online.
110 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654

17. III Forks Prime Steakhouse

180 N Field Blvd, Chicago, IL 60601
III Forks will host a rooftop Halloween Party on Oct. 31 from 5 to 12 p.m. Come dressed to impress as dinner for two will be awarded to the best male and best female costume. Diners will have the opportunity to carve a pumpkin, and a special “Anos de Oro” cocktail will also be available (Elix, Benedictine, pear juice, fig, cinnamon, egg yolk and nutmeg, $5).
180 N Field Blvd
Chicago, IL 60601

18. Fountainhead

1970 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Attend the Great Punk’n Party at on Oct. 29. Starting at 7 p.m., Fountainhead will be tapping Southern Tier Pumking and Uinta Punk’n and pouring them through pumpkins lined up on the bar. Guests can get a pumpkin to carve and a pumpkin poured beer for $15 while jamming to an punk rock playlist.
1970 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

19. The Monarch

1745 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Come into Monarch dressed as Elvis between Oct. 25 and 31 and receive a free glass of "All Shook Up Champagne" from Graceland Cellars. Couples that dress up as Elvis and Priscilla will get a full bottle on the house.
1745 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

20. Old Town Social

455 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
Drop in for a costume party starting at 9 p.m. with cash prizes to the winners. In addition, there will be food and drink specials and music from DJ Aileen 13 and DJ Bobby Lite.
455 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60610

21. Roots Handmade Pizza

1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622