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.Read More
Your Blowout Guide to Halloween Haunts
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The J. Parker
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.
Three Dots and a Dash
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.
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Emporium Arcade Bar
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.
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.
III Forks Prime Steakhouse
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).
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.
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.
Old Town Social
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.
Roots Handmade Pizza
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.
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.
ARTango South American Bistro
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.
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.
dana hotel and spa
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.
West Town Bakery & Diner
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.
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.
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.