Halloween is right around the corner and if you haven't made any plans yet, it's not too late. The following places will be celebrating by throwing haunted parties, holding costume contests and offering other spooky specials. So put on your best outfit and let that inner child loose this weekend. After all, there are plenty of prizes to be won on Hallow's Eve.Read More
Your Exhaustive Guide to Halloween Weekend
The city's best bashes and events, mapped.
Wear your best “College” sweatshirt, toga or whatever you want to Scofflaw’s Animal House Party. The bash starts at 8 p.m. and be prepared to drink Jungle Juice and keg beer out of red Solo cups while DJ Carlos Mercado spins 70s dance music and killer soundtrack anthems all night long.
Stephanie Izard will transform the second floor of Little Goat into a house of horrors. Groups of up to six will get to go behind the scenes above the diner for frights, laughs, drinks and light snacks. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.
Punch House is transforming into Haunted Punch House on Halloween. There will be two “shows” throughout the evening along with a special guest DJ and Costume Dance Party. Come dressed in your best attire as the winner of the costume contest will receive a $100 gift card to Dusek’s and a pair of tickets to a Thalia Hall show. Tickets are $22 and also include a choice of a haunted Lagunitas or an evil Letherbee gin punch.
Henry's Swing Club
Henry’s Swing Club will host a Sex, Drugs, & Rock ‘n Roll 1977 themed Halloween party on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. There will be a live tattoo artist on hand to ink up guests as well as specials like syringe shots of “liquid heroin” (151 and Coke), “Speedballs” (a powdered sugar donut on top of a shot of bourbon), and “Yellow Jackets” (bag of candy corn and a Red Bull).
The second annual Unbridled Halloween will take place on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. The Voodoo Ball will feature more than 30 performers and multiple DJs, and promises to be the freakiest party in town as guests wander from room to room for tricks and scares. Tickets can be purchased online.
Guests wearing their Halloween costume on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 are welcome to order off a special $5 menu including $5 margaritas and food items. The bar will also offer a Sangre Del Toro cocktail, featuring China China, Carpana Antica and blood orange soda.
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Get a glimpse into the future at The Dawson on Halloween night from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests who purchase the special Halloween Hendrick’s gin cocktail for $15 will unlock the door to the "Devil’s Den," where they will be brought for a haunted palm reading.
DMK Burger Bar
Drop in for costume contests on Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 10 p.m. First place receives a $150 DMK Restaurants gift card while second place takes home a $75 gift card. The restaurant will also offer the "All Treats No Tricks" shake all weekend, loaded with Butterfinger, Snickers, M&Ms and Reese’s Pieces.
Table, Donkey and Stick
Enjoy a ghoulish, offal-themed menu on Oct. 31. The six-course tasting will feature a variety of unusual meats, offered one night only. Reservations are available from 5 to 10 p.m. and the cost is $60.
Mercadito will host a Day of the Dead cooking demo on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. that includes a five-course feast for $65 per person. On Halloween, the fun continues at the restaurant with face painting, spooky tunes, and food and drink specials including Sopa de Calabaza (butternut squash soup, huitlacoche courtons, pumpkin, chile ancho) and La Muerte cocktails for $11.
Atlas Brewing Company
Journey back in time for a rockabilly Halloween. Starting at 5 p.m., guests will be greeted by the sounds of the 50s with tracks by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Wanda Jackson. Guests can partake in a costume contest, enjoy festive potion shots and pop into Seven Ten Lounge for free bowling if they’re in costume from 7 to 10 p.m.
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Parts and Labor
Get ready for a ghoulish weekend with a "Body Parts and Labor" weekend. The restaurant will screen 19 horror films from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 on two big screen HD projectors. Films will include classics such as Evil Dead, The Shining and Carrie while featured cocktails will be available for $6.
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Roots is teaming up with neighboring bars High Dive and Cleo’s for the fourth annual Chicago Avenue Halloween Bar Crawl. The crawl will start at Roots at 8 p.m., where there will be a tapping of nine rare and specialty beers from Greenbush Brewing Company and BuckleDown Brewing. Drink specials at all three locations include $3 Jameson shots and $4 select craft pints. Each bar will also be giving away a $100 cash prize for the best costume at different times during the night.
Rockit Burger Bar
Sail the seas this Halloween at Rockit’s "Pirates of the Burger Barrrr" party. The $40 package includes an AYCE buffet as well as domestic drinks and a call bar from 9 p.m. to midnight. Reservations can be made online.
Links Taproom will transform itself into Linqs Beerhall for Halloween. From Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, the restaurant will become a Belgian beer hall, complete with 36 taps of Belgian beer and other related food items such as moules-frites, rabbit sausage and sausage carbonnade.
High Noon Saloon
Show off your skills at a pumpkin carving party on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. High Noon Saloon will provide the pumpkins and carving tools at this first-come, first-served event. On Halloween night, celebrate with a "DJ of the Undead" spinning zombie tunes from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The saloon will also give a $100 gift certificate for the best costume, as determined by the crowd.
Chicago’s premiere storytelling series, 2nd Story, comes to Moxee for a special Halloween performance of "When Night Falls; Stories from the Shadows." The event will take place on Oct. 29 from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, or there is a pay-what-you-feel opportunity at the door.
Quartino will be throwing its annual Halloween wine bash on Oct. 30. From 7 to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy a variety of appetizers while sipping on a selection of wine and beer. Costumes are encouraged for a chance to win prizes in the restaurant's Halloween costume contest. Admission is $25 at the door.
Pumpkin fans will want to be at Public House on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. for a special pumpkin tapping event. There will be giant pumpkin taps to drink from and seasonal brews will include Cisco Pumple Drumkin and Saugatuck Brewery Pumpkin Chai.
The River North cocktail lounge will transform into an enchanted forest and feature the spirit of the evening: absinthe. Special items include a $25 absinthe cocktail flight with bites from David Burke’s Primehouse, $12 spice stack punch and a selection of $10 absinthe cocktails. The evening begins at 8 p.m. and costumes are encouraged.
Old Town Pour House
Old Town Pour House’s 3rd annual costume party takes place on Halloween at 9 p.m. Put on your most original outfit for a chance to win a $100, $50 or $25 gift card while a video DJ will keep the party going all night.
Fulton Market Kitchen
Celebrate Halloween at Fulton Market Kitchen’s "Spookeasy" event, featuring a live musical performance of Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller.” The festivities start at 9 p.m. and also include DJ sets and other MJ hits. 80s costumes are welcome but not required.
Deuces and The Diamond Club
Hit Deuce’s for its Dia de los Muertos Halloween blackout bash on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. and includes costume contests with cash prizes as well as an array of Mexican-themed libations for the night such as a "Morgue-a-rita" and "Diablo Paloma" (Patron, grapefruit juice, Sprite, grenadine).
ARTango South American Bistro
Inspired by the Spanish television drama "Gran Hotel," Artango Bistro will offer a special $55 four-course Hallows Eve dinner on Oct. 31. Dishes will include choice of appetizer, onion soup and selection of five entrees such as filet mignon, Spanish spice-rubbed lamb chops and paella mariscos. Guests are also encouraged to wear 1900s costumes and attire.
Chop Shop & 1st Ward Events
Urban Initiatives’ 12th annual Halloween party will take place on Oct. 31 from 8 to 11 p.m. The event will raise funds in support of Urban Initiatives, which provides programming to over 15,500 youth and their families throughout Chicago. Tickets include appetizers, open bar, costume contest and live music spun by DJ De La Chapelle. They can be purchased online.