Temps are cooling, but Chicago is heating up with fun pop-ups, wine dinners, costume contests and more. Check out our top picks below and make sure to add them to your Fall bucket list!
No TV and no beer make Homer go crazy! As a nod to the hit cartoon The Simpsons, the Tree House of Gore pop-up will be September 16th through October 31st at Moe’s Tavern upstairs in Replay Lincoln Park. Fortunately, Replay Lincoln Park will have plenty of beer along with themed cocktails, and photo opportunities galore. Highlights include Attack of the 50’ Eyesores, Fly Bart, Raven Bart, Kang Kodos, Pickled Moe, Werewolf Flanders, Professor Frink’s Lab, an inside-out living room scene, Blob Homer, and much, much more. D’oh!
Creep it real this year at Offshore Rooftop, the world’s largest rooftop deck and one of Chicago’s most popular destinations located on the third floor of Navy Pier, 1000 East Grand Ave. The frightfully fun Nightmare on Navy Pier Halloween Party begins Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m. and runs until midnight. The all-immersive evening invites guests to dress up in costume and enjoy a night filled with giveaways, a costume contest, a premium 4-hour open bar, passed bites, music, dancing, and more. Tickets are $125 and are available to purchase online now.
Boo Appetit! Thorn Restaurant & Lounge, located in the Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel (5200 Pearl St.), is thrilled to partner with The Prisoner Wine Company for an exclusive Prisoner Wine Dinner on Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m. just in time to kick Halloween plans up a notch. The special two-and-a-half-hour evening will be hosted by Daphne Strata, a certified sommelier, and will feature a custom four-course menu perfectly crafted and complemented by Thorn’s Executive Chef Nicholas Malloy’s culinary expertise. Tickets are $150 per person and are available now to purchase online. Tickets are extremely limited and will sell out.
Don’t FOREget to celebrate Halloween at Puttshack Oakbrook. Patrons are invited to don their best costumes for Puttshack’s Costume Contest, going on from October 28 through Halloween, October 31. Participants are encouraged to share their spooky fits’ on social media, and also fill out a raffle ticket in order to be entered to win. Winner will receive a $500 Puttshack gift card. While onsite, enjoy Boo’sy cocktails including the Spooky PainKiller that comes complete with a piercing eyeball as well as live DJ sets on Friday and Saturday. The winner of the costume party will be announced on November 1st.
It’s spooky season at City Cruises Chicago! Join City Cruises on their spine chilling 75-minute Seadog Haunted River Tour offered Fridays-Sundays from October 8 through October 30. On this costumed tour, guests will learn spooky facts about Chicago all while taking in the creepy decor and eerie mysteries that this city has held over the years. This cruise allows patrons to experience an up close take in Chicago architecture with stories, spirits and scandals to be told along the way. For more information and tickets, please visit here.
Carnivale, Chicago’s most colorful Latin-American venue will be celebrating Dia de Los Muertos on Tuesday, November 1 in their iconic dining room. Join them for dinner and be treated to special pop-up entertainment from a delightful violinist and guitar duo, Folkloric Dance Duo and Two Catrinas. Reservations are available on Tock.