Now might be a good time to stock up on damn good coffee and perfect your cherry pie recipe. After 25 years, Twin Peaks is returning to television on May 21. Creators David Lynch and Mark Frost have been tight-lipped about details surrounding the reboot, but Chicagoans are gearing up for the return the best way they know how: parties, drink specials and themed food. Here's where to celebrate the return of Twin Peaks in Chicago.
Volumes Bookcafe: This adults-only fan fic animation night allows enthusiasts to create their own Twin Peaks-themed Lego animation with the help of David Pickett, Lego animator extraordinaire. (Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave, May 16, 7–9pm. $5)
Thalia Hall: Before the reboot premieres, Thalia Hall will be screening the horror film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and the final episode of Twin Peaks season 2. Relive those weird '90s moments with the help of live synths (from Sea and Cake frontman Sam Prekop), a full bar and themed treats from the hot dog cart. (Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St, May 17, 7pm. Free)
The Whistler: Combine your love of Twin Peaks and craft cocktails at the Whistler's themed night ahead of the season 3 premiere. They'll be showing the first two seasons on the big screen and mixing David Lynch-inspired cocktails all night. Later in the night, the Chevrons will perform two sets of Lynchian soundtracks. (The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee Ave, May 17, 6pm)
The General: If you want to watch the premiere surrounded by other fans, head to the General for a watch party that includes $4 brews from Illuminated Brew Works and a signature "Fish in the Percolator" cocktail. Come dressed as your favorite character for a chance to wine free beer, prizes and T-shirts. (The General, 2528 N California Ave, May 21, 7–11pm)
Berlin: Cozy up to a Log Lady or Dale Cooper lookalike at this drag and burlesque dance party at Berlin. The evening features Lynchian DJ sets, Twin Peaks costumes and much more. (Berlin, 954 W Belmont Ave, June 1, 10pm–4am)
Elizabeth Restaurant: When it comes to themed dinner series, no restaurant does it better than Iliana Regan's Elizabeth. For two weeks in August, Elizabeth will feature a Twin Peaks-inspired dinner experience that's sure to be packed with funky takes on the show's classic diner food and obscure references. (Elizabeth Restaurant, 4835 N Western Ave, Aug 9–26, times vary. $125)
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