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Honey I Shrunk the Kids pop-up bar
Photograph: Sarah Zelman/The Sixth

This Chicago pop-up bar is inspired by ’80s comedy ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’

"Dad, don’t eat me!"

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Morgan Olsen
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One of Chicago's best cocktail bars has transformed into a pop-up homage to the 1989 comedy classic "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." The Sixth in Lincoln Square is going all out with this next-level experience, which features 14 specialty cocktails, a menu of themed bites and plenty of quirky photo opportunities.

Both the exterior and interior are decked out with oversized décor, memorable movie stills and massive toy dinosaurs—all designed to make guests feel as tiny as the Szalinski and Thompson kids after being hit with Wayne's shrink ray. Bar manager Stella Miller (Yūgen) goes above and beyond with a lineup of themed cocktails that are just as photogenic as they are beautifully balanced. The cleverly named Dad, Don't Eat Me cocktail is crafted with rum, Honey Nut Cheerios-infused milk and toasted oat syrup. As guests sip the drink, they'll uncover a custom ice cube with an image from one of the movie's most iconic scenes, when the Szalinski children are swimming in a bowl of cereal. The cocktail menu highlights plenty of other memorable movie moments with drink names like It's a Jungle Out There and Antie's Oatmeal Pie.

Chefs Chris Teixeira and Nate Henssler round out the experience with equally cheeky bites, including a trio of corndogs and fries served in a toy truck called "I Could Eat a Corndog the Size of a Truck." For dessert, choose between oatmeal cream pie cookies and vanilla mousse semifreddo with caramelized Honey Nut Cheerios.

In accordance with city guidelines, The Sixth is operating at reduced capacity, with 10 seats on the sidewalk patio and 20 seats inside. In other words, you'll want to make a reservation and keep your visit to 90 minutes or less. Honey, I Shrunk the Pop-Up will run through November 1 and is open daily; stop by Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 11pm or Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 11pm. Take a look around the Sixth's transformed space and sneak a peek at the wildly creative menu items.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Pop-up bar
Photograph: Sarah Zelman/The Sixth
Honey I Shrunk the Kids Pop-up Bar
Photograph: Sarah Zelman/The Sixth
Honey I Shrunk the Kids Pop-up Bar
Photograph: Sarah Zelman/The Sixth
Honey I Shrunk the Kids Pop-up Bar
Photograph: Sarah Zelman/The Sixth
Honey I Shrunk the Kids Pop-up Bar
Photograph: Sarah Zelman/The Sixth
Honey I Shrunk the Kids Pop-up Bar
Photograph: Sarah Zelman/The Sixth

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