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Halloween restaurant and bar specials

Whether you're looking for a spooky cocktail party or starting the party early with brunch, we've got you covered

Written by
Elizabeth Atkinson
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With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, it means we've got all weekend to celebrate. We've got all the food & drink specials you need, when you're ready for something a little tastier than Chicago's haunted spotshaunted houses and horror movies. All listed events will take place on the weekend before Halloween.

RECOMMENDED: Complete guide to Halloween events in Chicago

Halloween restaurant and bar specials

SPiN
  • Things to do
  • Quirky events
  • River North

In honor of co-founder Susan Sarandon's role as Janet in the 1975 Rocky Horror Picture Show, SPiN will be throwing a Rocky Horror Halloween party. The bar will be featuring a themed karaoke battle, a dance contest and a costume contest—all while screening the new TV remake and serving up themed specialty cocktails. Saturday October 29, 8pm–2am.

Parts & Labor
  • Restaurants
  • Hamburgers
  • Logan Square
  • price 1 of 4

For a lower-key Halloween weekend, head to Parts & Labor. On Saturday the 29th, the Logan Square spot will be screening movies all day (the scariest classics at night). On Sunday, you can reserve a pumpkin and carving kit for brunch. Saturday, October 29, all day. Sunday,October 30, 12–4pm.

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  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • Logan Square
  • price 2 of 4

Brunch and shopping? We're in. Head to Scofflaw for a Halloween market with a tarot card reader and local artisans curated by Cities In Dust's Meghan Lorenz with vintage housewares, beauty products and jewelry while you grab brunch and fall cocktails. Sunday, October 30, 1–5pm.

  • Restaurants
  • South Asian
  • Logan Square
  • price 2 of 4

Fat Rice will turn into a disco for one night, featuring a steak and seafood dinner with champagne and cocktails. You'll get to pick from a few different experiences (tickets available here), including a five-course dinner at Fat Rice with drink pairings or a three-course cocktail and snack pairing at the Ladies' Room. Whichever you pick, you'll get access to the Bakery at Fat Rice, which will be set up as a dance hall. Saturday, October 29.

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The Fifty/50
  • Bars
  • Sports Bars
  • Ukrainian Village
  • price 1 of 4

Head on over to the newly remodeled Fifty/50 for a haunted-jail-themed Halloween party with Don Julio shots and Ketel One cocktail specials. Bonus: There's a costume contest awarding $500 in cash prizes to the top three costumes during the party. Saturday, October 29.

Ampersand Wine Bar
  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Lincoln Square
  • price 2 of 4

Stranger Things fans, this one's for you. Dress as your favorite character and hit Ampersand Wine Bar for Hallowine, which will have menu items inspired by the popular Netflix show (like an Eggo waffle dessert), themed cocktails and beer. Admission is $30 ($35 the day of), and the winner of the costume contest will win a membership to the Ampersand Wine Club. Sunday, October 30, 7–10pm.

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Links Taproom
  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Wicker Park
  • price 2 of 4

For a different kind of Halloween costume, Links Taproom will be transforming into "Trader Links Tiki Bar." The bar will have tropical and tiki-inspired beer, food, cocktails and decor and will show all four nights of the Phish MGM Grand Las Vegas show. Friday, October 28 through Monday, October 31.

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Lake View
  • price 2 of 4

Disney's princesses and evil queens are the theme at Kit Kat this year. There will be a costume contest at midnight (the winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations and a pair of tickets to see Britney: Piece of Me in Las Vegas) and Diva Mokha Montrese will be performing from 7pm to 2am. Saturday, October 29.

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  • Bars
  • Breweries
  • Logan Square
  • price 1 of 4

Transport yourself back to the early 2000s at Hopewell for Halloween. The theme is called Welcome Back to the Noughties, and Hopewell will stay open until 2am playing those sick early 2000s tunes (fog machine included, naturally). Tracksuits not required, but era-themed costumes are encouraged. Saturday, October 29, 10pm–2am.

  • Restaurants
  • Argentinian
  • Lincoln Square
  • price 1 of 4

Head to Artango Bar & Steakhouse for a ’20s themed masquerade ball, where you should dress up as your favorite ’20s-era character (we're thinking Harry Houdini or Josephine Baker) and sip on ’20s-themed cocktails. Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29.

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freestyle food+drink
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • River North
  • price 2 of 4

Interested in an Alice in Wonderland themed Halloween? Head to Freestyle Food+Drink for a Mad Tea Party hosted by the Evil Queen. There will be funky tea sandwiches and themed cocktails up at the Vertigo Sky Lounge. Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 4–6pm and 8–10pm.

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