Halloween is coming in a few weeks and Chicago knows how to celebrate. Whether you're a local or in town for the holiday weekend, we've got all the hot spots to be with deals that you should definitely take advantage of. From out-of-the-box burgers to haunted hotels, there's something in this ultimate round-up, even the dog lover! Check them out below.
360 CHICAGO | 875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Celebrate Halloween at 360 CHICAGO with "TILT & Treat" Saturday, October 29th - Monday, October 31st. Enjoy special TILT decoration and floor decoration along with several candy stations for guests. Those who arrive wearing a Halloween costume during these dates get to TILT for free! 360 CHICAGO's Architect's Corner Cafe & Bar will serve Zombie Brain Shots in two flavors ($6 each).
Ada Street | 1664 North Ada Street
Calling all Hogwarts students! Celebrate Halloween at Harry Potter's Great Hall Halloween Fest on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th (with two seatings at 6pm and 9pm). Muggles and wizards alike can indulge in a four-course dinner complete with butter beer, Quidditch Beer Pong and more. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased HERE.
Arbella | 112 West Grand Avenue, Chicago
Join River North's new global cocktail lounge for Death by Disco, a Halloween party to wake the dead Saturday, October 29th from 9pm-12am. The night includes a 3-hour bar package, special Disco Punch made with Asbolut Vodka, passed bites including stuffed mushrooms and mini-egg rolls and disco dance beats from DJ Bridget Marie. Costumes are encouraged and can compete to win a $250 grand prize for the best Halloween ensemble. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased HERE.
BIG Bar | 151 East Upper Wacker Drive
Miss trick-or-treating? Stop by BIG Bar on the second floor of Hyatt Regency Chicago for a candy cocktail perfect for adults with a sweet tooth. The BIG Scare, made with candy-corn infused vodka, vanilla vodka, vermouth, bitters, and pop rocks, is available from October 23-31. ($13)
Chicago Athletic Association | 12 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Guests are invited for an evening of curious discomfort, featuring chilling exhibits and interactive installations confronting them with a warped sense of their own existence, and the eerie awareness that every movement is being observed by an otherworldly entity. The darkness begins at 6pm on Saturday, October 29th in The Tank on the first floor, and in the hotel's Drawing Room and Game Room on the second floor with complimentary entry, culminating in a ticketed major musical act at 10pm presented by The Empty Bottle in the hotel's original gymnasium Stagg Court. Tickets for the concert portion of the evening are available for $25, including entry to Stagg Court beginning at 8pm.
Chicago Haunted River Tours | Navy Pier's Dock Street, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
Seadog Cruises is hosting Haunted Tours throughout the entire month of Chicago! Tours are 75-minutes long, available Friday through Sunday. Enjoy one of the best views of the Chicago skyline from the Chicago River while listening to suspenseful commentary on the city of Chicago's most haunting mysteries and legends. Prices start at $36.95 per adult and $19.95 per child.
Cocoa + Co. | 1651 North Wells Street, Chicago
Indulge your sweet tooth with frightful treats at Cocoa + Co. Treats include Spider Web Bars (a selection of 3 hand-molded and painted bars from Veruca Chocolate - $12), Candy Corn Bar (dark bean-to-bar chocolate topped with Candy Corn from Cacao Atlanta - $8), Pumpkins & Skulls (a 5-piece boxed selection bringing together 2 favorites, Pumpkin Spice Ganache-filled pumpkins from John & Kiras and Ghoulish Sea Salt Caramels in dark chocolate made just for Cocoa + Co. by Veruca Chocolate - $12.50), Glitter Skills (individually boxed caramel-filled chocolate skills hand-painted and glittered with edible gold from Cacao Atlanta - $5) and Painted Skulls (a 6-piece box of hand-decorated dark chocolate skills filled with chili and cinnamon infused caramel ganache from Veruca Chocolate - $15).
DMK Burger Bar | 2954 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago
Get a taste of Halloween all month long with the Bloody Burger and All Treats No Tricks Shake. Bite into the Bloody Burger with Australian grass-fed sirloin tartare, garlic aioli, salt & vinegar potato chips, and a fried egg all sandwiched between two slices of garlic toast, and wash it down with the candy-filled All Treats No Tricks Shake.
Henry's | 18 West Hubbard Street, Chicago
Join Henry's on Saturday, October 29th for "Madames, Playboys, and Politicians," a turn-of-the-century Chicago debauchery reminiscent of the notorious first ward. Spooky drink specials and a live DJ will be spinning all night with NO COVER!
Hotel Lincoln | 1816 North Clark Street, Chicago
Hotel Lincoln continues its support of local pet shelter, One Tail at a Time, with a Halloween party and dog costume contest, as well as a dog adoption event at the hotel on Saturday, October 22nd from 12-2pm. After the contest, all contestants will participate in a parade around the hotel so they can show off their costumes. Dog costume winners will receive prizes donated from local pet store Barker & Meowsky. Cost for the event is free, though a $10 donation to One Tail at a Time - which makes a lifetime commitment to provide each of their dogs with a safe, loving forever home - is requested for entry into the dog costume contest.
I|O Godfrey at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago | 127 West Huron and Lasalle, Chicago
I|O Godfrey invites those who dare back for Haunted Hotel 2, a night of thrilling fun. Following 2015's Fright Fest, The Godfrey is turning up the paranormal activity by giving its rooftop lounge a sinister makeover, transforming the guest rooms on the fifth floor into haunted rooms with horrors lurking in every corner, and allowing zombies and ghosts to roam the fifth floor hallways. All are encouraged to attend the party disguised in costumes to revel in the night's frightening festivities and drink the chef's potions. "Brave" guests can prove just how fearless they are by booking and staying overnight in a hunted room on the creepy fifth floor where monsters will stay up all night.
All guests that survive the night are invited to the "Walk of No Shame" brunch the next morning at I|O Godfrey, which should be free of prowling spirits by sunrise. Anyone that shows up in full costume and make-up from the night before will receive $10 off the food and one complimentary Mimosa or Bloody. General Admission: Starting at $40/person; VIP Expedited entry: Starting at $60/person. Tickets available HERE.
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap | 41 East Superior Street, Chicago
Stop by Jake Melnick's for spooktacular specials. All month long, Jake's will be serving the Halloween Horror Burger, hand packed 9 ounce habanero and cheddar beef patty topped with pepper jack cheese, guacamole, fried poblano and candied jalapenos and topped with ghost pepper mayo. Other October specials include the Smoked Apple Burbon BBQ Wings and Meatloaf Mac, Jake's creamy house made macaroni and cheese topped with brown sugar glazed house made meatloaf, mushroom and onion gravy and Italian parsley.
Maple & Ash | 8 West Maple Street, Chicago
Join Maple & Ash as they transition into America's favorite Australian-style Frontback Steakhouse for Halloween on Monday, October 31st. Chef Danny Grant will present his takes on signature Aussie-inspired items done in the whimsical style of Maple & Ash. Specials for the night include the Aussie-Style Caviar Service: White Sturgeon Caviar (1 oz) served with an Onion Blossom and more.
Old Town Pour House | 1419 North Wells Street, Chicago
Old Town's favorite game-watching destination will feature a video DJ all night for the best party/sports coverage. Enjoy a can't miss Halloween party while watching the Michigan game and World Series game.
Randolph Street Market | 1340 - 1350 West Randolph, Chicago
Randolph Street Market is back with picks and treats Halloween weekend, October 29th and 30th. Stop by for a variety of seasonal items including Halloween decor, party needs and dress-up attire. Enjoy festive eats including taffy apples, cider, hot chocolate, tea, toffee, caramels and more. Spot vintage items from Halloween's past. You never know what you're going to find! Tickets for adults are $8 in advance or $10 at the gate; Seniors, $5; Students with ID, $5; Children 12 and under, Free. Buy tickets in advance HERE.
ROOF on theWit | 201 North State Street, Chicago
Take it back to 1999 with ROOF on theWit's Jet Set Series. The popular weekend getaway returns for Halloween transporting party-goers back to Beverly Hills 90210 on Saturday, October 29th at 9pm. Listen to the sounds of DJ Karma while sipping specialty cocktails like The Immortal Tomogatchi, Sip Me Baby One More TIme and Frozen Power Surge. The cover charge is $10 for ladies and $20 for gents. As if that's not enough, join ROOF for a special Halloween Movie Monday screening on Monday, October 31st. Showtime is at 7:30pm. For reservations for either event, call 312.239.9502.
Sine Qua Non | Locations in Andersonville, Lakeview & West Town
Look your best this Halloween with half-priced makeup from Sine Qua Non. Price are as follows: Half Face Application - $65, Full Face Applicaton - $90, Full Face & Body Application - $120.
State & Lake Chicago Tavern | 201 North State Street
Celebrate Halloween at State & Lake with Witch Brew & Goblin Treats. The restaurant will be serving $10 flights including: Virtue Prince Hal and Caramel Apple Sucker; Sheep Cashmere Hammer (Nitro) and Housemade Chocolate; Revolution Pils and Candy Corn; Lagunitas IPA and Hot Tamales.
The Boundary | 1932 West Division Street, Chicago
The Wicker Park watering hole is hosting a sports-fan-friendly Halloween bash Saturday, October 29th. Keep an eye on the TV while on the dance floor for the Michigan-Michigan State game as well as the World Series game (let's hope for the Cubs!). It's a sports-lovers dream come true. Costumes are encouraged.
Travelle Kitchen + Bar | 330 North Wabash, Chicago
Don't miss Travelle's Halloween drink special, Dia de los Muertos ($16). The cocktail is made with Mezcal Siete Misterios Joven, Templeton Rye, and Blackberry syrup.
I will be in Boston for Halloween weekend so make sure to follow me on Instagram for a behind the scenes look at all my travel. What are your plans for Halloween?