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22 Holiday Pop-Ups And Bars In Chicago To Get You Feeling Festive

This list features 20 holiday-themed pop-ups — and two bonus bars that go all out on decorations — so you can celebrate the holidays with a drink and lots of photos.

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CHICAGO — Chicago is awash with holiday-themed pop-ups you can enjoy with family and friends.

This list features 20 holiday-themed pop-ups — and two bonus bars that go all out on decorations. Many are decked out in seasonal decorations and twinkling lights for Christmas and Hanukkah.

Know of one we’re missing? Email Newsroom@BlockClubChi.org with the details.

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The Graystone Tavern decorated for the 8 Crazy Nights holiday pop-up bar.

8 Crazy Nights

What: A Hanukkah pop-up bar at The Graystone Tavern in Wrigleyville. There are party packages available for 10-100 guests. Those interested should email events@graystonetavern.com.

Where: The Graystone Tavern, 3441 N. Sheffield Ave.

Hours: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Dates: Open through Jan. 9.

Cover: None

Food and drinks: The Hanukkah-themed menu features matzo ball soup and latkes and special drinks like the Mensch Mule and the Gelt Martini. The full 8 Crazy Nights Menu can be viewed online.  

773-666-5450. Website. More info here.

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Christmas Club.

Christmas Club

What: In the self-proclaimed “original Wrigleyville Christmas pop-up,” there are two floors, three party rooms and three bars. Santa Claus and other Christmas characters will make appearances.

Where: 3460 N. Clark St.

Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sundays.

Dates: Open through late January.

Cover: None

Food and drinks: There are themed cocktails, draft beer, shots and wine. There’s also snacks such as popcorn chicken, the diner cheeseburger and chips with dip.

773-975-2010. Website. More info here.

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The Christmas Inn.

The Christmas Inn at The Hubbard Inn

What: For the holiday season, the Hubbard Inn is the Christmas Inn. Across three themed floors, there are special cocktails, live entertainment and areas perfect for photo opportunities.

Where: The Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St. 

Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11-3 a.m. Saturdays and 11-2 a.m. Sundays. The Christmas Inn’s full event schedule is online.

Dates: Dec. 1-31. 

Cover: None, but reservations are required.

Food and drinks: There are hot drinks such as Naughty or Spice, a Makers Mark apple cider whiskey mixed with cinnamon and candied apples. There’s also cold drinks such as the Christmas Inn Mule, made with Hangar One vodka, cranberry and lime juice and ginger beer.

773-900-5361. Website.

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Elf’d Up.

Elf’d Up

What: This tribute to the Christmas movie “Elf” will be fully decked out with Christmas decorations and movie callbacks. There are complimentary cookies nightly at 10 p.m., themed drinks and menu items like Buddy’s Breakfast Pasta made of spaghetti, topped with maple syrup, chocolate fudge and mini marshmallows; and Buddy random stops Thursday through Sunday and for special events.

Where: Stretch Bar & Grill, 3485 N. Clark St. 

Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 11-2 a.m. Fridays and 10-2 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. is Buddy’s Brunch.

Dates: Open through Jan. 1.

Cover: None.

Food and drinks: Attendees can try themed dishes from the Nice List, such as Papa Elf’s Homemade Mac and Cheese and the South Pole Fried Chicken Sandwich. You can nab festive drinks from the Naughty List, including the Spiked Chi White Russian and Angry Elf Martini. 

773-755-3980. Website. More information here.

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Frosty’s.

Frosty’s

What: This well-loved holiday pop-up features four bars, three levels, two dance floors and interactive photo experiences.

Where: 809 W. Evergreen Ave.

Hours: 7 p.m.-4 a.m. daily. 

Cover: Tickets are required and start at $26 each.

Dates: Open through Jan. 1.

Food and drinks: There will be seasonal cocktails and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

312-850-8191. Website.

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Griswold’s Christmas Vacation Pop-Up

What: At Houndstooth Chicago’s holiday pop-up, inspired by the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” guests can enjoy decorations, menu items and more pulled right from the ’80’s film. 

Where: 3369 N. Clark St.

Hours: 1 p.m.-4 a.m. Mondays, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sundays.

Dates: Closes in January.

Cover: None.

Food and drinks: The pop-up’s menu has ’80s-inspired picks from the movie, with double battered fried chicken, TV dinners and Jell-O.

773-244-1166. Website.

Happy’s Holiday Bar

What: Happy’s Holiday Bar will have seasonal cocktails and menu items, plus holiday decor and music at The Tank at the Chicago Athletic Association.

Where: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S. Michigan Ave.

Hours: 5-11 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

Dates: Open through Dec. 23.

Cover: None.

Food and drinks: Guests can expect holiday food and drinks. 

844-312-2221. Website.

Holly Jolly Holiday Bar

What: This pop-up will feature tinsel, ornaments and other decorations, as well as seasonal drinks and boozy brunch.

Where: Electric Garden, 324 S. Racine Ave.

Hours: 5-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sundays.

Cover: Reservations for 90-minute visits are required and start at $10 per person.

Dates: Open through Jan. 8.

Food and drinks: There will be seasonal drinks and a boonzy weekend brunch with bottomless mimosas.

312-374-1045. Website.

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Jack Frost Winterfest.

Jack Frost Winterfest

What: The Jack Frost Winterfest features winter tubing, ice skating, bumper cars, photo opportunities, full bars, a Christmas tree farm, axe throwing, fortune tellers and holiday lights.

Where: 1265 W. Le Moyne St. 

Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays.

Dates: Dec. 3-Jan. 1.

Cover: Tickets start at $5 for kids 5-11 and $10 for everyone 12 and older.

Food and drinks: Hot cocoa, seasonal cocktails, beer, spirits, mixers, seltzers and more. 

Send texts to 312-850-8188. Website.

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Jingle Junkie.

Jingle Junkie

What: The Jingle Junkie holiday pop-up has a heated, ski lodge-inspired patio, a seasonal cocktails and beer menu and food.

Where: 3478 N. Clark St. 

Hours: 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 12 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays, 11-3 a.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sundays.

Dates: Closes in January.

Cover: None.

Food and drinks: A White Christmas martini and a turducken sandwich, among other festive drinks and food offerings. 

872-206-5309. Website. More information here.

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Jojo’s Winter Wonderland

Jojo’s Winter Wonderland

What: Jojo’s Shake Bar has transformed into a winter wonderland in this pop-up, which features a 17-foot Christmas tree, holiday cocktails, milkshakes and seasonal menu items, as well as a heated patio.

Where: 23 W. Hubbard St.

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Dates: Open through Jan. 8. 

Cover: Tickets are $10 per person and include a classic hot chocolate.

Food and drinks: You can grab a honey fried chicken sandwich, smash burger, loaded fries and chicken pot pie. Seasonal menu items include the Polar Espresso martini, Santa’s Cookies and Milk Flight and boozy hot chocolates. 

312-624-8963. Website. More information here.

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Krampus

What: Krampus, the fabled European anti-Santa, is taking over DMen Tap for a Krampus Christmas pop-up. Festivities include a traditional Krampus parade, a dungeon crawl, a craft fair and more.

Where: DMen Tap, 2849 W. Belmont Ave.

Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-3 a.m. Saturdays and noon-2 a.m. Sundays.

Cover: None.

Food and Drink: DMen has a full menu.

Run dates: Starts Dec. 2.

773-961-8757. Website.

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Mistletoe at Mordecai Chicago.

Mistletoe

What: This annual holiday pop-up bar has festive decorations and seasonal drinks.

Where: Mordecai Chicago, 3632 N. Clark St. 

Hours: 5-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Dates: Open through Dec. 29.

Cover: Reservations are free and encouraged.

Food and drinks: Drinks include the gingerbread milk punch, a Winter Old Fashioned and more. 

773-569-3410. Website. More information here.

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Nutcracker Pop-Up Christmas Bar and Hotel offers two full bars with seasonal cocktails and flights.

Nutcracker Pop-Up Christmas Bar & Hotel

What: With festive décor, two full bars and two levels of all-night holiday music, the Gold Coast pop-up is open daily.

Where: 100 E. Chestnut St.

Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. All ages before 6 p.m., and people 21 and older after 6 p.m.

Dates: Open through Dec. 31.

Cover: Tickets and reservations are required. Hotel reservations can be made here. Ticket holders can also order bottle service.

Food and drinks: Christmas cocktail flights, charcuterie boards, a special cocktail menu, plus spirts, beers and seltzers.

Text 312-561-9733 for more information. Website.

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Reindeer Room at Tack Room.

Reindeer Room at Tack Room

What: This holiday piano bar returns this year with seasonal cocktails and nightly music. 

Where: Tack Room, 1227 W. 18th St.

Hours: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Dates: Open through Dec. 31.

Cover: None.

Food and drinks: Festive drinks such as the Polar Paloma, boozy hot chocolate, a variety of bar snacks and sandwiches and sweet treats such as cookies and ice cream. 

312-526-3851. Website.

Rudolph’s Rooftop

What: LondonHouse Chicago decks out its rooftop bar, transforming it into Rudolph’s Rooftop and offering seasonal drinks.

Where: 85 E. Wacker Drive

Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight daily.

Cover: None.

Food and drinks: You can sip seasonal drinks and grab the rooftop’s typical fare from its full menu.

312-357-1200. Website.

Santa Baby Bar

What: The sister bar of Rudolph’s Bar is a multi-level, multi-room holiday experience, with food, drinks and a new holiday walkthrough photo-op experience featuring themed rooms, a decorated room top, Christmas carols and more than 10 photo opportunities. 

Where: 3505 N. Clark St. No on-site parking, but there is a recommended parking garage at 3541 N. Clark St. 

Hours: 2-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sundays. 

Dates: Now open.

Cover: None, but reservations are required and need a credit card. Parties who don’t show up or cancel 24 hours before are subject to a $15 charge per guest. 

Food and drink: There’s chili, wings, quesadillas, burgers, salads and more. There’s also dessert, milkshakes, hot cocoa and special cocktails. Attendees can enjoy special, limited menus for Christmas and Christmas Eve and on the second floor.

1-833-YO-SANTA. Website. More information here.

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Old Crow Smokehouse.

Santa’s Workshop at Old Crow Smokehouse

What: Seasonal food, festive drinks, interactive photo opportunities and more. 

Where: Old Crow Smokehouse, 3506 N. Clark St.

Hours: 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, 10-2 a.m. Saturdays and 10 p.m.-11 a.m. Sundays.

Dates: Open through Dec. 29. 

Cover: Tickets are $10 and can be bought online.

Food and drinks: The Old Crow Pot Pie, ham sandwich and ore. Holiday drinks include butterbeer, the polar espresso martini and more.

773-537-4452. Website.

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Tinseltown at The Pink Squirrel.

Tinseltown Holiday Pop-Up Bar

What: The Pink Squirrel, a retro cocktail bar, is the Tinseltown Holiday Pop-Up Bar for the holidays, with cocktails and duckpin bowling. 

Where: The Pink Squirrel, 2414 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Hours: 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday.

Dates: Open various dates through Feb. 26.

Cover: None, but duckpin bowling and gingerbread house experiences require reservations.

Food and drinks: Festive holiday shots, cocktails, milkshakes and more

773-904-8185. Website. More information here.

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The Fa La La La Flip, one of the cocktails being served at the Very Dandy Holiday pop-up.

A Very Dandy Holiday

What: A “highly decorated, cocktail-focused experience” at The Dandy Crown will offer festive drinks inside the River West bar and restaurant, serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. Special events during the pop-up include a photo booth, holiday trivia, wreath making, pictures with Santa and a Festivus celebration.

Where: The Dandy Crown, 694 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Hours: Opens 3 p.m. daily.

Dates: Dec. 1-31.

Cover: None.

Drinks: Options include A Very Dandy Holiday Hot Cider, Fa La La La Flip, Winter Spice Old Fashioned and Christmas on Saturn. All will be served in holiday glasses.

312-846-6420. Website.

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Bonus: Butch McGuire’s

What: Though not a pop-up like others on this list, Butch McGuire’s is famous for its holiday decorations, which include a toy train that travels the bar.

Where: 20 W. Division St.

Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 a.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sundays.

Cover: None.

Food and drinks: Butch McGuire’s has a full food and drink menu.

312-787-4318. Website.

Bonus: Paradise Park

What: Paradise Park isn’t a pop-up bar, but it all goes out with decorations during hte holidays.

Where: 1913 W. North Ave.

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturdays and 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sundays.

Cover: None

Food and drinks: Paradise Park has a full menu — but it’s known for its pizza.

773-687-9117. Website.

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