Looking for Halloween plans this year? We’ve got you covered. Chicago’s bars have moved the party outside with creative (and heated) Halloween extravaganzas, featuring everything from a spooky drive-through to haunted rooftop igloos. Check out some of top spots to get your thrills and chills at these Chicago Halloween parties and outdoor events.
Haunted igloo rooftop experience at I|O Godfrey
Haunted igloos have taken I|O Godfrey, the rooftop bar atop The Godfrey Hotel in River North. Expect surprises and scares throughout your visit when you book one of the heated, clear-domed igloos. Plus, enjoy Halloween decor, visits from a fire dancer, a costume contest, a live DJ, and seasonal bites.
The cocktail menu has also been revamped for spooky season. Order a Smashing Pumpkin made with bourbon, Grand Marnier, ginger liqueur, and house-made pumpkin spice. Each private igloo seats between two and six guests for up to two-hour reservations. Make your reservations today.
Haunted cabins at Whiskey Business
You’ll feel like you’ve been transported into your favorite horror movie with the haunted cabins atop Whiskey Business in Wicker Park. The heated rooftop cabins, which seat up to six people for 2.5 hours, are covered in spine-tingling decor. Reserve yours today.
Along with the haunted cabins, Whiskey Business will be offering outdoor spooky movie screenings all month long. Head to the rooftop every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday to catch a classic Halloween movie. Headphones and popcorn are included, blankets are available to rent or guests are encouraged to bring their own. Make your movie night reservations here.
BarcoCircus at Barcocina
In Lakeview, Barcocina is hosting their annual BarcoCircus event, complete with freak show performances and plenty of margaritas. Now in its 6th year, the Halloween celebration has been reconfigured into a more socially distant experience. You can reserve a table inside or outside, or opt for an outdoor igloo for an extra charge. Your $50 ticket includes unlimited beer, house cocktails, sangria, house margarita, and more.
Halloween pop-up experiences at Replay
Replay in Lincoln Park is known for their over-the-top pop-up experiences. This year, they’ll be hosting “Stranger Patio”, an outdoor Stranger Things experience, featuring elaborate decor and photo opps, like the string light-covered living room and the Upside Down world. Of course, there will be on-theme cocktails and food to complete the experience. A $30 ticket gets you a table for one hour and two drinks of your choosing. Guests of all ages are welcome before 6 p.m. Get your tickets here.
If you’re looking for more thrills, don’t miss Replay’s “Alley of Darkness”. The haunted drive-through, set below the CTA Red Line tracks behind the building, begins with a short drive-in movie before zombies, demons and other creatures haunt the lot for the next 30 minutes. The show includes realistic sound, visuals. and prop effects, including fake blood.
Timed tickets are $75 per car, all ages are welcome. No car? No problem. You can rent a freshly sanitized one for $25.