As kids, Halloween is all about fun-sized candy and cute costumes. As adults, Halloween is all about candy-inspired dishes, drinks and slightly more mature costumes. Here are some places to eat, drink and celebrate Halloween this year in bars and restaurants around Chicago.
Magnolia Bakery (108 N. State St.)
Sweet treats are integral to Halloween. Get your fix at Magnolia Bakery this year, which is featuring a slew of holiday desserts the occasion. Available now through Halloween (and located right in the Loop), the bakery is offering orange-hued Halloween cupcakes, devil's food "Boo!" cupcakes with orange- and white chocolate-truffle frosting, ghostly "Boo" meringues, and pumpkin patch mini cupcakes.
Parts and Labor (2700 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Parts and Labor transforms into "Body Parts and Labor" for a week-long spree of Halloween festivities in Logan Square. It all starts with a pumpkin carving brunch at noon on October 25, followed by Halloween trivia on October 26. On October 27, the bar will air back-to-back episodes of American Horror Story beginning at 4:00 p.m. Halloween karaoke is on deck for October 28, then on October 29 there will be a special spooky playlist of music, along with horror visuals and specials on shots and beer. Guests are encouraged to come in costume for "Freaky Friday," and on Halloween proper, the bar will feature a movie marathon from noon until 2:00 a.m.
Kinmont (419 W. Superior St.)
Kinmont in River North harkens to one of Chicago's most colorful (and frightening) time periods with a special party in Ampersand inspired by Devil in the White City, a book focused on the 1893 World's Fair and serial killer H.H. Holmes. Needless to say, it's sure to be a colorful affair in the private event space behind Kinmont. The Halloween party takes place October 30 from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., featuring special cocktails like "Acid Vat" punch and a special spin on fair food like funnel cakes, corndogs, and caramel corn. Tickets are $40 per person, which includes two cocktails and festival-y bites. For more info and tickets, visit Ampersand Pop Up.
The Winchester (1001 N. Winchester Ave.)
Put the "howl" in Halloween with a dog costume contest at The Winchester on October 31. From 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., the cozy West Town neighborhood restaurant invites guests to bring their costumed pups for a special contest and raffle on the patio, with proceeds benefiting local dog shelter One Tail at a Time. All sales from the raffle, plus Scrimshaw and White Ale beers, will go toward the shelter. For humans, chef Greg Bastien is whipping up bowls of ramen for $15 per bowl. Additionally, attendees have the chance to adopt a dog. Halloween is even better with altruism.
Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen (224 N. Michigan Ave.)
Spooky cocktails are on special all Halloween weekend in the downtown Loop. Get your scream on with Chuck's Screamgria (Prosecco, orange liqueur, pomegranate juice, ginger beer, grapefruit, rosemary); The Wicked Witch (vodka, Midori, lime juice, sweet and sour, grenadine, and soda), and The Undead (vodka, rum, gin, Chambord, grapefruit juice, sour). All cocktails are $10.
Artango Bistro (4217 N. Ravenswood Ave.)
Celebrate Halloween the South American way with a special throwback Argentine event at Artango Bistro. The setting is Buenos Aires, 1950. It's a time when Juan and Eva Peron dominated Argentina, and when Doña Petrona was the preeminent cooking authority, revered by millions. On October 30 and October 31, the Ravenswood restaurant transports guests back in time to this bygone era via a retro-themed Halloween dinner. Guests are encouraged to don their best vintage apparel while they feast on a three-course prix fixe menu inspired by Petrona's cookbooks. Items on the menu include empanadas filled with Taleggio and grapes; butterflied tenderloin; Milanesa Napoletana bread chicken filet; and alfajores for dessert. The cost for the dinner is $49 per person and reservations can be made by calling 773-697-7479 or by visiting the restaurant's website.
Table, Donkey and Stick (2728 W. Armitage Ave.)
Expect a different kind of treat this Halloween weekend, as the Logan Square restaurant prepares to host its third annual offal dinner on November 1. On deck for All Saints Day, the offal affair showcases chef Scott Manley's dexterity working with offbeat animal parts, served as part of a five-course tasting menu for $40 per person. Reservations are available anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The first course is duck tongue pastrami with rye toast, mustard sauerruben, and hubaner cheese. Second course is smoked and fried pork hearts with pork liver mousse, delicata squash, chili oil, and arugula. Soft tripe with grilled cabbage, creme fraiche, fontina, and buckwheat is next, followed by red wine-braised chicken feet with schmaltzy potatoes, grilled hearts, fried gizzards, and Brussels sprouts. The final course is candied lamb sweetbreads with chocolate mousse, cocoa nibs, egg yolk, and génépi. At meal's end, each guest gets a goody bag filled with caramel corn chicharrones.
Photos: Magnolia Bakery, Parts and Labor, Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen, Artango Bistro