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Chicago’s Pop-Up Bars this October

Written By: Jessie White

It seems that nowadays people are coming up with more and more creative ways to grab a drink with a few of their friends and one of the trends that’s swept the nation is the Pop-Up bar. Pop-up bars are temporary bars that are themed around anything from a classic holiday favorite film, a popular TV show, or even a favorite music album from a prior decade. The Pop-Up will be decorated from head to toe in the theme and will usually have themed drinks, photo opportunities, and sometimes games based on references from the piece of media. This gives interested fans the perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in one of their favorite shows or films as one of the characters.

The pop-up craze has certainly found its footing in Chicago, with one of its most successful pop-ups being the Stranger Things Pop-Up that took place in October of 2016, which has only caused the craze to get even hotter. October tends to be one of the months with the most pop-up opportunities so make sure you keep an eye on the events below to see what all this hype is about before they get out of costume.

 “House of Beetle: A Beetlejuice Inspired Pop Up Bar”


Jump in the line and rock your body in time to catch the completely decked-out Beetlejuice themed Pop-Up hosted inside Bassline this October. The House of Beetle is an interactive Pop-Up experience that allows interested Tim Burton fans the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the Beetlejuice universe with limitless photo spots, a specialized drink menu, a scavenger hunt with a prize, and even interactive costumed characters from the film!

While drinks are not included with the entry price, your tickets will be getting you a most strange and unusual experience that you’ll never forget. Tickets will sell out quickly, so make sure to grab them with the link below before someone can say, “Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!”


October 17th through November 1st


Bassline Chicago

2239 S Michigan Ave

Purchase tickets here.

“IT: Halloween Pop Up Bar”

Replay Lincoln Park

We all float down to Replay Barcade in Lincoln Park when we know that Pennywise is out to play. The home of many successful Pop-Up experiences such as the “Bikini Bottom Spongebob Pop-Up” and “Treat Yo’ Self Parks and Recreation Pop-Up” will be bringing their favorite Stephen King classic to all interested attendees. With the sequel It: Chapter II coming out this past September, the popular barcade will be completely inspired by Pennywise himself as Replay transforms into Derry, Maine in order to set the scene of horror for your group of lucky (maybe unlucky?) friends.

There is no ticket purchase necessary to be able to face your fears and enjoy an It inspired drink menu, horrifying photo spots, and who knows, you may even leave with an iconic red balloon in hand. Check out the link below to stay tuned to special themed events based in Derry to be able to see your favorite clown for yourself. If you’re not too afraid, that is…


October 11th through November 2nd


Replay (Lincoln Park location)

2833 N. Sheffield Avenue

“The Nightmare Before Halloween”

Headquarters Beercade

 The spirit of everyone’s favorite spooky season film director is coming to Chicago this October at Headquarters with “The Nightmare Before Halloween: A Tim Burton Halloween Experience”. Headquarters beercade will be immersing itself into the cinematic universe of Tim Burton, featuring installations based on Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more. There will of course also be themed food and drink options for the holiday as well as special events throughout the month, including “Burtlesque: A Tim Burton Inspired Burlesque Performance.”

Cover charges may apply with no separate ticket purchase necessary to attend this spooktacular Burton-based event. You’ll remember this sinister, exciting, thrilling, and uniquely interactive Tim Burton experience for a lifetime so make sure you head to Headquarters soon!


October 17th through October 31st.


Headquarters Beercade

213 W Institute Pl

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