Barbie Bliss: A Guide to Chicago’s Fabulous Events and Experiences

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Greta Gerwig’s long-awaited film, Barbie, has finally arrived in theaters, naturally delighting audiences. Beyond its playful dialogue and fantastical color palettes, the movie offers a thought-provoking experience for both children and adults. Infused with feminist themes and nostalgic moments of girlhood, it is no question why Barbie appeals to millions. 

Whether you left the theater fueled with introspection or simply inspired by the color pink, we want to provide a few outlets for you. Much like the rest of the world, Chicago has been heavily decorated with Barbie-themed whims. From pop-ups to restaurant specials, there will certainly be something to catch your eye. 

Malibu Barbie Cafe at Electric Garden

Step into a 1970s Malibu dream with vibrant pinks and beachy motifs at the Malibu Barbie Cafe. Enjoy a deliciously themed menu, artfully curated by Chef Becky Brown. Capture moments inside a life-size Barbie box and shop amongst exclusive Barbie merchandise. Relax to iconic pop tunes while savoring treats like Pacific Paradise Pancakes and the Anything is Possible Sundae. For an extra thrill, roller skate on-site and support Girls Inc. Chicago with a $1 donation. All ages are welcome; children under 2 don’t need a ticket. See you there!

Chicago Burger Company

Discover the Pink Malibu Cocktail at Chicago Burger Company, situated at Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk. This fabulous drink blends Glendalough Rose Gin, Rosé wine, Aperol, raspberry syrup, and lemon juice. Served with a vibrant fuchsia flamingo straw, it’s the perfect pink indulgence for Barbie enthusiasts!

Barbie Paint & Sip

Join the Barbie Paint and Sip event at Pinot’s Palette art studio, hosted by Chicago drag queen Essence in collaboration with Painted Faces. Embrace your artistic side while enjoying drag performances by Ramona Slick, Ava V Marie, Sally Marvel, and more. The event starts at 7pm on Thursday and offers two ticket options: $10 for the drag show only, and $35 for the drag show along with an inclusive painting experience, including all art materials!

Barbie Drag Brunch

Looking for bottomless mimosas and a delightful pre-show before your Saturday theater outing? Join the Barbie drag brunch at Joy District, featuring the fabulous Chicago drag queens Khloe Daniels and DJ Martin. The event starts at 11am and is exclusively for those aged 21 and over. Ticket prices vary from $60 to $100, depending on your preferred drink and entree options!

Barbie Trivia

Keep the Barbie momentum going after the weekend at Eli Tea Bar with Barbie Trivia night on Tuesday at 7:30pm Test your knowledge on the new movie, Barbie history, music, and more! The event is free, so start forming a trivia group and aim to arrive an hour before the event for on-site registration!

Vintage Barbie Drag & Fashion Show

Don’t miss the Vintage Barbie Drag and Fashion Show at Vintage Frills in Logan Square! Join drag queens Morning Wood and Starr Stallion for a sensational Sunday event starting at 3pm. The show is open to all ages and will showcase Barbie-themed items for sale, including clothing, vintage dolls, and decor. General admission tickets are sold out, but you can still grab VIP tickets for $20!

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