9 Holiday Pop-Ups You Can’t Miss


Embark on a festive journey across Chicago, exploring these unique holiday pop-ups that promise Christmas cheer, delightful cocktails, and immersive experiences for everyone.

Tinseltown Chicago at Welcome Back Lounge

Dive into Christmas bliss at Tinseltown Chicago! This dedicated Christmas Bar by the Viral Group offers themed sessions with Santa’s elves, festive tunes, winter warmer drinks, and a custom-created Christmas cocktail menu. Weekday sessions available, and tickets include 90 minutes of themed bar access and a drink.

Mistletoe at Mordecai

Launching on November 17th, Mistletoe at Mordecai delivers vintage and contemporary holiday cocktails amid festive decor. Expert mixologists curate an exclusive limited-time cocktail list, creating a perfect blend of nostalgia and modern-day holiday cheer.

Happy’s Holiday Bar at Chicago Athletic Association

Happy’s Holiday Bar returns with explosive holiday decor, seasonal tunes, and festive lights. Open from the day before Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, this Land and Sea Dept. creation offers festive cocktails, wine, beer, and bar bites. Private events can be booked for 10-100 guests.

Jack Frost Christmas Pop-Up at Fulton Market

Presented by Bucket Listers and We Love Pop Ups, Jack Frost Christmas Pop-Up at Fulton Market is an all-ages Winter Wonderland. Enjoy ice skating, Christmas Pop-Up Shops, axe throwing, photo ops, boozy hot cocoa, and winter bumper cars. An Ultimate Christmas Experience for all ages, with festive activities day and night.


4 bars, 3 levels, 2 dance floors and Endless Christmas Fun! Frosty’s only appears once a year for 6 short weeks! Featuring life-size Nutcrackers, sexy Santas and elves, and non-stop holiday music spinning, this is the ultimate seasonal experience you won’t want to miss!

Pawlidays at the River Shannon

Celebrate the season with your furry friends at River Shannon in Lincoln Park! Established in 1946, this dog-friendly hotspot offers over-the-top holiday decor, festive drinks, and holiday-themed treats. Sip on Claus-Mopolitans and Polar Palomas while enjoying holiday game nights. Don’t miss out on Dog Photos with Santa on December 3rd and the Holiday Cookie Turn-Up Service every Monday night in December.

Holiday Lodge at The Lodge Tavern

Division Street’s favorite bar, The Lodge Tavern, is transforming into a holiday wonderland with twinkling lights, wreaths, and garland. Enjoy festive cocktails like Mule-Tide Greetings and Mrs. Clausmo, along with holiday beers on tap. Join in on heartwarming events like Letters from The Lodge, Cookie Decorating every Monday, and Dog Photos with Santa on December 3rd.

Holiday Singalong at The Redhead Piano Bar

Get into the holiday spirit at The Redhead Piano Bar on bustling Ontario Street. Sing along to your favorite carols with nightly live piano music and performances from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Indulge in a limited-time holiday cocktail menu featuring Candy Cane, Jingle Juice, Kris Kringle Kir Royale, and more.

Bar Humbug at Lighthouse ArtSpace

Open through the new year, Bar Humbug is a holiday pop-up bar unlike the others with digital projections surrounding guests as they eat, drink and be merry with friends.

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