15 Best Chicago Restaurants and Bars to Celebrate Halloween


While the name Dandy Crown conjures up images of a typical British pub, this place isn’t so typical, especially in the month of October when it opens the pop-up known as the Black Lagoon. Even though most of the bar’s Halloween events, such as quiz nights and pumpkin carving, have already taken place this year, on Wednesday the 26th it’s throwing an Emo party because nothing is more terrifying than reliving your scariest high school moments (it’s also a chance to break out the black eyeliner a few days earlier). Additionally, the Black Lagoon stays open until 11:30 p.m. on Halloween night.

The Black Lagoon’s food and drink menus feature all sorts of spooky specialties. To start, why not enjoy a sacrificial lamb tartare or a tasty dip of dead fish? (It’s not like a fish made from live fish would be any less scary.) On the main menu are squid (ink) game dumplings filled with chicken and kimchi, Black Soul bacon with sautéed greens and Pollo of the Dead, the sandwich that ends the chicken wars by burying the competition (literally). Cocktails include Blood Rave with mezcal, falernum, beet juice, lemon, anisette and bitters; the Nightwish with vodka, sherry, banana liqueur, lemon and cardamom bitters; and the Screaming Banshee with gin, apricot liqueur, pineapple syrup, lime, yogurt, soda and bitters; Additionally, there are several non-alcoholic drink options, including the Satanic Panic made with ritual “tequila”, pineapple, falernum, and lime.


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