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Tanisha Wallis | Photo: Matt Reeves | October 18, 2013
Halloween is more popular than ever, and even top hotels and restaurants are now getting in on the spooky action and hosting parties of their own. Here are five can’t-miss celebrations we’re putting on our calendar.
1. The Field Museum and theWit hotel are celebrating their year-long partnership with Halloween parties at Roof on theWit Oct. 25, 26 and 31, inspired by the Field Museum’s new exhibit, Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair. Guests will be treated to a completely immersive experience as ghosts of the 1893 World’s Fair join the party. DJ sets include EC Twins, Sam Pace and Stacie Todd, and Dolo and Katrina. $15-$30 cover Oct. 25 & 26; no cover Oct. 31. 201 N. State St., 312.467.0200, thewithotel.com
2. Look no further for uberluxe Halloween specials than Trump International Hotel & Tower. Rebar, the hotel’s chic sushi and cocktail lounge, is featuring Halloween-themed dishes and drinks through Nov. 1. Meanwhile, the “Room with a Boo” package, available Oct. 25 through Nov. 3 and starting at $425, includes overnight accommodations for two in a Deluxe King guestroom and plenty of inclusive food and drink options. After all the Halloween festivities, relax in The Spa at Trump with a rejuvenating Hot Chocolate Body Scrub, available throughout October. 401 N. Wabash Ave., 312.588.8000, trumphotelcollection.com/chicago
3. Do the Monster Mash to Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap for festive October specials. Their Helloween 4 burger ($13.95) is the latest twist on an old favorite. The habanero and cheddar patty topped with guacamole, cayenne spiced crispy onions and pepper jack cheese is sure to send your taste buds on a spooktaculer ride. Also on the menu: chicken wings with basil and pumpkin seed pesto and roasted pepper cream sauce. Each fall-inspired dish tastes great with a pint of Victory Festbier, Jake Melnick’s brew of the month. 41 E. Superior St., 312.266.0400, jakemelnicks.com
4. Don your most creative costume and head to Tavernita’s Nov. 1 fright fest, aptly dubbed “A Nightmare on Erie Street.” Enjoy a live DJ, dancing, midnight snacks and seasonal cocktails with an open bar from 10PM–1AM. The lucky winner of the costume contest will walk away with a $500 Mercadito Hospitality gift card. Tickets $65 in advance; $75 at the door. 151 W. Erie St., 312.274.1111, travernita.com
5. Stop by The Boarding House on Nov. 2 for an All Hallow’s Eve benefit for Imerman Angels, a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. From 6:30-10PM, enjoy an assortment of beer, wine and creepy cocktails, light bites and a costume contest judged by Imerman Angels’ founder Jonny Imerman—all for $85! 720 N. Wells St., 312-280-0720, boardinghousechicago.com