Pop-Up Bars & Restaurants In Chicago

Pop-ups, so hot right now!

The pop-up bar frenzy has definitely hit Chicago. Temporary bars and restaurants themed around anything from classic movies to famous chefs to holidays are popping up (literally) all over town. 

It's tough to keep up with all of them, so we're keeping a running tally here. Did we miss one? Email cm (at) do312 (dot) com and let us know!

The Salty Spitoon at Bikini Bottom

Where? Replay - Lincoln Park (2833 N. Sheffield)

When? June 21st to August 25th

What? Visit Replay Lincoln Park this summer for a lovingly created tribute to Bikini Bottom and a certain resident who happens to live in a pineapple under the sea! Feeling Bold and Brash? They will have local artists selling fan prints and art! Feeling Krabby? They have found the secret recipe and will be slinging patties all night. Of course, in addition to art installations, they will soon be unveiling a custom themed drink menu, full of crafted cocktails based on the show.

How much? Free, 21+

Murphy's Red Hots Pop-Up 2

Where? Schubas (3159 N. Southport Ave.)

When? August 31st to September 1st

What? Murphy's Red Hots, the 32-year-old hot dog stand that closed last August in Lakeview, returns to Schubas for Labor Day weekend! Stop in anytime from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, August 31st through Sunday, September 1st for some of the best damn hot dogs this city has ever seen. Half Acre Beer Company will also be taking over the taps with old favorites and specialty drafts!

How much? Free

Neon Summer: Adult Go Karts & Mini Golf Pop-Up Bar

Where? 1465 N. Elston Ave.

When? August 1 to September 8

What? The creative masterminds behind Jack’s Pumpkin Nights and Frosty’s Christmas Bar are bringing another massive spectacle to city slickers looking for immersive fun in the heart of Chicago: Neon Summer. For a limited time only, Neon Summer is an urban adventure featuring Chicago’s first outdoor Go-Kart Track and a custom POP Mini Golf Course: an eye-catching course with unique surprises throughout the course, including themed cocktail bars for the young at heart.

How much? Prices Vary, 21+

Cookie DŌ Pop-Up

Where? Navy Pier (By the Ferris Wheel)

When? May 24th to September 2nd

What? This Summer, you can enjoy the tasty craze that's caused two-hour lines in New York City. Cookie DŌ will be popping up next to the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier and offering a select menu of absolutely mouth-watering cookie dough based selections. Hopefully the wait will be much shorter at this pop-up cart, but don't say we didn't warn you!

How much? $5 - $6

PokéBar Pop-Up

Where? Location TBA

When? March 21st to March 22nd

What? This pop-up is the first of its kind and will consist of Pokemon inspired burgers and Pokemon Inspired games and cocktails with tunes spinning all day. There will be a variety of games, trivia, card battles, action stations, giant interactive games, all to win points and evolve your pokemon. The team with the highest evolved pokemon will be the winners and receive prizes.

How much? Price TBA, Under 21 Must Be Accompanied By an Adult

Brick Bar

Where? Location TBA

When? May 9th to May 10th

What? This Brick Bar, the first of its kind, will consist of over 1 million blocks, transported and assembled into the ultimate nostalgia trip. The bar will feature sculptures made completely from lego bricks as well as an abundance of blocks for people to shape into their own creations. There will also be local DJ’s spinning tunes all day.

How much? Price TBA