CHICAGO — We dress up our kids, we dress up our pets (and ourselves, obvi), so why not dress up our workplaces?
At DNAinfo, we transformed the office into various neighborhoods. And bars and restaurants throughout the city also got in on the action. One theme? Everyone really likes to dress up like Lost Lake:
DNAinfo's creative team completely transformed their cubicles into Logan Square. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]
Here are some more business transformations:
Lakeview's GMan Tavern became Misplaced Lagoon for Halloween, complete with a special cocktail menu, food from DMen Tap's DönerMen food truck, a costume contest featuring prizes from Metro, smartbar and Shuga Records Chicago and more.
Of course, the Lost Lake team noticed some similarities:
Sportsman's Club rocked the shuttered Bar Deville's iconic neon sign for Halloween:
Parson's Chicken & Fish in Logan Square dressed up as Popeye's, serving up popcorn chicken, cajun fries, biscuits and more:
Moneygun, at 660 W. Lake St., was planning to decorate itself as restaurant chain TGI Fridays for Halloween, but the chain known for its potato skins and all-American fare sent the bar's owners a strongly worded cease-and-desist letter warning them not to use the TGI Fridays name. Still, Moneygun stuck with the theme (while ditching the copyright infringement). They served potato skins and mudslides as an homage to TGI Fridays for a party they called "Wear the Flair."
When we found out we might not be able to dress up as our hero for #Halloween, we were devastated. Luckily the lawyers explained there are just a few things we really can’t say. So put it this way: there’s a certain bar we all love, you know the one... 'it feels like it’s the end of the week all the time in there' and they got super killer, super premium mudslides, for reals. We changed the name of our party to #wtfMONEYGUN (Wear the Flair MONEYGUN), which beat out other names we considered such as pjwngsiMONEYGUN (Praise Jehovah We’re Not Getting Sued it’s MONEYGUN). The party is on. We hope all the good people of Chicago will get down here now through Halloween for some kick-ass appe-teasers and premium ‘slides ‘n ‘tinis. We’ll be wearing our flair, will you? @officialtgifridays #wtfMONEYGUN
The Wiener Circle brought back its "McDowell's" costume this year, serving up Big Mics and transforming its sign.
The hot dog stand with a deserved reputation for playful orneriness at 2622 N. Clark St. followed the Cubs' World Series run last year by turning into "Goatbusters," a play on the movie "Ghostbusters" and the Cubs' now-extinguished Billy Goat curse, complete with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. But some customers said they missed "McDowell's," the store's costume from the previous year, in reference to the McDonald's takeoff in the Eddie Murphy movie "Coming to America." So, it came back:
Replay Lincoln Park has been dressed up as Moe's Tavern from "The Simpsons" for more than a week, and had an epic final night on Tuesday.
The arcade bar at 2833 N. Sheffield Ave. completely transformed its rear bar into the fictional tavern from the iconic TV show, complete with a Mount Lushmore display, Moe's-themed drinks (including a Flaming Moe), "Simpsons" artwork and countless Easter eggs the biggest fans of the TV show sought out.
Each year, the stylists at Sparrow, 2545 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Logan Square transform themselves into a band. There's been The Beach Boys, The Ramones and this year, The Cure:
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