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Halloween How To Do It Cheap And Right

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Pumpkin Decorating

Consider decorating a fake pumpkin so your hard work can be displayed year after year. Use special sharpies, fake diamonds, glitter, and ribbon to create a flashier decoration. If you feel like carving, opt use the grocery instead of a pumpkin patch where prices are typically cheaper. Also, avoid placing the pumpkins outside. It will just lead to your hard work getting smashed by someone or rotting by your front door which no one finds entertaining.

Dry Ice

A friend went to an ice company and for less than ten dollars picked up a huge box of dry ice. Although it’s not the easiest to find, she put it in her sink, random cups filled with water or drinks, and it was the perfect icing to the cake. It’s cheap and definitely gives off an eerie feeling. You can place it throughout your house, or if you are running around town, add it to your goblet for the full effect.

Candles & Wine Bottles

No Halloween is complete without candles – what will the witches use when casting their spells? The best way to present candles is using tapered candle sticks and placing them in an empty wine bottle. Be sure to take the labels off the bottles and avoid the drip-less candles (cheap ones work the best). Once you stick it in a light the candle, it will drip down looking creepy but still good.

Chalk Boards

Maybe it’s the fact that they are old school or maybe it is because of the black and white look, but you can use chalk boards to decorate your apartment for Halloween and if you are having a party, relay info about what’s going on. Start off at a dollar store, where you can typically find a cheap chalk board and chalk, then find cute ribbon to hang it up or use a side table. If you need inspiration for what to say on it, Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration on what to say on it, and you can even find templates for the words.

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I’m not much for creating my own costume – the idea of cardboard and glitter glue hung on my body does not sound like the greatest idea, however creating my own outfit sounds great. If nothing works to for your idea, head to Boystown. Hollywood Mirror, Ragstock, and my favorite for costume pieces, Beatnix is a great place to find costume pieces really cheap. My preference is to search Pinterest and blogs for easy and original ideas and use my closet to create my look. Cheap and I always look cute.


Cocktails are always easy to make, however consider making your own spiked cider. It’s easy, tastes better, and will make your apartment smell delicious. Or you can opt for something simple, such as pumpkin flavored beer or simply spike your drink with flavored color syrup. Don’t forget to accessorize your concoctions – use skull glasses and fake worms to make it look as beautiful as it tastes. Find out more Halloween-themed drink ideas on the blog called The Bar.


Even if cooking isn’t your thing, there are plenty of ways to dress up your food and make it look great. Go beyond your typical candy corn and gummy worms. The Food Network features a ton of Halloween-themed food, from a pumpkin cheese ball to new spins on carmel apples. And for those who need it laid out simple, the Cooking Channel labels everything by how easy it is along with total time to make it.

Party Time

There’s always something to do for Halloween that takes you beyond just stopping by the bar down the street. Northalsted Street has their annual Halloween Parade at 8 pm and there are multiple pub crawls going on. River North features A Nightmare on Hubbard Street and other pub crawls, featured on, from Navy Pier to Wrigleyville. If you are in a movie mood, Music Box Theater will be offering midnight showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Also, take a look a look around your favorite bars. Many of them will feature costume contests and feature drink deals. If none of this seems fitting, join your friends for a Halloween house party.






Lindsay Grundy– Fashion Contributor,  Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago
Connect with Lindsay @lindsaygrundy or on her website,

Fall Fest – Craft Beer Festival and Pre-Marathon Pasta Dinner 10.9

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Park Grill at Millennium Park
11 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 521-7275

Friday, October 9: Harvest HopDown
Saturday, October 10: Pre-Marathon Pasta Dinner

Park Grill and The Plaza at Millennium Park will hold a two day “Fall Fest” this October. On Friday, October 9, the restaurant will celebrate the season with their third annual midwestern brewers’ Harvest HopDown. On Saturday, October 10, Fall Fest will commence with a Chicago Marathon Pasta Dinner. The details for each event are below.

Harvest HopDown: Friday, October 9
The third annual Harvest HopDown will take place at The Plaza at Millennium Park on Friday, October 9 from 5-8 p.m. Midwestern brewers will compete for the title of Harvest HopDown “Favorite,” as selected by participating guests. Competing brewers include: Goose Island Beer Company (Chicago, IL); Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, MI); Local Option (Chicago, IL); Upland Brewing Company (Bloomington, IN); Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (St. Louis, MO); Milwaukee Brewing Company (Milwaukee, WI); Summit Brewing Company (St. Paul, MN); Central Waters Brewing Company (Amherst, WI); Tallgrass Brewing Company (Manhattan, KS); Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Kalamazoo, MI); Virtue Cider (Fennville, MI); Church Street Brewing Co. (Itasca, IL); Schlafly Beer (St. Louis, MO); Ale Syndicate Brewers (Chicago, IL); among others. Park Grill will feature a special HopDown dining menu, available for purchase. The fee to attend Harvest HopDown is $40 and includes a commemorative glass. The event is 21 and over. Tickets are available at

Bank of America Chicago Marathon Pasta Dinner: Saturday, October 10
Carb up before the big race! On Saturday, October 10, reserve your seats at Park Grill’s annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon pasta dinner on The Plaza at Millennium Park. The evening will include a pasta buffet with four selections, a build-your-own pasta station, three salads, dessert and choice of Goose Island beer or The Naked Grape wine. Seatings will be offered at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and the fee is $40 per guest. The pre-race buffet menu will feature: butter lettuce salad; caesar salad; caprese salad; roasted garlic mozzarella bread; grilled vegetables; baked mac and cheese cavatappi; rigatoni bolognese grana padano; an array of pasta with various sauces, proteins and vegetables; assorted miniature desserts; and much more. Tickets to this event are available at

Randolph Street Market 9.26-9.27

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Don’t miss the last indoor/outdoor Randolph Street Market of 2015 featuring the 5th annual Editor’s and Designer’s Choice for Charity event featuring top picks by renowned Designers, Editors, Bloggers, Stylists and Event Planners. Ever wondered what Chicago’s elite tastemakers have on their wish list? We ask Chicago’s TOP tastemakers to walk the Market before it opens to the public and choose their favorite items from 300+ vendors.

Look out for items adorned with blue ribbons for best booth, red ribbons for best booth runners-up, and yellow ribbons for top Tastemaker picks and purchase one of these sought after treasures all for a good cause! Last year’s event drew a star studded line up including Graham Kostic of Glossed & Found, celebrated writer and stylist, Barri Leiner Grant, Chicago Interior Designer of Year winner, Tracy Hickman of Hickman Interiors, acclaimed interior designer Michael Del Piero of Michael Del Piero Good Design, and many more. Randolph Street Market donated more than $25,000 to charities in 2014 and this annual charity event is a favorite for shoppers.

Soak up warm temps by shopping 300+ dealers adorned with ribbons while enjoying live music outdoors and sampling from delicious food trucks and market bars, beer gardens and pubs while savoring our last days of summer in the City!


September 26-27th, 10am to 5pm with Early Buy Saturday at 8am.

Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington Street, Chicago

PRICE: Discounted $8 tickets are available in advance (click here); general admission $10, students with ID $3 or $5 at the gate. Children 12 and under free. Square is the official market payment of choice!

Arrive between 11am-2pm on June 27+28
Ticket Includes:
– 1 Market Bar Drink each (4 total, receive a check off card at the gate and bring to market bar for beverage)
-1 photo op at the Randolph Market Photobooth (group photo, open noon-3 saturday & sunday)
– 1 discounted admission each (one voucher good for four (4) girlfriends, present paypal receipt in print or on smartphone at the entry gate)

Student ID is required during check in.

New Happy Hour Happenings

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Local Restaurants and Lounges Offer Extra Incentives to Imbibe

Happy hour is back, which certainly gives Illinois residents a cause for celebration! From the Loop to Lakeview, local restaurants and lounges now offer extra incentives to slip out of the office and into a cocktail. Daily happy hour deals at Nacional 27, Tallboy Taco, Tesori, III Forks Prime Steakhouse, Cantina Laredo and Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club are outlined below.

Nacional 27 and Tallboy Taco

325 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654
 312​-​664​-​2727 (N27) 312-488-4917 (Tallboy)

  • Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday, 5-7 p.m.; Friday 4-6 p.m.
    Monday: Margaritas $6
  • Tuesday: Sangria $5
  • Wednesday: Select glasses of wine $5
  • Thursday: Select beers and tallboys $3
  • Friday: Margaritas $5

Tesori Trattoria and Bar
65 E. Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60603 312.786.9911

  • Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, 12-3; Sunday, 1-3 p.m.
  • Monday: Pizza and any beer $10
  • Tuesday: Wine on tap $5
  • Wednesday: Wine by the glass $6
    Thursday: Specialty cocktails $5
  • Friday: Sangria by the glass $5
  • Saturday & Sunday: Pizza and any wine by the glass $10

III Forks Prime Steakhouse 

180 N. Field Blvd., Chicago, Illinois 60601 312.938.4303

  • Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
  • $1 oysters; half-priced draft beers and cocktails on tap
  • Available in the main dining room and on the rooftop patio

Cantina Laredo

508 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654 312-955-0014

  • Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Half-off Casaritas, house wine, draft and bottled beer
  • Half-priced small plates in the upstairs lounge, Monday-Friday 4-7 p.m.


Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613 773-525-1111

  • Happy Hour: Sunday-Friday, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • All martinis $4 and half-priced small plates

Randolph Street Market 8.29-8.30

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