Most festive bars in Chicago

Chicago at Christmas is a magical place. The Windy City rivals New York when it comes to decorating for the holidays. And when it...

Chicago at  Christmas is a magical place.  The Windy City rivals New York when it comes to decorating for the holidays.  And when it comes to a cup of Christmas cheer, you can't beat these  festive bars and pubs.

Butch McGuire's

This Chicago watering hole is famous for exploding with holiday spirit every December. Nutcrackers, tons of lights, and even a train to set the mood this season.

Club Lucky

Club Lucky boasts handmade snowflakes, garlands, lights, over-sized wreaths and plenty of ornaments. Sip a Christmas martini and enjoy the atmosphere.

Pippin's Tavern

Enjoy over 60 different Christmas beers at Pippin's, where the Christmas lit sign has become a Chicago icon.

Augie's Booze and Schmooze

Beyond the necessary lights and greenery, Augie's spends weeks putting together a fabulous vintage ceramic village and a train that runs the circumference of the bar, and many other special holiday trinkets.


This popular Boystown bar changes up the elaborate themes and holiday decor every year.  Three floors of seasonal revels ought to be enough to satisfy anyone.

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