Rudolph's: Chicago's Newest Christmas Pop-Up Experience

Shannon Blum
November 26, 2019 - 10:50 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?

Chicago’s newest pop-up experience, Rudolph’s Christmas Bar, comes to Wrigleyville.

The creators of Santa Baby Bar decided that one Christmas bar was truly not enough and is now launching Rudolph’s Christmas Bar, located at 3660 N. Clark St. (Moran’s), featuring all the Christmas spirits you know and love at Santa Baby, with all-new interactive social experience and over-the-top Christmas décor.

Related: Santa Baby Bar Returns To Wrigleyville With An All-New Experience

Rudolph’s Christmas Bar
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"Rudolph's is our Christmas pop-up. We started the Santa Baby pop-up and Rudolph got a hold of us and said he is breaking up with Santa for the winter, so he decided to come down the street," said general manager, Jasper Robinson. 

That’s right, you can now experience all the wonder at two bars in Wrigleyville now!

Rudolph’s Christmas Bar features wall-to-wall Christmas décor, multiple bars, new social experiences, Rudolph and character appearances, and a whole lot of Christmas spirits. Plus, don’t miss out on visiting Rudolph’s lounge, relaxing in the Grinch’s piano bar, enjoying the holiday season at Frosty’s North Pole rooftop, and more!

And you never know who you will run into at Rudolph’s, as the reindeer are heard to relax at the bar after a day of sleighing. Or, you may even see a Grinch sighting!

Rudolph’s Christmas Bar
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How does it differ from Santa Baby Bar?

"This one differs in a lot of ways. We kept the entire Christmas theme going, as Santa Baby - similar food, similar drinks, but we have different rooms here. So, we have Santa's Village, we have a Grinch room, we have Rudolph's room, and then if you go upstairs, we have Rudolph's Rooftop, where there is an enclosed igloo with some really cool lounge furniture. Rudolph and his gang like to hang out there," Robinson said.

Rudolph’s Christmas Bar
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Speaking of food and drink, guests can enjoy the spirits of the season in one of Rudolph’s multiple bars, that not only serve up large-format sharable cocktails, like the ones at Santa Baby, but also serve classics like spiked hot chocolate Rumchatanog, the Elf Fashioned, and the Merry Manhattan; as well as non-alcoholic favorites like hot cocoa and coffee. Kids can join in on the fun too, as Rudolph’s offers over-the-top mocktails!

In terms of food, guests can try out Santa’s Sampler that includes chicken tenders, onion rings, pizza poppers, mac & cheese bites, and fried pickles. Or you can split a crowd favorite – the giant pretzel, which comes with cinnamon toffee sauce, chipotle cheddar fondue, and cranberry mustard. Mind you, it is giant!

So just like Santa Baby Bar, you will not run out of fun things to do, holiday-themed drinks to drink, and delicious food to eat at Rudolph’s.

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The pop-up also has featured events including Rudolph’s Bake-Off on Mondays, Creative Christmas Night on Tuesdays, Reindeer Games on Wednesdays, Brewdolph’s Brew n’ View on Thursdays, and Grinch’s Karaoke on Fridays. There will be character appearances on Saturdays and Brunch with Santa on Sundays.

And to be sure you have a spot on the list, guests are required to purchase a ticket to attend. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door, but the bar recommends purchasing tickets in advance.

Rudolph’s Bar will be open Monday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 a.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Check the website for special holiday hours. Rudolph’s welcomes kids to join in the fun too, with a parent or legal guardian. Children under 3-years old do not need a ticket. The bar does turn 21 and over after 9 p.m.