8 Crazy Nights: Wrigleyville Bar Opens Chicago’s First-Ever Hanukkah Pop-Up

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay. And when it's dry and ready, then, dreidel I will play!

The Graystone, in Chicago’s Wrigleyville, has opened the city’s first-ever and only Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar.

8 Crazy Nights, located at 3441 N. Sheffield Ave., is described as “a winter wonderland of decorations created for the Jewish holiday, including over 12,000 blue and white lights and Hanukkah ball lanterns adorning the ceiling, Star of David and dreidel ornaments, lighted menorah decor, Mensch on a Bench, a photo booth with Hanukkah props and more.”

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So where exactly did the idea and name come from?

“In Wrigleyville this year there are so many Christmas-themed pop-up bars this month and we wanted to be a little different and include our Jewish friends,” said co-owner Sam Stone. “The name is just something we though sounded fun and thought that would be a nice representation of who we are at Graystone and that we like to have a good time and throw a fun party”

The pop-up features wall-to-wall Hanukkah décor, including one wall covered in ugly Hanukkah sweaters, a bar serving up themed drinks and food, a shot-ski Menorah, Instagram-worthy photo-ops, tons of lights, and a whole lot of chocolate gelt!

“We were chipping away at the décor for a couple weeks,” Stone said. “We have a ton of lights – we have over 12,000 lights here. Originally it was just going to be around 8,000, but we just kept going because it is the festival of lights. We have a sweater wall. We have a shot-ski Menorah, a graffiti wall in the back, a lot of themed drinks and a themed food menu as well.”

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Speaking of the menu, no pop-up is truly complete without a specialty menu. The drink menu includes six Hanukkah-inspired cocktails, like the Gelt Martini, Mensh Mule, and the Manischewitz Sangria Bowl.

There are also specialty shots, too, and a selection of Jewish beers, including Messiah Brown Ale, She’Brew Triple IPA, Circum-session Ale, and Chanukah Brown Ale.

And to keep you going throughout the night, there’s a food menu complete with Jewish staples like Matzo Ball Soup, Latkes, and Challah Grilled Cheese, served with tomato soup.

Plus, we cannot forget about the Boozy Jelly Donuts. The donuts are house-made and are stuffed with have vodka-infused jelly.

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And the fun does not just stop at the food and drinks. At 8 Crazy Nights, guests can also play a bunch of different board and games, including dreidel, Jewish Old Maid, Connect 4 with Hanukkah gelt, Cards Against Humanity with the Jew expansion pack, Mitzvah Match, Jewish Guess Who, Apples to Apples Jewish edition, and Schmear Build-A-Bagel card game.

“We want everyone to come by, try a Gelt Martini, and play Jewish Old Maid with me,” Stone said.

8 Crazy Nights will be open through Tuesday, Dec. 31. Shalom!