Recess in West Loop is Filling Your November with the Coolest Pop-Ups

Fall is for happy hours, hearty takeouts, and pop-ups! And as we know, Recess in West Loop is never short of good deals and yummy food. The only thing missing is… Wait, what!? Did you just say Recess is running month-long pop-up programming this November? No way!

Well, way. Because Recess is officially transforming Chicago’s largest outdoor patio into a Fall Y’all pop-up with special events. On Nov. 13th, Recess is partnering with Big City Readers for a one-day-only storytime in the West Loop atop a partially enclosed patio with heaters and fire pits. And on Black Wednesday, Recess invites those of you who are stuffed with Thanksgiving food to dance the night away in PJs and burn some calories!


Fall Y’all

WHEN: Nov. 11 thru Nov. 28, regular business hours.


The patio at Recess will be transformed into gorgeous fall landscapes for the Fall Y’all pop-up starting Nov. 11 through Nov. 28 in Chicago’s West Loop. Recess will serve seasonally themed food and drink specials throughout the heated patio, as well as offer up multiple perfect Instagram-friendly backgrounds for pumpkin-spiced photoshoots.

Visitors will also be able to play games throughout the patio like frozen turkey bowling, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, and more. Each adult ticket for $20 includes one specialty cocktail and one fall sweet treat, and children’s tickets for $10 include one hot chocolate and one fall sweet treat. Fire pits will be placed throughout the patio, as well as an overhead covering across the space will be used to beat back the cold.


Tickets are available now via Eventbrite through Nov. 28.

Big City Readers

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 13 starting at 10:00 am.

Families in Chicago will love this exclusive event with Big City Readers. Bring your little ones for seasonal stories and songs, which will incorporate both math and literacy skills throughout storytime. Seasonal food and drink options will be available after the story, as well as kids’ crafts, games, and photo opportunities with the Fall Y’all pop-up.


Each adult ticket for $20 includes the storytime class, one fall-themed cocktail, one fall treat bag, and entry into Fall Y’all popup post-class. Children’s tickets include the storytime class, one hot chocolate, one fall treat bag, craft materials, and entry into the Fall Y’all popup post-class.

Tickets are available now via Eventbrite.

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Black Wednesday PJ & DJ Party

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 24

Everyone knows Thanksgiving hangovers are easier when wearing pajamas. Black Wednesday party-goers should bring their favorite pajamas to spend their night with friends playing Twister, video games, board games, and more at Recess’ Black Wednesday PJ and DJ Party.

Attendees get to eat breakfast for dinner, sip on specialty cocktails from the Fall Y’all pop-up and be more than ready for a rough morning ahead by dressing in Thanksgiving PJs while they dance the night away. Recess will have a DJ spinning music throughout the night, so start thinking of requests now. More details to come soon.

Priced at $40 per person, diners can book their reservations on OpenTable here.

Following Fall Y’all, Recess will host a new special Holiday pop-up through December into January on the heated patio. More details to come soon.

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