'Elf'-Themed Pop-Up Bar Opens With Buddy's Breakfast Spaghetti


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

Chicago establishment Stretch Bar & Grill has brought back its "Elf’d Up" pop-up bar for a second year, with all new surprises.

The pop-up, inspired by the Will Ferrell Christmas movie "Elf," allows visitors to travel through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest and past the sea of twirly-swirly gum drops.

Elf'd Up Bar in Wrigleyville
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Elf’d Up, located at 3485 N. Clark St., is described as is “a high-energy, holiday pop-up bar, perfect for people who share Buddy the Elf’s affinity for elf culture.”

The pop-up features floor-to-ceiling Christmas décor, including 1,000 elves of all shapes and sizes, a 10-foot Christmas tree, an upside down Christmas tree, wreath chandeliers, strands of festive-colored lights, specific tributes to the movie, like figurines, wall quotes, snowflakes, Schylling Jester Jack in the Boxes, cut outs of Buddy the Elf and Miles Finch, and more.

“We kind of want to take you out of the city of Chicago and put you right in the movie when you walk in the door,” said Ashley Tindall, Cocktail Creator and Bar Designer.

Elf'd Up Bar in Wrigleyville
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Plus, each table comes equipped with condiment carriers filled with the "four main food groups" - candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. Outside of the décor, there’s also bars serving up something for both the naughty and nice, Buddy the Elf appearances, and photo ops (because you know Santa is always watching).

But one of the best things about Elf’d Up is that you can actually eat the iconic syrup spaghetti from the movie! So yes, if you ever wanted to try Buddy’s breakfast spaghetti with maple syrup, chocolate fudge, chocolate syrup, marshmallows, and strawberry pop tarts, then Elf’d Up is the place!

“Pretty much anything with sugar you can think of is in it,” Tindall said. “I’ll admit it’s not quite my palette, but apparently it is a lot of people’s up here in Wrigley, because I have seen plenty of these go out and actually get eaten…this is probably our main dish that is the biggest tribute to Buddy and of course the movie.”