IT’S HALLOWEEN MEETS VALENTINE’S DAY WITH FIRST EVER
“ODD IN AVONDALE’S VALLOWEEN”
PRESENTED BY SMALL AVONDALE BUSINESSES
SHOWCASING THEIR MOST ODD, UNIQUE AND RARE FINDS ALL IN ONE NEIGHBORHOOD
Odd in Avondale’s Valloween Event Shows Off
Why Time Out Declared Avondale
“One of the Coolest Neighborhoods in the World” (2022)
as Businesses such as The Alley, Insect Asylum, Avondale Bowl and More Offer Discounts, Treats and Other ODD Assortments
One Day Only – Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14
“Odd in Avondale’s Valloween” is a one day only special event hosted by the most unique and odd small businesses in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.There aren’t enough colorful adjectives to describe these businesses or enough wild categories to list about their offerings one might find - all in one day - as these businesses welcome all to their February 14 Valloween event. For the most up-to-date information on “Odd in Avondale’s Valloween,” please visit https://www.facebook.com/thealleystores or https://www.instagram.com/thealleychicago/ or reach out directly to any of the businesses listed below.
“Odd in Avondale’s Valloween” Participants, Information and February 14 hours are listed below: (NOTE: all specials are subject to change)
The Alley • 2620 W. Fletcher St. • 12 – 7 p.m. • www.thealleychicago.com • Facebook • Instagram
In true Alley form, they will not be announcing their special offer until 2 days prior to the event (Sunday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m.). Follow them here to get the details.
ABOUT THE ALLEY
The Alley opened in 1976 on Clark St. in Lakeview and recently moved to their warehouse location in Avondale, houses a selection of hundreds of t-shirts for under $20, a collection of leather jackets, belt buckles, keychains, wallets and jewelry – all of which draws inspirations from the dark side, pop culture and everywhere in between. The Alley Chicago has been truly a unique and one-of-a-kind location in Chicago for nearly five decades.. If you're shopping for something with a skull and crossbones, vampires, brass knuckles, zombies, pirates, metal, rock and roll or pretty much anything else they will likely have it.
Avondale Bowl • 3118 N. Milwaukee Ave. • 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. • www.avondalebowl.com • Facebook • Instagram
Avondale Bowl will offer 50% off bowling, shoe rental and pitchers of beer to all customers on Valentine’s Day.
ABOUT AVONDALE BOWL
Avondale Bowl is an eight-lane bowling alley and bar on Chicago's northwest side Avondale neighborhood. Originally built in the 1920s, it operated under many names, including Court Lanes, Avondale Recreation, and, from the 1950s until its closure in 1990, as Northwest Bowl. It subsequently sat vacant and fell into disrepair until 2018, when the current owners undertook to restore these vintage lanes to their former glory. Fast forward two years, with the restoration complete, the owners were able to turn their focus to developing a bar program that gives a nod to bowling's blue collar past - you can always get a beer and a shot for $6 - while also showcasing the Chicagoland area's robust selection of local breweries and distilleries, as well as the citizenry's penchant for a well-crafted cocktail. Originally opening in January 2020, the owners are grateful to have been able to weather the pandemic and have reopened our doors as of May 2021.
Insect Asylum • 2870 N. Milwaukee Ave. • 1 - 8 p.m. • www.theinsectasylum.com • Facebook • Instagram
The Insect Asylum will offer 10% off admission to “Bones & Butterfly,” a resin jewelry workshop. Ethically harvested bones, beautiful real butterflies wings, natural crystal and other gorgeous embellishments to make memorable pendants will be provided at the unique event. This intimate event is $55 and only available for 5 couples only. The price includes all materials for the pendant and admission to a touch-friendly nature museum and insect menagerie is included with purchase. Add code “VALLOWEEN” during online checkout or call the store, 312-961-7219, to secure the discount.
ABOUT THE INSECT ASYLUM
The Insect Asylum is truly a unique space where one will be faced with oddities of the natural world. As the name implies, thousands of preserved insects as well as a carefully curated live bug collection can be found within the walls of they asylum. Impressive vintage taxidermy of enormous animals, ancient fossils, shells and beautiful minerals also adorn the space. They host a variety of engaging activities that are available for both adults and children as well as various events which cater to the curious, the cautious, the sensory seeking and the overstimulated.
Live Wire Lounge • 3394 N. Milwaukee Ave. • 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. • www.livewireloungechicago.com • Facebook • Instagram
In the spirit of the first “Odd In Avondale’s Valloween” event, Live Wire Lounge will open on a rare Tuesday for the “$3 U-Call-It Lonely Hearts Club.” The lounge will be both “My Bloody Valentine” movies (1981 and 2009) and playing “Loveless” by My Bloody Valentine in between the two movies. In addition to the “$3 U-Call-It”, anyone with a “Valloween” receipt from any of the participating businesses will get a complementary shot of Malort or PBR can!
“My Bloody Valentine” (1981) 8 p.m.
“Loveless” by My Bloody Valentine 10 p.m.
“My Bloody Valentine 3D” (2009) 11 p.m.
ABOUT LIVE WIRE LOUNGE
Formerly the Peacock Lounge since the ‘50s, Live Wire was the first bar to bring the rock and roll attitude to Avondale. A late-night conversation and a few (well, maybe more than a few) drinks were had among friends. A phone call or two later and in February 2011, keys were exchanged and, as they say the rest is history. Live Wire has hosted countless national touring bands, local events - everything from burlesque nights, pinball leagues, clothing swaps, popup food events, vendor markets, cat shelter building events and countless fundraisers and charity events.
Live Wire Lounge’s Chicago History Lesson: Former Peacock owner Andrew Zelek was gunned down inside the bar back in 1962 and some have said that his presence can still be felt on occasion.
Kuma’s Corner • 2900 W. Belmont Ave. • 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. • www.kumascorner.com Facebook • Instagram
Kuma’s Corner will offer 10 (ONLY 10!) pre-booked Valentine dinners which will include one appetizer, entrée, drinks and a dessert. Each person who books one of the 10 dinners will be entered into a raffle to win a gift package filled with romantic and cool gifts from local businesses.
FOR SINGLES: A wine special will be offered. Note: this offer is available at all Kuma’s location – book online at https://kumascorner.com/location/kumas-corner.
ABOUT KUMA’S CORNER
Kuma’s started in 2005 with its flagship location at the corner of Belmont and Francisco Ave. From their origins as a corner bar with American bistro flare, they have grown to six locations that offer the finest burgers, all named after heavy metal bands. Their mission: Support Community. Eat Beef. Bang your head.
Additional participants include the following (below), be sure to follow all of the participants on social media to learn about any changes or new added specials in the coming days!
The Horror House • 2911. W. Belmont Ave. • www.thecrypticcloset.com • Facebook • Instagram
Reed’s Local • 3107 W. Belmont Ave. • www.reedslocal.com • Facebook • Instagram
The Brewed • 2843 N. Milwaukee Ave. • www.thebrewedcoffee.com • Facebook • Instagram
Sleeping Village • 3734 W. Belmont Ave. • www.sleeping-village.com • Facebook • Instagram