See Inside ‘Griswold's,' Chicago's ‘Christmas Vacation'-Themed Pop-Up Bar

"Griswold's" at Houndstooth Saloon opens for the season on Sunday, Nov. 17

You and your friends can have the hap-hap-happiest holiday season by visiting a “Christmas Vacation”-themed pop-up bar in Chicago.

Houndstooth Saloon in the city's Wrigleyville neighborhood has transformed itself into a bar called Griswold’s, named after the iconic 1989 National Lampoon film. The staff had a busy Saturday, making sure everything was just right ahead of opening day on Sunday, Nov. 17.  

Visitors will be able to relax in the Griswold family's living room, spend some time in a tiki bar and explore a room with an attic-like feel, according to a news release.

Expect to take in several unique sights along the way, including a burnt, decorated Christmas tree and plenty of flashy lights. 

The ode to the popular holiday classic features themed beverages, food specials and even an ‘80s-inspired “TV Dinner” including a turkey leg and Aunt Bethany’s Jell-O.

On the weekends, bargoers will even be able to take pictures with an RV meant to resemble the one shown in the classic film. 

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