Is Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up just a place to take Insta-worthy pictures?

by Raneen El-Barbarawi / Staff Reporter

Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-up display. Photo by Raneen El-Barbarawi.

As the spooky season comes to an end and fall festivities are slowly diminishing, one might question if people attend autumn activities for the food, the Halloween spirit, or even the pictures.

Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-up, located at 1467 N. Elston Ave near Downtown Chicago, is an outdoor pumpkin-themed adventure that extends throughout the entire month of October. Set to end on Nov. 3, the festival is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The general admission ticket, which includes entry into both the event itself and the corn maze, is $24 online and $27 in person. There are other tickets that include axe throwing, alcohol flights, and arcade games that range from $30 to $60. So if you’re planning on attending next year, make sure to buy your tickets online.

We attended the Jack’s Pumpkin pop-up event on a Monday evening, and it was pretty crowded despite the rain. It took us over 30 minutes to find a parking space, which was certainly a disappointment as well.

However, when we entered, the beautiful lights hanging throughout the venue truly dazzled us. The décor was jaw-dropping, with strings of green, orange, purple and silver lights hanging on the trees in the shape of pumpkins, bats and other Halloween-related objects.

The Halloween spirit was alive and well amongst the crowd of people at Jack’s Pumpkin pop-up. There were people dancing, chatting with friends and sipping on drinks. 

Despite the fact that vendors ran out of hot chocolate, we managed to have a fun time snapping pictures in the cold. It seemed almost inevitable that guests had to stop at every attraction to snap a good picture with friends.

These instagram-worthy backdrops included a red swing surrounded by fall leaves, a huge sunflower, a carousel, and of course, a plethora of pumpkins.

Nonetheless, my favorite attraction was obviously the tall replica of a Starbucks cup that had “Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-up” written on the bottom and a pumpkin face-like feature to replace the regular Starbuck’s female.

One of my main complaints about the event was the wait time. There were long lines just to take pictures at some of the attractions which was somewhat disappointing—especially in the cold weather. Because of this, I would definitely recommend wearing some boots and a winter jacket.

My lovely sister paid $60 for both of us to attend the event, and despite not paying with my personal money, I still feel as though the hefty admission price wasn’t worth it. Jack’s Pumpkin pop-up seems like a place where guests essentially pay just to take pictures.

I would only recommend this to people who enjoy taking photos, and looking at the unarguably impressive light displays. But if you’re not the type of person to indulge in a photoshoot or if you hate the cold weather, you might want to save that $30 and invest in a warm fuzzy blanket to enjoy staying inside. 

Additionally, I feel like this pop-up is directed towards young adults who like to drink, and fails to be family-friendly. So if you’re a sober person like me or plan on going with younger kids, I wouldn’t recommend attending this event.

Indeed, I did make the mistake of sacrificing my warmth for pictures. But for a dedicated instagrammer like me, the pictures were definitely worth almost catching frostbite and ruining my shoes.

8 out of 10 torches.

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