Andrew  Do  See
2017.12.29 (wk1067)
Never tell me the odds!
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
Ongoing: Winter Vacation at Chicago Public Schools.
Ongoing: Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier.
..-Fr: Collected Holiday Songs and Recipes.
..-Su: Infinite Wrench at Neo-Futurarium.
Fr: Critical Mass at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Bruce in the USA at House of Blues.
Fr: Proper Drum&Bass at Debonair Social Club.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Sa: College of Complexes at Dappers East Restaurant.
Sa: WGCI Big Jam at United Center.
Sa-Su: Flogging Molly at House of Blues.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Vaudezilla! at Stage 773.
Su: New Years Eve.
Su: TV Marathons.
Su: Navy Pier Festivities.
Su: First Night Evanston.
Su: "Stellar Spark" at The Rave.
Su: Concord NYE party at Concord Music Hall.
Su: Dumpstaphunk at Park West.
Su: Freakeasy's House NYE at Metro.
Su: Reaction NYE at Aragon Ballroom.
Su: Penny buses and trains on CTA.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Full "Wolf" Moon.
Mo: Full Moon.
Mo: New Years Day.
Mo: New Year's Day 5K at Lincoln Park.
Mo: Bodeans at City Winery.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at The Mid.
Tu: Earth at Perihelion.
Tu: Proper Drum&Bass at Debonair Social Club.
We: Black Label Society at House of Blues.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
Th: Michelle L'Amour's show at Untitled.

Movie:    ^
Now playing.
Downsizing, Father Figures, Jumanji, Pitch Perfect 3, The Greatest Showman, The Post, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Permanent, The Disaster Artist, The Shape of Water, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok, Bad Moms Christmas, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Blade Runner 2049, Lucky, Battle of the Sexes, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, ...
Theaters Everywhere. TIMES MAP INFO SHARE

Seasonal:    ^
Ice Skating. -2018.02.28 Yearly.
Weather permitting: Wrigley Field; Millennium Park, 312/742-5222, 55 N Michigan; Warren Park, 773/262-8656, 6601 N Western; Riis Park, 312/746-5735, 6100 W Fullerton; Daley Plaza, 312/742-7650, 337 E Randolph; more... PHOTOS INFO SHARE

HOLIDAY CLASSICS. -2018.01.03 Yearly. All ages.
* A Christmas Carol: 11.18-12.31 Goodman Theatre, 312/443-3800, 200 S Columbus,
* The Nutcracker: 12.01-12.30 Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress,
* Christmas Around The World: 11.17-01.07 Dozens of spectacular International holiday decorated trees, Museum of Science and Industry,
* Zoolights: 11.24-01.07 Over a million lights, certain dates/times, Lincoln Park Zoo,

Winter Vacation. -2018.01.05 Yearly.
cps.eduChicago Public Schools.

Winter Wonderfest (since 2001). -2018.01.07 Yearly. All ages. $10-25+ Hours vary.
Festival Hall is transformed into a wonderland of lush decorated trees, sparkling lights, wintertime decorations and a main town square with vending. Includes ice rink, inflatable slide/bungee games. Santa and elves listen to children's wishes in a mountain top village.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Collected Holiday Songs, Recipes and Stories. -2017.12.29 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Check out this terrific comprehensive set of popular holiday songs, recipes and stories. PHOTOS INFO SHARE

Ongoing:    ^
The Infinite Wrench. -2017.12.31 Su 7p, Fr+Sa 11:30p.
Successor to TMLMBGB's 28 year run.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.

Friday 2017.12.29:    ^
Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making our presence known downtown. Unplanned route gently winds a dozen miles or more. Thousands attend in good weather. Includes music, hipsters, athletes, show bikes, so much more. Skaters welcome.
chi.bikeDaley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

Bruce in the USA. 18+ $23+ Doors 7:30p.
Springsteen homage.
bruceintheusa.comHouse of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Proper Drum&Bass. 21+ $? 9p-2a.
12.29: DJ Kevin KC Cunningham w/ HispdChase & Ruckus. Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen. MAP PHOTOS SHARE

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins Electronica/Indie Alternative dance music.
12.29: Cosplay shows and costume contest.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Saturday 2017.12.30:    ^
College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p.
Structured Weekly Free Speech Forum With Quality Lecturers and Good American Food And Bar.
12.30: The Coming Catastrophes of 2018+ Easy to Predict, Just Open Your Eyes.
312/326-2120 collegeofcomplexes.orgDappers East Restaurant, 773/509-9100, 2901 W. Addison. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

WGCI Big Jam. All ages. $20-130+ 7:30p.
W/ Chris Brown, Lil Uzi Vert, Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, Playboi Carti, Jacquees, H.E.R., G Herbo.
wgci.comUnited Center, 1901 W Madison. MAP TICKETS INFO SHARE

Flogging Molly. -Sunday 21+ $50-85+ Sa 6:30, Su 8:30p.
floggingmolly.comHouse of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

"Twisted" Saturdays 21+ $0 -11p, $5 -1a, $7+ 9:30p-5a.
"Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you want to be!"
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Vaudezilla! Saturdays 18+ $20 10:30p.
One-of-a-kind burlesque, drag, and aerial acts ranging from classic Vegas-style showgirls to cutting-edge gender-non-conforming performance artists.
Vaudezilla.comStage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine. MAP INFO SHARE

Sunday 2017.12.31:    ^
New Years Eve. Yearly.
Last day of the year. Typically observed with a countdown to midnight, at which time one kisses the nearest person. Celebrate with confetti and champagne. SHARE

TV Marathons. Yearly. All ages. Free.
Major cable channels play hours and hours of favorites. INFO SHARE

Navy Pier Festivities. Yearly. All ages. Free 2p-12:30a.
In addition to several major private parties, all public facilities at the Pier will be open for special extended hours! Enjoy the IMax, Carousel, ice skating and more all the way until the city fireworks spectacular around midnite. Some cruises still have tickets available.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

First Night Evanston (since 1993). Lovely music filled scene. Yearly. All ages. $20-30+ 7p-12a.
Live bands at several locations.
firstnightevanston.org847/289-4248, Davis at Orrington, Evanston. Take Purple line to Main. MAP SHARE

"Stellar Spark" (since 2003). Yearly. Ages? $? 8p-2a.
Dance music in several rooms and levels. Packages available including hotel. Rave, 414-342-RAVE, 2401 W Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI. Hotel discount package available. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Concord NYE party. 21+ $79+ 9p-?a.
Vic Mensa (Host), Riff Raff, DJs Afterthought, Rock City, Diox, Navic, Strategy.
Concord Music Hall, 773/570-4000, 2047 N Milwaukee. Near Blue Line Western stop. Body searches. No reentry. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

Dumpstaphunk. 18+ $35+ 9p-?a.
"Big Easy New Year In The Windy City" w/ Honey Island Swamp Band, Nasty Snacks.
dumpstaphunk.comPark West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage. MAP TICKETS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

* Freakeasy's House NYE. 21+ $40-60+ 9p-?a.
"King Of House" Farley Jackmaster Funk and NYC's Recloose. Multiple environments including live art, burlesque, flow arts, more.
resonatechicago.netMetro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Reaction NYE. 17+ $85-255 9p-?a.
Adventure Club, Bear Grillz and Ookay.
reactionnye.comAragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Penny buses and trains. Yearly. 10p-6a.
Also some extended hours. Not all lines participate.

"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
adultswim.comTOON. On cable. TIMES MAP INFO SHARE

Monday 2018.01.01:    ^
Full "Wolf" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 8:15p. PHOTOS INFO SHARE

Full Moon (Wolf). Always adds an interesting twist. 8:30p. PHOTOS INFO SHARE

New Years Day. Legal holiday. Yearly.
Observed by the making of New Year's resolutions, personal commitments to specific behavioral changes. SHARE

New Year's Day 5K (since 1986). Yearly. All ages. $30 11a.
~1500 attend. Park, Stockton and LaSalle.

Bodeans. 21+ $45-60+ 7:30p.
bodeans.netCity Winery, 312-733-WINE, 1200 W Randolph. MAP SHARE

Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
01.01: "The Purge" banger. Mid, 312/265-3990, 306 North Halsted. MAP SHARE

Tuesday 2018.01.02:    ^
Earth at Perihelion. Our orbit's nearest point to the sun. Yearly.
Fortunately by cosmic standards we're close to circular at 147.5-152.6Gm (91.7-94.8Mmi). INFO SHARE

Proper Drum&Bass. Tuesdays 21+ $0-15 9p-2a.
01.02: DJ Tim Nice. Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen. MAP PHOTOS SHARE

Wednesday 2018.01.03:    ^
Black Label Society. 18+ $40 7:30p.
W/ Corrosion of Conformity.
blacklabelsociety.netHouse of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"2nd Longest Running Open-Mic In Chicago!" Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop. MAP INFO SHARE

Thursday 2018.01.04:    ^
Michelle L'Amour's show. Thursdays 21+ Free 8p-2a.
Weekly nite of vaudevillians, burlesque and extreme acts., 312/880-1511, 111 W. Kinzie. MAP SHARE

Attractions:    ^
Many great exhibits of local works and curated collections. All ages. Free. Mo-Th 8a-7p, Fr 8a-6p, Sa 9a-6p, Su 10a-6p.
With various special events, music and performances almost every day.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/744-6630, 78 E Washington. SE of State/Lake train stops. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO

Various good modern art shows. All ages. $0-12, Free Tu 10a-8p, Mo closed, We-Su 10a-5p.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO

With Giant Ferris Wheel, IMAX theatre, historic carousel, a*mazing Chicago ride, classic spinning swing ride, new mini-golf course, major VR games, food court, quality restaurants and bars, stained glass window museum, enclosed garden, wonderful specialty shops, children's museum, water taxis, several cruise lines and the Shakespeare Theatre.
Summer: 10a-10p Su-Th, 10a-midnt Fr-Sa; Fall: Mo-Th 10a-9p, Fr+Sa 10a-11p, Su 10a-7p; Winter: 10a-8p Mo-Th, 10a-10p Fr-Sa, 10a-7p Su.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO

See how the universe works. All ages. $10-18+ Mo-Fr 9:30a-4:30p (-10p 1st Fridays), Sa/Su 9a-4:30p, closed xmas, open -6p 12.26-1.5.
Much high tech exhibitry.
Adler Planetarium, 312/922-7827 (STAR), 1300 S Lake Shore. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO

Masterpieces. All ages. $0-18 Mo/Tu/We/Fr 10:30a-5p, Th 10:30a-8p, Sa/Su 10a-5p, closed xgiving+xmas.
And other interesting permanent and visiting exhibits.
Art Institute, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO

World class gardens. Easy to get to. All ages. $8.75 parking. 8a-sunset, closed xmas.
385 acres, 23 gardens, 9 islands, prarie simulation, oriental features, miniature railway, produce, shows, restaurant, more...
Chicago Botanic Gardens, 847/835-5440, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. MAP INFO

Quality exhibits and activities for young minds. All ages. $0-14, Free Th 5-8p. 10a-5p.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO

Natural History done right. All ages. $6-12. Last entry 4p, closed xmas. 9a-5p.
"Sue" permanent dinosaur exhibit, insects, anthropology, world culture, geology, ecology, much more.
Field Museum, 312/922-9410, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO

Exhibits covering 4000 years of surgical history. Not for the squeamish. All ages. $3-6, Free Tuesdays. Tu-Sa 10a-4p. Closed 12.24-25, 12.31-1.1.
International Museum of Surgical Science, 312/642-6502, 1524 N Lake Shore. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO

World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free (Building hours vary) 9a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO

Consistent world class wonderland, set aside a whole day. All ages. $6-11 +parking/movies, Sometimes free. Mo-Sa 9:30a-4p, Su 11a-4p.
Exhibits include clock (possibly the best historical collection in existence), trains, toys, flight, genetics, chemistry, coal, petroleum, human body slices, cyberspace, farming, the U-505, TONS of space flight tech, and much more.
Museum of Science and Industry, 773/684-1414, 57th at Lake Shore. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO

Truly stunning world class aquarium. $11-18, some deal days. Sa/Su 9a-6p, Mo-Fr 9a-5p (-6p in summer), some later days.
Rear outside deck has the city's best skyline view. Now with web cams.
Shedd Aquarium, 312/939-2438, 1200 S Lake Shore. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO

Notes:    ^
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