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Wednesday 2018.12.12
Bears Home Games. -2018.12.16 All ages. $$.
ChicagoBears.comSoldier Field, 312/235-7000, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr.
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Collected Holiday Songs, Recipes and Stories. -2018.12.29 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Check out this terrific comprehensive set of popular holiday songs, recipes and stories.
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Fiesta de Guadalupe. Yearly.
Commemorates appearance of virgin Mary to an Indian boy in 1531.
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HOLIDAY CLASSICS. -2019.01.03 Yearly. All ages. UNCONFIRMED
* A Christmas Carol: 11.18-12.31 Goodman Theatre, 312/443-3800, 200 S Columbus, http://goodmantheatre.org
* The Nutcracker: 12.01-12.30 Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress, http://www.joffrey.com
* Christmas Around The World: 11.17-01.07 Dozens of spectacular International holiday decorated trees, Museum of Science and Industry, http://msichicago.org
* Zoolights: 11.24-01.07 Over a million lights, certain dates/times, Lincoln Park Zoo, http://lpzoo.com
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Holiday Sing-A-Long Double Feature (since 1984). -2018.12.24 Yearly. $10-15 Various times. UNCONFIRMED
"White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful Life" double features with singing between (and during) lead by Santa.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.
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Ice Skating. -2019.02.27 Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Weather permitting: Wrigley Field, 773-388-8260; 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...
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Winter Wonderfest (since 2001). -2019.01.07 Yearly. All ages. $10-25+ Hours vary. UNCONFIRMED
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.
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Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2018.12.24 Yearly. All ages. Free Su-Th -8p, Fr+Sa -9p 11a.
50 Timber cabins, ethnic foods, fine crafted gifts, music, sweets.
christkindlmarket.comDaley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.
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Holiday Train. -2018.12.22 Yearly. Wk 3-7p, Sa 1-8p UNCONFIRMED
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Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council Meeting. (MBAC). All ages. Free 3-4:30p.
Representatives from various gov't orgs present to invited representatives from local cycling interests about legislation, safety and planning for about 90 minutes once about every 90 days.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 1103.
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Fly-By-Night Circus. Monthly. All ages. $8-15 8p UNCONFIRMED
"Tremendously conglomerated monthly spectacle of impeccable wonderment for your pleasure. Acrobats, aerialists, physical comedy, magicians, wire walkers, more."
MSA, 773/687-8840, 1934 N Campbell Ave.
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South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays All ages. Free 9p UNCONFIRMED
22nd season.
southparkstudios.comCOM. On cable.
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"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"2nd Longest Running Open-Mic In Chicago!"
facebook.com/In-One-Ear-210844945622380Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.
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Friday 2018.12.14
Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 9p-4a UNCONFIRMED
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
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Saturday 2018.12.15
* Holiday Toy Ride (since 2003). Yearly. All ages. 6:30a UNCONFIRMED
Donate a new toy to join. Ends at Corcoran's Grill & Pub (1615 N. Wells).
toyridechicago.comAmling's Cycle, 847/692-4240, 8140 N. Milwaukee, Niles.
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College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p UNCONFIRMED
Structured Weekly Free Speech Forum With Quality Lecturers and Good American Food And Bar.
312/326-2120 collegeofcomplexes.orgDappers East Restaurant, 773/509-9100, 2901 W. Addison.
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"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.
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Vaudezilla! Saturdays 18+ $20 10:30p UNCONFIRMED
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.
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Sunday 2018.12.16
Vintage Garage. 3rd Sundays $? 11a-6p UNCONFIRMED
100 vintage and antique dealers.
847/579-9079 vintagegaragechicago.com5051 N Broadway Uptown between Foster and Argyle.
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Model Rocket Launching (since 1963). 3rd Sundays All ages. Free 2-5p UNCONFIRMED
Deeply validates geekness. All skill levels. BYOL (Bring Your Own Launcher). Northern Illinois Rocketry Association hosted. Held away from population centers, only a few launches a year.
nirarocketry.orgEast Branch Forest Preserve, Off Glen Ellyn Road near Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Use I-355.
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New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6p UNCONFIRMED
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Last Man on Earth, more.
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Tuesday 2018.12.18
Chi Hack Night. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6-10p UNCONFIRMED
"Volunteers create web apps with open data to improve transparency, efficiency, and decision-making for governments and our democracy."
chihacknight.org1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor.
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Thursday 2018.12.20
Drum&Bass night. 3rd Thursdays 21+ Free 10p-4a UNCONFIRMED
W/ Delamota / Dioptrics / Pardeeboi / Riverman / UV / Skrimshaw / Questionmark ...
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
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Friday 2018.12.21
* Winter Solstice. Yearly.
Shortest day/longest night (sun 07:13-16:42), official start of winter.
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Blacklight Blackout (since 2011). 3rd Fridays 21+ Free 10p-2a UNCONFIRMED
Big freakfest in a tiny space. Lots of DJs, cheap beer, UV paints, radiation.
facebook.com/blacklightblackoutexitExit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North. 2nd Fl.
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Saturday 2018.12.22
Start of Capricorn. Astrological sign, the goat. Yearly.
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Full "Cold" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 11:45a.
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Monday 2018.12.24
Live Santa tracking. (since 1955). Yearly. All ages. Free.
NORAD air traffic control reports on the big guy all night, with videos, minigames, more.
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Mass. Yearly. All ages. Free. 8p-1a.
Late Christmas eve gatherings at most churches welcoming all. Northsiders try the Evanston cluster.
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"Matzo Bash" Yearly. 21+ $? 9p-4a UNCONFIRMED
"The biggest Christmas Eve party in Chicago"
MatzoBash.comSound-Bar, 312/787-4480, 226 West Ontario. Walkable from Red and Brown lines.
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Tuesday 2018.12.25
* Christmas. Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Yearly.
Gifts are exchanged. Spirit of giving encouraged.
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Winter Vacation. -2019.01.05 Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
cps.eduChicago Public Schools.
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Wednesday 2018.12.26
Boxing day. Yearly.
Give gifts to service providers such as postal delivery person and trash collector. Sometimes observed on first weekday following xmas.
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Kwanza. Yearly.
An African American holiday, originally observing the fruit harvest, now with broader themes of family, reverence, commemoration, recommitment and celebration.
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Thursday 2018.12.27
Atomic Sketch Event (since 2008). Live Art. Last Thursdays 21+ Free 6-10p UNCONFIRMED
Established and emerging artists of various disciplines display, create and sell original new works at bargain prices. Drop-in artists welcome.
facebook.com/atomicsketchGreen Eye Lounge, 773/227-8851, 2403 W. Homer St. Near Blue Line Western.
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Bittersweet. Monthly. 21+ Free 10p-4a UNCONFIRMED
DJs Philly Peroxide and Scary Lady Sarah spins goth club classics and new dark alternative music & video.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
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Friday 2018.12.28
Harlem Globetrotters. Yearly. All ages. $15-136+ UNCONFIRMED
harlemglobetrotters.comAllstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
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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.
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Yearly. All ages. $29-69+ Two show: 3p+8p UNCONFIRMED
Performing their Christmas rock opera.
trans-siberian.comAllstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
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Monday 2018.12.31
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.
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TV Marathons. Yearly. All ages. Free.
Major cable channels play hours and hours of favorites.
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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.
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First Night Evanston (since 1993). Lovely music filled scene. Yearly. All ages. $20-30+ 7p-12a UNCONFIRMED
Live bands at several locations.
firstnightevanston.org847/289-4248, Davis at Orrington, Evanston. Take Purple line to Main.
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"Stellar Spark" (since 2003). -Sunday Yearly. Ages? $? 8p-2a UNCONFIRMED
Dance music in several rooms and levels. Packages available including hotel.
facebook.com/stellarsparkThe Rave, 414-342-RAVE, 2401 W Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI. Hotel discount package available.
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Penny buses and trains. Yearly. 10p-6a.
Also some extended hours. Not all lines participate.
CTA, 708/836-7000.
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Tuesday 2019.01.01
New Years Day. Legal holiday. Yearly.
Observed by the making of New Year's resolutions, personal commitments to specific behavioral changes.
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New Year's Day 5K (since 1986). Yearly. All ages. $30 11a UNCONFIRMED
~1500 attend.
chicagoevents.com/events/new-years-day-5k-runLincoln Park, Stockton and LaSalle.
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Wednesday 2019.01.02
Earth at Perihelion. Our orbit's nearest point to the sun. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Fortunately by cosmic standards we're close to circular at 147.5-152.6Gm (91.7-94.8Mmi).
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Friday 2019.01.04
Southside Critical Mass. 1st Fridays All ages Free 5:45p UNCONFIRMED
A fun, free, group bike ride.
facebook.com/SSCritMassNichols Park Plaza, 1300 E 55th St. At Kimbark.
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Monday 2019.01.07
* No Pants Subway Ride (since 2010?). Yearly. 12-3:30p UNCONFIRMED
Improv Everywhere multi-city culture jamming collective performance art event.
improveverywhere.com1210 W Arthur Ave
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Tributosaurus. Monthly. 21+ $25 7p UNCONFIRMED
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
tributosaurus.comMartyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
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The Happy Prince, Heavy Trip, A Star Is Born, Venom, Little Women, Night School, Fahrenheit 11/9, Colette, House with Clock in Walls, Hal, The Predator, The Happytime Murders, The Wife, Juliet Naked, Alpha, Christopher Robin, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Teen Titans Go!, Generation Wealth, Shock and Awe, Skyscraper, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Sorry to Bother You, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.
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