25+ things to do in December

Close out the year with a bang at these top events and parties

December 05, 2011|By Margaret Smith and Jessica Galliart

The weather may be giving us the cold shoulder, but Chicago’s bars, theaters and hosts are just getting started with this fresh crop of not-to-be-missed seasonal pub crawls, holiday shopping fairs, comedy shows and more.

Find more events at chicago.metromix.com/events

5: Deathscribe 2011
Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful—and so are these original works of horror. December bleeds red at this annual horror festival featuring radio plays performed by local actors and sound effects artists. $20-25

10: TBOX: 12 Bars of Christmas
Various Locations
No pregaming required for this 13-hour, annual pub crawl/drinking-marathon, beginning at 8 a.m. and stopping at 36 Wrigleyville bars. Go big or go home with your seasonal attire—the competition is infamously fierce—or join in on this year’s “Summer Camp” theme. A full day of kiddie pools, make-out booths and brews awaits. $35

10-11: Bucktown Holiday Artshow
Holstein Park Fieldhouse 2200 N. Oakley Ave.
Still searching for the perfect present? Try your luck at this 13th annual art showcase, featuring original work from 100 artists spanning all mediums. $2

13: ‘The Addams Family’
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Two years after leaving its stay in Chicago for  the bright lights of Broadway, the musical about the creepy, kooky family returns for a three-week stay. Recognize anyone? Broadway veteran Nathan Lane stars as (Oh!) Gomez! $37-$95

16-24: Christmas Sing-Along and Double Feature
Music Box Theater 3733 N. Southport Ave.
Stay indoors while indulging in your urge to go caroling at the yearly Music Box tradition, where Santa leads the audience in a round of holiday tunes between showings of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas” with live organ accompaniment. $12-$14; $17-$20, double feature

16: (Free!) Late-er Night Andersonville
Foster Avenue and Clark Street
Missed Late Night Andersonville earlier this month? Fret not, procrastinators. Just stay up a bit later to score discounts and deals from businesses along Clark Street at this shopping fest.

16: Windy City Fight Night 20
UIC Pavilion 525 S. Racine Ave.
Chill out on the blood thirst for holiday gifts in exchange for a night of actual blood, sweat and tears (we’re assuming) inside the ropes. Heavyweights from Chicago and around the nation headline the battle of the braun. $31-$101

16: Left Hand Red: Twister and Cask Beer Party
Rocco Ranalli’s 1925 N. Lincoln Ave.
Watch your previously “wicked-awesome” Twister skills diminish with each round from the bar at this Twister tournament, complete with servings of rare brews from Colorado-based Left Hand Brewing Co. and a DJ. No cover.

24: The Matzo Bash
Enclave 220 W. Chicago Ave.
Not celebrating Christmas? Squeeze in your holiday hangover at this Hannukah bash with appetizers, an open bar and music from JJ the DJ. Cuvee hosts an after-party for those looking to party into Christmas Day. $15-25.  

25: Christmas Day dinners
Most restaurants are closed for the holidays, but if you’re looking to save yourself the hassle of a thawing out a bird at home, restaurants such as Mercat a la Planxa in the Blackstone Hotel and Balsan in the Elysian feature holiday meals.

29-30: Hannibal Buress
The Lincoln Lodge 4008 N. Lincoln Ave.
We always say this might be your last chance to catch rising comedian Hannibal Buress. This time, we really mean it. This New Year’s Eve weekend show follows up the Chicago native’s taping of his first Comedy Central special, after several years of bouncing between writing gigs at “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” and stand-up showcases around the country. A second show had to be shortly after tickets went on sale, so grab ’em while you can. $15

Looking for ideas to start planning your New Years Eve outing? Check chicago.metromix.com/bars.

Also happening:

9: Occupy Shame That Tune at Hideout
11: NEDTalks: Spreading Worthless Ideas at Hideout
13: St. Lucia Festival of Lights at Swedish American Museum
17: Dreidel and Santa Rampage at Twisted Spoke
23: A Depeche Mode Christmas at Debonair Social Club
30: Eve of the Eve at Union Station
9-11, 16-Jan. 1: ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Through 24: Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza
Through Jan. 8: Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier
10: Tease the Season! at Martyrs’
13: “Star Wars” Trivia Night at Harrigan’s
21: Santa Shuffle Pub Crawl at McGee’s Tavern and Grille

Margaret Smith is a RedEye editorial intern.

Jessica Galliart is the events/theater producer and the RedEye social media lady.

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