Party for a good cause at The Underground's Grinch Who Gave Back Christmas… (The Underground )
Four Beers of Christmas
2 Sparrows 533 W. Diversey Parkway. 773-234-2320
Leave the partridges and pear trees at home and head out for a four-course dinner with seasonal pairings from four craft breweries, including beer-braised short ribs with celery, parsnip puree and crispy leeks served with Bell's Christmas ale. 7 p.m. Friday. $55. Phone RSVP required.
New Brunch and Lunch Service
Honey Butter Fried Chicken 3361 N. Elston Ave. 773-478-4000
Go for Friday lunch or weekend brunch with a two-piece fried chicken lunch with a corn muffin and honey butter or a fried chicken sandwich with candied jalapeno mayo, crunchy slaw and a choice of side. Brunch specials include a fried egg, fried chicken, kale and bacon breakfast sandwich or fried chicken with challah French toast. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. $10 each.
Garlic Pop-Up Dinner
Delish Diner 2018 W. Division St. 773-276-5200
Chef-author Alan Lake ("The Garlic Manifesto") creates a six-course meal featuring tea-smoked duck breast with Japanese eggplant-roasted garlic mousse, braised fennel, charred brussels sprouts and tangerine-carrot-cinnamon oil; scampi with roasted potatoes, porcini mushrooms, butternut squash, lemon and browned garlic; and more. 6:30 p.m. Sunday. $70.
The Grinch That Gave Back Christmas
The Underground 56 W. Illinois St. 312-644-7600
Sip from straws for a cause in a winter wonderland of seasonal decor and holiday lights at Chicago philanthropist Marco Foster's benefit bash for the Brain Injury Association of Illinois, which includes cocktails and a visit from The Grinch. 9-11 p.m. Friday. $30.
Bad Santa Ugly Sweater Party
Timothy O'Toole's Pub 622 N. Fairbanks Court 312-642-0700
Don a totally tacky top and compete for bar-themed prizes in a terrible apparel contest at this holiday bash where Bad Santa hosts—and poses for photos—and the drink specials include $3 Baileys and Fireball shots and a dozen $5 Christmas brews including Revolution Fistmas, Scrumpy Winter Solstice and Delirium Noel. 8 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday. No cover.
Star Lounge Coffee Bar 2521 W. Chicago Ave. 773-384-7827
DJ Maht Wells spins a 26.2-hour music set to benefit global organization Heifer International featuring indie, jazz, soul, punk, garage rock and more—with a 7 a.m. British Invasion breakfast hour playlist to coincide with the arrival of warm Do-Rite doughnuts. Donate $20 and get a cup of Dark Matter coffee; a $25 donation gets you coffee and a doughnut. 5:45 p.m. Saturday-8 p.m. Sunday. Freewill donations accepted.
Lincoln Square residence location disclosed with RSVP
Join the Living Room Playmakers in the living room for a holiday cocktail party with wine and snacks—additional BYOB is encouraged. Then, head upstairs to the bedroom to see six short plays by Chicago writers Erin Austin, Chad Eschman, Jenni Lamb, Jennifer Rumberger, Jessy Lauren Smith and Tony Werner. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $10. Tickets: nightlights.brownpapertickets.com
Berlin 954 W. Belmont Ave. 773-348-4975
JC Brooks of throwback soul band JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound headlines this variety show benefit and silent auction for The Night Ministry's queer homeless youth shelter The Crib, curated by Queer Comedy's Adam Guerino and Salonathon's Jane Beachy and also featuring drag singer Vallery Dolls, hula hooper Ana Hoops and others. Comedian Cody Melcher hosts. 10 p.m. Friday. $5.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.