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This Week in CHI: Dec. 19-25

Well, it’s freezing outside. We have been freezing our tails off this weekend, but we are ready for Christmas and Hanukkah! So, whether you’re staying in town for the holidays or are traveling, here is your social calendar to get you through the week.

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If you’re a fan of cooking competition shows, then head to head to Bottled Blonde on Wells Street to watch five chefs duke it out to make the perfect sip and bite pairing. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased, here.

Ugly Christmas sweater parties never get old! Thankfully, Headquarters Beercade in River North is hosting a big holiday bash and everyone is invited! Head there on Tuesday for some holiday tunes, delicious cocktails, and games, per usual. For more information, click here.

Need some last minute holiday gifts? Then, step outside the box and get some locally grown and sourced goods at the Green City Market Local Gift Pop-Up. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Wednesday, you can get some great gifts from small businesses in Chicago to give to your friends and family. For more information, and for what will be at the market, click here.


If you’re Italian, then the Feast of the Seven Fishes may have been common for your nonna to cook every holiday. Tesori’s own chef, Carlos Ysaguirre, is crafting his own modern twist on this Southern Italian holiday tradition. This seven course dinner is bound to fill you up, and tickets are still available. For more information, click here.

If you’re a fan of Southern barbecue then head to the pit-to-plate dinner hosted by Pitmaster Jared Leonard. This one of a kind dining experience will get you up close to the pits where the meat is roasting. The pits are also equipped to prepare vegetables, flatbread pizzas, steaks, chops, and more. For tickets and more information, click here.

No plans for Christmas Eve? Then head to FTW Chicago & Lucky Strike and get double the fun with complimentary bowling games, mini golf, and more! There are also plenty of beverages and food options to keep you warm and toasty with this inclimate weather. For ore information, click here.


It’s Sunday Funday AND it’s Christmas! If you’re in Chicago for the holiday, but you’re looking for something fun, then head to the red solo cup Sunday brunch at Old Crown in River North. For $30, you get bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, Jameson cocktails, Bud Lights, and our choice of an omelet or skillet. To purchase tickets ahead of time, click here.


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