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This Week in CHI: Dec. 7-13


The days are getting shorter and colder, but just because the sun is setting earlier doesn’t mean your social calendar should go dark! This month, we have lots of fun events that are about giving back so forget the cold and go out and have fun for a good cause!

Networking never stops and a first impression is a lasting impression. So, when you don your ugly holiday sweater, it makes it all the more memorable! This Monday, head to Half Acre Brewery and meet other young Chicago professionals and eat, drink, and take a tour of the brewery while decked out in your favorite ugly sweater from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.. For more info, click here.

Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune
Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune

Can’t get enough of networking? Well, Tuesday at Brass Monkey from 6-9pm you’ll have a chance to mingle with young professionals hosted by Network After Work, an organization with over 1 million members and 60 events across the country every month. It’s $15 in advance, $20 with RSVP at the door, and $25 at the door without RSVP. So head there and make this happy hour count! More info here.

Like wine? Like shopping? Well, join Benchmark on Wells Street for the Old Town Showcase and Wine tasting this Wednesday! Shop local vendors while sampling 30+ different wines and light appetizers. Yum! More info and tickets here!

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Looking to be transported to another time? Well, head to Christkindlmarket at the Daley Plaza anytime until December 23rd to shop in an open-air market inspired by the original market in Nuremberg, Germany from 1545! Also enjoy authentic German snacks like sausages, sauerkraut, and potato pancakes. Click here for more info.

Photo credit: Megan Osterhout
Photo credit: Megan Osterhout

Who doesn’t love drinking for a cause, especially around the holidays? On Friday, Flagship is hosting a Happy Hour Toy Drive where patrons who bring in a toy item will get $5 off the Friday Happy Hour Package price. All donations will go to the Craniofacial Center at UIC so go drink, eat, and give back. For more information, click here.

Everyone loves a good tacky sweater party, and Chicago Sport and Social is partnering with the Junior Council to host an epic ugly sweater Holidaze party at Hopsmith Tavern that will benefit the Anne and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Tickets are on sale and prizes are to be won; find out more info here.

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photo credit: bee fest beatdown

Beerfest Beatdown is back in Hoffman Estates so grab your favorite group of friends (and a responsible DD of course) and head to this amazing festival where you’ll have a chance to try over 100 different beers from 30 breweries in the area. Tickets are on sale so grab them before they sell out! More info can be found here.

Ye olde souls need help holiday shopping? The head to Chicago’s Irish Christmas market this Sunday and pick up some gifts for friends and family that they’ll truly treasure. The market is located at Northcenter Town Square all weekend long. For more information, click here.


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