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11 Things You Absolutely Have to Do in Chicago This December

Published On 11/30/2015 Published On 11/30/2015

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Dec 3 Thu

See the best click-baiters of comedy with Amazing: A ClickHole Show Writers and editors from the popular Onion-owned site ClickHole perform songs, read stories, and engage in all manner of awkwardness at this satirical peek behind the computer screen.

The Mission Theater

See the best click-baiters of comedy with Amazing: A ClickHole Show The Mission Theater Writers and editors from the popular Onion-owned site ClickHole perform songs, read stories, and engage in all manner of awkwardness at this satirical peek behind the computer screen.

Courtesy of Renegade Craft Fair

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Dec 5-6

Go on a BBQ-soaked shopping spree at Holiday Renegade Craft Fair Food from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Taco in a Bag, and Puffs of Doom meets DIY arts and crafts with a soundtrack of indie jams from CHIRP Radio and holiday hits on vinyl from Reckless Records.

Bridgeport Art Center

Go on a BBQ-soaked shopping spree at Holiday Renegade Craft Fair Bridgeport Art Center Food from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Taco in a Bag, and Puffs of Doom meets DIY arts and crafts with a soundtrack of indie jams from CHIRP Radio and holiday hits on vinyl from Reckless Records.

Flickr/Mike Mertz

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Dec 12 Sat

Freak out Logan Square at Santacon 2015 A riotous crew of overserved Santas and sexy Mrs. Clauses terrorize Logan Square bars in this famously debauched flash mob-meets-bar crawl-meets-crazy Christmas party. There’s only one rule: don’t be a dick.

Various Logan Square bars

Freak out Logan Square at Santacon 2015 Various Logan Square bars A riotous crew of overserved Santas and sexy Mrs. Clauses terrorize Logan Square bars in this famously debauched flash mob-meets-bar crawl-meets-crazy Christmas party. There’s only one rule: don’t be a dick.

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Dec 12 Sat

Declare Italian beef Christmas food at Chicago Christmas Crawl This food-centric crawl offers a more laid-back alternative to the TBOX/Santacon madness with a walking crawl to 15 Old Town venues offering up Italian beef/chicken & waffles food tastings, holiday cocktail specials, and yes, Fireball shots. Okay, maybe not that laid-back.

Various Old Town locations

Declare Italian beef Christmas food at Chicago Christmas Crawl Various Old Town locations This food-centric crawl offers a more laid-back alternative to the TBOX/Santacon madness with a walking crawl to 15 Old Town venues offering up Italian beef/chicken & waffles food tastings, holiday cocktail specials, and yes, Fireball shots. Okay, maybe not that laid-back.

Flickr/Rich Howells

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Dec 12 Sat

Drink Kahlua in your Christmas best at the Ugly Sweater Run For those who like their holiday raging with a little sweat, run this 5K along the south lakefront in your most cringe-worthy holiday sweater. Includes afterparty with Sam Adams beer and Kahlua cocktails plus ugly sweater and facial hair awards.

Soldier Field

Drink Kahlua in your Christmas best at the Ugly Sweater Run Soldier Field For those who like their holiday raging with a little sweat, run this 5K along the south lakefront in your most cringe-worthy holiday sweater. Includes afterparty with Sam Adams beer and Kahlua cocktails plus ugly sweater and facial hair awards.

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Dec 18 Fri

Start the party after dawn at Daybreaker Chicago Merry Kitschmas Christmas kitsch is the theme of this monthly morning rager that begins at 6am with sunrise yoga and free breakfast food and ends with raucous DJs and pandemonium dancing just in time for your workday.

Location TBA

Start the party after dawn at Daybreaker Chicago Merry Kitschmas Location TBA Christmas kitsch is the theme of this monthly morning rager that begins at 6am with sunrise yoga and free breakfast food and ends with raucous DJs and pandemonium dancing just in time for your workday.

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Dec 19 Sat

Turn Santa’s sleigh into a yacht at the Santa Booze Cruise Party like P Diddy in a Santa hat on the 400-person Anita Dee yacht with a DJ, drinks, dancing, and killer skyline views. Santa hat included. P Diddy not.

DuSable Harbor

Turn Santa’s sleigh into a yacht at the Santa Booze Cruise DuSable Harbor Party like P Diddy in a Santa hat on the 400-person Anita Dee yacht with a DJ, drinks, dancing, and killer skyline views. Santa hat included. P Diddy not.

Flickr/Chad Cooper

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Dec 30-31

Drop f-bombs with John Oliver at the Chicago Theatre The former Daily Show correspondent and host of HBO’s criminally underrated Last Week Tonight caps off 2015 with a four-show Chicago run that is bound to include its fair share of Trump jokes and f-bombs.

Chicago Theatre

Drop f-bombs with John Oliver at the Chicago Theatre Chicago Theatre The former Daily Show correspondent and host of HBO’s criminally underrated Last Week Tonight caps off 2015 with a four-show Chicago run that is bound to include its fair share of Trump jokes and f-bombs.

Flickr/Brennan Schnell

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Dec 30-31

Ring in a neon-tinged new year at Reaction NYE Spring Awakening/North Coast Music Fest promoter React Presents throws a manic two-day dance party with EDM kingpins Skrillex and deadmau5 plus hip-hop luminaries Chance the Rapper and Run the Jewels. You can even get bottle service, if that’s how you roll.

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Ring in a neon-tinged new year at Reaction NYE Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Spring Awakening/North Coast Music Fest promoter React Presents throws a manic two-day dance party with EDM kingpins Skrillex and deadmau5 plus hip-hop luminaries Chance the Rapper and Run the Jewels. You can even get bottle service, if that’s how you roll.

Anjali Pinto

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Dec 31 Thu

Pound Polynesian cocktails at Three Dots and a Dash Ring in the new year with a tropical luau at one of America’s finest Tiki bars where leis are provided and tickets include Polynesian passed appetizers and seven (yes, seven) booze-packed cocktails.

Three Dots and a Dash

Pound Polynesian cocktails at Three Dots and a Dash Three Dots and a Dash Ring in the new year with a tropical luau at one of America’s finest Tiki bars where leis are provided and tickets include Polynesian passed appetizers and seven (yes, seven) booze-packed cocktails.

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Dec 31 Thu

Burn away regrets at Redmoon New Year’s Revolution When your New Year’s party includes dozens of performers and spectacle devices plus a 150ft video wall and “multiple ritual sites to record resolutions and burn away regrets,” it’s probably gonna be good.

Redmoon

Burn away regrets at Redmoon New Year’s Revolution Redmoon When your New Year’s party includes dozens of performers and spectacle devices plus a 150ft video wall and “multiple ritual sites to record resolutions and burn away regrets,” it’s probably gonna be good.

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