West Loop indoor rock climbing facility Brooklyn Boulders celebrates its fourth birthday with VR and augmented reality climbing experiences, live tattooing, and a meet and greet with a sloth. There will also be Deep Eddy vodka, beer from Brooklyn Brewery and 805 Beer, and eats from Honky Tonk BBQ and Bombo Bar, plus an afterparty at Bar Siena.
Cost: $10-$20; free for Brooklyn Boulders members
Hyatt Regency O’Hare
This celebration of Japanese animation and nerd culture includes cosplay, arcade gaming machines, voice actors, video game consoles, autographs, and anime screenings.
This holiday-themed crawl around Old Town includes $3-$7 tasting options at participating establishments and a “holiday plate” for collecting stamps at each location to win prizes. And, yes, there will be plenty of silly photo props so you can show everyone how much fun you’re having.
947 W. Roscoe
This new festival brings four heated snow domes to Wrigleyville with various themes including an ice cave, the North Pole, a tropical dome, and a Christmas wonderland plus snowboard demonstrations and artwork projected onto nearby buildings. Afterwards, hit various Christmas-themed pop-up bars around the neighborhood at Deuce’s & the Diamond Club, Country Club, and Stretch Bar & Grill.