If you’re like me and slept on getting tickets to Andrew Bird’s Gezelligheid concerts or the spectacular Hideout show, don’t fret! There are still plenty of events for you to discover in our amazing city!
Let’s get on with your curated weekend!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14th
Happy Hour Pop-Up @ Field Notes Midwest HQ, 401 N Racine Ave., 4:00PM – 7:00PM, All Ages
WHAT: Pop up shop with some incredibly talented folks
SO WHAT: Stop by Field Notes HQ and enjoy a plentiful market! There will be cold ones from Half Acre Beer Company , snacks from Big Delicious Planet, and an excellent gathering of creators. Jenna Blazevich of Vichcraft, Christopher Jobson from Colossal, and Tyler Deeb of Misc. Goods will be on hand with their wonderful products and a fair amount of nerdy design conversation. This is also a great chance to stock up on Field Notes products including rarities, press sheets and other surprises.
NOW WHAT: It’s free! Go out and get yourself some unique gifts! A quarter from every dollar you spend on Field Notes will go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, so dig deep.
The Spins: Miles Davis’ Sorcerer @ GMan Tavern, 3740 N Clark St., 5:30PM – 8:00PM, 21+
WHAT: A night of vinyl goodness
SO WHAT: Vinyl Me, Please is taking over GMan Tavern for their monthly The Spins event, this time featuring VMP’s December Record of the Month: Miles Davis’ Sorcerer! It’ll be a night of great music, meeting the local vinyl-loving community, and plenty of drinks. DJ Ayana Contreras will be spinning some jams including the orchid purple pressing of Sorcerer that you will be able to get your hands on at The Spins!
NOW WHAT: The vinyl friendly event is free, so go out and have a great time!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th
Deck The Halls Edition @ Solemn Oath, 1661 Quincy Ave., 6:00PM – 11:00PM, 21+
WHAT: Solemn Oath is partnering up with Pardon My Thrashing, a Chicago-based skateboard company, to bring you one hell of night.
SO WHAT: Try some great variants of Lü Beer as you enjoy skate videos, live tricks, a raffle for limited edition merchandise and so much other swag, and live music for the first time ever in the back of the brewery from The Phone Calls, The Heligoats, and Rich Salamander . Featured beers on tap for the evening include Lü Tonic, King Lüdo, and Perla de Lü! Brewer Mike will be on hand to discuss these fine beers with you.
NOW WHAT: This event is FREE to attend and it’s going to be awesome. Check out their event page for more info on the beers and happenings at this skate themed night!
Dehd / Deeper / Glyders @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 9:00PM, 21+
WHAT: Excellent local music you need to hear
SO WHAT: DEHD, formally Dream Eagle Heavy Dreams, are throwing a nice shindig for the vinyl release of their self-titled album! Their dosed out pop tunes will be perfect for the night as they will be joined by driving rhythms of Deeper and the country twinged pop of Glyders. We highly suggest you take a look at Andrew Hertzberg’s preview of the show!
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16th & 17th
Randolph Street Holiday Market @ Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W Washington Blvd., 10:00AM – 5:00PM, All Ages
WHAT: Randolph Street Market Chicago returns
SO WHAT: Celebrate the holiday edition of this fun market where you can experience 125 vendors with a wide variety of items perfect for your holiday gifts! There will also be a market bar stocked with bloody marys, beers, wines, champagnes, and local eateries while browsing vendors on three floors in the Plumbers Hall building You can see their gift guide on their website!
NOW WHAT: Tickets for the market are $8 for general admission, kids 12 and under are free!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16th
Mortified @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave., 7;00PM, 21+
WHAT: Remember those stories you wrote when you were a kid?
SO WHAT: Mortified, hosted by Shay DeGrandis takes everyday people and has them reading to an audience their most embarrassing, pathetic, and private childhood writings. They will be reciting diary entries, poems, love letters, lyrics, locker notes, and more in front of total strangers. Witness “personal redemption through public humiliation” in this wonderful show that combines comedy, catharsis, and voyeurism. This is the largest and longest running project of its kind featuring a cast of Chicago’s bravest souls including Joe Hernandez-Kolski, Andrew Meltzer, Emily Schleiger, Marnie Shure, and Kyle Talley. Special musical guests Cover Stories with The Nerdologues will also be on hand!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $20 for this interesting show!
Ggoolldd / Yoko and The Oh No’s / The Gold Web @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 9:00PM, 21+
WHAT: Audio ecstasy in its finest form
SO WHAT: Milwaukee’s GGOOLLDD will be bringing their electronic pop soundscapes to to the Bottle in support of their latest release TEETH. They will be joined by a pair of local acts: Yoko and The Oh No’s. whose sound is a pure slice of rock music, and The Gold Web, the psychedelic glam trip through time you wish you were having every night.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 for this excellent night at the coolest rock club in town!
Mutts EP Celebration with Campdogzz & Wet Mouth @ Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 9:00PM, 21+
WHAT:Mutts will be celebrating the release of their latest EP, Stick Together
SO WHAT: Mutts are Chicago’s purveyors of bluesy rock that never fails to impress. Mike Maimone fronts the band with his grizzled voice and exuberant performances that should not be missed! This evening Mutts will be joined by the radiant sounds of Campdogzz and Wet Mouth.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door for this perfect way to spend a chilly Chicago night.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17th
Home Alone Holiday Bar Crawl @ Hopewell & Emporium Venues, 2760 N Milwaukee Ave., 2:00PM – 8:00PM, 21+
WHAT: A Home Alone themed bar crawl, ya filthy animal
SO WHAT: Hopewell Brewing Company & Emporium are hosting the first ever “Home Alone Holiday Bar Crawl” and canned goods drive! The bar crawl will be a chance to try the Home Alone-inspired holiday ale, a collaboration between Hopewell & Emporium called Ya Filthy Animal and a few secret variants of the brew! They will be accepting donations of canned goods or unused winter clothing and blankets, with raffles tickets being given to every person who donates for a chance at some cool Emporium and Hopewell swag. The grand prize? Collaborating on a special one-off keg with Hopewell Brewing that will be tapped at the brewpub and from which all proceeds will go to the charity of your choosing!
NOW WHAT: The whole thing starts at Hopewell and travels down Milwaukee, ending up at Emporium Wicker Park, so get ready for a fun time! For full details, head to their event page.
Here, Chicago Story Show & Potluck @ Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave., 7:30PM, All Ages
WHAT: Here, Chicago’s bi-monthly storytelling potluck
SO WHAT: Are you sick of being in your own head? Netflix not doing it to remind you that there’s something more in the world? Come to Here, Chicago’s live storytelling event. There are five invited storytellers and walk-up narrators from the audience, and stories range in seriousness and subject matter. Sherry, our Lit Editor, has attended and hasn’t found a space since that is as sincere and kind as Here Chicago in the city.
NOW WHAT: Reserve your seats now; they tend to sell out. Tickets are $11, OR you can bring a potluck dish for your entrance fee.
100% Off Bands: Paul Cherry, HEAD, Gosh @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave., 9:00PM, 21+
WHAT: Only the best local jams for your Sunday night!
SO WHAT: The weekend may be winding down, but that shouldn’t stop you from having one last party before the start of the week! 100% Off Bands will have a stellar lineup awaiting you at Schubas with some fuzzy dreamscapes from GOSH!, HEAD‘s psychedelic pop creations, and the smooth and sexy tunes of the inimitable Paul Cherry.
NOW WHAT: It’s free! Go out and jam with these Chicago DIY mavens!