We’re inching closer and closer to the end of the year and there’s still so much left to do. There are tons of markets, concerts, and even a few stories left to tell, so make the most of this fantastic time of year! Get out there and enjoy the holiday cheer and indulge in everything our city has to offer!
Let’s get on with your curated weekend!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13th
Just Us Gals: December @ Sleeping Village, 3734 W Belmont Ave, 7:30pm, 21+
WHAT: A funny way to spend your night!
SO WHAT:Just Us Gals (hosted by Naomi Spungen, Clare Austen-Smith and Rima Parikh) is a not-to-be-missed live comedy and music party (curated by Kate Barutha) that combines a meticulously curated lineup of the best standups, sketch comics and indie musicians in the city. They describe it as a night where they will “rip the fabric of reality before your very eyes and build it up again as a goofy, whimsical, Prosecco-drenched paradise.” Sounds pretty good. The lineup includes Audrey Jonas, Shannon Noll, and Michael Njuguna Robinson!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $7 in advance, $10 at the door! Go have some laughs!
Thalia Zedek Band & Helen Money @ Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave, 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Perfect sounds to fill your Thursday night!
SO WHAT: Thalia Zedek Band are a group that you must see perform live. Their sound is full of post rock and punk influence that Zedek’s own passionate voice cuts through with marvelous results. Zedek is touring on her new album Fighting Season, which blends the intimacy of her previous solo works with the ferocity of her noisy past in bands like Uzi, Live Skull, and Come. Joining her at the Hideout will be Helen Money, who will be performing pieces from her 2016 album Become Zero, as well as brand new material from her forthcoming album.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 for this fantastic show!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14th
Grown Folks Stories (Wicker Park Edition) hosted by Cara Brigandi @ The Silver Room Pop-Up, 1302 N Milwaukee Ave, 7:00pm
WHAT: A special edition of this awesome space to share stories!
SO WHAT: Ever just want to tell a story to a room full of people? Then you should stop by the Silver Room pop-up for this open mic session Grown Folk Stories hosted by the one and only Cara Brigandi. No readings, no poetry, no spoken word, no themes, no judging. Just someone getting five minutes on the mic to tell their story.
NOW WHAT: Suggested $5 donation. Come early for a seat or bring your own!
Cards Against Humanity: Late Night Writers Room @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave, 10:00pm, 18+
WHAT: Cards Against Humanity is coming to Lincoln Hall!
SO WHAT: Late Night Writers Room is an irreverent night of improv comedy based on the politically incorrect party game Cards Against Humanity, and hosted by its creators. Audience members will pitch their card ideas and the best suggestions are acted out by the Cards Against Humanity writers and improvisers.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10! Proceeds from the show will be donated to Advocates for Adolescent Mothers, an organization that reduces child poverty and prevents child abuse by providing mentoring and financial support to young mom college students.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15th & 16th
Randolph Street Holiday Market @ Chicago Antique Market, 1341 W Randolph St, 10:00am – 5:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Randolph Street Market Chicago returns for the holidays
SO WHAT: Celebrate the holiday edition of this fun market where you can experience over 125 vendors with a wide variety of items perfect for your gift giving needs! There will also be a market bar for a bloody mary, beer, wine or champagne and local eateries while browsing vendors on three floors!
NOW WHAT: Tickets for the market are $10 for general admission, kids 12 and under are free!
Wrigleyville Winter Wonderland @ North Clark Street Corridor, 947 W. Roscoe, 2:00pm – 8:00pm, 21+
WHAT: North Clark Street Corridor will transform into Wrigleyville Winter Wonderland, a festive and immerse pop-up experience!
SO WHAT: This cool winter festival will feature four heated geodesic domes each with a different holiday-focused theme like Christmas Wonderland , Santa’s Surf Shack (because we all need a reminder of summer during this cold), Santa’s Workshop, and an Ice Cave! There will also be activities and events throughout the weekend including snowboard demonstrations from W82, artwork projected on buildings around the Wonderland, crafts for kids and an ever-changing 3D hologram Christmas Tree!
NOW WHAT: It’s free!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15th
Winter Record Label Fair @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave,12:00pm – 4:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Local labels selling their wares!
SO WHAT: Some of Chicago’s finest labels will be coming to Empty Bottle to present a unique and gem-filled fair inside the historic venue. Come by the Bottle to pick up a few LPs, singles, tapes, CDs and more from some of the most passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable labels in Chicago and beyond.
NOW WHAT: It’s free! There’ll be another impeccable lineup of vendors, so save your dough to grab some cool new tunes for you and your friends.
Saint Juice w/ The Devonns and Ryman @ Uncommon Ground Lakeview, 3800 N Clark St, 8:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: A great place to discover some new music
SO WHAT: Seriously, what better way to relax and jam out to some incredible new tunes than at an old school coffeehouse venue. Uncommon ground will be hosting a night of soulful, funky, and downright fantastic performers including Saint Juice, The Devonns, and Ryman!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $10 for this enlightening night!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16th
The Revolution Craft Show: Holiday 2018 @ Revolution Taproom, 3340 N Kedzie Ave, Noon – 6:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Crafts and beer in one place
SO WHAT: The Revolution Craft Show well be getting into the holiday spirit with this winter show at Revolution taproom. You’ll be able to get your holiday shopping done by shopping handcrafted goods from 40+ local artists. In addition to the unique mix of crafts, there will be plenty of Revolution Brewery beer and food trucks on hand.
NOW WHAT: Bring a friend or two and enjoy the afternoon with this free event, just bring some cash for good beer and great crafts.
Got You Some Holiday Market @ Marz Community Brewing, 3630 S Iron St, 2:00pm – 7:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Cajun food and music takeover with a little holiday market added in!
SO WHAT: Got You Some is a New Orleans inspired party series hosted by chef Chris Reed (Rice Table) and Chicago musician Hunter Diamond. The title comes from a classic NOLA blues of the same name recorded by legendary horn players Sidney Bechet and Mezz Mezzrow. For their wintery holiday edition, Got You Some will be taking over the Marz taproom and gallery to present Cajun food, music (featuring Hunter Diamond, Cole DeGenova, John Sutton, Phil Fornett and special guests!) and a holiday market.
NOW WHAT: It’s free! Check out their event page for a full lineup of vendors! Got You Some is partnering with the wonderful Bridgeport based public beautification non-profit, Green Star Movement, to help support the creation of more public art in the neighborhood.
Bazaar of the Occult: An Occult Christmas Pop-Up @ The Den Theatre, 1331 N Milwaukee Ave., 5:00pm – 11:00pm
WHAT: Shop some of strange & spiritual with the best Chicago has to offer
SO WHAT: If you missed out on the October edition of Bazaar of the Occult, this is your chance to indulge in the occult goodness celebrating the Yuletide season. Over 30 Artists will set up shop offering art, apparel, jewelry, tarot readings, palmistry, drinks, giveaways & more
NOW WHAT: It’s free! $5 gets you a wristband that includes you in all their giveaways!
Den Session with Bunny @ Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago, 19 E Ohio St, 8:00pm – 10:00pm, 21+
WHAT: A Den Session for your weekend!
SO WHAT: Bands don’t get as addicting as Bunny and their dreamy bedroom rock sound. The four-piece led by Jessica Viscius blends endlessly pretty melodies with hazy lyrics that make for an excellent show. Seriously, they’re one of the best bands going in town and you owe it to yourself to hear them live.
NOW WHAT: Entry is free, just RSVP here!