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Chicago 2018 Event Calendar: The Best Things to Do This Month

The ultimate calendar of fun things to do in Chicago today, this weekend, and beyond. These events and adventures have been hand-picked for maximum good times. You're welcome, folks!

By / December 2, 2018

December 10 - 16

The Oh Hellos Present: The Oh Hellos Christmas Extravaganza

Thalia Hall

Get into the spirit with the sounds of this folk band, which will be hosting a holiday show complete with carols and sing-alongs.

$25 - $54 / RSVP
Knife and fork

Stories of Second Chances 2018


At this lunch with Restore Justice Illinois, learn more about the ways we can provide second chances to members in the community who have been convicted of a crime.

$258 - $10024 / RSVP

Samuel Adams Chicago Christmas Crawl 2018

Old Town

Taste through plenty of bites and sips at this holiday-themed bar crawl, which leads participants through a variety of venues while donning seasonal costumes.


The Chicago Santa Crawl

River North

Honor the holiday season with this all-day bar crawl, which features a breakfast buffet, Santa garb, drink specials, and giveaways galore.

$11 / RSVP

The Ice Storm Social

Lagunitas Brewing Company Chicago

Round up a group of game-loving friends for this all-day Magic: The Gathering tournament, and taste through the brewery's fleet of craft beers while you're at it.

$20 / RSVP

12 Bars of Charity – Chicago 2018

West Loop Chicago

Stir up some friendly competition with this charity event. Eight organizations are represented by teams that try to gain followers to determine a winner during the course of a bar crawl.

$37 - $116 / RSVP

Bomba Estereo

Thalia Hall

Groove to the psychedelic sounds of this Bogotá-based group, which has earned a GRAMMY nomination for tracks like "Soy Yo" and "Fiesta."

$34 - $48 / RSVP

Gingerbread House Decorating Brunch at Millennium Park

Park Grill

Put together a most festive gingerbread house at this event, which includes all materials and a hot chocolate bar. An a la carte brunch menu is also on offer.

$28 - $28 / RSVP

Wreath Decorating Workshop

Gallagher Way, American Airlines Conference Center

Sift your way through foliage, branches, and berries at this wreath decorating workshop, which leads participants through the basics of creating and caring for your holiday door decor.

$16 - $27 / RSVP

December 17 - 23

South Side Salsa

The Promontory

Dance the night away at this monthly event, which features a lesson at 8pm followed by hours of Latin sounds from DJ El Caobo.


Crampus Holiday Market

Emporium Logan Square

Shop the works of nearly 30 local vendors at this holiday market, which benefits the Chicago Period Project, an organization providing support to the 29% of women living under Chicago's poverty line.


LoganSquarist Neighbor Meetup

The Moonlighter

Logan Square denizens can meet others in their community at this meet-up, which will take place at the Moonlighter, a favorite for low-key vibes and crowd-pleasing fare.


Daybreaker Chi Winter Solstice Ball

Stan Mansion

Bid adieu to 2018 with an epic AM dance party, complete with all of the winter fixings (i.e. faux snow). Join Alison Riazi for a yoga flow and a mystery DJ for hours of energizing tracks.

$22 - $38 / RSVP

Janis Joplin Tribute Night


Sing along to your favorite Joplin tracks at this tribute night, where vocalist Judith Weirauch will perform hits like "Piece of My Heart," "Maybe," and "Cry Baby."

$15 - $24 / RSVP

Cat Power at Thalia Hall

Thalia Hall

Chill out to an evening with this singer-songwriter, who has won over indie rock fanatics with her husky, soulful voice in tracks like "Sea of Love" and "The Greatest."

$42 - $54 / RSVP

Blackfoot Gypsies

Tonic Room

Rock out with this Nashville-based group, which is known for lively, soulful tracks like "So Be It" and "Coming Through the Pines."

$15 - $19 / RSVP

Hidden Comedy Show

The Hidden Shamrock

Reena Calm headlines this event, which will feature an A-list lineup of some of the city's best comics now, including Christina Lundin, Bill Gevirtz, and Emily Schaefer.


The Office Trivia

Replay Lincoln Park

Office enthusiasts can put their sitcom knowledge to use at this pop-up holiday bar, which hosts frequent trivia nights focusing on the show.


Santa Suite

Swissotel Chicago

Experience full-on holiday spirit in this hotel suite, which is full of festive fixings like a hot cocoa bar, holiday cookies, and an arts and crafts area.

$17 - $44 / RSVP

December 24 - December 31

Silent Party Chicago: House vs Hip-Hop

The Promontory

Groove the night away at this silent dance party, which highlights the best beats of two worlds: house and hip-hop.

$12 - $24 / RSVP

Lifemapping and Goal Setting

Dionne Victoria Studios, INC.

Kick off the New Year with this three-hour workshop, which leads individuals though practical steps towards setting consistent goals, both big and small.

$14 - $17 / RSVP
new year's eve

Eve of Eve 2018 at The Delta

The Delta

Celebrate the close of 2018 one day early at this Bucktown hangout, where a premium open bar (with signature cocktails), unlimited bites, and music by DJ Guice are all on offer.

$58 / RSVP

Cocktails 101: End Of Year Splurge Edition

The Violet Hour

Go all out with an evening at this cocktail haven, where the team will dress up their typical 101 class in over-the-top form (with booze from Champagne to cognac).

$166 / RSVP

Radiance NYE

Wisconsin Center

Be one of the first to experience the inaugural year of this all-out music fest, featuring Excision and Zeds Dead and support from Bear Grillz, Riot Ten, Whipped Cream, and Spock.

$108 - $191 / RSVP

LondonHouse New Year’s Eve

LondonHouse Chicago

Head to this luxe hotel for two different New Year's parties: a Grand Ballroom extravaganza with a live band, and a rooftop celebration complete with live DJs and a Champagne toast.

$107 - $3056 / RSVP

New Year’s Eve Party at The Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel

Voted the best party in Chicago by ABC's Good Morning America, this event showcases everything in a smashing New Year's Eve soiree: top shelf bar packages, hors d'oeuvres, and all-out dancing.

$144 - $3141 / RSVP Presents Barcocina New Years Eve Party 2019


Head to this Lakeview corner spot for a late night of open bar perks, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, live DJ music, and a Champagne countdown to midnight.

$96 - $107 / RSVP

A Shanghai NYE at Acadia


Chef Ryan McCaskey brings a Shanghai NYE to Chicago at his two-Michelin starred restaurant, where he will offer two seatings of prix-fixe menus featuring his contemporary American cooking.

$175 - $215 / RSVP

When the Clock Strikes [Midcentury to] Midnight at Travelle


This restaurant is offering two different seatings for a four-course menu, which includes luxe options like Maine lobster bisque and Wagyu short rib. Post-meal, join the bar's 1960s-themed party.


January 1 - January 6

Kid Capri

The Promontory

Spend an evening grooving to the sounds of Bronx-born DJ, rapper, and producer Kid Capri, who is best known for tracks like "Unify" and "Hot This Year."

$0 - $136 / RSVP

Fix Chicago’s Inaugural 2019 Party

Chicago Chop House

Enjoy premium booze and bites at this launch party — and feel good about it. Proceeds benefit Fix Chicago, an organization committed to ending the killing of the city's shelter pets.

$37 / RSVP
   Mud Morgan

Mud Morganfield


As the eldest son of Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield knows his blues — and his recently launched music career proves it. Hear it all at this show, where he plays off of his new album "They Call Me Mud."

$19 - $33 / RSVP

Wayne Baker Brooks Band


Enjoy the blues of this Chicago-born musician, who imparts bold vocals and concentrated guitar bends to all of his songs.

$19 - $31 / RSVP

Ugly Christmas Sweater and Holiday Lights Bar Crawl

Lincoln Park

The holidays may be behind us, but the spirit is not — continue the celebrations with this ugly sweater bar crawl, which hops around venues in Lincoln Park before a dazzling finale of zoo lights.

$17 - $17 / RSVP

Kelly Hogan & Scott Ligon

The Wine Goddess

When they aren't performing as a duo, these musicians are working with the high caliber likes of Neko Case, Andrew Bird and The Decemberists. Hear them together tonight at this neighborhood wine shop.

$21 / RSVP

Black is Gold’s Cupcake & Hot Chocolate Social

6400 S Promontory Dr

Enjoy hot chocolate, music, and activities while learning more about Black is Gold, an organization dedicated to peer mentoring opportunities for teenage girls in the city.


Improvised Dungeons and Dragons

Otherworld Theatre

Audience members choose a cast of heroes for this 90-minute show, a totally improvised spectacle surrounding the theme of Dungeons and Dragons.


Cats n’ Mats

The Anti-Cruelty Society

Couple those downward dogs with a newfound cat family at this monthly event, which features an hour of yoga in the company of kittens that are up for adoption.


Woodworking 101

Rebuilding Exchange

Hone your craftsmanship skills with this class, which helps students to learn the basics of woodworking as they put together their very own table.

$342 - $471 / RSVP



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