THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Ugly Christmas Sweater Time!

It’s that time of year again!  Yep, it’s Ugly Christmas Sweater time.  So, dig out & dust off last year’s sweater (or purchase another one), get out there this weekend, and wear your sweater proudly!!

Celebrating its 23rd year, the TBOX 2018 Twelve Bars of Xmas Pub Crawl is this Saturday (10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.). This year’s theme is “Toy Box.”  Revelers begin their day with Opening Ceremonies (9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.) at Cubby Bear (1059 W. Addison St.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.  This year, Big Brother Reality TV Star Brett Robinson is the Guest of Honor.  Afterwards, it’s a wild day of crazy costumes (ugly sweaters, onesies, pajamas or even a toy), flying cereal shots, and plenty of holiday cheer up and down Clark Street!  It’s also Chicago’s biggest Christmas pop-up and has three awesome Xmas pop-up bars:  Elf’d Up, Christmas Club, and Santa Baby!!  It’s the world’s largest and longest-running bar crawl, only in Chicago, and it’s not to be missed!!!

Join others in full holiday spirit, dressed in their ugliest Xmas sweaters, at this year’s Ugly Christmas Sweater and Holiday Lights Bar Crawl. The event is this Saturday as well as the next two Saturdays (7:00 p.m.) at the Lincoln Park South Fieldhouse (1650 N. Stockton Dr.) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  The evening starts at a bar in Lincoln Park, so you can get warmed up with a few drinks.  After an hour or so, the group will head down to the Lincoln Park Zoo’s ZooLights to view the breathtaking two million lights and other displays.  Then it’s off to the next bar, where you’ll vote on the ugliest sweater on the bar crawl.  The lucky winner will receive a gift card to Starbucks and be personally chauffeured via the Polar Express!  Now that’s worth donning an ugly sweater for!!

Come be part of the largest, most incredible themed race this Saturday (race starts 9:00 a.m.) The race takes place at the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St.) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The Jingle Bell Run 5K is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability: arthritis!  So, put on your favorite holiday costume, add some jingle bells to your shoelaces (or anywhere else you’d like) and be jolly for a great cause!!  And participants can enjoy free admission to the Chicago History Museum exhibits after the run!!!

Still need that one-of-a-kind gift for the person who has everything?  Check out the following –

Celebrating its 20th year, the Bucktown Holiday ArtShow is this Saturday & Sunday (12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) at the Holstein Park Fieldhouse (2200 N. Oakley Ave.) in the Bucktown neighborhood.  This venue for holiday shoppers, and art lovers alike, provides unique gifts and original works of art from both local and national artists in all art media – from jewelry to ceramics, watercolors to oils, photography to textiles, and a whole lot more!

“Shop the Blocks” of West Town at the West Town Winterfest 2018 this Saturday (12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.) beginning at Frontier (1072 N. Milwaukee Ave.).  Simply follow the neighborhood shopping guide and take advantage of the 20+ participating retailers’ one-of-a-kind items, special promotions, trunk sales, and other holiday wares!  Or hop on the West Town Winterfest guided Jolly Trolley tour and enjoy Winterfest without the walking.  The guided tour lasts 3 hours, features all of the shopping blocks, and provides a checked shopping bag service so you don’t have to worry about your gifts while you shop!!  There’s no wrong way to shop West Town this holiday season.  Get it done!!!

Hope to See You in Your Ugly Xmas Sweater!