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THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTWe write stuff. Here’s some of that stuff from the last week that may be applicable to your preferences!





  • The Empty Bottle’s Holiday Extravaganza has music from Jimmy Whispers, Cullen Omori, and Today’s Hits, plus hot cuts between sets from DJ Bobby Burg! Ho ho ho!
  • Show up early to the holiday party for a special free show from house band The Hoyle Brothers!
  • The Hideout hosts a special Christmas show starring The Bangers, who will perform a collection of Phil Spector-era holiday jammers, as well as some more modern seasonal tracks!
  • Taylor Bennett, perhaps best known as Chance the Rapper’s younger brother, hosts a special holiday bash at the Metro, featuring Sus.Life, Elz The DJ, Supa Bwe, Morocco Brown, and Eviethecool.
  • The Logan Theater’s got a late night screening of Home Alone. Dope!
  • Cokegoat is a band with a hell of a name and tonight they celebrate the release of their new album. Disrotted, Something Is Waiting, and Lost Dog also play, all at the Beat Kitchen!
  • The Double Door’s CumbiaSazo dance party looks to be extra lit tonight, with a dessert potluck and craft vendors on top of the hot jams!
  • Reggies hosts the 19th annual Holiday of Horror metal show, presented by The Chicago Metal Factory. Bands like Macabre, Maggot Twat, Dysphoria, Bear Mace, and many, many more are on deck to appear!
  • Beauty Bar’s got a Daft Punk-themed holiday party planned for you. Sweet.
  • The Hawks play The Colorado Avalanche at the United Center! Maybe go see it live or just watch it at home or a bar or your friend’s house.
  • Head out to Saint Charles for a Bret Michaels Christmas Show at the Arcada Theatre. What better way to get into the spirit, right?
  • Bands like Inept, Starstruck, Ryan’s Hope, The Burst and Bloom, and Starter Kit are all performing at the beautiful and historic House of Blues.
  • Michael McDermot’s annual Mischief and Mistletoe show helps turn City Winery into City Wintery!!!!!!!!!!!



  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • Check out a noontime screening of White Christmas at The Music Box, happening as a part of their lovely Christmas Double Feature/Sing-A-Long!
  • The Logan Theatre’s doing an afternoon showing of Elf which is honestly such a nice way to spend Christmas Eve day.
  • The Bears and the Redskins face off at Solider Field today at noon. I hope it’s not too cold for those folks who are going!
  • River Road Rally Park in McHenry is staying open for all you folks with Jeeps/4 wheel drive trucks looking to take the whip out for one last pre-xmas smasharound!
  • The Houndstooth Saloon in Lakeview is celebrating all things Christmas Beer all day long, with a whole bunch of holiday brews on tap.
  • Frontier in West Town holds their annual Crawfish Boil, eat seafood while watching the Saint’s game and listening to music by the Four Star Brass Band!
  • The MB Financial Park at Rosemont has Skating in the Park happening from 11am-3pm today. Another nice Christmas eve option.


  • It’s Christmas Day and the Logan Theatre’s doing an evening showing of Elf which is a delightful film.
  • Smart Bar’s weekly queer dance party gets in the holiday spirit for Ho-Ho-Hoe Queen! with The Black Madonna, Michael Serafini, and Garrett David.
  • Mr. Blotto’s annual Grateful Dead tribute show takes over the Cubby Bear for another Christmas in the books!
  • Spend a Very Grungy Christmas at the Logan Arcade, with only the dingiest 80’s & 90’s alternative rock hits. Plus a triple feature of the first three Die Hard films! What a night!
  • Delilah’s screens the notoriously abysmal Star Wars Holiday Special tonight!
  • The MLK Skating and Bowling Center on 78th Street hosts the World’s Largest Indoor Fake Snowball Fight! Record setting stuff happening here, folks.
  • Exit’s setting you up for an extremely heavy Christmas, offering up a combo of their usual black metal jams and metal Christmas songs. Only at Exit, folks!
  • Out in the Burbs for the holiday? Massacre Tactical Laser Tag in Montgomery, IL has a wild special, offering up unlimited laser tag for one low low price, tonight only! It’s a Christmas miracle!
  • The Venue at the Horseshow Hammond Casino hosts Kate Tsui Tsz-Shan, a Chinese Christmas Concert unlike anything you’ve seen before! Very worth checking out.
  • Bull & Bear’s weekly industry party can’t be stopped by something simple like Christmas! Network with other professionals or just damn kick back after a long day!
  • Hit up a late night screening of Scrooged at The Logan Theatre to close out your holiday evening in style!