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Sexy man Ricky Martin celebrates his birthday this Sunday. Happy birthday, sexy man!

Also, tell all your friends to subscribe to the Chicago mailing list. We gave away tickets to Chicago mailing list subscribers.


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






  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • The Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier is an indoor holiday celebration featuring rides, ice skating, and holiday vendors to get your spirit flowing.
  • Head to the Garfield Park Conservatory for some free morning yoga!
  • What better way to feel them Christmas vibes than by taking in a performance of The Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theatre???
  • The Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park hosts their long-running (since 1993!) breakfast time interview show Live From The Heartland!
  • Modern jazz haven Constellation hosts Michael Zerang and Hamid Drake’s 28th annual Winter Solstice Concert, a percussive, early morning meditation on the changing of the seasons!




  • It’s Christmas Eve (and Ricky Martin’s birthday) for goodness sakes, what better time to check out the Music Box’s Christmas Double Feature, with afternoon screenings of White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life.
  • And then later on in the evening head out for one last late night holiday film screening before the big day and watch Home Alone at the Logan Theatre.
  • Holy cow is there a better way to spend Christmas Eve than going on a dinner cruise with a Prix Fixe menu, dancing, and drinks off the coast of Lake Michigan??
  • The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a hugely underhyped holiday tradition, go enjoy a multi course offering for one night only tonight at RPM Italian!
  • The Logan Arcade’s Very Grunge-y Christmas party has free pinball, drink specials, grungy DJs, and more!
  • Iconic Chicago Metal bar EXIT hosts their annual A Very Metal Christmas, with heavy metal jams, holiay and otherwise, blasting all night.
  • Weekly inclusive dance night QUEEN heads one building North from their normal home at Smartbar to GMan Tavern, with DJ sets from local legends Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini, and Garrett David.
  • Spend some of your Christmas Eve at Bub City, you won’t regret it! They’re having a ugly sweater party complete with live band Christmas carol-oke!
  • The Lincoln Park Conservatory’s Winter Flower and Train Show is a great way to spend your Christmas Eve, a nice indoor plant experience!