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American rock and roll band Spoon performs at the Chicago Theatre this Sunday. This is a Spoon filled Best Weekend Bets.

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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!




  • Extremely funny Chicago expat Beth Stelling does standup at Thalia Hall tonight with similarly awesome (and also former Chicagoans) The Puterbaugh Sisters.
  • It’s the holiday season and that means it’s time for corny ass vocal groups like Celtic Thunder to just absolutely crush it, financially speaking. See them at the Chicago Theatre, if you’re into it.
  • Bad at singing? Love karaoke regardless? Have I got the event for you, good buddy. It’s BAD SINGING HIDEOUT KARAOKE at the, you guessed it, Hideout. Ellen Nielsen hosts.
  • Chicago-based rapper/singer Rich Jones celebrates the release of his new EP at the Empty Bottle, joined by friends Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Yomi, and Jyroscope.
  • Time to get big into the holiday spirit and watch a screening of Miracle on 34th Street at the Logan Theatre.
  • BrewLights at Zoo Lights is a beer-focused adults-only takeover of the Lincoln Park Zoo’s excellent holiday funtime lightsibration.
  • The web freaks at internet comedy icon ClickHole take the stage once more at the Hideout for ClickHole Live!
  • It’s an evening of unpronounceable names and chill-ass beats at the Metro, with FKJ and (((O))).
  • The Barr Brothers play a CHIRP-sanctioned show at Lincoln Hall with guests Nathan Moore.
  • Billy Raffoul and Phillip-Michael Scales play Beat Kitchen.
  • They’re getting a brand new pinball machine at the Logan Arcade and they’re throwing a party to celebrate. It’s inspired by the movie Alien so therefore it’s the Alien Pinball Party at the Logan Arcade.


  • Do Make Say Think and Nnamdi Ogbonnaya make for an interesting double bill for the show at the Metro tonight. Gotta say I’m into it.
  • Solid rock show at the Empty Bottle for their ongoing 25th Anniversary Show series featuring the Marked Men, Daylight Robbery, and Skip Church.
  • Check out NPR’s #1 hit comedian Mike Birbiglia at the Chicago Theatre for his new show “The New One.”
  • Weirdo rapper Milo headlines a show at the Hideout with guests Scallops Hotel and s.al.
  • High quality local talk show Good Evening is back with their final installment of the year, with guests like Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, comedian Dewayne Perkins, and musical guests Mother Nature.
  • Artist Edra Soto is featured in the latest artist talk at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where she’ll discuss her new project, Open 24 Hours.
  • Lowdown Brass Band’s celebrating their new album with a record release show at Subterranean featuring special guests the Chicago Funk Mafia and DJ Daniel Villarreal.
  • Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records hosts a free screening of Re-Animator and Man Underground. Good stuff!
  • The Weeks, Southern Avenue, and Bubbles Brown are all playing a show at Lincoln Hall.
  • Overshare-happy, filth embracing standup comic Jim Norton headlines Thalia Hall.
  • Local label 1980 Records is presenting a fun looking experimental music mini-fest at the Hungry Brain. Tonight you can see Almost Okay and John Collins McCormick.
  • Chet Porter and Kidswaste play a chilled out show at Schubas.
  • Head to Galerie F for the opening party for Madman’s Eye: The Art of Mac Blackout, local garage rock hero and super talented art fella.
  • Black Cinema House hosts a screening of four different episodes of the groundbreaking 90’s sitcom A Different World, immediately followed by an audience discussion of the themes discussed by each installment.


  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • Brace yourselves, Lakeview residents: TBOX is upon us again. It’s the worst part of the holiday season, easily, so make other plans if you don’t like being called slurs at by a guy in a Target brand “ugly sweater” while trudging through vommed up pools of Bud Light.
  • The Empty Bottle’s well-loved DIY vendor showcase the Handmade Market features 30+ local artisans hawking their goods just 4 u!
  • The Music Box is showing White Christmas all damn day long so get over there early and often for maximum holiday cheer.
  • Open Books Pilsen’s got a book box sale happening. Pick up a box for $40 and fill it with as many books as you can fit! Get your damn fill of used books and thoughtful gifts right here.
  • PAWS Chicago’s 10th Annual Holiday Adopt-A-Thon is upon us. They’re hoping to help over 100 homeless pets find a home before Christmas. Go help them meet this goal, for god’s sake!
  • Vends and Vibes: An Arts Marketplace at the Arts Incubator in Hyde Park is another high quality holiday market, this one focused on vendors from the South Side.



  • Our sweet GIF boys in Spoon and Real Estate coheadline a super solid holiday party show at the Chicago Theatre care of the radio heads at 93XRT.
  • The Lincoln Park Zoo’s Cafe Brauer hosts a live performance from The Chris White Trio, paying tribute to the holiday classic, the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • The Co-Prosperity Sphere’s Wild Life Flea December Market is a super cool vendor market for you to pick up handmade holiday treats at a super good price.
  • Night two of The Districts’ takeover of the Empty Bottle, with opening sets from Katie Von Schleicher and Sun Seeker.
  • Schubas hosts the record release for Signal-To-Noise’s new album, with sets from friends Half Gringa and Discoverer.
  • Wow, check out Speed Rack Chicago, an all-female bartending competition, featuring some of the city’s best bartenders duking it out for the title of Miss Speed Rack Midwest.
  • The Independent World Karaoke’s Championship goes down tonight at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. See some of the best karaoke pros in the game operating at the highest level tonight!
  • A night of synth vibes awaits you in the Downstairs space at Subterranean, with sets from SNST, Tiny Fireflies, Small Tines, and Slow Haste.
  • The Garfield Park Conservatory’s Artist in Residence Lecture Series is back with a talk from Margaret Noodlin entitled Plants: Listening & Writing. Go get your brain expanded while looking at beautiful foliage.
  • The Logan Theatre’s doing a late night showing of When Harry Met Sally. Is this a Christmas movie? I haven’t seen it. I don’t “get” Billy Crystal honestly.
  • Aloft Circus Arts are the foremost purveyors of all things alt. circus, of that we are all aware. They’ve brought their Holiday Market back for another year of specialty goods from circus-adjacent vendors, with the added bonus of free karaoke! Wow!
  • The Sixth’s Holiday Cocktail Popup featuring Koval Distillery is where u should go to get your fancy drink on tonight, if you’re so inclined.