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Guide to Chicago: January 6 – 12

Chicago Local Guides

Grrrl Power Dance Party at Beauty Bar Chicago + Tacoteqa

FRIDAY, 1/6, 9pm: Kick off your weekend in Chicago at Beauty Bar’s dance party dedicated to female bands and artists! This swanky, retro-style saloon has been transformed into a time machine back to the sixties — don’t miss this dope experience. #GrrrlPower (No cover from 9-10pm)

FRIDAY, 1/6, 10pm: After all that dancing, you’ll probably work up an appetite. Head back over to Freehand for Tacoteqa and get your fill of everything from esquite quesadillas to pork belly al pastor tacos and classic Shaker cocktails. (Free entry)

Speakeasy Murder Mystery Cocktail Party

SATURDAY, 1/7, 6:30pm: Grab your crew and prepare for a night full of “death, deceit and… craft cocktails!” Head to the historic Dil Pickle Speakeasy Club to find the mysterious killer responsible for the death of Dil Pickle’s founder.  All guests will be given character descriptions and the chance to win prizes or a large inheritance. Got what it takes to solve the mystery? ($59 – $379)

Pickin’ Bubs Acoustic Brunch + Painting & Spirits Life Force Arts Center + Our First Open Mic Night

SUNDAY, 1/8, 12pm: Fill your Sunday Funday with melodies from the Chicago acoustic trio, The Pickin’ Bubs at Lincoln Hall’s Acoustic Brunch. Let the sounds of the mandolin, fiddle, banjo and traditional folk ballads blow you away. (Free entry)

SUNDAY, 1/8, 2pm: After being serenaded, channel your inner Gustav Klimt at Life Force Arts Center Painting & Spirits class. Learn the painting techniques of this legendary artist and recreate your own version of the classic piece, “The Kiss.” All materials provided, but be sure to bring your own (boozy) beverages! ($45 – $55)

SUNDAY, 1/8, 8pm: We’re hosting our very first Open Mic night this Sunday to support our teammate’s stepmother who is currently battling liver cancer, Christy Nelson. Come by, watch some of our musically-inclined pals play and maybe even play some tunes yourself! There will be donation buckets going around the room to put towards her medical expenses during this tough time. (Free)

Happy Hour at Broken Shaker + Salsa Monday at Patron’s Hacienda

MONDAY, 1/9, 4pm: Make your Monday great at Broken Shaker’s happy hour! Sip our new winter cocktails, $7 dailies, punch & dealer’s choices, $5 wine & draft beer. (Free entry)

MONDAY, 1/9, 8pm: Once you’ve had a few drinks, head around the corner to Patron’s Hacienda for a free salsa dance lesson (and maybe a few more drinks). Grab your crew, get your groove on and enjoy discounted drinks and eats! (No cover)

Beer & BBQ Bash at Lagunitas Brewery 

TUESDAY, 1/10, 5:30pm: Looking to “party for a purpose“? Lagunitas Brewery is hosting an epic Beer & BBQ bash, where all beer sales benefit Young Life. Head over for eats, drinks, live music and an opportunity to help Northside’s inner city teens in need. ($15 – $18)

Tomorrow Never Knows Presents: Big Thief, Sam Evian, Hoops & Campdogzz 

WEDNESDAY, 1/11, 9pm: The cold doesn’t stop Chicago from throwing down music festivals. It’s that time of year for the annual city-wide event, Tomorrow Never Knows! Head over to Schubas at Lincoln Hall and rock out with the Brooklyn natives of Big Thief, glowing guitarist Sam Evian, the psych/indie group Hoops and Chicago natives Campdogzz! ($15)

Awkward Family Encounters at SketchFest 2017 

THURSDAY, 1/12, 8pm: Surely you’ve had plenty of time to reflect on good, great, not so great and maybe straight up awkward times with your family — especially after the recent holidays. Laugh off uncomfortable times at SketchFest 2017 with a sketch focused on those awkward family encounters. ($15)