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16 Dec - Guide to Chicago: December 16 – 22

Chicago Local Guides

Women in Tech Breakfast + Tacoteqa

FRIDAY, 12/16, 8am: Get inspired by some of the most respected women in the Chicago tech scene with General Assembly! Enjoy light bites & coffee from Café Integral, lightning talks and time to connect. Learn what it takes to thrive in the industry! (Free)

FRIDAY, 12/16, 10pm: Get your late-night taco fix at Tacoteqa! From elote, pozole and tacos to margaritas, agua frescas and more, see what’s on the menu this week. (Free)

Chicago Walking Tour + Dan Maloney DJ Set

SATURDAY, 12/17, 10:30am: Kick off your weekend exploring The Windy City like a local! Meet us in the lobby at 10:30am for a free, escorted walking tour. Discover rad neighborhoods and iconic landmarks for about 2 hours, starting River North, South towards the loop and back again. (Free)

SATURDAY, 12/17, 10pm: Get your Saturday night groove on with Chicago’s own Dan Maloney in the Shaker! Taste our latest cocktails while you and your homies bump to Dan’s hip-hop/funk/soul-filled set all night! (Free)

Bartender’s Brunch ft. Fat Rice + The Wheel of Misfortune at The Comedy Bar

SUNDAY, 12/18, 6pm: Calling all Bartenders in the Chicago area! Join us for an exclusive brunch featuring specialty Shaker cocktails and super delicious Macanese-style eats from Fat Rice! (Free)

SUNDAY, 12/18, 7:30pm: Craving a good laugh? Grab your crew and go around the corner to what’s been called, “Chicago’s best kept secret” — The Comedy Bar. Let some of Chicago’s funniest comedians give you a hilarious Sunday Funday! ($20-$299 depending on ticket type).

Happy Hour at the Broken Shaker + Culinary Fight Club: Sip & Bite

MONDAY, 12/19, 4pm: Shake up your Monday at Happy Hour! Stop by the Broken Shaker between 4-6pm for $7 dailies, punch & dealer’s choices, $5 wine & draft beer!

MONDAY, 12/19, 6pm: After tasting some of the new Winter cocktails at the Shaker, stroll over to Bottled Blonde for the ultimate Culinary Fight Club! Contestants in this live cooking competition have 60 minutes to craft the best sip & bite. Tickets include beer for two hours, chef samples, a voting ballot, plus a good deed — all proceeds benefit Fight2Feed! ($40)

Den Session: Ki

TUESDAY, 12/20, 8pmKiara Lanier is coming back to Freehand Chicago and we couldn’t be more stoked! Meet us in the Den at 8pm to experience her electric & infectious soulful sound. (Free)

Winter WonderFest + Grandkids, Homme, Seth Engel (of Options) & The Hecks at Lincoln Hall

WEDNESDAY, 12/21, 10am: Get in the holiday spirit at Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest! This indoor winter playground is Chicago’s largest, and is jam-packed with rides, games, photo ops and more. Grab your crew and have some fun! ($10 – $100).

WEDNESDAY, 12/21, 8pm: Are you a music lover interested in getting to know some of Chicago’s local talent? If so, make your way over to Lincoln Hall and jam out with some super cool upcoming artists. Enjoy performances by Grandkids (debuting their latest record), Homme, Seth Engel (of Options), and The Hecks. ($8 online, $10 at the door.)

Logan Square Holiday Market + Throwback Thursdays at Disco Chicago

THURSDAY, 12/22, 3pm: Get your fill of all-holiday-themed-everything at the Logan Square Holiday Market! From cookies to juices, candles to soaps and live performances — this pop-up market is sure to delight. (Free)

THURSDAY, 12/22, 10pm: It’s Thursday, you know what that means… Throwbacks. Catch that disco vibe down the street from Freehand at DISCO Chicago! This Thursday is extra special, not only will DJ Champagne Machine Gun be spinning up the hits, we’ll be wishing Shaker’s own goodbye & good luck as they continue their life journeys. Join us! (Free)