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23 Dec - Guide to Chicago: December 23 – 29

Chicago Local Guides

Tacoteqa + Move Your Mule

FRIDAY, 12/23, 10pmFill your Friday with tacos, drinks and tunes. See what gourmet eats and signature cocktails are on the menu at Tacoteqa this week! (Free)

FRIDAY, 12/23, 10pm: After getting your fill eats and drinks, prepare to rocksteady into the holiday! Kevin & Ethan of Mannequin Men and Reckless Records will be bringing island flavor to the den at Move Your Mule. Come groove! (Free)

Blow Your Own Holiday Ornament 

SATURDAY, 12/24, 10am, 12:30pm, 3pmEver wanted to learn how to make your own glass ornament? Head over to Ignite Glass Studios and work side-by-side glass-blowing experts and create up to two unique hand-blown glass ornaments of your own! ($99)

A Very Grunge-y Christmas at Logan Arcade

SUNDAY, 12/25, 7pmDo something different to celebrate this Christmas this year. Grab your crew and head over to Logan Arcade for games, a DJ set by Greg Shrilla featuring the best of 80s and 90s alternative and a live screening of the first three Die Hard films! (No cover)

John Hancock Observation Deck + Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

MONDAY, 12/26, 9amReady for a ‘gram worthy Monday? Take in the most spectacular views of the city from the John Hancock Observation deck. Peep the city from the top and swoon! ($6.30-$18)

MONDAY, 12/26, 5pm: After taking in all those amazing views, head over to The Morton Arboretum for even more stellar sights. Experience nature in a whole new light – explore the epic illumination of the trees through a mile-long paved path of winter wonders! ($22)

The Empty Bottle: Dogs At Large, Rev Gusto, Sadie & The Stark, Owen and the Ghosts

TUESDAY, 12/27, 9pmExperience and support four amazing up and coming indie rock bands at The Empty Bottle this Tuesday night. Headlining the event are Dogs At Large, who just released an awesome EP, It’s Nothing I’d Wear. Singer/songwriter Owen and the Ghosts will set the mood while the femme-rock fantasy band Sadie & The Stark adds some high-energy to the scene. Lest we forget Rev Gusto, the Kansas-City and now Chicago-native, will also be rocking the house! ($5)

Holiday Flower Show: Sky Forest

WEDNESDAY, 12/28, 9amWalk through wintery woods highlighting the unfathomable beauty of the Fraser fir tree at Garfield Park Conservatory’s Holiday Flower Show! Let the wonders of nature take your breath away before the New Year. (Free Admission, Suggested Donation) 

DJ RP Hicks

THURSDAY, 12/29, 10pmLet DJ RP Hicks guide the way to 2017 with the ultimate groove sesh. This Midwestern musical guru will be spinning up some of the best tracks to hit the music industry in the Den from 10pm-2am. Get ready for 2017! (Free)

** Plans for NYE? Hit up the Shaker for surf ‘n turf bites, hit cocktails and Concrete Jungle Jams brought to you by Forever Now. Jam out to sets by DJ Will Galvan, Gio Sands of FUNKY FUX and Fonz & Leo of Glass Lux! No cover, no tickets, just good eats and great tunes! Join us & ring in 2017 Shaker style.