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9 Dec - Guide to Chicago: December 9 – 15

Chicago Local Guides

Impala Sound Presents: Pay Day

FRIDAY, 12/9, 4pmReady for some afternoon vinyl delight? Kick off your weekend with the entire six-man crew of Impala Sound Champions. They’ll put on an all vinyl everything musical presentation, chop full of giveaways and surprise guests! Grab your crew and get groovin’ with host DJ Dave Mata and classic Shaker cocktails!(Free)

Chicago Walking Tour + Cheap Thrills + Tacoteqa

SATURDAY, 12/10, 10:30amGet to know Chicago from the perspective of a local. Join us on a free escorted walking tour through some of the city’s most fascinating landmarks and personality-filled neighborhoods. Lasting around two hours, we’ll start in River North, head south to the Loop and then back again just in time for Cheap Thrills! (Free)

SATURDAY, 12/10, 1pm: Have you started your holiday shopping? If not, you’re in luck! Join us at 1pm with host Meghan Lorenz for a holiday edition of Cheap Thrills in the den! Featured pop-ups include Lindsay Lewis Jewelry, Cities in Dust Jewelry, Cornell Florist, kokorokoko and more! Sort all your holiday gifts, or maybe just treat yourself. (Free)

SATURDAY, 12/10, 9pm: After you get your shop on, get your taco on! At 9pm, Café Integral transforms into our late-night taco shop, Tacoteqa. Check out what’s on the menu this week and enjoy a specialty cocktail or five — with offerings like tacos, elote, pozole, margaritas and agua frescas, we promise you won’t have another taco experience of the sort. (Free)

Make & Sip Brunch: The Art of Wreathmaking

SUNDAY, 12/11, 12pmEver wanted to learn how to make your own wreath? Head over to The Sedgwick Stop for brunch followed by a wreath-making class. You’ll learn a variety of techniques from the experts and use natural materials such as evergreens and eucalyptus greens. All materials included, plus one-on-one direction so you can make and take your own beautiful masterpiece! ($42)

Holiday Pin-up Party + Happy Hour at the Broken Shaker 

MONDAY, 12/12, 11am: Let your inner pin-up girl shine! Doozy Studios is hosting a holiday-themed pin-up party you absolutely won’t want to miss. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and other festive treats with your own pin-up photo shoot. Get a retro hair and makeup session, a personal posing coach and accessories designed by burlesque specialist Kevlar B Lightning for your photo shoot — leave with three beautifully edited imaged of your choice! ($150)

MONDAY, 12/12, 4pmMake Monday even more awesome with happy hour at the Broken Shaker! Stop by for $7 dailies, punch & dealer’s choices, $5 wine and draft beers! (Free).

Cookies, Chocolate & Cheer

TUESDAY, 12/13, 5:30pmGet into the holiday spirit with us! Taste artisan chocolates, decorate cookies, enjoy complimentary holiday cocktails and give back. Grab tickets to Cookies, Chocolate & Cheer and hang out with our amazing hosts, the owners of In Good Taste, Dinining at my Desk, The Kittchen and the Lake Shore Lady! The best part about this event? All proceeds will be donated to Youth Outreach Services to help at-risk Chicago teens reach a brighter future. ($20 in advance, $25 at the door)

Dead Horses + The Crane Wives at Lincoln Hall 

WEDNESDAY, 12/14, 8pmDo you love folky-rootsy-indie-Americana? If so, head over to Lincoln Hall for live performances by the Milwaukee-based trio Dead Horses and The Crane Wives. Experience the organic sound of these innovative indie artists and swoon over the sound of harmonium, drums, banjos and organs. ($12)

Nathaniel & Friends DJ Set

THURSDAY, 12/15, 9pmThursdays are for good tunes & good times! Meet in the den for a DJ set spun by Nathaniel & Friends, featuring everything from funk to disco, soul to old school hip-hop. Grab your crew and some Shaker cocktails and get your groove on. (Free)