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Robbie Gould Hosts MNF, December 10th at 7pm, AJ Hudson's Public House, $50
Details: Join Chicago Bear, Robbie Gould as he hosts the Monday Night Football matchup between the Texans & the Patriots. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Goulden Touch charity.
TBOX2012, December 8th at 8am,Wrigleyville, $37
Details: It's time for one of the most infamous bar crawls in all of Chicago! TBOXOPOLY will have you hitting up the twelve bars of Christmas, eating lots of cereal, and having an unforgettable time.
Green Ribbon Gala, December 6th at 7pm, Bevy Chicago, $28-75
Details: Support Gateway Green while celebrating "green" businesses in the city with a fashion show from "green" designers and all-organic bites. Miss Illinois Amber Autumn will be there & live music will be provided by DJ Kamil.
"The Good Doctor" by Neil Simon, Dec. 7-16, Piven Theatre in Evanston
Details: Modern look at Chekhovian comedy through the eyes of Neil Simon. Directed by the legendary Joyce Piven with a wonderful cast that includes Billy Dec, come and enjoy this comical twist on a master storyteller.
Fete, December 6th at 6pm, Room 1520, $5
Details: This night time market will feature the best of food and gifts in Chicago. Sip hot chocolate from Mindy Segal while browsing to find the best things for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
Holiday Social, December 7th at 6pm, CityPoint Loft, $15
Details: Join the Advocates for Adolescent Mothers as they host a party to kick-off their holiday toy drive. Help them reach their goal of collecting 150 toys for homeless kids while enjoying cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment & more!
Houndstooth Ball, December 7th at 7pm, Architectural Artifacts, $50
Details: Bring your four-legged friend to this ball to benefit One Tail At A Time: a no-kill animal shelter.
One of a Kind Show, December 6th-9th at 10am, Merchandise Mart, $9-80
Details: Over 600 artists from across the country come together for a weekend that strays from the traditional retail experience. This show has it all - one-of-a-kind gifts, an inclusive food court, a sports lounge (for the guys), live music, fashion shows & an opportunity to talk to the artists creating the merchandise!
Holipalooza, December 6th at 6pm, The Conaway Center at Columbia College, FREE
Details: A live DJ battle, free food, photo booth, holiday crafts, and much more are featured at this student run holiday party to support an emergency fund for student financial assistance.
Lakeview Christmas Market, December 7th-9th, Times Vary, Ashland & Belmont, FREE
Details: Check everything off your list: gifts, food and even a Christmas Tree! This huge heated tent will even feature some choruses singing some holiday favorites.
Here Comes Santa Paws, December 8th-9th at 2pm, Hotel Allegro, FREE
Details: Enjoy Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, and other furry festivities with your pet!
Dance-Along Nutcracker, December 9th at 12pm & 3pm, Chicago Cultural Center, FREE
Details: At this 12th annual event, audience members are encouraged to dress up and dance alongside professional ballerinas.
Shake-A-Boot, December 6th at 3pm, Downtown Chicago, Donations Accepted
Details: Join Chicago's finest as they raise a boot to collect funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Firefighters will be all along Michigan Ave., Wacker Dr., State St. and by major transit stations collecting donations.
Carrie Underwood, December 12th at 7:30pm, United Center, $45-65
Details: You'll be "blown away" when you see one of the most successful American Idol winners belt out her country songs.
Loni Love, December 6th-9th at8pm, Up Comedy Club, $17
Details: Now you can see one of your favorite Chelsea Lately comedians LIVE in Chicago!
33rd Annual Chance of a Lifetime Gala to Benefit JDRF, December 8th from 5:30pm-11:30pm at McCormick Place Lakeside Ballroom, $375
Details: The annual JDRF Illinois Chapter's Chance of a Lifetime Gala is one of Chicago's premiere fundraising events and brings JDRF closer to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications. During this inspirational evening, guests will enjoy a sit-down dinner, an incredible silent auction and a unique live auction.
2012 Chicago Annual of Style, December 6th at 7pm, Metro, $30-50
Details: Young Chicago Authors organization hosts a night of varied performances including poets, dance, DJ Itch 13, and soul/jazz group The O'My's.
Press Pass: Watch 'Slap Shot' with Michael Philips and Steve Rosenbloom, December 6th at 7:30pm, Music Box Theatre, $15
Details: Join the Chicago Tribune film critic and sports writer as they co-host a discussion of the cult classic hockey film starring Paul Newman, followed by a rare screening of the 35mm film.
The Book of Mormon, December 11th at 7:30pm, Bank of America Theatre, $45-115
Details: Try to snag tickets to one of the best new musicals in years! Written by the creators of South Park, you'll laugh a lot at this Tony Award-winning play.
Stand For a Cause: Tis The Season For All Things Jolly, Young Professionals Holiday Mixer, December 6th at 6:30pm, NV Penthouse Lounge, $10
Details: Join Stand For a Cause at their first-ever holidayfundraiser party! Help raise funds for Africare while networking with other young professionals over cocktails, appetizers & a raffle!
Holiday BCBazaar, December 6th at 6pm, The Land of Nod, $15
Details: Join mommas and mommas-to-be for this holiday shopping extravaganza! 100% of the proceeds from your admission fee will go to More Than Milk, Share Our Spare and the American Red Cross for hurricanerelief, as will $1 per transaction!
Joan Margarit: Poetry, Architecture and Translation, December 6th at 6pm, Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, FREE
Details: In honor of Joan Margarit, the accomplished artist's book New Letters to a Young Poet will be translated to English during a celebration of his life and work as a poet and architect.
Trunk Club Holiday Shopping Event, December 6th-8th at 6pm, Trunk Club, FREE
Details: Break away from the packed malls this year for a special menswear shopping treat with some of Chicago's favorite shops.
Holiday Event, December 6th at5:30pm, Cat's Cradle Bed & Breakfast, FREE
Details: Explore the newest bed & breakfast in Chicago, located next to the historical Emil Bach House at a holiday cocktail party. Get a chance to appreciate the architectural details of the property, which has been beautifully restored in Greek revival style.
TopShop Pop-Up Shop, December 6th-8th at 1pm, 1925 N Halsted St., FREE
Details: This isn't your ordinary pop-up shop, it's a special holiday themed TopShop pop-up! Find gifts for friends & family while enjoying complimentary nail art, festive cocktails and live DJs each day!
Kerry Wood Book Signing, December 11th at 7pm, Anderson's Bookshop, $16.95 (Cost of Book)
Details: The former Cubs pitcher has a book out, trying to inspire young readers.
Holiday Lights Segway Tour, December 6th at 6pm, 238 E. Monroe St., $60
Details: Glide by the Bean, Macy's and Daley Plaza on a Segway! Tours run until December 30th and you can hop on one Thursday through Sunday.
Beer and Baubles, December 6th at 5pm, Morton Arboretum, FREE
Details: Jewelry designer Patricia Locke will host a trunk show where you can also get Two Brothers beer and some tapas. Buy something and enter to win a gift basket of home fragrances.
The Art of Tempura, December 6th at 6pm, Italiasia, FREE
Details: Ever wished you could make light and delicious tempura yourself? You're in luck! Indulge in food and wine pairings while you learn, too.
Spirit of St. Nicholas, December 7th at 6:30pm, Hilton Chicago, $400
Details: Honor the ancient bishop recognized for his charity work toward children in need at one of the year's most anticipated events. The 23rd annual ball benefits Catholic Charities' programs for children.
Ciabola's Grand Opening, December 7th at 6pm, Ciabola's, $15
Details: Join in celebrating the opening of Ciabola, an inclusive Entrepreneurship and Tech Incubator supporting Underrepresented Minorities in the Chicago area. Food, live art, entertainment and music will add to this philanthropic party.
CloudBash 2012, December 7th at 6pm, Design Cloud, LLC, $50
Details: With a portion of the proceeds going to One Hope United, the national organization committed to protecting children and strengthening families, this party will celebrate creative minds and initiatives with catered tapas and feeling great about lending a hand.
The Face of News, December 12th at 5:30pm, The Murphy Auditorium, $100-150
Details: Famed photographer Steve Starr originally planned this exhibition of his latest photographs portraying broadcasters, publishers, columnists, journalists & other mainstays in the news world. After his sudden death last month, the decision was made that the show must go on, so join some of the city's elite for hors d'oeuvres & cocktails while admiring Steve Starr's final exhibit.
Operation Smile Fundraiser, December 7th at 8pm, Charleston's Bar & Grill New Lenox, $10
Details: Support Chicago Business Strategies to reach a fundraising goal of $2,000 at their holiday event with proceeds going to Operation Smile.
PAWS Adoptathon, December 7th-8th at 11am, PAWS Chicago Adoption Center, FREE
Details: For 36 straight hours, PAWS Chicago will be open for business and adopting out hundreds of adorable pets who are in need of a forever home. Kittens, puppies, cats & dogs of all ages will be available for adoption - it's the perfect opportunity to meet your new furry friend!
Young Jeezy, December 8th at 7pm, Congress Theater, $50-100
Details: Don't miss Young Jeezy performing live in Chicago Saturday night!
The 54th Annual Children's Ball "LIFESAVERS Keeping Hope Afloat", December 8th at 6:30pm, Hilton Hotel Chicago, $800-3,000
Details: Join The Children's Research Fund for a black tie affair in celebration of the doctors and researchers who are working to save lives at the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
Youth Company Chicago Presents: Annie (Jr), December 8th-9th, Times Vary, Youth Company Chicago Studios, $12.50-16.50
Details: Performed by children in grades 3-7, this funky rendition of the classic Broadway musical brings to life political and social themes of the Great Depression era. All proceeds benefit the youth programs and financial aid for kids.
Chance of a Lifetime, December 8th at 5:30pm, McCormick Place, $375
Details: Support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Fund a Cure program at this inspiring gala featuring dinner, auctions, and alive musical performance from legendary group Kool & the Gang.
Santa Lunch Cruise, December 8th at 12:30pm, Spirit of Chicago, $39.90
Details: Visit with Santa and indulge in a festive lunch buffet while cruising down the beautiful Chicago lakefront.
Hot Chocolate with Mrs. Claus, December 8th at 11am & 1pm, Chicago Botanic Gardens, $20
Details: This year, Mrs. Claus is coming to town! Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and exclusive access to the Wonderland Express exhibit at this family-friendly holiday event.
SantaCon Chicago 2012, December 8th at 1pm, Congress Plaza Hotel, FREE
Details: Grab your hottest holiday ensemble and join not one. . . not two. . . .but TONS of other Santas in spreading joy & cheer!
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, December 8th at 7pm, Stix & Roses Design Studio, $10
Details: Just in time for the holidays, Stix & Roses debuts some of their newest looks with a runway show and live performance by Marisa Buchheit.
It Takes A Village, December 8th at 3pm, Wicker Park Lutheran Church, FREE
Details: The Wicker Park Choral Singers perform international folk songs, modern compositions and holiday-themed arrangements at their 5th annual winter concert. This is the perfect community event to get you in the holiday spirit!
Handmade Market Chicago, December 8th at 12pm, The Empty Bottle, FREE
Details: For all you 21 and over, head over to Wicker Park and buy from over thirty sellers at thisfair. Parents: you can bring your children.
10th Annual Acoustic Holiday Show, December 8th at 7:30pm, Park West, $25
Details: Brendan Bayliss & Jake Cinninger of Umphrey's McGee celebrate the holidays unplugged! Head to an amazing Lincoln Park venue for this all-ages show.
YLD's Big Event, December 8th at 7:30pm, Sheraton Chicago, $80
Details: Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with the Young Leadership Division of the Jewish United Fund of Chicago! Besides heavy appetizers and an open bar, comedian Aziz Ansari will entertain you for thenight. L'chaim!
Kandy Kane Ball, December 9th at 9pm, Joe's on Weed, $20
Details: Celebrate the 10th year of helping out kids in need this holiday season with a toy drive!Enjoy passed apps, a premium open bar, DJs and much more as you support Chicago Children's Charities!
Healthy for the Holidays, December 9th at 9pm, Aligned Modern Health, $15-25
Details: Get some tips on how to have fun during the holidays, but still stay fit! If all the information gets you stressed, relax with a free chair massage.
Klezmer Brunch, December 9th at 10:30am, City Winery, $10
Details: Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with traditional food like blintzes and challah french toast; plus, listen to traditional European folk songs.
Straight No Chaser, December 9th at 3pm & 8pm, Chicago Theatre, $29.50-49.50
Details: America's most famous a cappella band comes to the Chicago Theatre for only two performances on Sunday. Listen to their innovative arrangements of pop classics!
One Funny Latino!, December 9th at 7:30pm, Joe's on Weed, $15-20
Details: Enjoy an evening with comedian Mark Viera straight from the Bronx along with drink specials!
Twilight at the Alhambra, December 10th at 2pm, Alhambra Palace, $35
Details: Watch as more than 30 emerging & established artists perform traditional and contemporary flamenco at this breathtaking entertainment venue.
Repeal Day Beer Dinner, December 10th at 7pm, Encore Liquid Lounge, $40
Details: Celebrate the repeal of the prohibition 79 years later with a 3-course dinner and beer pairings from microbrewery Metropolitan Brewing.
Israel Inside, December 10th at 5:30pm, 1104 Center at Columbia College, FREE
Details: Come out for a screening of the documentary Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference, a feature film that forgoes the usual political issues and focuses on the story of the Israeli people.
Rosebud Culinary Class, December 10th at 7pm, The Rosebud, $55
Details: Learn how to create classic Italian dishes at this Taylor Street restaurant! Chef Mike Ponzio will give you a demo of signature dishes like Chicken Vesuvio and Pappardelle.
Shop IN Chicago, December 11th at 5pm, The Drake Hotel, FREE with RSVP
Details: For one night, the iconic hotel will become a mini-mall! Shop for clothes & jewelry, then enjoy a complimentary makeup application from Dior Beauty.
Bucktown Dishcrawl, December 11th at 7pm, TBD, $40
Details: You'll sample dishes from 4 different restaurants while mixing & mingling with other foodies and friends.
Holiday Soiree, December 11th at 6pm, Smartbar, FREE
Details: Celebrate with the Metro & Smartbar this holiday season at this 21+ cocktail party complete with appetizers.